In 1911, Surrey master builder Walter Tarrant bought 964 acres of scrubland near the commuter town of Weybridge from the Egerton family and set out to create England’s first gated residential estate, St George’s Hill. His aim was to build ‘large country retreats for the wealthy gentlemen of London’—stockbrokers, captains of industry, bankers and lawyers, all or most of them English, with perhaps a smattering of foreign royals and aristocrats. His blueprint was to create large individual houses on plots of at least an acre carefully laid out around a golf course, a concept that went down well with City grandees, before construction was halted by the outbreak of war.
Since those days St. Georges’ Hill has evolved into being arguably the most sought after and prestigious private gated estate in the country and as such has attracted a myriad of discerning High Net Worth residents from around the world.
Caesars Cottage is truly impressive. From the moment the double opening security gates lead you onto the driveway it is clear that this is very special home. Set to one side of the huge reception hall is an imposing staircase that spirals upwards and around a stunning Rocco Borghese crystal chandelier to the galleried landing. The reception hall opens directly onto the vaulted dining hall which has three sets of double opening doors out onto the terrace, making a wonderful area to entertain your guests.
The lower ground floor at Caesars Cottage is particularly noteworthy. The luxurious spa area is truly impressive with a generous swimming pool, hot tub overlooking the garden, sauna, steam room, changing room, showers and gymnasium. Also on this floor you will find a fully fitted and temperature controlled wine cellar/tasting room as well as the cinema room.
The generous bedroom suites are laid out over the first and second floors and there is a staff ‘annex’ on the first floor, ideal for your au-pair or house keeper.
To the front the driveway provides a good deal of secure parking and leads to the integral triple garage. Immediately to the rear is a wide elevated terrace that overlooks the secluded garden and has a wide staircase that leads down onto the lawns.
St George's Hill can be found just to the West of London about 22 miles from Hyde Park Corner and only 12 miles from Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport. The estate is gated with 24 hour security who also patrol regularly. Within the estate is a very fine golf course with 27 challenging holes as well as a private tennis and health club. Weybridge High Street is about 2 miles away and offers a good selection of shopping facilities (including Waitrose supermarket) and Queens Road is about a mile away with a great choice of restaurants and coffee shops. Other leisure options in the area include cinemas and theatres, horse racing in Esher and at Kempton, dry slope skiing, rowing and sailing clubs and beautiful walks alongside the River Thames. The area also offers a great selection of highly regarded private schools including St Georges, Notre Dame, Reeds, Claremont Fan Court, Sir William Perkins and state schools such as Heathside and Cleves as well as Brooklands College.