Through the looking glass.

The last time Grade II-listed Naldrett House near Rudgwick, on the Surrey/West Sussex border, was seen on the open market was in 2005, when the former home of legendary cricket correspondent, the late Christopher Martin-Jenkins, matched its owner’s elegant, laidback style in almost every way. Ten years on, following a remarkable programme of renovation, extension and refurbishment, the handsome Georgian front façade looks much as it did then; not so the interior, described in an online property journal as ‘a modernist party palace’ with ‘a vast glass-walled contemporary kitchen/family room and entertaining facility—all opening onto a minimalist-style courtyard and fabulous swimming pool area’. Reactions so far have been ‘interesting’, says Michael Parry-Jones of joint agents Grantley (01483 893939), who with Hamptons International (01403 211766) quotes a guide price of £4m for this one-off, 8,000sq ft, hybrid set in 45 acres of gardens, grounds and pasture.

The accommodation—probably not for the faint-hearted—includes three main reception rooms, a kitchen/family room, an entertaining suite, a wine cellar, seven bedrooms, six bath/ shower rooms, an office and a gym.

The guide price is £4 million. For further information please contact Hamptons International on 01403 211766.

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