This elegant neo-Georgian 1920s’ house is set in beautiful grounds of 1.5 acres of the leafy Coombe Hill estate.
The house, built on the site of Coombe Warren Estate, incorporates the original Grade II listed orangery. It has been owned by the same family for over 40 years.
Recently Soames House has been sympathetically up-dated to provide a combination of traditional grandeur and contemporary élan. It is situated behind a high wall and approached via a gated carriage drive. The house has more than 12,500 square feet of accommodation, ideal for a combination of family life and entertaining with plenty of provision for staff.
There are seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, a reception hall and three main reception rooms, as well as a kitchen/family room. Upstairs there is a separate living room/nursery with a kitchen. There is also a one bedroom annexe flat.
The extensive gardens include a wild garden, gated courtyard and garage, together with a heated swimming pool and a substantial pool house.
On the ground floor, there are three formal reception rooms, the drawing room, originally the orangery to Coombe Warren House designed by architect George Devey, featuring a marble fireplace and a Serlian window leading to the rear gardens; the formal dining room, with its stone fireplace and parquet flooring; and the library, its walls lined with bespoke bookshelves, overlooking the ‘Pope’s Garden’ to the side of the house. There is also an octagonal sitting-room/study and a spacious kitchen/breakfast/family room featuring Miele appliances and a Gaggengau double hob.
The drawing-room, the single-storey former orangery or ‘palm house’ which is Grade II listed, is the only surviving part of the late 19th century Coombe Warren House, along with the garden walls. The triple-aspect room is built in Queen Anne style and features double-height walls panelled in old pine, an open fireplace with marble surround and a Serlian window leading to a terrace and long walk.
The seven principal bedrooms are on the first and second floors including a superbly-appointed master suite comprising a bedroom with three sets of French doors, each leading to a balcony with views over the rear gardens, a generous bath/shower room and a separate dressing-room/study. A second guest suite offers a spacious bedroom, elegant dressing room and bath/shower room.
There is also a traditional ‘nursery’ or studio room comprising a fully-fitted kitchen and a sunken sitting area. Further accommodation is provided by a contemporary pied-à-terre above the four-car garage, with a double-height reception room and private terrace, a smart eat-in kitchen, wet room and mezzanine bedroom.
John Galsworthy, the author of the Forsyte Saga, spent his childhood in the area and chose local locations for homes owned by characters in the books.