5 bedroom semi-detached house for saleRichmond Hill, Richmond, TW10
Guide Price £15,000,000
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DOUGHTY HOUSE An iconic Grade II listed property of considerable heritage dating from the mid 18th century. With breathtaking vistas, far reaching panoramic views and aspects towards Richmond Park, this dramatic and imposing residence stands with over 15,000 sq ft of internal living space for the main house, with a neo classical gallery extension to the rear, complete with ionic closed-column façade. This gallery was added in c. 1880 providing additional space of approx 15,000 sq ft. The property boasts many important period features throughout including original marble Georgian fireplaces, a magnificent stone Cantilever staircase and original 18th century moulded dado rails. To the rear are extensive grounds with parking. The building is now in need of complete renovation and modernisation throughout and provides fantastic scope for development. Both the house and the Gallery are independently Grade II Listed.
HISTORY This outstanding house, thought to have been built in c.1769, was then bought in c.1850 by Francis Cook and his family, later becoming the Cook Baronets. The family remained here until World War II. During their time here, the house was enlarged and added to. First in 1860 and then again in 1885 when a full gallery was built to the rear over the existing stable block. These were built, possibly by the English architect James Knowles, for the purpose of housing and displaying the family's extensive private art collection. The front of the gallery was also extended into a large conservatory, which later became an Italian Garden.
. In c.1915 the gallery was remodelled for the 2nd Baronet Cook, by the architects Brewers Smith and Brewer. To it was added the "Garden Gallery" and "Octagonal Room". This is also when the pediments were added to the front façade of the house. In 1949 the 3rd Baronet, Sir Francis Cook, sold the house to a developer - Archibald Carden Pool, who converted the main house into a number of flats and sold off the Italian garden as a separate Freehold, where Doughty Cottage now stands. In 1953 the property was acquired by our client's family.
RICHMOND Doughty House is situated on the summit of Richmond Hill, one of Richmond's most sought after locations. The town centre, river bank walks and the stunning wide open spaces of Richmond Park are within very close proximity. There are a rich variety of shopping facilities in Richmond town centre, including designer stores, boutiques, well known high street brands and antique shops. Many of the shopping streets in Richmond have retained their historic charm. With its vast green open spaces and the River Thames, which runs 21 miles through the heart of the borough, Richmond offers local residents an escape from the city, and incredible walks and views along its banks. These stunning views are captured from Doughty House which provides breathtaking views across Richmond Terrace Gardens, the borough and Surrey beyond.
. The town offers a wide selection of social and recreational facilities including Royal parks, museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas and a whole host of other attractions. Richmond is renowned for its fine riverside pubs, boutique cafes and its top-class restaurants, particularly in the town centre where there is a variety of international foods available from French cuisine to traditional Japanese sushi. There is a farmers market which takes place at Heron Square near Richmond Bridge on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm.
TRANSPORT LINKS Richmond is situated 15 miles southwest of central London, but the district's superb transport facilities mean that getting into Central London is fast and efficient. In total there are 15 national rail stations across Richmond Borough. Richmond station itself is also on the District Line in Zone 4. London Waterloo is a 20 minute commute with fast over ground trains running several times an hour during peak times. Kew Gardens is also served by the District Line. London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are both easily accessible by road, car or bus. There are several major bus routes running through Richmond and towards South and Central London. The A316/M3 nearby allows easy access into Central London or out to the South West of England and the A4/M4 leads to London Heathrow Airport and the South of England but also into the West End and City.
EDUCATION Richmond is awash with young families as the local schools offer some of the highest academic standards in Britain. In the borough and particularly on Richmond Hill there can be found some of the finest state, independent and international schools in the country. These include; The Vineyard School, The Old Vicarage, King's House, St. Elizabeth's & Marshgate School.
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