Former American Ambassador’s English Country Estate For Sale in Surrey, England (PHOTOS)

Former American Ambassador’s English Country Estate lists in Surrey, England

Price on Application | Built 1935 | 15,000 Sq. Ft. | 6 Beds | 6 Baths | 4.1 Acres
Portnall Drive, Wentworth, Virginia Water, Surrey, England

Set in the prestigious Wentworth Estate, this modern masterpiece has a history dating to the mid-1930s when British architect Oliver Hill was commissioned to design it. The 15,000 square foot mansion is on the market for an unpublished amount in Surrey, England, however, a Wall Street Journal article published in 2017 shows a $40 million price tag. It’s the former country estate of United States Ambassador John Hay Whitney and his socialite wife, Betsey. Whitney served as the U.S. ambassador to Britain from 1956 to 1961 and it’s suggested he spent at least a month at the property during each of the 30 years he owned it. Situated on an impressive 4.1 acres, Cherry Hill’s architecture is as striking today as when it was first built. A sensitive and ambitious restoration has retained the original architectural character and elegance of the property, whilst creating a whole sustainable modern home with all the space, amenities and services an owner would expect of a house in such a prestigious location. Cherry Hill’s architecture immediately sets it apart from any other property in Wentworth or elsewhere in the United Kingdom. 


As one would expect from a contemporary house of this standing, the fit out and finishing is exceptional. Every effort has been placed on using a palette of fine stone, choice veneers, chromed steel and glass. The infilled east courtyard has been rebuilt and now houses a basement cinema, study, laundry and wine cellar with a subterranean link to a new single-storey, stand-alone pavilion which provides guest accommodation, a new plant room and a large garage. To the west of the main house, a complete new wing has been constructed beyond the defining curved wall of Hill’s original design. Planned on three levels, this provides a generous part double-height reception room, two guest bedrooms adjoining a south-facing balcony, a spa and relaxation suite and the house’s most dramatic contemporary feature – an underground swimming pool with descending floor. The restoration of Cherry Hill provides not only space, but all of the amenities that a luxurious house of its proportion demands. Cherry Hill is on the market with James Crawford & James Cleland with Knight Frank.


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