Faraday House, a Grade II listed Queen Anne property is located on the Hampton Court Road, in close proximity to Hampton Court Palace. Built to house senior court officials of the king, it has been home to many fascinating and celebrated individuals over its 200 year history, most notably Michael Faraday who gives the house its name.
While the property has been modernised in recent years, it has restored and retained original features including the main staircase, fireplaces, wood shutters and the stone floor to the ground floors.
The approach is via a charming, low walled courtyard garden with an ornate front door. On the lower ground level is a family room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility/cloakroom and summer room.
On the ground and raised ground half landing are a dining room and wood panelled living room and study. The first floor provides a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and further double bedroom whilst the second floor offers three double bedrooms served by a Jack 'n' Jill family bathroom.
Outside, the property benefits from a large, south-westerly aspect rear garden with rear access to the garage and parking area.
The property is situated in an enviable location with many green open spaces nearby including the picturesque Bushy Park and riverside walks on the River Thames. Local schools include the much acclaimed Lady Eleanor Holles, Hampton School for boys, Twickenham Prep and Hampton Court School. Commuters are served by Hampton Court train station (within a few hundred yards) with its direct service into London Waterloo and the A316/M3 a short drive away. The local shops of East Molesey can be found just over Hampton Court Bridge and cater well for day to day requirements with the much larger shopping centre at Kingston nearby.
Faraday house was gifted to Michael Faraday in 1858 at the suggestion of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, in recognition of Faradays work as a physicist, chemist and pioneer of electricity. He lived here until his death in 1867.
Other notable occupants of Faraday House include architect William Chambers (the original architect on Somerset House and responsible for the remodelling of Buckingham Palace) and Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, god-daughter of Queen Victoria and an active participant of the suffragette movement in the early 20th Century.
Faraday House, while offering a home suited to today’s conveniences, stands as a reminder of some of Britain’s lavish history.
wood panelled reception room
master bedroom with en-suite bathroom
four further double bedrooms
Jack 'n' Jill family bathroom