Hidden behind greenery on a quiet laneway high above the River Thames, this freehold, period, brick and clay tile house, with late 1800s origins, has stunning views of the surrounding countryside and its own private floating mooring and riverside entertaining area. The 5 bedroom house, separate cottage, garden studio, and indoor pool, all sit approximately 30 feet above the river, affording views across to meadows around Marlow and the Chiltern Hills beyond.
Cookham is an historic Thames side village situated in the Thames Valley, England. Featuring many seventeenth and eighteenth-century homes. Holy Trinity church dates back to the twelfth century. The beautiful village was once home to British painter Sir Stanley Spencer, who called Cookham "a village in heaven".
The island opposite Cookham is believed to have been the point of a Thames crossing via Camlet Way, a Roman road that ran from St. Albans to Silchester and in Saxon times, was the site of a fortification built by Alfred the Great as a defence against Danish Vikings (built around 886AD).
Riversteps sits within approximately 1 acre of mature landscape grounds and comprises a main 5-bedroom period house, a cottage, an art studio, a riverside garden house, and a large inground pool complex, all comprising approximately 5311 square feet (493.5 sq m). There is planning approval for an additional Conservatory for the main house measuring 39 feet (12m) long by 18 feet (5.5m) wide.
Within the main house a large eat in kitchen has an oil-fired Aga, wooden cabinets with black granite bench-tops, a double sink, two dishwashers and a central isle kitchen work bench. The long drawing room (29.8 feet) with a stone fireplace opens onto a classic conservatory with a table which seats 12. Three other reception rooms on this level comprise a sitting room with a fireplace, garden room and an office. The house is full of period features lending it much charm, including parquetry floors, ornate cornicing, stone fireplaces with medieval like emblems and old timber doors and iron fittings.
Upstairs, a large main bedroom suite is complimented by a second bedroom suite and three further bedrooms.
The majority of the main house is double glazed (with the exception of the conservatory, which is single glazed). Ancillary accommodation is available in the cottage which attaches to the double garage. This cute cottage has a pebbledash exterior under a red clay tile roof with pretty wooden windows, and comprises a sitting room, kitchen and shower room downstairs and two adjoining rooms upstairs, one of which is presently used as a bedroom. Additional accommodation includes a glass fronted art studio room in the garden, and a separate workshop.
Gardens are lain to lawn with surrounding borders and feature a gazebo summer room adjacent to a lily pond with a waterfall. There are a number of terraced and decked seating areas for out door dining. The separate pool house has a long veranda on one side and has a changing room and shower and lavatory.
The River Thames is accessed by two pathways which wind down through woodland, one a ramp and the other, comprising steps. On the river bank, a large decked area with a wooden, weatherboard summer house comprises an indoor kitchen and dining area, and outdoor barbecue, and outdoor table setting. A floating pontoon sits adjacent to this entertaining area, which is fabled for its evening parties! An adjacent storage shed for paddles, life jackets etc is attached to the summer house.
The nearby town of Marlow has a fabulous highstreet of both local independent and national retailers with numerous bars, cafés and restaurants. There are a number of restaurants including Tom Kerridges 2 Michelin stars Hand and Flowers restaurant. The Waterside Inn, is at Bray only six miles away, and Heston Blumenthals The Fat Duck, also at Bray is a 3 Michelin star restaurant. The wider area opens out to picturesque rolling countryside and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with manuy riverside and hill walking trails in both the Thames Valley and Chiltern Hills.
Cookham is a beautiful historic Thames side village close to the village of Marlow. A comprehensive range of private and state schooling options in the area, both primary and secondary, include Sir William Borlases Grammar School which is three miles away in Marlow, Eton, Harrow, Wycombe Abbey, Caldicot Preparatory School, Sunningdale, Ludgrove and Lambrook Haileybury, and St Marys Ascot are all within forty minutes drive. These are amongst Englands top prep and secondary schools. The region is well served for sporting facilities including golf at Maidenhead, Marlow, Temple, and Henley golf clubs; horse racing at Windsor, Ascot and Newbury; polo at Smiths Lawn and The Royal Berkshire Polo Club at Winkfield; boating and sailing on the River Thames and at nearby Henley, home to the renowned Henley Regatta. The elegant 17th Century Mansion Hotel Cliveden House and Spa is just 4.4 miles away, which offers an exclusive social and country club membership. Cookham is one of Englands most idyllic and desirable places to live.
This area has easy access to London via trains from Cookham station (1.8miles) to Maidenhead and then to Paddington, in 52 minutes. The new Crossrail/ Elizabeth line is due in 2022 to run from Reading to Paddington and into the city via Maidenhead in under half an hour. Or both the M40 and M4 provide access to London with a 28 mile - 45-minute drive to Knightsbridge (depending on the time of day).
Riversteps has mains water and a septic tank.
Council Rates Band G £3542.15