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Dawn Hill mansion's design celebrates the best of British craftsmanship

by Pheobe Liu on Apr 23, 2018 in Interiors
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At the prestigious address of the Wentworth Estate in the leafy county of Surrey, Dawn Hill is a celebration of British craftmanship and internationally sourced materials 

Five years ago, Virginia Water, in the county of Surrey in southeast England, became the first place outside London where house prices averaged more than £1million. An easy commute from the capital, it is also the setting for the exclusive Wentworth Golf Club and the Wentworth Estate – and home to celebrities like Sir Elton John.

Named after the lake in the nearby Windsor Great Park, Virginia Water is the quintessential English setting, all beautiful views and leafy green surroundings. Within its boundaries, the private Wentworth Estate is more prestigious than most. Extending across more than 6.5sqkm of gently rolling heathland, the estate was founded just under a century ago. Today it remains exclusive, with high levels of privacy and security.

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Antebellum South meets Palladian villa at Dawn Hill

When Dawn Hill, a five-bedroom home designed and built by luxury developer Consero London, went on the market with a price tag of £29 million, there was speculation that it was the most expensive property in Surrey. According to Consero's Managing Director Robert Osborn, the property that had previously stood on the plot was demolished to make way for the grand Palladian mansion. With its sweeping drive, classical proportions, colonnade entrance and iconic exterior facade, hand-carved in Paris from natural French limestone, the property's design was determined by its setting, says Osborn. "We agreed the plot demanded a stunning mansion built in solid stone," he says.

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"The Palladian design was chosen to support the integrity of design, location and plot, and appeal to the clientele." The prime developer at Wentworth, Consero has built eight homes at the estate. The interior design of Dawn Hill was inspired by the finish and comfort of hotels such as London's Corinthia and Paris' Georges V.

When Dawn Hill, a five-bedroom home designed and built by luxury developer Consero London, went on the market with a price tag of £29 million, there was speculation that it was the most expensive property in Surrey.

Consero's in-house design team aimed to balance imagination with originality while maximising space flow, light and volume. Advanced technology was also a priority to ensure these homes are state of the art, and at Dawn Hill this is presented via easy-to-use interfaces.
Surrounded by 1.2ha of mature, landscaped gardens, the mansion is arranged over three f loors, together spanning 2,430sqm. Inside, there is a dining room that can seat 22; a high-tech family kitchen with multiple cooking areas; an 18-seat home cinema; a temperature and humidity-controlled wine cellar; a games room and bar; and a vast terrace complete with an al fresco kitchen. Setting the tone on arrival is a grand hallway 25m long, where intricate stonemasonry is highlighted by handmade chandeliers from Portugal hanging from the 3.8m ceiling. Artisanal expertise is in evidence throughout the interiors, from the door handles handblown locally in Surrey to a kitchen that took more than 2,000 hours to complete.

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A spectacular chandelier lends an unexpectedly whimsical touch to the 22-seat dining room, with hand-crafted glass baubles individually hung on a special framework

"The bespoke kitchen suite consists of lacquered oak panelling with bronze and gold detailing, incorporating Wolf Sub-Zero appliances and state-of-the-art facilities," says Osborn. "Banks of warming and refrigeration units are all integrated within the joinery, alongside bespoke detailing such as leather and bronze ironmongery, and specialist finished marble work surfaces."

On the lower ground floor, a central wellness complex features a 13m heated swimming pool, alongside a steam room, sauna, gym and sunken limestone terrace opening out from the pool area into the rear gardens. There is also a massage room and a treatment suite.

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"The pool and spa complex is modelled on some of the world's leading hotels, and includes specialist marble finishes, Asian and steam facilities, and changing rooms finished in Bisazza glass mosaic tile," says Osborn. The six bedroom suites each offer panoramic views
of the surrounding gardens.

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Hotel-like appointments are a distinctive feature at the mansion

The master suite, measuring 57sqm, also incorporates its own lounge area, dressing room and three south-facing balconies. In the separate his-and-hers bathrooms, book-matched Italian marble provides the backdrop for crystal taps from Paris' THG.
The landscaped gardens were designed by Chelsea Gold Medal-winning landscape architect Philip Nash. Mature trees create a perimeter running 360 degrees around the edge of the property's grounds, supplemented by an intruder alarm system, CCTV with day and night cameras, PIN entry readers, high-security locks and a fire detection system. Finally, an underground garage houses up to eight cars, and a discrete staff apartment has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge and kitchen, all accessed via a dedicated entrance.

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This is an excerpt from “Palace living", a feature article from the April issue of Perspective magazine. To continue reading, get your copy of Perspective.

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