From Chiddingfold care home to £30m mansion

Thursday 1st August 2019 6:03 am
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PROPERTY tycoon Gerard Ayrton-Grime has put the mock-Georgian mansion he built in Chiddingfold up for sale for £30m.

The building Mr Ayrton-Grime christened Balthazar was built on the site of Sydenhurst.

The 30-acre estate was purchased by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain in 1949 to provide a safe haven for veterans and invalids unable to work.

Sydenhurst care home closed in 2013.

The new development, which saw the original property demolished, was opposed by Chiddingfold Parish Council on the grounds the village needed more small houses rather than an opulent mansion, but was approved by Waverley planners in 2016.

As Balthazar, the property was being let for £25,000 a week for up to 19 guests.

Now on the market for £30m as Sydenhurst through Knight Frank and House, it boasts a galleried two-storey party room, an indoor bowling alley, cinema and swimming pool with sauna.

Family facilities include a ‘teenager sleepover bedroom’.

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