Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Chiswick & Hounslow - Wisteria House
5 bedroom, 5 bathroom, private garden, close to the Thames in West London
Cup runneth over
Those with a thirst for history will sup deep upon Wisteria House. Built in 1740, this double-fronted home sits just moments from the Thames. The front reaches towards the water, while the rear of the house overlooks Fuller’s Brewery. The kegs are colourful, while the air is fruity with the scent of hops. Nurse a pint in The Dove, or for a little more sustenance try dinner at Pissarro’s or La Trompette. The elegant lawns of Chiswick House are around the corner, while Hammersmith is just a walk away. Yes, if you want to drink life to the lees, this is just the place to do it.
Take the bar
Your hosts are both solicitors, with a particular interest in architectural history. In fact, your hostess volunteers for a building conservation charity. You’ll find a number of architectural guides on the shelves of her exquisitely restored home.
You’ve two sitting rooms, both on the first floor, one grand, with a marble fireplace and gilded portrait, and one more intimate, with shelves full of books. The proportions are generous and the colour palette refreshingly cool. Antiques sit alongside décor that combines retro and modern, enriched by gorgeous artwork and jewel-bright fabrics. The large, country-style kitchen opens out onto the paved garden. Here, peonies nod their blowsy pink heads over mossy cobbles, and you can eat beneath the foliage or around the kitchen table by the AGA.
There’s a double bedroom down on the lower ground floor, with a beamed ceiling and an ensuite. The master bedroom is up on the second floor, where the king-sized sleigh bed sits in calm splendour, and the ensuite holds a walk-in shower and a freestanding bath. The girls’ twin is romantically feminine, with vintage textiles and a simple shower room, while in the boys’ triple there are books, more antiques, and next door an ensuite with a fitted bath. And those with inclinations tending towards the solitary will adore the attic double. It’s a peaceful eyrie among the beams, with a large ensuite in brooding cobalt.
Time gentlemen please
You’re right next to Chiswick Mall, with its grand mansions and views down to the Thames. Whether you make for the bright lights of Hammersmith, or turn towards the rural reaches of Barnes Bridge, you’re not short on waterside taverns, and do visit the Sunday farmers’ market on Dukes Meadows. Devonshire Road’s a treasure trove of independent boutiques and neighbourhood restaurants, or, if you want to go into town, Turnham Green station is a 12 minute walk away.
- children welcome
- non smoking only