For over 50 per cent of prospective homebuyers, privacy is one of the deciding factors when choosing a new home, with private parkland an ideal way for homeowners to remain secluded, according to a survey by Strutt and Parker. Being able to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle has also become an important factor, with 38% of house hunters looking for a home with its own land, as well as easy access to nearby open green space. The prestigious Knowle Hill Park development in Cobham, by Millgate, offers residents an unrivalled sense of seclusion and well-being, with its 45 acres of classical ancient wood and parkland.
Located off Fairfield Lane, this luxury collection of 22 apartments and seven houses is approached through impressive gates and private driveway, setting the tone of this exclusive address. The stunning expansive grounds are also being enhanced to create a peaceful oasis for all Millgate purchasers to enjoy, with formal landscaped gardens, an elegant pond, orchard, ancient woodlands, parkland and far reaching views of surrounding pasture land.
David Simpson, Managing Director of Millgate comments: “Knowle Hill Park is in a class of its own, offering an extremely rare opportunity to live in one of the finest and most exclusive postcodes in this highly sought-after area. The development blends elegance and proportions of classical architecture, yet boasts the security, space and sophisticated design of modern living.”
In December 2016 Millgate learned the Elmbridge Borough Council had suggested that the wider area, including Knowle Hill Park, was being considered for release from the green belt. This allocation was likely to be for several hundred new homes including public open space. Millgate later confirmed that the 45 acres of Green Belt parkland and paddocks surrounding the development would not be made available for housing and a restriction would be placed on the land in perpetuity.
David Simpson explains: “Our decision to preserve the 45 acres of open parkland means that residents at Knowle Hill Park will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the development, with its stunning unspoilt views and unique, historic setting. Thus far 90 per cent of our buyers on the development have been downsizers and in each case the access to 45 acres of private land has been a very strong attraction.”
The elegant new apartment building will form the centrepiece of Knowle Hill Park, and provide 22 two and three bedroom apartments over four floors. The apartments will range in size from 2,325 to 3,175 sq ft and offer a peerless level of specification and truly spacious accommodation with large terraces and balconies overlooking beautiful gardens, lakes and trees.
To complement the beautiful natural setting, architecture is classically inspired, incorporating timeless features such as sash and timber dormer windows, red brick facades and a central columned entrance. In the vast grounds, four semi-detached and three detached houses will be built in the same bespoke design to compliment the apartment building and its setting. The houses range from 2,400 to 3,600 square feet.
Cobham’s chic town centre combines traditional architecture, boutique shops, salons, a wide range of restaurants, patisseries and cafes, and a Waitrose supermarket. The breathtaking open spaces of Painshill Park, a Grade I-listed 18th century landscape garden, and Little Heath Common are ideal for enjoying the great outdoors and keen golfers will find numerous courses in the area. Glamourous Esher and Weybridge are nearby and heighten the desirability of the area.
Another selling point on the development is the ease of commute from Cobham & Stoke D’Abernon railway station – the development is a peaceful stroll through the private parkland before reaching a short road and then the station. Trains journey to London Waterloo in 40 minutes. Cobham is just minutes from both the A3 and Junction 10 of the M25 with Heathrow airport a 20 minute drive away.