By Ruth Doherty
An incredible Grade II listed Georgian home with its own pier on the River Thames has gone on the market for £7.95 million.
Originally, Beach House was a boat house directly on the river's edge before the tow path in front of the house was built; the boat house then eventually became part of the basement of the existing home.
The remainder of the house was built circa 1760, with its wonderful Georgian period features. Externally very little has changed since the house was built, as demonstrated in a wonderful illustration in the Madeline series of children's books (Madeline in London by Ludwig Bemelmans published 1961).
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The interior of the house still maintains many original features, including floors, doors, fruitwood banisters, windows, and architraves, all lovingly restored.
Beach House boasts elegant decor but equally works as a family home, providing versatility with six bedrooms and large reception rooms.
There's fantastic entertaining space, including the incredible lateral full-width first floor drawing room, leading onto the riverside room capturing stunning views over the Thames to the open spaces of St Paul's School and the meandering Thames.
The mature gardens at the rear of the house have been landscaped with a tropical influence creating two idyllic spaces, one tucked away for the children and another to enjoy peaceful alfresco entertaining with a hot tub nestled in the corner for added relaxation.
The home's upscale position overlooking the River Thames affords views towards Hammersmith Bridge, London's oldest suspension bridge, and across the river.
The Lower Mall walkway at the front of the house is on the banks of the river, where you'll find your own private river pier on which you can moor your own boat.
Property agent Christopher Bramwell said: 'It is an astonishing country house in London overlooking the tranquility of River Thames with incredible open views towards St. Paul's School and fabulously located within a short walk of numerous amenities.'
Indeed, bars, restaurants and pavement cafes have sprung up all along the tow path, including the famous River Cafe on the other side of the bridge.
Some of London's finest day schools, including St Paul's, The Harrodian, and Latymer Prep School, are also close by.
Beach House is on for sale via Savills for £7,950,000.
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