Located within 10 minutes walking distance of three golf courses, The Chase in Woking with its excellent rail service to London is an ideal home for sporting commuters.
Owner Keith Jamieson explains: “I originally bought the house because of the marvellous Woking to Waterloo service which only takes 25 minutes. The station is two miles away and I could drive there in 10 minutes, although most people seem to cycle on these quiet roads.”
The split level house is in an upmarket, leafy suburb of Woking called Hook Heath; an area developed by a number of famous architects before and after the First World War. After the war, improvements to the rail service made it a prime location for London commuters but the high price of land meant that predominantly exclusive houses were built.
Even today, the atmosphere of Edwardian Hook Heath remains. Many of the houses have been individually designed and most have larger than average gardens. Much of the tree cover also remains to give a semi-rural appearance to the roads.
The Chase has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and over half an acre of beautifully maintained wrap-around garden. Keith (now 90), said: “Ironically I don’t play golf, but maybe the new buyer will because it is ideally situated for a golfer.”
He has lived at the house for nearly 50 years and still carries out all the manual maintenance to the property himself, including push-mowing all the lawns. He now plans to move to the Cotswolds to be nearer to his two daughters. Before retirement he was managing director of a number of food and drink companies and since then he has made numerous changes to the house.
“Originally it had five bedrooms, but I made one into a bathroom so now there are three bathrooms. I added two conservatories; the second one because I wanted somewhere to keep my pot plants in the winter, and building a second conservatory utilised the heating from the boiler room which would have been wasted otherwise. Over time, I had walls removed and incorporated the garage into the house and then built a second double garage. I opened the place up and rebuilt the kitchen. It’s a lovely place and I hope someone else will enjoy it as much as I have done.”
The house offers enormous privacy and seclusion, sitting in the centre of its picturesque and ample wraparound gardens. The lounge has an open fire, a raised terrace and views from three aspects which fully exploit the outlook over the gardens. The modern kitchen opens into the bright and spacious main conservatory. A reception hall is at the front of the property and there is a separate dining room to the rear.
Woking offers excellent retail outlets in The Peacocks and Wolsey Place Shopping Centres, as well as a variety of entertainment venues such as the cinema, theatres and The Big Apple Entertainment Centre. There is a huge selection of restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. The Chase also sits within catchment for some of the area’s most highly rated schools.