Swimming pools are something we've come to accept as a basic essential in luxury houses, but this one comes with lots of added wow factor.
Situated in the heart of one of Surrey's prestigious private country estates, St George's Hill in Weybridge, Whitelands is a family home and equally, one perfect for entertaining. It comes with a grand aesthetic, beautiful landscaped gardens, stunning leisure facilities and contemporary interior finishes - all of which has been built entirely bespoke.
The property, currently on the market via , is stylish and contemporary. The team at provided lots of luxury touches with a neutral colour palette of ivory and grey throughout.
There's leather upholstered chairs and smooth wood-finished cabinets in the wine room, h cushions and faux fur throws in the entertainment room, grand lighting from chandeliers to spotlights, reflective furniture, and a beautiful marble bathroom. A large spiral staircase across three floors adds to the splendour of it all.
Despite the six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a gym, games room, spa, wine and cigar room and an entertainment room, it's the secret hydraulic swimming pool in the ballroom that's the real highlight.
The 10m x 5m pool is actually hidden underneath the ballroom floor, bringing a new meaning to the phrase "multi-use" - and the room can be transformed in just six minutes.
"The ballroom floor is the perfect addition to a home with this level of grandeur," say the developers, . "This floor is designed with a geometric pattern to lift the space and add depth, rather than the floor being plain tile. This pattern is echoed throughout the decorative back lit wall panels, adding the elegant touch taking the ballroom to the next level."
So how exactly does this transformation work? "The hydraulic mechanism is controlled by a tablet inset in the wall with a switch operated stop-start system allowing the floor to be adjusted to different depths," Lucas Design explain. "One must remain with their finger on the button for the entire raising or lowering process which is a foolproof safety aspect to ensure that no accidents or mishaps can happen. It takes approximately six minutes for the complete process."
The floor can be adjusted to different depths making it ideal for less experienced swimmers and children at shallower depths and deeper levels for diving. But it can also be used for entertaining, as you can lower the floor to around six inches of water to use as a decorative feature with floating tea lights.
With safety in mind, the pool area is concealed from the kitchen with a full height glass wall, but access can be granted by fingerprint.
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