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WATERSIDE - Riverdene is tucked away in a discreet location on the south side of the Thames. It is an exceedingly pretty house of elegant proportions with Georgian characteristics. The slate Mansard roof and black “volets” give the property a Parisian feel, somewhat reminiscent of the private mansions to be found in the leafy Bois de Boulogne. It is steeped in history and counts Sir Algenon Guinness, the racing driver who set the land speed
record at Brooklands in 1922, amongst its owners. The house and neighbouring 12th century church were the subjects of paintings by Royal Academician Sir Stanley Spencer who described Cookham as “a village in Heaven”.
Double doors lead from the porch through to the reception hall and then the drawing room with its coved ceiling and Louis XVI fireplaces. The latter are surrounded by wooden panelling originating from a house in London’s Upper Berkeley Street,
formerly owned by the Duchess of Windsor. With its two distinct seating areas, the drawing room is a fabulous space both for family life and entertaining, especially when the casement doors
to the enclosed verandah are thrown wide open providing the perfect vantage point from which to savour the view across the lawn. The casement doors still house some of the original glass
panes. Two pairs of French doors lead from the verandah down steps to the gardens.
The reception hall also leads to the study and the dining room which, in turn, opens to the kitchen and wonderfully spacious sitting room with a vaulted ceiling and bay window seating. Three pairs of French doors allow plenty of light into this area of the house and permit access to the gardens and a terraced area, which has been attractively created for al fresco dining. Further rooms on the ground floor include the family room,
which can double as a cinema room, a utility room and a cloakroom. A staircase leads down to the wine cellar and storage space.
The first floor is approached by a wide and gracious staircase from the reception hall or by the former servants’ staircase near the kitchen. The master bedroom suite comprises a large bathroom and a well-designed dressing room. The bedroom
is dual aspect and offers captivating views of the river and Cookham Bridge. Two further bedrooms have en suite shower rooms and the fourth bedroom is close to the family bathroom. There are four further bedrooms on the second floor, one
of which has an en suite shower room. A family bathroom completes the accommodation on the second floor. The house engenders a sense of calm and is beautifully decorated to a high
standard with respect for many of its original features.
This property is featured by our Waterside department.
Riverdene is located in the Cookham Conservation Area and provides the best of both worlds: bucolic riverside walks and easy access to the amenities that a thriving village has to offer: independent shops, galleries and Michelin-star restaurants such as The Waterside Inn and The Fat Duck in Bray and The Hand and Flowers in Marlow. Boating and water sports are catered for by the River Thames and golf courses in the area include Wentworth, Sunningdale and The Berkshire. Other sporting attractions include racing at Ascot, polo at Smiths Lawn, Windsor, and the Maidenhead & Bray Cricket Club. The nearby towns of Henley, Marlow and Windsor provide ample scope for cultural pursuits with their selection of theatres and cinemas. Cliveden House is just two and a half miles away.
There is an excellent choice of private and state schools in the area. Prep schools include St Piran’s and Highfield in Maidenhead, both of which are co-educational; Davenies in Beaconsfield; Caldicott in Farnham Royal and Rupert House in Henley. Claires Court in Maidenhead, Reading Blue Coat,
Eton, Wellington, Harrow, Radley, Wycombe Abbey and Stowe are also within easy reach. The co-educational, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow was rated “outstanding” in the most recent Ofsted report.
The arrival of Crossrail in 2019 is an added attraction and will greatly enhance commuting to the West End and the City of London.
Riverdene is approached via a well-maintained gravel driveway and two pairs of double-gates, the second of which lead exclusively to the property. An established brick wall, timber fencing and mature hedges surround the property and ensure
privacy. The gardens are largely laid to lawn with borders displaying an array of shrubs and trees. Additionally, there are some attractive, terraced areas which lend themselves to outside entertaining and basking in the sun after a dip in the heated swimming pool. A tow path separates the north-easterly boundary from the river and there is a cutting in the bank with a private dock suitable for a slipper launch or similar. A double
garage adjoins the house and provides access to the corridor which leads to the kitchen and utility room.
In all around 6115 sqft on approximately half an acre
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