This unique London riverfront townhouse started life as a Georgian cottage, with two further floors added in the 1870s. Bought as a ruin by the current owners in 1977, the house has been lovingly restored with its many charming period features, from the butler’s larder to the Victorian food lift to a fantastic 18th century wine cellar, still in tact. This house now makes for a fantastic family home in London just three minutes from Barnes Bridge station.
The views from the property are all of the river and the garden – the wonderful kitchen/dining room on the first floor has floor-to-ceiling picture windows looking out over the river while the back window has a wonderful view of the garden and the stunning drawing room has French doors out to a balcony overlooking the river.
The second floor has two impressive double length bedrooms, again with river views at the front and garden views to the rear. The top floor has three further bedrooms. The basement has a large bedroom/playroom as well as the larder, the wine store and the coal cellar.
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Outside the garden is a hugely important feature – with a southerly aspect it has a number of mature trees including apple trees and a fantastic ash while the borders have old-fashioned climbing roses, irises, a silver pear and peonies.
The large summer house (used as a shell making factory in the First World War) has a colonial style verandah for enjoying the sunsets and a large interior space for summer entertaining – the present owners have a big party on boat race night as friends crowd onto the balcony to see the action.
The house is in the heart of Barnes and there are excellent schools in the area; transport into and out of town is also easy and the local rowing and sailing clubs are just across the river.
The guide price is £3,500,000. For further information contact Savills on 020 8939 6900 or visit www.savills.co.uk.
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