Camp End Manor – “The finest house on the Hill”Posted on March 6th 2017
Lees Associates are immensely proud of what we have achieved at our recently completed project in St George’s Hill. Camp End Manor is named after the iron age fort that once occupied the site, and it is no coincidence that it commands the best views for miles around.
From the earliest sketches, the design was a direct response to the house’s unique location. The house, which is in an authentic Regency style with strong Palladian influences, respects its historic setting while taking maximum advantage of the stunning views south over the forests, fields and villages of The Surrey Downs.
The layout of the house follows a disciplined classical approach and one gets an immediate sense of the strong axial arrangement of the plan, with an elliptical stair hall at its core, visible from every principal room. Flooded with natural light from above, and with a glimpse of the spectacular view beyond, the hall frames the centrepiece of the house: the unique helical solid stone floating stair, which winds down from the first floor gallery, through the ground floor hall to the basement wine bar.
This beautiful and stunning feat of engineering at its most pure is the project’s defining architectural gesture, regularly leaving first- time visitors open-mouthed in awe. Lees Associates developed the design of the stairs in collaboration with engineers, Webb Yates, and stonemasons, The Stonemasonry Company. With its beautifully slender waist, the stair is no different to any traditional stone “cantilevered” stair, with one notable exception – there is no wall to support it! Instead, the engineer has taken post-tensioned technology to another level, employing it for the first time ever on an elliptical stair that turns in excess of 180º.
Camp End Manor is not just a luxury home by virtue of its fixtures and fittings. From its very conception its design and construction has been a devoted exercise in providing the highest standard of living to its residents. Achieving Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, its simple, sensitive plan provides balance and harmony, and its generous ceiling heights, windows and skylights allow natural light to flood its spaces. It is a home that truly lifts the spirits.