Guide Price £2,950,000 SOLD
Coombe Residential are privileged to offer Culmpine, once a thatched cottage in its original form, for sale for the first time in over 34 years. This charming five bedroom cottage with accommodation arranged over two floors offers ample scope for improvement within mature grounds of approx 0.55 of an acre in the exclusive private Coombe Hill Road estate. The property further benefits from a separate outbuilding comprising a double garage with a games room/office above. This is of course in addition to a spacious entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room/ utility room, study and two bathrooms and guest cloakroom. Culmpine further benefits from many original features including relatively high ceilings compared to other properties within the estate.
Beverley Lane is a quiet countrified lane within one of the exclusive residential estates of Coombe, an oasis that can only be fully appreciated on first inspection. The immediate area of Beverley Lane offers a wide range of recreational facilities including Golf at Coombe Hill, Coombe Wood and The Royal Wimbledon golf courses within the Common, boating on the River Thames and polo at Ham. The Roehampton and David Lloyd tennis and sports clubs are nearby as is the All England Lawn tennis club. There is racing at Sandown, Kempton, Ascot and Windsor. Ladderstile Gate and Kingston Gate which are within easy reach give easy access to The Royal Richmond Park, an area of outstanding beauty, providing a picturesque setting in which to picnic, go horse riding, jogging or just take a leisurely walk. Theatres at Richmond and Wimbledon are also popular alternatives to the West End together with an excellent choice of restaurants. There are also numerous schools for all ages, Private, State and a variety of International Schools. Beverley lane is also easily accessible to several British Rail stations giving fast access to Waterloo and other mainline stations. The 57 bus route which runs along Coombe Lane West with the nearest Bus stop towards the end of Beverley Lane is a 24/7 service and runs along between Wimbledon and Kingston town Centres. The A3 trunk road offers access to the South and the West End. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are also within easy access from Coombe.
Culmpine was one of the first houses to be built on plots released after the break-up of the Coombe Warren estate. The plot is triangular and follows the original line of the main driveway to the original Coombe Warren house. This was a substantial building designed by George Devey and there are still features from that period on Culmpine’s plot which include the high brick wall and the remains of ornate plasterwork decorating what may have been a hothouse or early solarium by the parking space. Coombe Warren was also where Gladstone’s cabinet members used to gather – as they do at Chequers today – so there may well have been discussions about gunboat diplomacy amongst the old oaks of Culmpine’s garden!
Culmpine itself was built in 1929 as a faux Devon cottage with a thatched roof for a retired naval surgeon who sadly died shortly thereafter. It has been in the ownership of the current family ever since and was substantially rebuilt in the early 1960s where a full top floor and new tiled roof was added. The garage block with a ground floor double garage, workshop and tool store with first floor playroom and office was also built then. A dining room was added in the mid-1980s and the house was rewired in the mid-1990s and has had a new boiler installed three years ago.
Culmpine is not a listed building but is on the Coombe Warren historic conservation area.
Culmpine offers accommodation of 3,115 ft² (289.3 m²) with a separate additional XXXX ft² (xxx m²) of office/games room space above a brick built double garage. The property is approached from Beverley Lane along a gravel driveway with turning points, ample parking and mature secluded garden to the front and sides of the house.
On the ground floor the entrance porch with main front door opens into the generous front hallway with wood balustrade stairwell and guest W.C. The hallway leads to the sitting room featuring a brick built corner fireplace with oak lintel above, solid wood flooring, bay and regular windows, leading into the dining room with double aspect windows, both rooms overlook the delightful garden. Further along the hallway there is a Study overlooking the garden, a large double bedroom with built in wash hand basin and beautiful double aspect views over the garden, a second double bedroom with garden views, a bathroom with shower and bath and separate W.C. At the other end of the hall corridor is the kitchen/breakfast room with a range of base and wall units with spaces for fridge and freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and a large range cooker. There is a single stainless steel sink with drainer and mixer taps and a central island unit with breakfast bar and stools. A utility room is located off the kitchen with a door opening out to the rear walled garden, garage and room above which can be used to good effect as offices, playroom or studio.
The easy rising staircase leads to the first floor with family bathroom, a generous sized double bedroom with wash hand basin, two built in wardrobes and double front aspect windows. There are a further two single bedrooms linked together with access to a fourth bedroom with side aspect overlooking the garden. There is also a large amount of walk-in eaves storage areas.
Gravel driveway approach with original Coombe Estate wall to one side and to the other is a mature garden with numerous plants, trees and shrubs set on two different levels with lawned area to the middle. To the rear of the property is a pretty courtyard garden with ornamental pond and paved pathway leading to the walled vegetable garden. Access to the double garage, workshop and store room. Steps leading up to the playroom/offices on the first floor.
- Tenure Freehold
- Guide Price £3,350,000 Subject to Contract
- Local Authority The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
- Council Tax Banding H
- Coombe Hill Road Residents Association Annual Fee £500
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