Surrey’s monastic retreat for sale

The small hillside village of Tandridge, which overlooks the Weald near Oxted, Surrey, was a place of some importance in Anglo-Saxon times, giving its name to one of the 13 Hundred districts into which Surrey was then divided. From the 13th century until the Dissolution, Tandridge Priory was a small Augustinian foundation, the original buildings of which have disappeared, leaving only an area of ancient woodland, and three lakes created to provide the monks with fish for meatless days.

The present Tandridge Priory is a substantial, Grade II-listed 17th-century country house that combines a mix of Georgian and medieval architectural styles, and is currently for sale through Jackson-Stops & Staff in Oxted (01883 712375) at a guide price of £3.8m. Set in some 26 acres of secluded gardens and paddocks, with stabling for seven horses, the imposing, eight-bedroom house comes with two cottages, extensive garaging and stores.

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