This beautiful house in London was previously owned by the late comedian and actor Sir Ken Dodd, who lived there for 30 years. The three-storey property is on sale with an asking price of £1.65million ().
On Eel Pie Island, have a look at a home from the Aquarius collection. (Photo courtesy of The Modern House)
Eel Pie Island may be unfamiliar to you, yet it’s a fascinating part of London.
The mudflat at Twickenham, right in the middle of the River Thames, was once recognized as a hotbed of British rock and roll, with everyone from The Who to Pink Floyd performing there.
The tract of property was all about Eel Pie Island Hotel in the swinging sixties, a lively hangout for all the musicians and cool folks.
Unfortunately, the structure fell into disrepair and burned destroyed in 1971, putting an end to what had once been a landmark.
Eel Pie Island, on the other hand, did not perish with it, instead attracting a new population of artists and creatives.
These days, a visit to the island during its regular Open Studios event will see ceramics, sculpture, and painting by independent artists.
In the middle of it all, a mansion in the same location as the hotel is currently on the market for £1,650,000.
Eel Pie Island, in Twickenham, is located in the middle of the Thames (Picture: The Modern House)
The island has a strong artistic reputation. (Photo courtesy of The Modern House)
The home was built on the site of the once-famous Eel Pie Island Hotel (Picture: The Modern House)
It’s for sale for £1.65 million. (Photo courtesy of The Modern House)
That home is one of a cluster of modernist residences on the island known as Aquarius, all of which were erected in 1975.
The concept was designed by architect Bo Gunnar Robert Stille, who was tasked with creating a Scandi-style residence that took advantage of the riverbank location.
One of the houses on that property is now for sale, and it’s as stylish as you’d expect.
The rooms are gorgeous, and the riverbank views are spectacular. (Photo courtesy of The Modern House)
Internally, there are 1,511 square feet distributed across two stories. (Photo courtesy of The Modern House)
Take a trip from Twickenham across the bridges, down the path, past Richmond Rowing Club, and into the front yard of the house to be met with the entry hall.
A guest bathroom with a Barbican sink is on one side, while a nice home office with a huge window overlooking the shared gardens is on the other.
The elegant kitchen, as well as a dining and living space, are located on this level, with a garden to the back.
At addition, there is a private garden in the back (Picture: The Modern House)
To the side of the elegant kitchen is a home office (Picture: The Modern House)
Along with a big white steel pillar, the skylight adds an additional distinctive touch.
The master bedroom is located upstairs and features an en suite shower room (with another skylight, of course) as well as a private balcony and terrace with river views.
On this floor, there are two additional double bedrooms as well as a family bathroom with a beautiful tub.
From the five-finger wood parquet floor to the full-height folding glass doors that open out to the garden, everything is bright, airy, and contemporary.
That garden is also wonderful, with a terrace that leads down to a grass and views of the Ham marshes across the sea.
Choose from three different bedrooms. (Photo courtesy of The Modern House)
If you want to, you may even anchor your own boat at the end of the lawn (and can get planning permission for a pontoon and a licence from the Port of London Authority).
It’s a wonderful setting for anybody looking for a break from London while still being technically in the city, with 1,511 sq ft of interior space.
Don’t be too concerned about being stuck on an island in the middle of the Thames from a geographical standpoint.
The master bedroom features an en suite bathroom and a patio (Picture: The Modern House)
Even the smallest rooms, however, are magnificent (Picture: The Modern House)
The heart of Twickenham, with its shops and cafés, is only a short walk away, and Twickenham Rowing Club members have access to rowing boats as well as a huge gym.
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By the river, you can simply wander about and see Ham House, Marble Hill Park, and other sights, or if you need to travel somewhere more central, Twickenham station is just a 10-minute walk away. You can go to Waterloo in less half an hour from there.
The listing agent, The Modern House, describes the house as “extraordinary” and “striking,” and we’d have to agree.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What happened to Eel Pie Island?
A: Disney has closed down the British Virgin Islands studio due to high maintenance costs.
Can the public visit Eel Pie Island?
A: As of now, Eel Pie Island is not open to the public.
Why is Eel Pie Island so called?
A: Eel Pie Island is an English place name, meaning isle of the eels.