Explore the London chalet with its own indoor beach
This Swiss chalet plonked on the banks of the River Thames is the ultimate party pad, not least because it boasts its own heated indoor beach and a 24-carat gold bathroom.
The Grade II-listed property, which is understood to have been imported from Switzerland in 1882, is a truly unique property and even counts a submarine door among its many extraordinary features.
The five-storey, four-bedroom house sits next door to Hampton Court Palace and is on the market for £2.85 million.
The pièce de résistance, however, is the remarkable lower ground floor party room which houses a 70t man-made beach filled with 40 tonnes of sand and underfloor heating to give the impression you’re on Copacabana Beach rather than West London.
Inside is a lush oriental garden with hanging swing seats and a Koi carp pond. A bridge allows you to see down to the beach party room with a bar, pool table, wine cellar for 1,600 bottles and a stage area.
For less hectic nights, though, there’s a cinema room behind a hidden door and an indoor spa complex, reached via a door reclaimed from a decommissioned submarine.
Elsewhere, all your senses will be pushed to the limits, and you’ll find marble floors, sliding glass double doors with Swarovski crystals set inside, Japanese style pod beds that include a body massage system and a bathroom that has two £9,000 copper baths and £18,000 basins made in Italy with marble and 24-karat gold leaf.
On top of all these incredible features, the Chalet also benefits from private mooring facilities and a characterful Japanese style landscaped garden – as well as wonderful riverside views.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “Never before have I seen such a beautifully individual, luxurious and charismatic property bursting at the seams with such personality. This home epitomises the variety and quirkiness that Rightmove has to offer and the chalet’s price tag makes it a relative bargain. Every room features something extraordinary and it’s great that our users are able to look inside some of the world’s most interesting properties like this.”
This property is listed for sale with Savills.