Church conversions are my favourite! This extraordinary home really does offer a unique and exciting environment in which to live. On entering the house you’re immediately into a wonderfully large space with wood-carved panelling and red brickwork fusing together to create a tangible warmth.
The hub of the house is the crisp, clean lined, contemporary kitchen with lots of storage, worktop space 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.
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 even as a games room – he 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.
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.
The family bedrooms include an unusual and striking master bedroom with a wood panelled, domed ceiling. From here there is a staircase to a generous barrel-vaulted bathroom, shower area and dressing room all finished in high quality stone and wood. Two children’s bedroom suites, both with galleries overlooking The Great Hall, a further bedroom and shower room and a laundry occupy the rest of the upper floor space.
At the northern end of All Saints House the accommodation is particularly flexible including a series of symmetrical rooms above one another within the Church Tower. On the ground floor there is a study and then above this a bedroom and also a bathroom across a small landing. Going further up there are two further rooms and a viewing gallery from which there are far-reaching views over Petersham towards Richmond and Richmond Park. In the centre section of this part of the house there is a guest bedroom and bathroom. This bedroom features a magnificent stained glass window through which light passes to give a wonderful spectrum of coloured light. There is a loft hatch from the guest bedroom giving access to a further room which, with a little adaptation, could provide further bedroom accommodation. Further halls and rooms for storage or other uses make up the rest of ground floor here.
The approach to the house is through automated gates and achieved along a paved path with extensive planting to both sides many of which are tropical species. There is also a large stone terrace from where one can enjoy late afternoon and evening sunshine in the warmer months. Beyond the walkway to the front door of the house is an extensive lawned garden with a delightful tree house and a substantial, historic boundary wall that borders Richmond Park. Established trees and plants provide privacy from the neighbouring houses although with no other houses behind this wall a degree of openness optimises the benefits of this exceptional location.
To the eastern boundary a large gravelled driveway leads to a substantial garage building which can accommodate two cars. The driveway would enable parking for further cars.
Reception hall, Great Hall, sitting room, family room, kitchen/breakfast room, dining area, library, study. Master suite with bathroom and dressing area, 5 further bedroom suites, 2 additional bedrooms, two additional bathrooms. Indoor pool, jacuzzi and steam room, numerous store rooms, Church Tower viewing gallery. Extensive grounds, terraces and a lawned garden, garage building and additional driveway parking.
All Saints House is located in historic Petersham a picturesque hamlet between Richmond and Kingston upon Thames. Richmond Park, with 2500 acres of parkland, is moments from the house and ideal for walking, cycling, and riding.
Local sporting amenities include Polo at Ham Polo Ground, rowing, cruising and sailing on the River Thames. Well regarded golf courses include Richmond Golf Club, within a few minutes walk, Royal Mid Surrey and public courses in Richmond Park. There is also racing at Sandown, Kempton, Ascot and Windsor.