A large English country house incorporating the elements of a once abandoned site mill in a modern design

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Site: Surrey, United Kingdom

price8.5 million pounds ($10.6 million)

Located in the Surrey Hills near the village of Shamley Green, The Water Mill is a Grade II listed family home constructed where the Wonersh Mill once stood.

“It’s the first time this property has been used as a dwelling,” said listing agent Theo James Wright. “The owner took a commercial industrial building and saved it from total default. He turned it into a gorgeous home throughout while also retaining a lot of the property’s character and history.”

The fully glazed entrance lobby overlooks the indoor and outdoor pools. “The pool was built where the original water race was, which would have come through the factory to help turn the machines over,” said Mr. James Wright. “The indoor pool also has a countercurrent swimming system that not only allows you to swim upstream, but is also designed to recreate what the water would have looked like when it flowed through the building as a mill. This is very interesting.”

The indoor pool includes a countercurrent swimming coach, underwater lighting, and underwater and overwater speakers.


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Inside, the former turbine hall is now a spacious and luminous dining room, which features some of the original mill machines that have been restored and displayed behind glass panels. Long windows offer views of the outdoor pool and gardens beyond. This level also has a spacious drawing room with an open fireplace, large solid brass windows, and French doors that open onto the garden balcony.

The cozy living room on the first floor features exposed wooden beams, a wood Stuv fireplace and a balcony to enjoy views of the pool and gardens beyond. This floor also includes three double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. A staircase leads to two additional bedrooms which also have en suite bathrooms. The front bedroom includes a dressing room and another mezzanine bedroom, which can be set up as a cot space, a desk, a study area or a reading nook.

This cozy living room has a fireplace and bronze French doors that lead onto the garden terrace.


The formal grounds include several tiered tiers bordered by lavender and dwarf evergreen hedges that descend into a sunken pool with a paved terrace. This secluded area is ideally suited for summer dining. Beyond the formal grounds is a large natural flower meadow that can serve as a pony rink, helicopter landing or outdoor recreational event space.

“The only thing the property lacks is secondary accommodations or a garage,” said Mr. James Wright. “The owner has not carried out his plans to do so but there are drawings already [in place] For a large barn-style building to the north so that the new owner could renew the permissions and build something to meet his needs.”


This 8,231 square foot home sits on 7.83 acres and has five bedrooms, six full baths, and two partial baths.

means of comfort

The open-plan kitchen/family dining area features rare travertine flooring, fitted furniture and integrated appliances including a stove from the La Cornue range, Wolfe oven, breakfast bar and Carrara marble worktops. The kitchen also includes air conditioning, built-in Bower and Wilkins speakers, and Christian Liaigre wall lighting.

“The cinema is a really great place and it’s very good,” said Mr. James Wrightmsed. “And it’s next door to a mixing bar.”

There is also a spa area with teak floors, white Thassos marble walls and a double rain and waterfall shower. The gym features teak hardwood yacht deck floors and an underwater acrylic glass wall panel overlooking the indoor pool.

“The pool also has underwater lighting and underwater speakers, so if you’re swimming underwater there’s music playing from the speakers above and under the water,” said Mr. James Wright. “They work with a time delay so your ear can get out.”

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Neighborhood notes

The property is located in Surrey Hills of Outstanding Natural Beauty near the village of Shamley Green, which has two pubs, a village shop, a church, a cricket pitch and a duck pond. The larger villages of Cranley and Guildford are about four and five miles apart, respectively, and have a wide range of specialty stores, restaurants, and sports and cultural facilities. The main line station at Guildford or Godalming offers fast and frequent train service to London. The local road network also provides easy access to London. The property is 58.3 km from Heathrow Airport and 45 km from Gatwick Airport, while Farnborough Private Airport is approximately 30.2 km away.

agent: Theo James Wright, assistant at Savills

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