4 Castle Street
A Georgian House, listed Grade II*, with elegant proportions and the features of the Period just beneath Farnham Castle and adjoining Farnham Park. One of Farnhams most outstanding Residences.
Guildford House , Listed Grade II*, dates from the late 17th century with early 19th century Regency additions. Having undergone a quality reappointment and sensitive improvement to a high standard some years ago, this magnificent house retains many of the original interior
features such as decorative ceiling cornices, decorative panelling, wide panelled doors and glazed arched fan lights. Its classic, predominately Georgian architecture is illustrated by the elegant tall sash windows complimenting the rendered front elevation and fine brick to the rear with three bays capped by ogival domes. Further external architectural feature include a central ogee roofed bay and parapets, part balustraded under a mansard roof.
Entering into a classic reception through hall, ones
eye is drawn beyond a decorated arch to the view of the beautiful garden. Three elegant, light and generously proportioned reception rooms open from the reception hall, all having tall ceiling heights. A wide elegant staircase rises centrally to an upper hall which leads to the three primary bedrooms, each with a bathroom. The second
floor comprises three further bedrooms and a bathroom and is well suited as a children's floor or staff flat.
Complementing the house is an outstanding walled garden, lovingly created and richly stocked with interesting plants and shrubs, and with several water features. The garden spreads away to the east providing a restful, at times very colourful, and very English outlook, enhanced by views to
the park beyond. In every sense a plantsman's garden and receiving gold awards in 'The Secret Gardens of Farnham'.
The house is approached to the west by an in and
out macadam drive providing parking for several cars and with evergreen screening. To the east, from the reception hall and the conservatory, doors open to the fully walled garden with varieties of flowering and ornamental shrubs against tall mellow walls. A paved terrace runs the full width of the house with lawns subdivided by paved paths in parterre style, with water features. To one side is a Carp pool with a gazebo. Paths flank the parterre and include a pergola wisteria
walk, and a well-stocked flower and shrub border with many climbers and a fig tree against the tall southfacing wall. Beyond the parterre garden with a ramped and stepped approach is an arbour with raised beds for flowers or kitchen garden. A gate leads to a path into Farnham Park, a remarkable survival of a medieval deer park. In all, Guildford House and it's garden extend to just under 0.5 of an acre (0.18ha).
Within a Conservation Area, Guildford House occupies a prominent position on Castle Hill (the upper rise of Castle Street), with views from the garden up to Farnham Castle, and direct access onto Castle Street, one of the best known medieval streets with many Georgian facades in
the South of England. Castle Street is a wide principal street which leads from the heart of the town up to the Castle and beyond to Farnham Park, comprising of some 300 acres of parkland being directly accessed via a gate at the rear of the walled garden. In the centre of the
town are extensive cultural, shopping and educational facilities, and there are also exceptionally good schools in the surrounding area. The excellent Frimley Park Hospital
is easily accessible. In addition the new Brightwells Yard development will soon offer a 6 screen cinema, cafes, bars and restaurants. The station provides a regular train service to London Waterloo within the hour and also to
Guildford. There is also excellent road access to the A3 and A31 with principal routes to London, Heathrow and Gatwick International airports and south coast utilising the national motorway network of the M3 and M25.
The surrounding area of Farnham is noted for its extensive open countryside and National Trust Land with excellent opportunities for walking, riding and country pursuits.
Accessed from the house is the attached double
garage with electrically operated door and workshop behind. Against the garden wall is a greenhouse. In a paved yard is a propagating house, open fronted store and boiler cupboard with twin gas fired boilers. Garden buildings include a tool store, equipment store, garden
wc and walled garden service yard.
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