Wednesday, February 8, 2017

2017 Property Market in Surrey

As we enter a new year, it’s always a good idea to look ahead – it’s never a bad thing to be prepared! This is exactly what we’ve been doing here at Barton Wyatt Estate Agents in Surrey. We’ve been looking at what we’ve seen throughout 2016 in the property market to predict what we think will happen in 2017 as well as scouring the internet for wise words from industry professionals on the matter. Here’s what we’ve found.

Article 50
In the UK, the most anticipated event of the year is the triggering of Article 50, signifying our leave from the European Union. ‘Brexit’ was confirmed to go ahead on February 2nd, when MP’s gave it the green light (voting 494 to 114), and now we wait with baited breath to see what happens. In terms of property, though, we’re not too worried. Going on what we saw from the Brexit vote, things actually look pretty hopeful for the housing market! Ed Stanfield, chief property economist at Capital Economics, stated that the market recovered ‘Remarkably quickly’ after a short lull due to the referendum result, and we expect the same to be the case for the big event. There is some uncertainty, of course, but we’re remaining positive and expecting any effects to be minor and short-lived.

2016 was a bit of a tumultuous year for London in terms of property, as it saw its house price growth fall under the national average for the first time in eight years and an 11,000 increase in the number of city dwellers buying homes outside the capital compared to that of 2015. For 2017, things aren’t expected to change too much in the city, seeing a continuously steady flow of people leaving and heading instead to the South or to regions on the outskirts of London. This is great news for Surrey, which is a good spot for ex-city dwellers, and, as they usually pay more for property than the average buyer, you may receive a better price than you expected! There’s also the effects of the confirmation of a third runway at Heathrow, which we expect to drive even more out of the country’s capital and flock to areas such as Surrey.

Growth and Activity
In terms of growth in the country’s property market as a whole, we’re pleased to report that we expect things to remain steady. Growth is predicted to rise between 1-4% which is nothing to complain about and low interest rates will continue to appeal to buyers for a while yet, especially first-time buyers. Many lenders are introducing even more offers on mortgage rates which is set to propel the market into action and encourage those looking to buy to get up and do so! A topic of interest that we’ve been looking at is the supply of property for sale available on the market, which acts as a good barometer of market health. 2017 has already started well for us with many significant sales, but also with excellent new instructions, so if you’re looking to market your home with the best Estate Agent in Surrey, now could be a very good time!

If you are looking for luxury Surrey estate agents to sell your house through in 2017,  please contact Barton Wyatt.

Barton Wyatt provide luxury and select Property for sale in Ascot. James Wyatt MNAEA, MARLA, TRC, REALTOR ® is a partner at Barton Wyatt Estate Agents Surrey. Tel: 01344 843000

Monday, December 14, 2015

Ten reasons millionaires buy their millionaire homes in Wentworth

It is no longer uncommon to be a millionaire.  Barclays Wealth conducted a survey that suggests there are 715,000 millionaires in the UK – one in every 65 adults. They predict that in another ten years there will be almost 800,000 millionaires living on these shores.
In 2010, last time Barclays Wealth carried out their study, there were 40% fewer millionaires. The report surmised that booming house prices, bonus payments and good returns in equity markets had all had a hand to play in the rise.
Needless to say the economic powerhouse remains as London and the South East but areas outside of this have boomed too – nearly half of the ‘new’ millionaires created since 2010 live outside the southern money bubble.
The first village in the UK to have an average house price of over a million in June 2013 was Virginia Water according to Zoopla at the time, when the average house price scraped over £1,00,000. Today that has not changed significantly – Zoopla figures state £1,122,082 is the average price paid for a property in the area, representing a 5.5% increase over the past year.
Barton Wyatt estate agents Surrey have been in Virginia Water for 50 years and the Wyatt brothers who run this exclusive agency are no strangers to millionaires. Indeed, the average house price sale for Barton Wyatt in the past year sits at an eye watering £2,879,032.
James Wyatt, Partner of Barton Wyatt, comments:
“It has been fascinating watching Virginia Water – which encompasses the elite Wentworth – over the past 50 years. House prices have always been high here. The area has attracted kings, queens, celebrities and superstars over the years, which has in itself encouraged the inflow of further wealthy families.
“I predict that house prices in Virginia Water will continue to rise over the next ten years by something like 60%. The houses that are being built on Wentworth to replace others that have been demol
demolished are often colossal. These homes are being bought by international buyers very discreetly as an alternative to buying in overpriced London”
And why is Virginia Water and Wentworth a top spot for the jetset looking for a peaceful home in the UK?
Here are Barton Wyatt’s top ten reasons why their village has it all:
  1. Covenants – the covenants in Wentworth have restricted owners and developers alike from taking down houses and in-filling with lots of homes. One plot has to remain one plot and this has secured exclusivity and driven the prices up.
  2. Golf – the Wentworth Club has attracted top golfers for decades. Since its inception in the 1920’s Wentworth has been famed for its interesting fairways discreetly lined with large homes, which are tucked behind deep foliage. Golfers peer at the homes and owners often have good views of the course from raised vantage points.
  3. The PGA tournament – this has kept Virginia Water and Wentworth in the limelight. Wonderful TV footage of lush greens, huge conifers and enormous houses with top flight golfers vying for the number one spot has assured fame for the area.
  4. The Wentworth Club – is far from all about golf. 13 tennis courts feature a combination of surfaces for optimum seasonal playing conditions including: all weather, artificial clay and acrylic – nine of which are also floodlit. A fabulous multi gym, indoor pool and very large outside pool all add to the mix. Whether you want swimming lessons for the children, a personal trainer or just to make new friends the Wentworth Club is likely to be on the agenda for any family living nearby.
  5. Polo – There is something extremely classy about hanging out with people who do or know about Polo. They are generally extremely rich and/or very beautiful – all of which goes down very well in VW.  Guards Polo is now the largest polo club in Europe and sits within Windsor Great Park .  The Club is set in the outstanding natural surroundings of Smith’s Lawn, which is thought to have been named after a game keeper at the time of the Restoration in the 17th century and is just a short walk from the lake at Virginia Water.
  6. Virginia Water Lake – the lake was first dammed and flooded in 1753. Until the creation of the great reservoirs, it was the largest man-made body of water in the British Isles. This is a beautiful spot and wonderful to have on the doorstep. The circuit around the lake is about 4.5 miles, half paved and the other half a “natural” path, which provides easy walking conditions even with a pram or pushchair.
  7. Getting to London – easily achieved in under an hour. Trains run regularly to Waterloo and you could be at your desk in little over an hour – or of course shopping at Selfridges or Harrods.
  8. Transport Links – Heathrow airport is just 10 minutes away – essential for most residents who have homes and businesses in other parts of the world. Virginia Water sits close to the M3, M25 and M4, so getting around the UK is easy too.
  9. Schools – Some of the UK’s finest public schools are within easy reach of Virginia Water: Eton, Wellington and St Georges are popular. For international students there is a choice of two international schools tutoring the International Baccalaureate alongside the British education system.
  10. People like us – Virginia Water/Wentworth is a wealthy village – it attracts wealthy people and you know your neighbours’ children will go to the same schools, go to pony camp together and eventually as they grow – date each other. Your neighbours will have nice cars, well-kept homes and gardens and have similar values to yours. You will meet at drinks parties, go to restaurants and bump into them in the village. They will be like you and this is why they live here – because they are People like us.
An example of two houses that are on the market and would suit ‘People like us!’
Windsor House, Woodland Road East                                   £6,950,000
Magnificent master bedroom suite with his and hers dressing rooms and bath/shower rooms, five further bedroom and bath/shower room suites, drawing room, dining room, study, family room, garden room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, three ground floor cloakrooms, gymnasium/staff accommodation over a triple garage, outdoor swimming pool, south facing gardens amounting to approximately one acre in all.
A stunning brand new Wentworth mansion house ready for immediate occupation and fully furnished if desired. Set in a wonderful south facing one acre plot in a highly desirable location within the Wentworth Estate, just a short walk from the picturesque village shops and mainline station, and approximately one mile from the world renowned Wentworth Golf and Country Club.
Wellington House, Wentworth                                                                £7,450,000
This virtually brand new residence was completed in 2011 to an exceptional style and quality in this superb location. The property offers in excess of 11,000 square foot of luxury!
The specification is of the highest order using individual and hand built craftsmanship. There is a superb entrance way which leads to a dining hall with casement doors onto the garden. The principle rooms lead off the main hall and there is a grand staircase to the first floor. Approached off the hall is the cloakroom, study, drawing room and magnificent kitchen/breakfast room which measures 45ft x 27ft. This room is equipped with a comprehensive bespoke range of hand painted wall and floor Shaker style cupboards with stone work surfaces and a good range of appliances including Wolf cooker, sub-zero American style fridge freezer etc.
For leisure there is a superb indoor pool, and sauna.
There is an annexe kitchen with a comprehensive range of cupboards and work surfaces for entertaining on a grand scale. The bathroom en-suites and cloakrooms all have Villeroy and Bosch sanitary ware. On the first floor, there are four bedroom suites, the master bedroom suite is truly sumptuous with a sitting room, dressing area and en-suite bathroom. There is also access to the balcony overlooking the beautiful south facing grounds. On the second floor, there are two further bedrooms, both en-suite and a large storeroom.
The property is in private and well screened grounds of approximately one acre with a southerly aspect and this view is enjoyed from the principal rooms of the house. French doors on the ground floor lead out onto a sizeable sun terrace which stretches the width of the property and provides excellent space for al fresco dining. The main part of the garden is made up of a well maintained area of lawn surrounded by a wealth of mature shrubs and beds. To the front of the property there are wrought iron electric gates with brick piers opening onto the large driveway which leads to the triple garage with staff flat above. There is ample parking for vehicles.
For properties near ACS Egham and TASIS England, please contact Barton Wyatt on 01344 843000.

Barton Wyatt provide luxury and select Property for sale in Ascot. James Wyatt MNAEA, MARLA, TRC, REALTOR ® is a partner at Barton Wyatt Estate Agents Surrey. Tel: 01344 843000

Friday, October 30, 2015

It's Chinese whispers on the Wentworth Estate; rental homes in Sunningdale

As you know rental homes in Sunningdale and the Wentworth Estate are very sought after.

Since the purchase back in 2014, the new Chinese owners have made little change to this long established country club but today it has been announced that revolution is underway. 

The Wentworth Club, home to the annual PGA Championship, has always been frequented by the rich and famous, not to mention the odd Royal, with full membership for a couple commanding a first payment on joining of nearly £39,000. 

Those who weren't full Wentworth Members could however also come and pay and play as corporate guests. But from 1st April 2017 this club will become "fully private" using a debenture scheme. 

James Wyatt, Partner at Barton Wyatt, Wentworth resident and Club Member, comments:

"At the lively AGM, 400 members were informed that in 2017 they will have to pay a debenture of £100,000 and annuals subs of £16,000. Membership will be offered only if the Wentworth board members approve the 'application'. New members will pay a debenture of £125,000.

This marks a massive change to the existing club set up, but the Chief Executive Steven Webster told us that the club need significant investment in the golf courses, clubhouse and tennis club.

However, the current Captain slammed the owners lack of communication with the members, explaining that members wanted value for money - and for the Club to be inclusive not exclusive.

Over the years, we have seen plenty of changes at Wentworth, and very few of those changes have been popular at first glance. But it is clear that Wentworth members after 2017 will have rather more space to themselves".

For more details on the changes coming to The Wentworth Club contact James Wyatt on 01344 843000.

Barton Wyatt provide luxury and select Property for sale in Ascot. James Wyatt MNAEA, MARLA, TRC, REALTOR ® is a partner at Barton Wyatt Estate Agents Surrey. Tel: 01344 843000

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Salubrious Sunningdale - where the homes and the golf are top of the range

Sunningdale is a large, quintessentially English village located in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire. Dotted with leafy lanes and large detached houses hiding behind foliage and gates it is just 24 miles west of London with a train station and direct link into London Waterloo, due to its prime location, Sunningdale is a top spot for London commuters and is also favoured by international businessmen and women who need fast access to the UK's airports.

Sunningdale has been home to many familiar names over the years - Dame Agatha Christie lived in Scotswood, a house on Devenish Avenue, which has now been transformed into luxury apartments. Other famous residents have included Gary Lineker, British pop group Five Star, Chesney Hawkes, Brian Blessed, Diana Dors and Billy Ocean.

The village is well known for its palatial properties including the Grade-II listed art deco mansion, Charters. Built in 1938 for industrialist Frank Parkinson, the house welcomed guests including Winston Churchill and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor before changing use, becoming a corporate headquarters and now a luxury apartment and spa complex.

Other notable properties include Coworth House, the late 18th century home of Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, which was later occupied by the Secretary of State for War in the early 20th century as well as the British Ambassador to France. It is now the popular Coworth Park Hotel.

In addition to its property heritage, Sunningdale is best known for its golf courses say Barton Wyatt estate agents Surrey.

Sunningdale Golf Club was founded by two brothers in 1900 and is home to two 18-hole courses.  The Old Course was designed by Willie Park Jr and the New Course by Harry Colt. Sunningdale has hosted many prestigious tournaments including the British Masters, the Walker Cup, the Women's British Open and the Senior Open Championship.

Sunningdale is also home to a second highly acclaimed club: Sunningdale Ladies. With a course also designed by Harry Colt, the club offers players a smaller but perfectly proportioned course. The patron is HRH The Duke of York and this land was once part of Windsor Forest.

July 23rd - 26th sees the return of the Senior Open Championship to Sunningdale Golf Club and with it a host of golfing greats who are all raving about being back in Berkshire for this competition.

Wales' greatest ever golfer Ian Woosnam, former Masters Champion and world number one, says:

"It's a course that I always love to play and I think it's great for the Senior Open to go there. The crowds are going to be magnificent. Noone can complain because it's such a lovely old golf course. It's the sort of golf course, with the heather and everything, that you've got to keep it on the fairway, but it's not a long golf course. You have to use the right clubs off the tee and they are very small greens so you have to be accurate as well."

Golfer Sam Torrance also knows Sunningdale's Old Course inside out, as a long-time member of the club.

"I love the golf course," said Torrance. "I've been there for the last 44 years - I was assistant pro there in 1971 so there's not a blade of grass that I'm not familiar with. I can't wait to get out there."

Torrance's compatriot Colin Montgomerie is also thinking ahead to late July and what lies in store on the Old Course at the iconic Surrey venue:

"My first competitive round at Sunningdale was in 1987, which was the Walker Cup. Ever since I first played it I've loved the place and I've always said it's a gorgeous place to be, not just to play golf but to walk round."

With accolades such as this it is hardly surprising that Sunningdale, and in particular those houses that back onto the courses, are in such high demand.

James Wyatt, Partner of local estate agents Barton Wyatt, says:

"Finding homes in Sunningdale can be difficult. They just don't come onto the market very often. Particularly the houses that adjoin the courses - these are highly valuable and prized by their owners."

A local developer, Halebourne Group, is shortly to complete a stunning mansion that will launch as 10 new luxury apartments. Coming to the market at approximately £2-3 million for the two and three bedroom homes and two magnificent penthouses. James Wyatt continues:

"This majestic house is situated opposite the world famous Sunningdale golf course and will be the most fabulous opportunity for keen golfers to own their own tee-side seat at Sunningdale. We anticipate that these homes will be highly sought after by locals who are looking to downsize but remain in the area that they know and love."

If you are looking for a slice of golfing action and would like more details on these apartments or other properties in the area contact Barton Wyatt on 01344 843 000 or visit

The Ridge, Sunningdale                                    Anticipated launch price from £2,000,000

This stunning development will offer mansion block apartments in an exclusive setting.  Each luxury apartment has secure basement parking, outside terraces and a superb interior specification. They will be available from spring 2016.

Barton Wyatt provide luxury and select Property for sale in Ascot. James Wyatt MNAEA, MARLA, TRC, REALTOR ® is a partner at Barton Wyatt Estate Agents Surrey. Tel: 01344 843000

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Barton Wyatt welcomes Chinese purchase of The Wentworth Group

The announcement of the acquisition of The Wentworth Group in Surrey by a large Chinese Investment company, Reignwood Group, spells good news for Surrey's Wentworth and Virginia Water.

The Wentworth Club is one of the world's finest golf and country clubs set in an oasis less than an hour from central London.  Consisting of a famous castellated Clubhouse, three championship golf courses, a Tennis & Health Club, an active social calendar and dining inspired by The Ivy and Le Caprice also owned by Richard Caring.

Barton Wyatt, the leading estate agents in Surrey, are delighted with the news.  James Wyatt, partner of the firm explains:

"Rumours have been flying around for months about the sale of The Wentworth Club.  Richard Caring has been open about his ambition to sell this part of his empire and release capital for other ventures.

"It was all just a case of who had the money for this hugely expensive slice of Surrey.  We are delighted it is now settled and we are most excited by having internationally renowned Chinese owners at the helm. 

Wentworth Tennis"This purchase by a major Chinese group will undoubtedly expand the Wentworth Brand globally.  This in turn will open new doors, bring new markets to our estate and of course more wealth outside of London to the Home Counties."

The Reignwood Group has purchased Wentworth for a jaw dropping sum of £135m. Dr Chanchai Ruayrungruang, founder of The Reignwood Group in 1984, commented,

"Reignwood has a long history in golf development, a profound respect for excellence in every form and deep interest in East-West cooperation.

"As a world famous golf institution, Wentworth is a key strategic acquisition for our rapidly growing luxury lifestyle division, whose unique culture we are dedicated to preserving and whose exceptional expertise will inform our golf operations across Asia."

Dr Chanchai Ruayrungruang is also known more familiarly as Yan Bin and has a multitude of feathers in his cap including being the man who brought the energy drink Red Bull from Thailand to China. Three years later, he started building the Wonderland Amusement Park, not dissimilar to Disneyland near Beijing.

In 2000, he built China's largest golf resort, the Pine Valley Resort in Beijing, which caters to a luxury crowd: in 2009 the course was awarded the Multimillionaires' Most Favourite Golf Course in Beijing.

Yan Bin has grown his fortune on the back of a strong performance in sales of Red Bull energy drinks in China, and with sales expected to hit US$800 million this year, it is estimated that his personal wealth is $8.17 billion.

James Wyatt says:

"In my mind golf and the Chinese sit in harmony together.  Asia has become golf mad over the past few decades and are already regular visitors to Wentworth.  Hopefully now they will move into leafy Surrey and become part of our rich and diverse international tapestry. 

"I for one would be thrilled to see some dim sum on the menu at The Wentworth Club!"

For more details contact Barton Wyatt Surrey Estate Agents.

Barton Wyatt provide luxury and select Property in Sunningdale. James Wyatt MNAEA, MARLA, TRC, REALTOR ® is a partner at Barton Wyatt Letting Agents Surrey. Tel: 01344 843000

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Foreign Secretary attends Annual Enterprise Forum at Wentworth

Philip Hammond, local MP and Foreign Secretary was an esteemed guest of Surrey's leading estate agency, Barton Wyatt Estate Agents Surrey last Friday.

March 20th saw the Runnymede & Weybridge Enterprise Forum annual lunch take place in the graceful dining room at The Wentworth Club.   As a keen supporter of the enterprise, James Wyatt Partner of Barton Wyatt hosted tables and invited the two local international schools as his guests.

Wyatt comments: "I am a staunch supporter of this group and indeed was Chairman a few years ago.  I believe this forum is an excellent way of getting local businesses together to encourage economic discussion and the effect of politics on our lives.  As Mr Hammond is the Foreign Secretary I thought that it would be tremendous to include our two local international schools - ACS Egham and TASIS England - both of which have quite an impact on our patch of North Surrey."

The two schools combined take in the region of 1500 pupils who are mainly being educated on the International Baccalaureate and their being in the local area attracts a wealth of international families to the Virginia Water area.

James Wyatt continues: "I believe without these two schools in our locality, Wentworth would be a very different patchwork to the rich diversity of cultures that it is today.  I love the mix of nationalities and cultures that we have on our doorstep.  It creates a terrific international environment and one that I am very glad my children are growing up in.

"It was with this in mind that I decided to include some sixth formers from TASIS England and ACS Egham to join my tables. These youngsters will be our future and I hope that they will go back to their respective schools and talk freely to their peers about this experience."

Wyatt, Hammond & ACSPhilip Hammond, Member of Parliament for Runnymede & Weybridge and Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs attends all the meetings for the Enterprise Forum. He says:

"Personally, I greatly value the opportunity which the Forum gives me to discuss current issues and political developments with the local business community. All members of the Cabinet value the opportunity to hear the views and concerns of the business community - thus helping to ensure that we achieve our stated ambition - to be a business-friendly administration. I want to remain a champion of private sector-led growth within Government and I value my links with the local business community highly."

For more information on the Enterprise Forum, the local schools or property please speak to James Wyatt at Barton Wyatt letting agents Surrey, 01344 843 000 or visit

Barton Wyatt provide luxury and select Property for sale in Ascot.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Work out wonder homes by Barton Wyatt estate agents Surrey

Zumba, Fitbit and TRX are all words that have become part of the daily dialect for many.  The UK's ever changing vocabulary is including more words that have originated from the sports world as people become fixated with bettering their physique and improving their diet.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) became the number one fitness trend in 2014 according to the annual survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).  It was perfect for busy people who wanted a fast and challenging workout that delivered results. The survey predicts it will rank second in 2015.

Taking the coveted number 1 spot this year will be body weight training according to the ACSM. A perfect work out which can be done in small spaces and uses your own body weight as a cantilever rendering expensive monthly gym memberships redundant.

Wearable technology has also become one of the latest fads on the fitness market.  Wristbands that measure calories, steps, heart beat and can also let you know if you had a good night sleep complete existing smartphone technology syncing your daily exercise and overall health. A recent study by market research group Kantar are projecting that the 'wearable tech' market in the UK could jump to 13.1 million users in 2015 (over double the current number at 6.7 million).

Wearable technologyThe launch of the Apple Watch will undoubtedly help to achieve this figure.  Apple Watch gives the wearer a complete picture of their all-day activity. The activity app show the daily progress and help motivate you to sit less, move more and get some exercise. It's also an advanced sports watch, giving you real-time stats for a variety of the most popular workouts. Over time, Apple Watch learns the owner's activity and fitness levels thus enabling it to suggest personalised goals. It even provides custom reminders to encourage you to achieve them. 

Property guru and estate agent James Wyatt, Partner of Barton Wyatt estate agents in Surrey, is at the forefront of selling homes to buyers with health and fitness foremost in their minds, he comments,

"Having watched my friends and associates being lured into the wearable technology world, I find myself following! I have to admit I was tempted by this Apple watch but I have gone for the more affordable Fitbit to see how I do with that before weighing out for a pricey watch!"

"It appears that the average property purchaser in patch of Surrey is very keen on keeping healthy too.  Most of our buyers are after substantial family homes and they want the house to have or have the potential room for a multi-gym.  These gyms are not all flamboyant - some are small rooms with a handful of weights - others have lots of expensive equipment. One thing they virtually all have though is a large flat screen television linked to the internet!"

gym-treadmill-people.jpgWith the help of the internet and platforms such as YouTube it's never been an easier time to get fit and remain motivated. The number of online workout videos and tech-platforms that can track your progress, offer advice and allow you to connect with your fitness pals is growing at an alarming rate.  Slipping into some Lycra and popping on a Jane Fonda VHS is a thing of the past - today you can download an Insanity Fast & Furious 20-Minute Workout and off you go!

James goes on to comment about how buyers' needs have changed in recent years,

"30 years ago no one ever asked for a gym in their home, we had the odd request for a massage room or a swimming pool but it wasn't common.  Today fibre optic broadband, wall to ceiling mirrors and in the most luxurious gyms - a sprung floor - have almost become as essential as a walk-in wardrobe.  The wonderful thing is that most 'fitness' rooms can be retro-introduced into a house.  It's only a sports complex in the basement that needs heavy duty planning."

Indeed Personal Trainers and private Pilates instructors are a highly sought after accessory in the depths of North Surrey.  Paying as much as £75 per hour for the luxury of a home trainer who will help to keep your motivation going to achieve the ultimate bendy body.

Wyatt laughs:

"It used to be essential to have a Range Rover and a pony - now the locals compete over the best Personal Trainers how many times a week you can fit in a Pilates class. I have to be honest I have tried it myself and I definitely feel more flexible after an hour!

personal_trainer.jpg"Many of the homes we sell have fully kitted gymnasiums, these are perfect for your PT session or just to de-stress after work - which is what I generally use it for.  Half an hour of breaking into a sweat and watching the news helps to take your mind off work. 

"Some of our clients have gone the extra mile fitting instant iced water dispensers, wrap around mirrors, ballet bars and surround sound systems to their gyms. In the more extravagant homes around here you will find large underground swimming pools with Jacuzzi, steam rooms, saunas and even changing rooms!"

For those looking to complement their home fitness outdoors then Virginia water in North Surrey is the perfect place. The notable Wentworth Club, a timeless golfing haven, has welcomed numerous great sporting members over the years with the tennis courts, state of the art gymnasium and swimming hugely popular with local residents. 

On the Market by Barton Wyatt Surrey estate agents:

Below is a selection of properties on the market in North Surrey perfect for buyers looking for a sporting haven:

Wilton, Wentworth Estate, Virginia Water                         £4,950,000

A magnificent family home built to an exceptional specification and finish, superbly situated on an elevated site at the end of Woodlands Road East, a prestigious and sought after road within Wentworth.

Wilton has been designed for a contemporary family lifestyle with a stunning kitchen/breakfast/family room area with doors opening onto the delightful gardens. The more formal ground floor reception rooms are of elegant proportions and enjoy tall ceilings and windows, light being a theme throughout the house.

Wilton GymThere is also a large gymnasium on the ground floor which is air conditioned as is the master  bedroom and kitchen/family room. A link between the gymnasium and the main house has a secondary staircase giving access to the rear landing of the house as well as the staff flat over the large three car garage. The flat also has the ability to be completely independent with its own staircase and front door.

Upstairs over two floors is the enormous master bedroom suite, four further en-suite bedrooms and another two bedrooms which share a bathroom.

The house enjoys a secluded garden facing east at the rear and amounts to approximately 0.75 of an acre in all.

Broomfield House, Windlesham                              £4,350,000

This magnificent family house features an incredible array of modern day living.  A CAT 5 integrated request audio system with speakers through out many rooms, in intercom facility throughout the house, security cameras and a state -of- the art Rako mood lighting system.

Broomfield House poolThe accommodation comprises a fabulous kitchen which was featured in Beautiful Kitchens in May 2009 and utility room.  An impressive entrance hall with marbled flooring and chandelier leads to a further six reception rooms include a study and conservatory.  The master bedroom includes en-suite and dressing room, four further bedrooms (2 en-suite), a further family bathroom.

The recreation area includes a multi-gym, a pool and jacuzzi.  There is a steam room and shower plus separate changing rooms.  A custom built bar area which has access onto a terrace via 10m fully retractable glass doors.

The property also includes a detached triple garage block with staff flat above.  The flat includes a private entrance, kitchen, living area, bedroom and bathroom.

Grounds extend to approximately 1.7 acres including a tennis court.

Crossland House, Virginia Water                                 £1,100,000, £1,495,000 AND £2,000,000

Currently Barton Wyatt have three homes available on Virginia Park.  Crossland House is a stunning Grade I listed centre piece of Virginia Park which is a prestigious gated development with extensive communal leisure facilities.

Crossland House gymFor sale is a detached house built when the site was redeveloped and two large properties which are set within the main house.

The communal facilities in Virginia Park are extensive and include 24 hour manned security at the gate, a superb indoor swimming pool complex with hammer beam ceiling, a gym, converted sports hall chapel, tennis court and communal grounds.

Barton Wyatt provide luxury and select Property in Sunningdale. James Wyatt MNAEA, MARLA, TRC, REALTOR ® is a partner at Barton Wyatt Letting Agents Surrey. Tel: 01344 843000