We walk past this house all the time, and pictures of it, or the island are always appearing on my blog as it is wonderfully photogenic.
Now we have a wonderful opportunity! For a measly £4,000,000 it could be ours!
Although the island does get smaller in winter!
I recently found this advert on Curchods Estate Agents’ Website;
11 bedroom House for sale on D’Oyly Carte Island
A totally unique Grade II listed residence of immense character with many interesting and unusual features, in all some 10,000sq.ft. The property is positioned on a private island in the Thames at Weybridge, accessed by its own private pedestrian bridge. The mainland has a car park for some 40 vehicles/garage for 4 cars plus storage area. This is situated directly opposite the island and the overall area of the mainland is approx. 3/4 of an acre.
The property was built in the late 19th Century (Victorian) by Richard D’Oyly Carte, the operatic impresario. We understand that many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas he was involved with were rehearsed in the property. (See potted history over). Without visiting this unusual island setting it is not possible to appreciate its quirky magnificence and the breathtaking spectacle of an island in the middle of the Thames.
A magnificent feature of the property is the ballroom which was restored to its original proportions by the present owners. The ballroom can be accessed directly from the grounds as well as from the hallway of the house. It has views facing South and West and its own private lawn on the west side, perfect for those long summer evenings.
There is a magnificent veranda on the first floor to three sides of the building with amazing views of the river Thames which change regularly dependant on weather and time of year.
D’Oyly Carte Island is approximately 1.9 acres. The gardens have been kept semi-wild to provide a natural habitat for wild life. There is a touch of the orient in the fine bamboo and rare shrubs and plants. It is believed that the gardens were designed by an architect named Colson in a style inspired by the settings of the Mikado. A variety of trees were planted by Kew Gardens over 100 years ago and some still remain today. Two of the most beautiful are the Cedar of Lebanon and the Weeping Beach. A rare and lovely old tree still providing fruit is the Mulberry Tree.
The gardens are a haven for wildlife. The king and queen of river birds, Swans, and also the Heron have nested and rested with their young in the islands tranquillity and safety.
Over the 25 years our clients have owned the property, they have carried out many improvements and much modernisation.
Many, many more details need to be told of the property, but as stated above, it’s the true feel and the tranquillity of the island and river that simply cannot be captured on paper. There is no one better to outline such detail than our clients. They will be present at viewings and will be happy to answer any questions.
By: Andrew Grant
Here are some of the estate agent’s photos, click on any to see them larger;
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