Last Friday was very warm, and Heather and I were invited to see a clients house on our way out of town. The house in question is a listed building simply known as The Chalet, Hampton Court. And it is a chalet, built some 150 years ago and shipped over from Switzerland in 1882. Myck, the current owner and our host explained that since he bought the property and the surrounding marina he had raised the whole house by 1.5 metres, allowing him to add another floor.
He also gave us a tour of the grounds and explained the plans for an outdoor floating pool in the river between two pontoons and an indoor pool built into a dry dock.
Inside the house there is a wonderful conservatory where you walk above a pond stocked with fish. The basement has a cinema and a beach style games room with sand.
The Boffi kitchen has bronze doors and the dining room has a huge glass table which glimmers when it catches the light. This leads out onto an outdoor entertainment area with beautiful river views.
The master bedroom suite is accessed via a glass staircase and takes the whole top floor with huge ceilings and more views over the river.
Whilst this is still a work in progress, the style is very individual and already very much in evidence, and walking around outside in the warm weather with the tropical plants in the grounds it was very hard to believe we were in England.