Gifford House is in many ways a remarkable family home that sits in a hugely convenient position within a short walk of Woking town centre and its excellent commuter station. The house sits in superb grounds of approximately 1/3rd of an acre that wrap around the house on three sides and is well set back from the road in a plot that gives a great deal of privacy. Enormous potential exists here to significantly expand the accommodation without detriment to the overall feel of the gardens and indeed there was a planning consent granted to do so in 2004 and although this has now lapsed it seems likely that it would be achievable once again.
At the front a solid oak front door opens into a substantial entrance hall which immediately creates a feeling of space for the house and where a turning staircase rises to the first floor. To the left of the hall is a very comfortable sitting room with an open fireplace and double doors that lead out onto a covered loggia at the back which is wonderful spot from which to look out over the rear garden. The dining room on the other side of the hallway has an equally light and airy feel to it with a large bay window looking out over the front garden while the substantial kitchen/breakfast room on the back creates a superb day to day living / entertaining space. The breakfast room is an extension and has a fabulous vaulted ceiling as well as double doors that lead out onto the rear garden. Adjacent to the kitchen is a very useful and large utility room which also leads out to the rear.
On the first floor the bedrooms continue in the same light, airy and well proportioned vein with a master bedroom that has a lovely outlook over the front garden through a deep bay window. Bedrooms two and three are likewise very comfortable doubles and have equally pleasant aspects while off the landing is a family bathroom with a modern white suite and separate shower cubicle.
All in all this is a fabulous family home of exceptional character with many of the period features that one would hope to find in a property of this age such as exposed floorboards and open fireplaces all of which adds to the pleasure of the whole.
Garden and Exterior
The grounds of Gifford House are undoubtedly a particular feature of the property not only as they extend to something in the order of 1/3rd of an acre but also as they surround the house on three sides creating a wonderfully private, mature and family friendly space. The property is approached at the front through double timber gates and onto a large expanse of gravel driveway that allows for the parking of numerous cars and which sweeps around the front of the house. The gardens are phenomenally well enclosed on all sides and sweep around the side of the house in a large expanse of lawn which gives the house a very pleasing open feel. At the back of the house there is a delightful loggia adjacent to the sitting room which makes the ideal spot for eating outside during the summer months while the remainder of the back garden is lawned with a separate section at the foot of the garden which is separated by a mature laurel hedge. The orientation of the garden is such that it catches the sun throughout the day with the rear garden perfectly positioned to take advantage of the sun through the afternoon and into the evening.
Guildford Lane is a private road which is set behind an attractive expanse of green on the outskirts of central Woking and still within easy reach of the town centre. Woking is a town that is modernising rapidly thanks to an ongoing programme of regeneration which is seeing a far more contemporary and interesting town develop. New and well known bars, cafes and restaurants have already opened up all along Commercial Way and with a very substantial Marks and Spencers under construction at the end of Commercial Way and other exciting developments in the pipeline the town is only set to improve further in the coming few years. Woking has what is widely regarded as one of the finest commuting rail stations that can be found in the south east of England providing a peak time service into Waterloo in approximately 23 minutes and from where there is also a very efficient coach service that runs to Heathrow airport. Within a short walk of the house is Woking leisure centre, pool in the park and also the David Lloyd health and fitness club while in and around Woking there are numerous very highly thought of golf clubs. There are excellent schools in the area in both the private and the state sector that cater for all ages and being on this side of town means that the property is also within an easy car journey of the beautiful county town of Guildford.