STROLLING THROUGH THE VERDANT GARDENS OF SOUTHWAYS, an idyllic estate in Guildford, England, one is transported to a grand country manor of a bygone era. Step inside the home, however, and you are very much aware that this is a work of the present day. Enveloped in the rolling countryside, Southways is a study in tranquil living, ideally situated a mere 30 miles (48 km) from Central London. Originally built in the 1930s, the home was eventually divided into two separate dwellings. When the current owners came across it in 2003, both units were on the market and they jumped at the chance to return Southways to its former glory as a single family residence. It was an overhaul that took years to complete and saw a substantial addition to the footprint that included excavating part of the hillside to construct a subterranean, indoor swimming pool with a flat, grass rooftop. Massive glass doors can be opened to connect the pool area, which is equipped with two full changing rooms and a steam room, to a spectacular timber deck overlooking a lush valley, just one of many outdoor areas that Southways has to offer. The three and a half acre grounds are the work of noted British landscape architect Philip Nash, a gold medal winner of the Chelsea Flower Show, revered by many as the most prestigious garden show in the world. Amidst the stunning greenery, a mix of intimate seating areas and large terraces facilitate the outdoor living that a country estate is meant to provide. For the avid gardener, there is also a Victorian greenhouse and a tennis court for the sporting enthusiast. For all the timeless beauty that surrounds it, the details inside the 15,094 square foot residence are entirely state-of-the-art. From a media room with the latest in home entertainment to a bespoke kitchen, equipped with professional-grade Wolf appliances and a cast iron AGA oven, Southways provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life with all of the essential amenities. Gorgeous oak doors and flooring with radiant heat further exemplify the owner's commitment to install only the finest finishes during the extensive refurbishment. Voluminous in size, the home employs numerous high-end systems to keep day-to- day living simple, as it ought to be in a pastoral setting. A Linn networked music system is wired throughout for easy entertaining, while Lutron lighting provides sophisticated control to save energy. Furthermore, the indoor pool area is regulated by an impressive air conditioning system from Minerga that sets an ideal climate and dehumidifies to protect against long term moisture damage. The master suite in particular, with his and hers dressing rooms and a private balcony to take in scenic vistas, solidifies it as one of England's most desirable leisure estates. With a total of seven bedrooms, six of which are en suite, a gym, library and wine storage, Southways is endlessly accommodating, making it the perfect escape for friends and family. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EXQUISITE COUNTRY MANOR, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: HSFW88
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