All Saints House
Bute Avenue, Petersham, Richmond, United Kingdom
One of the most architecturally interesting houses to have come to the local market in many years. All Saints House is situated in a secluded position on Bute Avenue, a private road just off Sudbrook Lane which leads to Richmond Golf Club. The church, which has never been consecrated and which took almost 10 years to complete between 1899 and 1909, was built on the grounds of the former Bute House estate.
The property was built in the Romanesque style with red brick and terracotta and an extremely impressive 118′ tower. The church has been used for a number of purposes throughout its history including use as a recording studio due to its superb acoustics and as a location for filming and photoshoots. During the second World War the house was requisitioned by the army and was put to use as an important strategic radar and Anti-Aircraft command post.
This highly imposing and extraordinary home really does offer a unique and exciting environment in which to live. On entering the house one is immediately into a wonderfully voluminous space with wood carved panelling and rich red brickwork fusing together to create a tangible warmth.
The hub of the house is the crisp, clean lined, contemporary kitchen with an abundance of storage, preparation surfaces and equipment. Two central island units form focal points for this area and with the backdrop of a large, well stocked, tropical aquarium this is the perfect space to spend much of the day. An area defined by arches between here and the kitchen allows for dining and to the western side of the kitchen is a casual sitting area. “Floor to ceiling” windows ensure interesting aspects and good natural light.
Steps lead up to a comfortable, south west facing family room with similarly tall windows but in this case looking out towards the garden and Richmond Park beyond which rises away from the boundary wall of the garden. Practical joinery provides efficient storage function. Again the volume in here and most of the principle rooms is particularly compelling and exudes a feeling of considerable space.
Address: Bute Avenue, Petersham, Richmond, United Kingdom
An elevated, glass walled reception room with oak floor overlooks the most spectacular Great Hall. There is a strong interaction between these two areas. The Great Hall is magnificent with vast brick columns and arches and some intricate brickwork frames the recently installed windows. Measuring some 250 square metres (2,700 square feet) alone this exceptional space could be utilised as a games room, media room or family room/play room. The owners have erected a badminton net on occasion so a game of badminton is well within the room’s capability!
An octagonal library with a domed, wood panelled ceiling features an abundance of stone, red brick and wood evoking all the characteristics of All Saints House ecclesiastical origins. Clever, atmospheric lighting highlights many of these wonderful features. Returning to the southern end of the property and accessible from the reception hall, are steps leading down to the indoor pool. A jacuzzi/ hot tub, steam room/shower and changing area complement the pool room where a vaulted ceiling and an extraordinarily impressive marble carving on the rear wall are notable.