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Manor where Churchill planned D-Day landings on sale for £16m

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An elegant country manor with Art Deco interiors once beloved by Wallis Simpson and used to Winston Churchill to plan the D-Day landings during WWII has gone on the market for £16million.

Grade II-listed Hamstone House, which is bordered by the St George’s Hill Golf Club in Surrey, was built in 1937 and features a striking Neo-Georgian concave façade, inspired by the contours of a 1931 Art Deco Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso wristwatch.

Set in eight acres of landscaped grounds with a well-presented tennis court, the estate boasts 20,414 sq ft of living space with a total of 10 bedrooms, as well as magnificent reception rooms and leisure facilities. 

It also has a reinforced basement bomb shelter, once visited by former British prime minister Winston Churchill, which has been converted into a billiards room.

Grade II-listed Hamstone House, pictured, bordered by the St George’s Hill Golf Club in Surrey, has gone on the market for £16million

The elegant country manor features a striking Neo-Georgian concave façade, inspired by the contours of a 1931 Art Deco Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso wristwatch

The mega mansion, originally owned by the Lind-Jaeger family, was refurbished in 1984 by a Saudi Prince and again in 2006.

Guests are greeted by a grand entrance hall, which leads onto a double reception room, dining room, library, study, family kitchen and breakfast room, plus an additional catering kitchen.

The three-storey main house has five bedrooms, as well as a large terrace and three balconies, while the entire ground floor has been converted into a private health spa with an 18 metre long swimming pool, plunge pool, gymnasium, sauna, steam room, massage room and changing rooms and showers.  

Meanwhile Hamstone House’s Art Deco-style gatehouse provides a further five bedrooms, a reception room, kitchen, security room, utility room and garage equipped for three cars.  

The property has a reinforced basement bomb shelter, once visited by former British prime minister Winston Churchill, which has been converted into a billiards room (pictured)

The entire ground floor has been converted into a private health spa which boasts an 18 metre long swimming pool (pictured) and floor-to-ceiling glass windows which offer a view of the lush grounds

Guests are greeted by a grand entrance hall with an 8ft drop Venetian glass chandelier (pictured), which leads onto a double reception room, dining room, library, study, family kitchen and breakfast room, plus an additional catering kitchen 

The mega mansion, originally owned by the Lind-Jaeger family, was refurbished in 1984 by a Saudi Prince and again in 2006. Pictured: the rear of the main house

The country home was said to be a favourite of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor (pictured left with the Duke of Windsor) and was used to Winston Churchill (right) to plan the D-Day landings during WWII

The home was built by Ian Forbes for construction tycoon Herman ‘Peter’ Tygesen Lind and his wife Alba. 

Copenhagen born and educated Peter Lind came to England in 1913 and founded construction firm Peter Lind & Co in 1915 – one of the first contractors in the UK to specialise in reinforced concrete construction. 

The company won important contracts including the building of Waterloo Bridge, the HQ of the Michelin Tyre Company, Beckton Gas Works and Blackwall Point Power Station.

In 1916, Peter married socialite Alba Kastel in a glittering ceremony held in Marlborough House Chapel. Their daughter Betty married Thomas Jaeger, whose father Martin was a member of the famous watch making Jaeger dynasty of Jaeger-LeCoultre fame. 

Relative Edmond Jaeger was the head of world-renowned watchmaking firm Jaeger-LeCoultre, founded in 1833 and led during the 1930s by Edmond Jaeger and Jacques-David LeCoultre. 

One of the magnificent reception rooms in Hamstone House, which features timber-clad walls and large windows overlooking the grounds

The curved facade of the property is visible in this image of the study, which is perfectly equipped for working from home or even conducting meetings

The ground floor of the home features the leisure complex, which has a large sunny terrace ideal for al fresco dining or entertaining. Pictured right is an Art Deco style glass wall

The home is situated on arguably the best plot on St George’s Hill in Surrey, located on a spur directly overlooking the golf course. The large family kitchen (pictured) features an island as well as a separate dining area

Visiting journalist Christopher Matthew once wrote: ‘Hamstone House stands out like the Duchess of Windsor’s flamingo brooch in a local jeweller’s window providing unrivalled quasi-rural grandeur.’ Pictured: one of the main home’s bedrooms

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner rated Hamstone House as ‘the best country house on St George’s Hill’ and it was said to be Art Deco lover the Duchess of Windsor’s favourite English country house. Visible is the leisure suite on the ground floor

Supplying beautiful Art Deco inspired watches, and partnering with brands Cartier and Bentley, clients of Jaeger-LeCoultre included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Charlie Chaplin and Queen Elizabeth II, who wore a Jaeger-LeCoultre wristwatch for her coronation. 

In 1937, Peter and Alba decided they wanted a country house close to central London and acquired arguably the best plot on St George’s Hill in Surrey, located on a spur directly overlooking the golf course. 

Lind commissioned renowned Surrey mansion builder Ian Forbes to build the Lind-Jaeger family a house on the site. 

Influenced by the 1930s Art Deco era, Hamstone House has a remarkable concave segmented front façade with casement windows with feature keystones, oval windows and Deco Gargoyles bearing the initials of Peter and Alba. 

The curved south facing garden façade overlooks St George’s Hill Golf Course and has arched full height windows across the ground floor, opening onto the gardens.

An elegant dining room, which features an original marble fireplace and an intricate gold chandelier. The decor remains inkeeping with its Art Deco style

Pictured is one of the bathrooms within the main house, which has been tastefully decorated after the home was most recently modernised in 2006

One of the guest bedroom suites, which offers a large en suite bathroom, a small seating area for dining or working, and an enormous television with its own speaker system

Inside the main house, polished Elm wood timbers from the Old Waterloo Bridge (that Lind’s company replaced) were used to line the reception room floors. Pictured: the fire place in the main sitting room

In 2006 Hamstone House was completely refurbished and modernised throughout. Over the next two years the swimming pool complex was constructed with bespoke French limestone, and in 2012 an extensive landscaping and planting scheme was carried out with the tennis court refurbished and new shrubs, trees and flower displays installed. Pictured: a ground floor reception room

The leisure suite currently boasts a fully quipped gymnasium complete with workout machines and mirrored and glass walls and plenty of floor space

The ground floor leisure suite, which has a swimming pool, sauna and steam room, has its own changing room facilities (pictured)

The main house and gate house are faced with honey coloured hamstone – a form of limestone – hence the name of the house. The circular paved forecourt in front of the property features a fountain in its centre. 

Seen from above, the curved and segmented façade of Hamstone House recalls the contours of the 1931 Art Deco Reverso wristwatch.

Inside the main house, polished Elm wood timbers from the Old Waterloo Bridge (that Lind’s company replaced) were used to line the reception room floors and on the lower ground floor Forbes, mindful of gathering war clouds, installed a reinforced bomb shelter.

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner rated Hamstone House as ‘the best country house on St George’s Hill’ and it was said to be Art Deco lover the Duchess of Windsor’s favourite English country house. 

Visiting journalist Christopher Matthew once wrote: ‘Hamstone House stands out like the Duchess of Windsor’s flamingo brooch in a local jeweller’s window providing unrivalled quasi-rural grandeur.’ 

The home was built by Ian Forbes for construction tycoon Herman ‘Peter’ Tygesen Lind and his wife Alba. Copenhagen born and educated Peter Lind came to England in 1913 and founded construction firm Peter Lind & Co in 1915 – one of the first contractors in the UK to specialise in reinforced concrete construction

The main house and gate house are faced with honey coloured hamstone – a form of limestone – hence the name of the house. The circular paved forecourt in front of the property features a fountain in its centre

On 16th September 1939, Hamstone House was featured in Country Life Magazine – the last edition published before the real onset of the Second World War.

During WWII, Peter Lind devised the construction of the concrete Mulberry Harbour Phoenix Caissons, used in the D-Day landings. 

In 1943, Lind held a meeting at Hamstone House with Winston Churchill, Sir Percy Grigg, Secretary of State for War, and Mulberry Harbour Project Chairman Colin R White to discuss the Phoenix harbours. Two survive today in Dorset’s Portland Harbour. Afterwards, Lind gave Churchill a tour of the bomb shelter. 

After WWII, Peter Lind was awarded an Honorary Danish Knighthood, the order of Knight Commander of Dannebrog, for services to the war effort. 

Following Alba’s death in 1981, the Lind-Jaeger family put Hamstone House up for sale and in 1984 it was acquired by a Saudi Prince who was reported to have spent over £2 million on renovations including restoring the Art Deco interior.

On 16th September 1939, Hamstone House, seen from above, was featured in Country Life Magazine – the last edition published before the real onset of the Second World War. Seen from above, the curved and segmented façade of Hamstone House recalls the contours of the 1931 Art Deco Reverso wristwatch

Gary Hersham, founding director of sole agent Beauchamp Estates, said: ‘Hamstone House is surely the only country house in England where the art of luxury horology has helped to shape the layout of a luxury property.’ Pictured right, the 1931 Art Deco Reverso wristwatch said to have inspired Hamstone House’s design

Features he installed included an 8ft drop Venetian glass chandelier and Lalique light fittings specially commissioned for the house. It was at this point that the bomb shelter was converted into a games room.

In 2006 Hamstone House was completely refurbished and modernised throughout. Over the next two years the swimming pool complex was constructed with bespoke French limestone, and in 2012 an extensive landscaping and planting scheme was carried out with the tennis court refurbished and new shrubs, trees and flower displays installed.

Gary Hersham, founding director of sole agent Beauchamp Estates, said: ‘Hamstone House is one of the most important architectural centrepieces of St George’s Hill, an iconic Art Deco masterpiece, built for the Lind-Jaeger family and coveted by the Duchess of Windsor, whose remarkable curved design was said to have been inspired by an Art Deco wristwatch. 

‘Surely the only country house in England where the art of luxury horology has helped to shape the layout of a luxury property.’ 

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