Kiwi eventers’ Olympic 2012 base on market for $US10m

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The state-of-the-art equestrian facilities at Park House.
The state-of-the-art equestrian facilities at Park House housed the New Zealand eventing team in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games, where they won bronze. © Knight Frank

The property that hosted the New Zealand eventing team before it won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games is on the market in Britain.

Park House, near Chiddingfold in southeast England, is on the market for £6.95 million ($US9.9 million; $NZ14.7).

The stately Park House in on the market for £6.95 million. 
The stately Park House in on the market for £6.95 million. © Knight Frank

Its equestrian facilities comprise of 10-horse stabling block with a sound system, wash bay and solarium, day room, office with wifi connection, two rug rooms, feed room, laundry room, tack room, 40 x 60 soft track outdoor school, a parking area for lorries and a horse walker.

There are two grooms cottages each comprising a kitchen, living room, bathroom and two bedrooms.

The 28-acre property was a nine-hole golf course before being bought by stockbroker Paul Wedge, who built the house nine years later.

Park House lies adjacent to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just outside the South Downs National Park.

“It was a golf club which wasn’t making any money because it had only had nine holes,” Wedge told the Wall Street Journal. “I closed it down to build a Georgian-style house with a contemporary twist inside.”

At the same time, he married professional showjumper Bryony Holloway, and they moved in with two of their children from previous marriages.

The state-of-the-art equestrian facilities used by the bronze-medal-winning New Zealand Olympic team in the run-up to the 2012 London Games. “I spent rather more than I wanted on the building,” Wedge said. “My wife’s a very good show jumper, and now we both ride.”

The high-tech, high-spec 7,553-square-foot house with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms has many features.

On the ground floor, the house comprises an entrance hall, drawing room, sitting room, study, kitchen/breakfast room leading through to dining/family room, boot room, media room, gym, sauna, changing room and indoor swimming pool.

On the first floor the accommodation comprises a master suite with two en suite bath/shower room and dressing room, five further bedroom suites and cinema room.

“The only reason we’re selling is the house is too big for just the two of us now our children have left,” Wedge said. “I built it as a family home and now we’re moving into a smaller house.”

The equestrian facilities at Park House
The equestrian facilities at Park House comprise a 10-box stable yard,, wash bay and solarium, day room, office, two rug rooms, feed room, laundry room, tack room, 40 x 60 soft track outdoor school, and a horse walker. © Knight Frank

Park House comes with 28 acres of land. To the south, east and west of the house lie the formal gardens about about 1.5 acres, designed by landscape architect Fiona Lawrenson. The gardens extend into pasture beyond, which gives the landscape a parkland feel. There are also post and rail paddocks, ponds and areas of woodland.

To the north of the house lies the walled garden, with tennis court, the ménage and the equestrian facilities. This area is divided by a gravel walkway flanked by trees.

Park House is listed with international realtors Knight Frank.

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