Live like a king in this fairytale retreat

The Pavilion, Hampton Court, Surrey
Guide Price: £8.95m

This is one spectacular property. Located on the historic barge walk, between The River Thames and Hampton Court Palace, the Pavilion sits in a truly regal setting. The house and grounds, adjacent to the Palace park, were built in 1702, by Christopher Wren’s talented pupil William Talman. He designed the building to be one of four of the Palace’s pavilions. This grade II listed property is now the only one remaining. Built in rich red brick, with symmetrical sash windows and slate hipped roofs, decorated with urns and pineapples, it really is a masterwork of craftsmanship. Original features include oak panelling, decorated cornices, marble fireplaces and brass door features that are monogrammed with the royal cipher of William III.

The Pavilion’s historical heritage is not its only draw – with four bedrooms, five reception rooms and a fully equipped staff flat, it also has plenty of space. Outside, manicured lawns with box hedging and old stone walls make up the grounds, with a brick loggia located overlooking the gardens. The master bedroom has views of the 2.7 acres of grounds, the parterre and the River Thames beyond.

Close proximity to the golf course at Hampton Palace and racecourse at Ascot allow for enjoyment of country pursuits, whilst Richmond and Kingston are minutes away. It is also only 12.5 miles from central London, and a 30-minute commute from the closest station to the City.

Planning permission has been granted for an extension to the main house exterior and for further accommodation to be built, which, for listed houses, is extremely rare.

It is not often that you find a house that has beauty, prime location, historical setting and provides opportunity for development. For the right buyer, this really is a dream home.

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