Green Place is one of those
properties that envelops you in its history while providing all the finer comforts of the present day.
listed home has been a
of Wonersh for centuries. It boasts
additions and some distinguished owners and visitors, including a celebrated collector and Winnie-the-Pooh illustrator E H Shepard.
Green Place sits behind a stone wall in a gloriously
opposite the church, with the
backdrop of Chinthurst Hill rising up behind. It benefits from all the refinements of a classic English
– and more – with lawns and herbaceous borders, an
and wildflower meadow, an attractive
with stylishly converted one-bedroom
, a stunning one-bedroom loggia/pavilion, a new tennis court and a beautifully
It is a property that entices exploration – both
inside and out
– revealing its many charms as you meander around it.
The original and oldest portion of the house is a timber-framed, two-storey
which was home to Thomas Elyot, High Sheriff of Surrey in 1437, and his wife Alice. The property was inherited by the couple’s son Henry, who married Joan and had 23 children. At this point in its history, there must have been 25 people sleeping upstairs beneath the rafters in what is now a beautifully appointed
The ground floor today serves as a games/family room, with the characteristic low beams and lime-plastered walls of the
After the Elyots left, the two-storey
was extended at some time during the
, and this part now houses the boot/hat room and
-designed laundry as well as the back staircase, which leads to bedrooms above.
, Green Place is recorded as being in a state of dilapidation, until it was bought by local landowner Richard Sparkes in the mid-1700s, and a
built on, which now comprises a well-equipped
kitchen with a glass
that brings light flooding into the room, and a
dining room with original
The house remained in the Sparkes family and in the early 1800s another Richard added a new symmetrical
wing, followed by an
at the rear.
entrance hall incorporated an archway to frame the
staircase up to the first floor. Broad and statuesque, with an
, slim, polished mahogany handrail, this staircase is widely believed to have inspired the illustrator E H Shepherd’s depiction of Winnie the Pooh laying at the top of the stairs and Christopher Robin “Halfway Down” in A A Milne’s poem.
part of the house is classically
large sash windows
and feature fireplaces. Downstairs, the
– with original shutters – overlook the lawns. To the rear is the study with shuttered doors opening to the garden, plus a cloakroom. Upstairs the
and private master bedroom suite has a
window seat, large
and a separate cloakroom.
There are four more bedrooms and two bathrooms in the
wing and a further two bedrooms and shower room in the
It is little wonder that this rambling property with its many
attracted notable collector Reverend C J Sharp in the 1950s. He had
plenty of space
to fulfil his lifelong ambition of creating a private museum. Rev Sharp became renowned for his fine collection of more than 350 teapots, as well as for his domestic antiques, including furniture and household goods. More than 160 of his agricultural tools and items used in cheese and butter making are now owned by the Museum for
Although still a property of many parts, Green Place is certainly not museum-like today. There’s a tangible connection with the past but this is very much a home for the present, a place indeed that is like no other.<br /><br />
Nearby Points of Interest
These distances are calculated in a straight line. The actual route and distance may vary.
- School: St Catherine's School 0.4 miles
- School: Bramley CofE Aided Infant School and Nursery 0.6 miles
- Rail Station: Shalford (Surrey) 1.4 miles
- Rail Station: Chilworth 1.6 miles
- 10 May 2007 - £3,000,000 - Last sale
- 03 Aug 2020 - £4,950,000 - First listed on Zoopla
- 07 Feb 2022 - £4,750,000