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Old Garden a modern marvel on Thames

The Life: The Old Garden is set in three acres of lush green grounds and is just a 20 minute drive from central London. But interested buyers will need deep pockets.

The Old Garden, Richmond, is set in three acres of lush green grounds and is just a 20 minute drive from central London. Designed by renowned architect, Quinian Terry, the four-floor property sits at the bank of the River Thames. Credit: Aylesford and Knight Frank
The Old Garden, Richmond, is set in three acres of lush green grounds and is just a 20 minute drive from central London. Designed by renowned architect, Quinian Terry, the four-floor property sits at the bank of the River Thames. Credit: Aylesford and Knight Frank

Sitting in more than 1.2 hectares of grounds with ancient trees, hedgerows and manicured lawns, The Old Garden could easily be located in the English countryside.

However, the imposing Palladian-style mansion is just a stone's throw from a sought-after London borough.

The new-build property, which is nearly 1 kilometre from Richmond and just a 20-minute drive from central London, is on the market for £50 million (Dh292.5m).

The four-floor building, designed by the renowned architect Quinlan Terry, is on a bank of the Thames.

A grand reception hall, with features inspired by The Great Hall in Oxfordshire and an ancient carving from Rome, greets visitors.

On the ground floor, the property also has more than a dozen rooms, including a steam room, gymnasium, swimming pool and staff quarters. The house's eight main bedrooms are on the first and second floors.

The master suite takes up one end of the first floor and includes his-and-her bathrooms and dressing rooms.

On the lower ground floor are a snooker/games room, a cinema and numerous store rooms.

Parking should not be a problem, with a garage that has space for three cars and room for a further three after the installation of a car stacker.

The front courtyard can accommodate up to 20 vehicles.

But if the new owner would rather fly in, there is ample room in the grounds for a helicopter landing spot, too, subject to the necessary consents. Being on the eastern point of a long, lazy loop of the Thames between Richmond Bridge and Eel Pie Island, there is also the potential to install a mooring on the water.

The grounds include a tennis court and a swimming pool in addition to large open spaces, a pond, yew hedgerows and a herbaceous border.

gduncan@thenational.ae

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