Charting new territory – Millgate’s latest country mansion does it with artistic flair

Luxury house builder Millgate is taking bold new steps with its latest stunning creation in Oxted, Surrey. This incredible contemporary home has been bedecked with art from around the world to create an even more striking expression than usual.

With the newly completed Chart Ridge – a contemporary home perched on the edge of an escarpment on the Surrey/Kent border – Millgate have taken the concept of the Show Home to the next level by showcasing a variety of art and sculpture.

This 5 bedroom detached house appears to almost float in mid-air as the ground falls away below it, leaving one with an idyllic view across open farmland towards the south coast. Indeed one purchaser was heard to say: “You don’t need to fill a house with lovely things, the view at Trevereux is all the art you need.”

As soon as you step through the front door of Chart Ridge, light floods into the double height entrance hall from every direction, with floor to ceiling windows giving the house an incredibly airy and impressive feel.

Entrance This concept of light and space is echoed throughout the house and formed part of Millgate’s choice to team up with artist Ian Humphries and the contemporary Third Sector Gallery to showcase two genres of art.

Ian Humphries is based in Ireland and describes his work as having its roots in abstract expressionism but he paints with a personal approach which responds to beauty of the coast of West Cork where he lives. The Third Sector Gallery is displaying a collection of some exceptional modernist art. Both displays bring a number of key rooms at Chart Ridge even more to life.

In Chart Ridge, the Millgate team has created a home that is truly unique. The fabulous interior is complemented by the unadulterated view, delightful terraced garden and 12 x 6 metre infinity pool with breath-taking views of the Surrey countryside.

As an added point of interest, Millgate have on loan a mint condition American Ironhorse motorbike, which stands in pride of place in the vast open plan living area.

Jonathan Cranley, Sales and Marketing Director for Millgate, provides a glimpse of how this interior splendour is achieved,

“Millgate boasts 25 years of experience in creating sublime Show Homes and the fact that 80% of our properties sell with these interiors in place is testament to their high buyer appeal.

“Our in-house design teams work closely with Alexander James, the fellow Berkshire-based interiors company we employ to dress our houses, often working with them from initial conception. Starting the process early allows us sufficient time to find fabrics and furnishings that will catch the eye of a buyer and keep them entranced as they journey through the rooms. We want potential buyers to experience an entire lifestyle when they walk into our houses – not just a sterile shell with a few token pieces of furniture.

Chart Ridge Art “Bringing contemporary prints and oils into Chart Ridge is taking things one step further. We usually hang prints that are in keeping with each house, but the works of art that have been loaned to us by artist Ian Humphries and the Third Sector Gallery are really thrilling to see. They have helped to create a wonderfully unique, market-leading Show Home, the likes of which has certainly not been seen before in Oxted.”

In addition to the interior art, showcased in front of the main building at Trevereux is the work of James Doran-Webb – an artist with an invigorating twist. His incredibly life-like animal sculptures are created from driftwood gathered from the shores of the Philippines, where he resides. Gracing the luxury development at Trevereux is “Bay Stag”, which has been strategically placed in front of the luxury apartments that were converted from a convalescence home that was built by British journalist, newspaper owner and philanthropist, John Passmore Edwards for the Charing Cross Hospital.

Doran-Webb comments,

“The level of quality and the attention to detail in Millgate homes are a perfect match for my sculpture, and the fine, clean lines of this contemporary development is a great backdrop to the organic, rutted look of the age old wood.”

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