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9 bedroom detached house for sale

Cambridge Park, East Twickenham, TW1


Property Description

Key features

  • 8 Bedroom Suites
  • 5 Reception Rooms
  • Independent Staff Suite
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pools
  • 3 Acres of Stunning Riverside Gardens
  • Extensive Gated Parking and Garaging
  • Designed by Quinlan Terry
  • Tennis Court
  • EPC Rating = C

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A truly remarkable family home within astonishing riverside gardens


Famous for its parks, palaces and river walks, Richmond is one of London's most sought-after and attractive residential areas, with an exclusivity that has been retained since Henry VII first made it his home in 1501.

Richmond boasts a plethora of sophisticated shops, bars and restaurants, so frequented by celebrity it is the norm. A few minutes' people-watching in the delightful setting of Richmond Green, once the site of Tudor tournaments, but now often used for impromptu cricket matches, speaks volumes about the town's unique atmosphere, while a leisurely stroll to the top of Richmond Hill will reveal one of London's best known views over the river Thames towards Ham and the Old Garden.

Whilst its ambience is more akin to that of a cosy village, Richmond boasts a wide range of cultural and leisure pursuits: Hampton Court Palace and The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, are both easily accessible and Twickenham, home of English rugby, is nearby. In addition, the area is awash with prestigious schools at every level, including St Paul's School, Barnes and Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton, both among the top ten independent schools in London.

Despite its peaceful surroundings, The Old Gardenis remarkably accessible. The A3 and A316 give fastaccess to central London, Heathrow Airport, the M25 and the motorway network. Trains run from Richmond to London Waterloo and Heathrow and Gatwick airports via Clapham Junction, all in less than 25 minutes. Alternatively access to central London and the Docklands can be achieved by river transport or even helicopter (subject to planning and permissions).


The Old Garden is a truly remarkable family home that nestles idyllically on the banks of a particularly scenic stretch of The River Thames, just a few miles up river from central London. It was built in 2011 to an uncompromised level of build quality and specification, with exceptional attention to detail. Designed by the much acclaimed and world renowned architect Quinlan Terry, the house occupies stunning riverside gardens of around 3 acres and beautifully encapsulates Terry's classical Palladian architectural style. As put by the great man himself 'it is incredibly rare to find such a beautiful and generous site on the banks of The Thames so close to London.' He also commented that 'this project differs from all of my other work because I could pursue my interpretation of classicism with the purity and rigour that this circumstance allowed.' Other notable projects by Quinlan Terry include the restoration of the three state drawing rooms at No 10 Downing Street and six Villas in Regents Park, on behalf of The Crown Estate. The Old Garden now forms part of the picturesque view from the top of Richmond Hill, so famously captured by Turner's exquisite oil paintings and the only view in the country to be protected by an act of Parliament.

The Old Garden is approached through secure, solid oak entrance gates with a short carriage drive leading into an expansive forecourt at the front of the house - the quality of the building becomes immediately apparent. Hand crafted and traditionally constructed from French Anstrude limestone, with bespoke hardwood windows and a traditional Welsh slate roof, all materials, reference and detail have been carefully considered to reflect the prestige of the residence. The front courtyard, with ample parking for up to twenty vehicles, is laid with sawn Porphyry granite setts together with York stone paviours that continue through to the east facing garden terrace. Created as a family home, the house has been designed to function simply and efficiently on a day-to-day basis, while incorporating key features such as the grand enfilades and other formal architectural arrangements typical of large country houses.

The first floor provides a master suite in excess of 1,200 sq ft with five further family and guest bedrooms all with ensuite facilities. The second floor provides three additional family and guest bedrooms with ensuite facilities together with a large sitting area. Staff quarters are accommodated within an independent section of the house on ground and basement levels and are totally self-sufficient.

The house is controlled by a sophisticated, combined Crestron and Lutron system and the audio visual, security, IT and phone installations are state-of-the art and in every room. Underfloor heating provides warmth while the fibrous ceilings, moulded to a Quinlan & Francis Terry classic design, conceal efficient air-cooling throughout the house.

While The Old Garden boasts an elegant dining room and open-plan drawing room among its principal reception rooms, the latter with French doors out to an expansive entertaining terrace overlooking the gardens, the dominant feature of the house is undoubtedly the magnificent entrance hall. Similar to the Cube Room at the Queen's House, Greenwich (1614-1617), by Inigo Jones, it is a perfect square. The double-height space and arrangement of high windows, doors and decorative stone were influenced by The Great Hall in Oxfordshire by Gibbs and Kent (1722) and the decoration on the ceiling of the hall is based on the carving on the Ara Pacis, Rome (9BC). With the perfectly proportioned double-height ceiling, fibrous plaster detailing and striking hand turned timber balustraded gallery, it creates an awe-inspiring first impression.

Off the entrance hall is a unique cantilevered stone staircase, inspired by - and improved upon - a similar staircase at nearby Hampton Court Palace. Traditional 'cantilever' style staircases were popular in country and town houses from the early 17th century through to the early 20th century. Like many of its predecessors, this stair is built from solid Portland Stone, preferred by masons for both its strength and workability. Adjacent to the main staircase next to the master suite, the passenger lift serves the basement, ground and first floors, providing access to the master suite and other guest rooms through the enfilades, as is typical of many English country residences.

The Old Garden is a house designed for family living and grand entertaining in equal measure. At the south side of the house, a spectacular 12.5m indoor pool hall opens onto a south-facing sun terrace, with views over the garden and down to the Thames. Additional facilities include a Klaf steam room, a gymnasium and a treatment room, while the garden offers further options for relaxing and leisure pursuits. Besides the staff rooms, laundry room, plant and store rooms located on the lower ground floor, there is a fully racked wine cellar, a tournament-quality snooker room and a state-of-the-art media entertainment room.

Originally laid out during the mid 1920s, the garden preserves much of its formal layout; original planting has matured to create the most wonderful specimen trees and with considerable investment and further design the gardens are now magnificent.

Nestling within the gardens is the new outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by York stone paving in keeping with the cream stone of the house façade. A championship-sized tennis court has been incorporated into the body of the garden in an open natural lawn setting; its surrounding curtain net can be drawn back to ensure permeability between the wisteria, pool and tennis court spaces. In addition, there is ample space to introduce a helicopter landing (subject to relevant planning and permissions) or alternatively there are landing facilities close by at Harlequins Rugby club, or Twickenham Rugby stadium a few minutes' drive away.
The Old Garden's riverside location also lends itself perfectly to a campshed mooring (subject to relevant planning and permissions), offering a much sought-after opportunity to explore the River Thames and alternative route of access to the City and central London.

Summary of accommodation:
Magnificent double height reception hall
Dining room
Drawing room
Kitchen with pantry and servery
Family room
Master bedroom with his and her bathrooms and dressing rooms
Lift servicing 3 lower floors
7 further bedroom suites
Steam room
Treatment room
Indoor 12.5 metre swimming pool
Outdoor 12 metre swimming pool
Snooker room
Media room
Laundry Room
Wine store
2 level staff apartment with independent access
Triple garage
Secure gated parking for up to 20 more vehicles
3 acres of breathtaking riverside gardens
Tennis court
Potential helicopter landing, subject to planning and permissions & Potential campshed mooring, subject to license and permissions

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02 December 2016


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