Richmond Bridge Richmond
Richmond Bridge was, until a couple of years ago, a historic vicarage, a eulogy to faded grandeur, but no longer. Its new owners stripped it back, preserving the best of its original features, and then nursed it into the new millennium, with bespoke furniture, the highest spec gadgetry and some sumptuously gorgeous interiors. Now, it would be no overstatement to call Richmond Bridge a dream home.
And with the Thames just a handful of minutes away, a park (including a listed English Heritage house) at the end of the garden and all the space you could possibly desire, this is one dream that could just become your reality.
Richmond Bridge is owned by an exuberant family of six, who divide their time between London and their beach house in the USA. Your host is an entrepreneur, while your hostess is an eminent interior designer – and her work sings from every corner of her stunning home.
Richmond Bridge is so large and so spectacular that any description can merely sample the many rooms and features on offer… A private driveway leads you to a double fronted entrance, and behind it, a grand hall, complete with a chandelier.
You’ll probably head straight for the huge open plan kitchen diner, with seating for ten and a garden view. Go outside, light up the firepit and have a bounce on the sunken trampoline, or come back in and put the kettle on. The kitchen is splendidly high spec, we think you’ll love the multi-talented lighting and sonos stereo. The sitting room, too, is wonderfully opulent in dove grey, with an intricate fireplace, comfy couches and even a window seat. For more intimate moments, you’ve also a study full of books, a cosy TV room and a lovely playroom for the kids.
The imposing staircase takes you up to the first floor, where you’ll find three bedrooms. The dramatic master suite boasts a superking sized bed, mirrored dressing room, and ensuite with deep chrome bathtub and walk in shower. A smart guest bedroom with a king sized bed and ensuite can be found along the corridor, while the nursery holds a gorgeous vintage rocking horse and an ensuite with a beautifully mottled antique mirror.
Up once more and you’ll come upon two further bedrooms, each spacious and bright, connected by a shared, modern en suite. Across the hall is a further bedroom with a single four-poster bed, and, next door, the games room. Let the rain come, let the snow fall: with a snooker table, foosball, lego, a flat screen TV and oodles of toys, your brood will be ecstatically occupied.
Back to life
Stroll over Richmond Bridge itself to enjoy Richmond village, with its boutiques, bars and Michelin starred restaurants. Nearby Twickenham is, of course, the home of rugby. Go see a match, or wander down to the Thames and watch the boat crews shoot past through the morning haze. Kew’s gardens are a must-see and if you want to get into town, hop onto the train at nearby St Margaret’s station. You can be in zone one in less than thirty minutes.