Temple Gardens, Staines-upon-Thames ( Sold )
Guide Price £3,500,000
6 Bedroom Detached House
This Thames side property underwent a complete, high six figure, transformation from a quaint 4-bedroom home into a contemporary and luxurious 6 Bedroom residence in 2010.
The property was cleverly extended within the existing building boundaries, creating a large, light-filled, double height kitchen & dining space and additional bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms.
A complete transformation utilising a comprehensive programme of refurbishment and addition, which has resulted in a house styled with the kind of features and decorative style uncommon outside of Central London.
Lutron lighting, underfloor heating, air conditioning in principal areas, bi-folding external doors and light wells are complimented using marble, porcelain tiles, glass and stone in order to create a space that takes full advantage of its marvellous position and allows natural light to flood in.
The change in aesthetic saw the scale of the house completely alter. Ceiling heights appeared to double, and the inbound natural light increased tenfold through the implementation of contemporary detailing and light quality materials and finishes.
Features include a new glass and stone internal stair and entrance foyer spaces as well as spacious and varying bathroom designs. A unique refurbished home in an amazing location.
The uncomplicated front elevation of Penton Lake is a simple façade behind which lies a truly sophisticated and contemporary property, situated in a private and outstanding lakeside location.
A central Reception Hall has a polished stone floor, large picture windows and a glass and stone staircase. The Sitting Room has a feature fireplace with large marble over mantle, bi-folding doors along one side leading out on to the pool terrace and a large bay window with floor to ceiling picture windows to one end, allowing for marvellous views of the garden and lake beyond. A vaulted ceiling in the Kitchen/Dining Room and bi-folding doors ensure that whatever the weather this room is suffused with natural light and has commanding views across the pool, over the gardens and on towards the lake. Kitchen cabinetry is highly contemporary with white, gloss cupboards and granite work surfaces.
The first floor is given over to the three main bedroom suites. The Master Suite has a dual aspect allowing for a 'Juliet' balcony at one end and on one side, bi-folding doors opening on to a superb balcony which has a glass balustrade and provides a stunning vantage point. The Guest Suite similarly has bi-folding doors to a balcony and both rooms have fitted wardrobes. All three bedroom suites on this level have stylish bath or shower rooms with drench showers and white sanitary ware. On the ground floor are two further double bedrooms, one en suite together with a Study which is fitted with wardrobes and therefore easily used as Bedroom Six.
The house Is approached via a pair of tall, wrought iron gates with entry phone system, opening on to an extensive parking area. There is a secondary access drive to the garage courtyard towards the rear of the property which has a detached double garage and yet further parking.
There is a large, paved terrace from the rear of the house which extends to the pool, providing an ideal place for outside entertaining. The pool itself is fully tiled and has wide steps down to the shallow end and a diving board at the far end. There is a Pool House which has a separate w.c.
Manicured lawns lead down to the lake and have well stocked herbaceous borders, mature shrubs, and trees. There is a covered Summer House ideally placed close to the lake and a classically styled Pavilion, both with power connected. Lakeside there is a 40 feet long pontoon - with power connected - providing private mooring.
Hidden at the end of the Garden, not visible from the main house, is an 8.1-meter, diameter, (525Sqft) geodesic dome, with enough height for mature citrus trees and palms making it perfect for cultivating a Mediterranean oasis or to host garden parties for up to 25 people.
The view of the lake from the interior, currently provides a living/ dining area out of the weather for unlimited enjoyment of the lake and garden year-round. The Dome is designed and built to withstand the unpredictability of climate change. Due to the natural strength and aerodynamics of the geodesic design, it remains robust and comfortable even in extreme weather conditions.
Penton Lake is a marvellous lake with direct access on to the main stream of the River Thames and therefore has the benefit of being not only a tranquil and secluded location but close to all the activity the Thames has to offer.
Situated on the Surrey bank side, the property is mid-way between the vibrant towns of Chertsey and Staines, both of which have an eclectic mix of shopping facilities from the modern Two Rivers Shopping Centre in Staines to the antique emporia of Chertsey. Staines Station connects into London Waterloo with journey time approx. 35 minutes and the national motorway network is available via the M25 at J13. An excellent choice in schooling at both primary and secondary levels, in the state and private sectors includes the world-renowned ACS International School. Sporting venue abound with many water-based activities along the river and various local reservoirs including rowing, water skiing and fishing by licence.
Unique Selling Points:
- Exceptional Private Lakeside Home
- Magnificent 1.1 Acre Grounds
- Three Phase Power- External power locations, suitable to conversion to rapid chargers
- Six Bedrooms & Five Bath/Shower Rooms
- Substantial Private Mooring
- Stunning Kitchen-Dining Room
- Beautifully Appointed
- Contemporary Interior Design
- Extensive Parking & Double Garaging
- Easy Access onto the Mainstream Thames
- Large Swimming Pool
- Geodesic Dome-Entertainment Space-Office -Studio- Over 550 Square Feet
- Private- Thames Pedestrian Crossing over Weir at Penton Lock
Tenure: Freehold STC
Services: All mains services
Local Authority: Runnymede District Council