Hillsborough California United States
About this Property
Truly reflecting the scale, proportion, and spirit of English Tudor and Elizabethan country estates, Chiltern is privately sited on more than six acres in the sought-after community of Hillsborough, California. Close to both the multicultural metropolis of San Francisco and the business and technology center of Silicon Valley, this borough is an ideal place to raise a family in a peaceful and secure environment.
One of the West Coast’s largest private residences, Chiltern encompasses an impressive five-bedroom main house of approximately 36,000 square feet, three separate apartments, and an exquisite guest house.
The majority of the home’s furnishings and art are included in the purchase, and an additional 2.5-acre parcel is also available.
Though completed in 1992, the estate effortlessly captures the ambience and mood of a bygone era. The imposing exterior is composed of dolomitic limestone and fossil stone, selected for their color and texture.
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String courses, Gothic tracery, wall panels, copings, oriel windows, and parapets adorn the walls, and stone artifact carvings and coats of arms are integrated into the stone facing at carefully selected points.
Introduced by a vestibule dressed in circa-1633 Jacobean panelling, the interiors abound with museum-quality artifacts. The 18-foot carved oak panels in the stately grand salon incorporate 15th-Century Gothic doorways, while the breathtaking 45-foot-high great hall is adorned with 17th-Century panelling from the Dyffryn House in Wales. Many of Chiltern’s 16 fireplaces have exquisitely carved mantels and fire surrounds also dating to the 17th Century. More than 250 pieces of stained glass date from as early as the 13th Century, including the “St. Giles” and “St. Catherine” panels from the Hearst collection. Many of these pieces are featured in “Studies in the History of Art”, published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Additionally, numerous rooms display beautiful marbles, granites, and onyx, as well as such semi–precious stones as tiger’s eye and 350-million-year-old fossil stone.
The second-floor master suite occupies its own wing, offering a sumptuous bed chamber, his and her dressing rooms, a panelled sitting room, and an office. Accents of walnut burl, black granite, Persian green onyx, and fossil stone distinguish these regal quarters.
On the third level, intricately carved antique bronze doors open to an office suite, private art gallery, and sculpture terrace overlooking the bay. Automated systems include elaborate security measures, computer-controlled lighting, heating and air conditioning, access control, and intercom. The media room is superbly appointed with a THX sound system, as well as state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment that is networked throughout the house. Chefs will appreciate the vast array of commercial-grade appliances found in the richly detailed and efficiently designed kitchen. Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy all the amenities of a luxury resort, including a 25-meter indoor pool, racquetball and squash court, tennis court, gymnasium, and whirlpool bath.
Chiltern embraces the preservation of nature as a guiding principle, displaying a deep appreciation and respect for the magnificent mature redwoods that grace its environs. The lush manicured grounds foster spiritual enrichment with splendid 60-year-old gardens, a 50-tree orchard, numerous rose gardens, a walled English garden, maze, French parterre, greenhouse, and koi garden. A pond and waterfall, rose-covered arbors, fountains, gazebos, and nature trails provide additional spots for romantic relaxation. Stone walls, some as high as 25 feet, weave through the grounds.
Unique in its aspirations, its quality, and its refinement, Chiltern is a monument to the idea of architecture as art, and a jewel to treasure for generations to come.
Features & Amenities
- 6 bedrooms
- 8 bathrooms
- 3 partial baths
- 6 Acres lot
- 36,000 ft2 interior
Listing Id: EXE130020
A magnificent Grade I late Georgian house with commanding views along the East Devon coastline5 Principal reception rooms | 5 Additional reception rooms | Galleried halls, landings and corridors |
Main kitchen/breakfast room, second kitchen/butler’s pantry | Domestic offices | Extensive cellars |
16 Bedrooms | 8 Bathrooms |
Attic with 11 rooms, 2 bathrooms|
Camellia House |
Spacious 3 bedroom staff bungalow |
Garaging, outbuildings and estate yard |
A Grade II* 19th century castle, currently providing 6 office suites |
Landscaped formal Italian-style terrace and sunken garden | Lily pond | Parkland |
Agricultural land, woodland
About 164 acres (66 hectares)Mamhead House has a fascinating history and there has been a house on this site for many centuries. Mamhead is mentioned in the Domesday Book and the ownership has passed through several distinguished families. In 1547 it was bought by the Balle family. In 1672 Peter Balle, an attorney to Queen Henrietta Maria, was awarded a Baronetcy for his services to her. Later William of Orange billeted his supporters on the Estate. Mamhead then passed into the hands of the Earls of Lisburne who sold the Estate in 1822 to R W Newman, MP for Exeter.
The current house was built in 1833 as a “Marriage House” for Robert Newman and his new bride, Mary. The initials of both appear entwined throughout the house. The family motto, “Ubi amor ibi fides”, “Where there is love there is trust” is beautifully carved above the front door and is repeated in various places throughout the house.
Today Mamhead House combines reception rooms of fine proportions with exquisite plaster ceilings that flow from one to another. It has a peaceful and relaxing environment and the reception rooms, bedrooms, terraces and garden make the most of the stunning views over the parkland, open agricultural land and along the East Devon coast to Portland Bill.
The house, which is built of mellow Bath stone and is approached by a long winding drive through woodland, has five principal reception rooms, five additional reception rooms, galleried halls, landings and corridors, a main kitchen/breakfast room, a secondary kitchen/butler’s pantry and extensive domestic offices and cellars.
There are 16 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and an attic with a further 11 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
At one end of the house overlooking the magnificent Italian sunken garden with its fine Salvin fountain, sundial and seat is a large camellia house.
In the grounds is a two bedroom staff bungalow together with useful garaging, outbuildings and an Estate yard.
Approached directly from the main drive, situated to the north west of Mamhead House is Mamhead Castle. Also designed by Anthony Salvin and built at the same time as the house it is a copy of 14th century Belsay Castle in Northumberland. It was designed as a craggy picturesque foil to the house. Constructed of local red sandstone it was originally used to provide stabling, a coach house, laundry and brewery. A passage linked the brewery with the house cellars. The Castle is Listed Grade II* and a central courtyard is approached through a massive gatehouse complete with portcullis.
Today the Castle has been completely modernised and is laid out in six office suites. These can be let to provide a useful income, although they are vacant at present.
Mamhead House is complemented by stunning landscaped gardens and parkland. It is known that Lancelot “Capability” Brown charged the first Earl of Lisburne £105 for his plans for improving the park. There are extensive Italian terraces, a magnificent sunken garden and all with the backdrop of azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons.
The parkland comprises many fine specimen trees. The agricultural land is grazed by sheep on a short term arrangement with a local farmer. The 70 acres of woodland provide a magnificent backdrop to the house.
The Estate extends in all to about 164 acres (66 hectares).
Features & Amenities
- 16 bedrooms
- 8 bathrooms
- 164 Acres lot