A rare and immaculately presented 507 acre residential estate within 35 miles of central London.
Occupying a delightful rural setting, The Ruckmans Estate is an exceptional property offering a rare combination of residential, amenity, farming and sporting assets with a commercial return.
The estate comprises an attractive principal Grade II Listed house with later Lutyens additions, 7 further estate cottages, a Dower House, a four bedroom farmhouse and two traditional barns with planning potential, as well as some excellent farm and commercial buildings bringing in a total income of £254,776 based on 2015 rents and the 2014 subsidies.
The Ruckmans Estate is situated within beautiful unspoilt rolling countryside on the outskirts of the pretty hamlet of Okewood Hill, approximately 2.2 miles south of Ockley, a historic village built on Stane Street, the ancient Roman road from London to Chichester. The course of Stane Street runs through the estate, which straddles the Surrey and West Sussex borders to the north and south respectively, on the edge of the Surrey Hills Area of Great Landscape Value. Ockley nestles in the shadow of Leith Hill, the highest point in south east England and is one of many pretty villages in the Wealden countryside, located within the triangle formed by the regional centres of Dorking, Horsham and Guildford, which offer a wider choice of shopping, recreational and cultural amenities. With a strong local community, the largest village green in England and many historic buildings, Ockley fulfils the rural idyll whilst offering the convenience of good communications. It benefits from a village shop and post office for daily needs, a 13th century church, two public houses, a restaurant, a well established farm shop and a main line station. Pevsner (The Buildings of England, Surrey) states of the village greens “The best of all is Ockley, a big green with the whole of one side a blend of buildings and open fields.” There is easy access to the A24 trunk road that provides a direct route to London or the coast and also connects with the M25 for fast access to Heathrow and the national motorway network. In addition to Ockley’s own station which provides a regular service into London/Victoria with journey times from 1 hour 10 minutes, faster express services are available from Gatwick and Guildford. There is an excellent selection of schools within easy reach, in both the private and public sectors, including Charterhouse, Hurtwood House, Belmont, Christ’s Hospital and Farlington. Recreational opportunities include golf at several local clubs; racing at Epsom, Sandown Park and Goodwood; polo at Ewhurst and Cowdray Park; and sailing at Chichester Harbour. In addition, the surrounding countryside offers some of the most outstanding walking and riding in the country.
Ruckmans House is located centrally within the northern part of the estate, in an elevated position, affording imposing views over its own rolling Wealden farmland and countryside beyond. Approached either via an impressive tarmacadam driveway leading from Ruckmans Lane through an avenue of poplar and lime trees, or from the west of the house down a private driveway, Ruckmans House sits well protected by its own land offering privacy and seclusion. The property is impressive with a wealth of character and retains many period features such as exposed beams, leaded light windows, oak doors and open fire places.
On arrival, the original oak front door opens into the striking entrance hall, immediately showcasing the commanding wide staircase, detailed in a Lutyens manner and the magnificent exposed beams. Off the reception hall lies a corridor which leads to the Lutyens music room, utilising high ceilings and large windows to create a wonderful light room now used as a drawing room. Also accessed from the reception hall is the sitting room and a gallery corridor giving access to the dining room, kitchen, oak panelled study and utility rooms. The sitting room, dining room and kitchen all benefit from French doors which lead out onto the terrace and gardens on the south side of the house. Open stone fireplaces can be found in each of the four reception rooms. Beyond the utility rooms is internal access to the garage.
Square Footage: 10633 sq ft
Acreage: 507 Acres
Heading south from London take either the A3 or the M25 and exit at junction 9 onto the A243. Follow the Leatherhead bypass
to the A24 and then take this road as far as Beare Green where you turn right at the roundabout onto the A29 Ockley Road.
After 5 miles, having passed through Ockley, take a right turn onto Ruckmans Lane. Half a mile down Ruckmans Lane the rear
driveway is on your left, continue past this entrance and left into Okewood Hill. Proceed past The Punch Bowl Inn and bear left into Honeywood Lane where the main entrance to Ruckmans can be found after about half a mile on your left.