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5 bed detached house for sale Elm Bank Gardens, London SW13

5 beds
2 baths
4 receptions

Property location

  • Barnes Primary School0.1 miles
  • Barnes Bridge0.1 miles
  • St Osmund's Catholic Primary School0.4 miles
  • Barnes0.5 miles

Features and description

  • Detached house
  • Five bedrooms
  • Four reception rooms
  • Kitchen/dining room
  • Two bathrooms
  • Studio
  • Workshop & Greenhouse
  • Walled garden & shepherds hut
  • No onward chain
  • Off street parking and a garage
A wonderful opportunity in only the second time in nearly eighty years to have arisen. Settled next to the river in its own vast private plot and believed to date back to 1885 it is packed full of history and intricate craftsmanship. From the gold leaf frieze delicately positioned under the original cornice in the dining room and family room, referencing the herbs and plants in the expansive kitchen garden, to the studio and its original use as the ticket office for the First and Second class rail passengers', still with the original doors. It has an important environmental history too, as It was the meeting place for discussions regarding the protection of Barnes Leg o' Mutton reservoir which was successful in its cause, resulting in the site being protected today.

It was one of the first houses to have been built following the sale of the grand Elm Bank House resulting in a sense of grandeur and a wonderful allure for any prospective purchaser.

Walking up to the house, the distinctive façade and architectural scale are impressive. Privately positioned behind a decorative brick wall the immediate view through the gate is a high arched redbrick covered entrance porch with original tiled flooring. The large door has beautiful stained glass window with transom window above and is flanked by two large windows. Beyond the right hand window there is the benefit of a garage and off street parking.

As you step in to the house, its special nature really starts to unfold. The long exposed floor boards and high ceilings frame the centre of the house perfectly with the wonderful light pouring in down the elegant stairwell in to the hall. From here you have access to the study, dining room, family room, a vast kitchen, guest cloakroom, boot room and the garage. The three reception spaces have the same volume in the ceiling height; handcrafted cornicing, picture rails and skirting. All have grand fireplaces with ornamental marble surrounds that are each individual.

Off both the dining room and family room through what are the original French doors is a stunning garden room that was added by the current owners in 2015. Not only is it a sympathetic addition but the current owners took great time to ensure that whilst it is utilising advances in materials, it flows seamlessly and is a nod to the architectural language of the original build. The room could be used for a multitude of different events from big family gatherings to listening to your favourite music overlooking the garden through floor to ceiling glass Crittall windows.

From the hallway there are large double doors that take you in to the kitchen. Here you have the luxury of overlooking the garden and patio area through the windows along with two sets of double doors. Additional light flows through the sky light above and there are elegant and original fitted cupboards with shelving. Over on the other side of the kitchen are further fitted cupboards and draws along with an aga and a double butler sink. Alongside the kitchen the utility/pantry room runs the full width of the kitchen, with stable door out towards the workshop.

Heading up to the half landing you have the family bathroom with roll top free standing bath and a separate shower.
Standing on the landing you have access to all four double bedrooms on this floor.

Moving up once more you have a large linen cupboard/ ironing room, before entering the principal suite that occupies the whole of the top floor with river views. Here you have a walk in wardrobe, en suite and the perfect snug for an afternoon reading spot.

Garden access is through the kitchen, utility room or garden room. Out here you could quite easily lose yourself for hours. There is a workshop for any number of practical projects; a studio that has been used over the years for live music performances and art displays; a greenhouse to cultivate, plant, grow and pot to your hearts content; a kitchen garden to grow any number of vegetables, fruits and herbs; a pond and of course the shepherds hut where you can write your memoirs!

Within the gardens there are a range of established shrubs and planted borders, as well as an assortment of mature ash, sycamore, quince, plum, medlar and apple trees, and a pear tree thought to be one of the originals from the fruit orchard of Elm Bank House. For the warmer months there is plenty of space for outside entertaining and back towards the front of the house access to a bike store. With the space on offer there are options to extend or even add popular additional outhouses subject to planning and consent.

Superbly located in beautiful Barnes village and ideal for the array of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants that Barnes has to offer. Extremely convenient too for Barnes Bridge Station and the frequent service providing access in to Waterloo. From here you can also gain easy access to the north side of the river for the wonderful year round river walks. Along the road is St Michael and All Angels Church and to the front are three charging spaces for electric vehicles. Prestigious schools nearby include St Pauls and The Harrodian.

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