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8 bedroom detached house for sale
The Vineyard, Richmond, Surrey
- One of Richmond's finest
- 6 reception rooms
- 6/7 bedrooms
- 6 bathrooms (all en-suite)
- One bedroom guest cottage
Clarence House can be found at the south western end of The Vineyard, a peaceful road on the lower slopes of Richmond Hill close to the river and town centre.
The River Thames, that meanders gracefully through Richmond and forms an attractive backdrop for the town, lends itself to rowing, motor cruising or simply walking along the towpath on either side of the river. The views to the river from the crest of Richmond Hill, across Terrace Gardens, Terrace Field and Petersham Meadows are some of the finest in London and are protected by an Act of Parliament. Sir Joshua Reynolds and Turner were just two of the famous artists who immortalised this view in paintings.
Richmond Green is a short walk from the house and has remained virtually unchanged since medieval times. Subsequently Tudor Richmond Palace became a significant landmark in the town. Indeed both Henry VII and Henry VIII hosted "tournaments" on The Green. Richmond town centre has many facilities including extensive shopping, cinemas, theatres and restaurants. Delightful paved courtyards and alleys feature an eclectic array of shops, bars, florists and jewellers.
Richmond continues to evolve as a favoured location for gastronomy with Michelin starred The Bingham, the Italian restaurant Boccon d' Vino, Petersham Nurseries and La Buvette on Church Walk (which is billed as one of the most traditional French Bistro's in South West London).
Transport links into Central London are provided at Richmond station with mainline services to Waterloo (19 minutes) and underground services (District Line) to both the City and West End.
The London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames has some of the finest state and independent schools in the country which include Kings House, The Old Vicarage, The Vineyard and St Elizabeth's Roman Catholic School in Richmond and a little further afield St. Pauls in Barnes, Lady Eleanor Holles and Hampton School in Hampton Hill and Newland House, The Mall and Twickenham Preparatory School in Twickenham.
International schools in the area include The German School in Petersham, The Marymount International School on Coombe Hill and The Swedish School in Barnes.
One of the finest and most elegant houses in South West London where the traditional William and Mary architecture exists in harmony with the more recent contemporary design. Clarence House is close to the river and a short distance from Richmond town centre with its many facilities including extensive shopping, cinemas, theatres and restaurants. Richmond station is only a short walk away and the nearby A316 provides easy access to the M3 and M25.
History when Nathaniel Rawlins, a London haberdasher merchant, started to acquire land within the Church Shot area to build a large mansion. Rawlins lived at Clarence House until his death in 1718. His daughter Elizabeth subsequently mortgaged the house, possibly to finance extensions to the property. These enlargements are believed to have taken place in the 18th Century.
The Duke of Clarence lived in Richmond in the late 1780s and it is believed that he was a regular visitor to the house hence the subsequent naming of the property. He later became William IV.
From 1792 to 1799, Clarence House was used as a Catholic school run by Timothy Eeles. A notable student of his was Bernardo O'Higgins who later became instrumental in the liberation of Chile from Spanish rule. He latterly became the first leader of a fully independent Chilean state. In 1994 an English Heritage blue plaque was erected to recognise his stay at Clarence House.
From 1851 the house was used as a girls school overseen by a Miss Blyth. Then from the early 1900s up until the Second World War it was Richmond Hill School. Since then, the house has been used as a private residence.
Clarence House is one of the finest houses in South West London. This exceptional example of William and Mary architecture has been extended at various times over the last 300 years and now provides the perfect cohesion of traditional and contemporary design. Great care has been taken to ensure that the original features and characteristics have been retained and restored to their former glory. Fireplaces give many of the rooms a spectacular focal point and panelling as well as intricate plaster detail provide striking features that transport one back to a period of architecture that will be forever lauded. The house was interior designed by internationally award winning Taylor Howes Design.
A versatile audio visual system is provided by Lutron, a recognised manufacturer and installer of high quality electronics, and most requirements can be accommodated. Various light settings can be programmed so that simply at the touch of a button, different themes can be achieved to best suit individual taste. A security system has the facility for cameras and can be enhanced or paired down as required.
On entering Clarence House there is a compelling sight line through to the garden at the rear of the reception hall. Deep coloured French oak floors provide a seamless connection between most of the ground floor rooms. The centrepiece of the reception hall is an impressive staircase with an elegant mahogany handrail that turns to the first floor.
The drawing room is both elegant and generous in proportion. Detailed cornicing, a fine fireplace and mantelpiece, delightful bow window and an abundance of natural light sets an appealing environment for entertaining. This room leads into a media room where a discreet audio visual system provides surround sound for both music and television.
A charming morning room to the front of the house absorbs the morning light and there is a study adjacent to this, both of which have delightful fireplaces in perfect proportion to the room size.
Perhaps of equal merit is the very striking family/dining room that "brings the garden in" by the inclusion of floor to ceiling glass panels along the north western side and curved glass that looks out towards the rose garden on the north eastern side. Impressive dark oak panelling effortlessly combines this more contemporary style with the original house. Wide oak panelled sliding doors, lead one through to a fabulous kitchen/breakfast room characterised by clean, unfettered design lines and high specification cabinetry by Tsunami. A pair of gold leaf cabinet double doors give a focal point to this striking kitchen. German engineered sliding doors allow access onto the terrace. Under floor heated limestone flows from here to the scullery and in the opposite direction through and into the indoor pool, gymnasium, wine cellar and laundry areas.
To reach the first floor there is a choice of the main staircase or the back stairs. An extremely elegant master suite, of over 1,100 sq ft (105 sq m) comprises a bedroom, with steps down to a sitting room, a generous dressing room and a bathroom with bath and shower/steam room is particularly well designed. A further bedroom suite and a predominantly panelled library/study span from the front of the house to the back with an aspect in three directions and this completes the first floor accommodation.
Four further bedroom suites, one of which also includes a dressing room and sitting room, have either a bathroom or shower room and aspects towards The Vineyard or the gardens. These rooms provide a good deal of versatility. There is also a games room, with kitchenette and guest WC, on the top floor.
Pool & Leisure
The highly contemporary extension, to the back of the original house and along the south western boundary, is an imaginative and eye catching statement of architecture. The indoor pool is finished in limestone and therefore seamlessly connected to the kitchen. At the far end of the pool an "infinity" design creates an impression that the pool continues out into the garden. The pool room is glazed on two sides and sliding doors provide interaction with the gardens. A gymnasium, changing room, wine cellar, shower and laundry room also exist within this part of the house. Worthy of particular note, is the temperature controlled wine cellar vault which has been fitted out with some exceptional joinery. Walnut racks, with concave edges, provide space for over 2,000 bottles and a circular, walnut cabinet is in the centre of the room from which one can wine taste.
To the front of Clarence House there are wrought iron, automated gates leading to the driveway and parking for numerous vehicles. To the north eastern side of Clarence House, through further wrought iron gates, there is access to the wonderfully landscaped garden. Designed by renowned landscape architect Ross Allan, the garden is mainly lawned but also features a generous terrace, resin bonded walkways and a striking slate water feature. A crescent of mature hornbeams, magnolia trees and various colourful shrubs and plants interact with one another to provide an oasis of calm. A single storey artist studio, with northern light, sits beside a greenhouse.
A guest cottage comprising reception room/kitchen, bedroom and bathroom is an appealing facility for visitors, extended family, a housekeeper or a live-in nanny.
Reception hall, 5/6 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast, cloakroom, boot room. Master suite of bedroom, sitting room, dressing room and bathroom, guest suite of bedroom, sitting room and shower room, 4 further bedroom suites, games room and kitchenette. Leisure complex comprising indoor pool, changing room with shower, gymnasium, wine cellar, laundry, plant rooms. Guest cottage comprising reception room and kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Landscaped gardens with studio, terrace and green house.