Marchwood House, a splendid new two-storey five-bedroom house with views of the Mole Valley, is for sale near Leatherhead, Surrey.

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The house, built by the Grenville Homes Group, is modern but the materials, fittings and craftsmanship reflect thorough attention to the standards adhered to centuries ago.

The ground floor has a combined open plan kitchen/family room/breakfast area, along with dining, drawing and sitting rooms and a study.

A master suite with his and her en suites is the major feature on the first floor. Four other bedrooms also are on this level.

A bonus is the au pair suite on the upper floor, which shouldn’t make it too difficult to find decent live-in staff.

Security is de rigueur with movement sensors and panic buttons in the entrance hall and master suite. A video entry link between fully automated entrance gates and the house keeps out strangers, but admits friends and family.

Other features within the £2.85 million price tag include: an elegant American white oak staircase, ‘star lines’ enabling access of up to five lines per telephone point, under-floor heating and fully landscaped gardens.

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Marchwood House is for sale through Patrick Gardner & Co on 01372 360078,www.patrickgardner.com