An utterly exquisite early Georgian Grade II* Listed landmark home occupying an incredible setting overlooking Marble Hill Park.
This exquisite and important early Georgian family home was built circa 1721 by Captain John Gray, who was responsible for the construction of the whole of Montpelier Row and we believe resided at South End House. The house is located at the far end of Montpelier Row, one of the finest examples of Georgian streets in Greater London. It is a landmark property and an architectural masterpiece of the utmost period integrity. Discretely set behind wrought iron gates and brick pillars the house has a striking facade, featuring beautifully regimented fenestration with distinctive soldier coursing and an enchanting pilastered entrance.The house has uninterrupted and spectacular views of picturesque Marble Hill Park, and glimpses of the River Thames beyond. The open aspects and noticeably generous windows allow an excellent flow of natural light and the accommodation is practically yet flexibly configured over four floors, providing superbly for both formal entertaining and everyday family life.Whilst the house has been lovingly nurtured by our clients over several decades it could certainly benefit from updating and therefore offers an incredible opportunity for the next owners to create a home to their exact specification and style. There is also a further opportunity to develop the garage and gazebo to provide staff/ancillary accommodation and relocate the garage block (lapsed planning approval details for which are available upon request).As grand as it is the house maintains a homely and magical atmosphere and further features of particular note include an exceptional galleried reception hall (with a beautiful painted mural and a fine detailed mahogany staircase), gorgeous fireplaces, original box window shutters, elegant panelled rooms and tall corniced ceilings.The house is currently arranged to provide seven bedrooms, including a wonderful principal suite with a private lounge. On the ground floor, in addition to the drawing room, there is a stunning Gothic sitting room (that is part of a later addition), as well as a formal dining room, study, breakfast room and a family kitchen. The lower ground floor is predominantly recreational with a catering kitchen, large games room, a bar, an office and two further entertaining rooms.The house is set within stunning walled gardens that are well established and provide excellent privacy. In addition to the garage there is further gated parking for numerous cars.South End House was once home to the legendary poet, Walter de la Mare. De la Mare resigned from the Anglo-American Oil company in 1908 to become a full time writer and a major influence on twentieth century children's literature. He became a tenant of the Sedgwick's at South End House on the upper floor in 1940, until his death in 1956. During World War II he was officially reprimanded for failing to observe the blackout. On one occasion the police even rowed across the river to complain that his upper windows were beaconing to the far bank. He liked to watch the river and people passing in the park. He received friends here such as Joyce Grenfell, Leonard Clark, Richard Church and many another, with whom he partook liberally of tea and conversation. Sadly he was often confined indoors through illness during his final two years but positioned a mirror opposite his bed, so that he could still enjoy the fine view of Marble Hill Park.
The house occupies an enviable position overlooking the stunning open acres of Marble Hill Park, that in turn adjoins a particularly scenic stretch of the River Thames - providing a wonderful retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With this semi rural backdrop it is difficult to believe that you are within approximately 10 miles of Hyde Park Corner and just a pleasant riverside stroll (of under a mile) away from Richmond town, with its sop