Riverside penthouse that will really float your boat
Starting today (Friday), this weekend’s Thames Traditional Boat Festival promises to show ‘the largest display of
Starting today (Friday), this weekend’s Thames Traditional Boat Festival promises to show ‘the largest display of traditional boats in Europe’. If you’re in the market to rent a property that has a bird’s eye view of this eclectic collection of nostalgic craft, LUCY BOON has found a wonderful penthouse near Henley Bridge
THERE has always been something glamorous about penthouse living. Perhaps because it’s all a bit exclusive and prestigious — you’re the ‘top dog’ with no noisy neighbours above?
Maybe it’s the panoramic views — in this case central Henley and the River Thames, with all its comings and goings, both summer and winter.
Or perhaps it’s because it recalls a time of glamour — penthouses first became fashionable in the Twenties and have been popular ever since.
This particular penthouse was originally part of a late 19th century luxury hotel. In their heyday, these rooms with their big bright riverfront windows would have been exclusive and highly sought after hotel accommodation during the Henley Royal Regatta season.
This iconic building, which wsa converted in the Thirties, oozes historical charm — with its distinctive Tudor-style faÃ§ade, an elegant tiled lobby, and a grandiose sweeping staircase. A recently installed glass lift is handy if you don’t fancy the walk, and it’s large enough for a wheelchair, too.
Enjoying great views from every window, this is a prime 2,200 sq ft waterside property with two reception rooms and four bedrooms. It is ideally located for the town centre, the towpath to Mill Meadows and Henley train station.
Katie White of Hamptons International, who is in charge of letting the property, said: “This beautifully decorated penthouse is a superb option for those wanting the convenience, privacy and security of apartment living.
“For anyone who is considering swapping compact London rental accommodation for huge lateral waterside space in peaceful surroundings, this may be just the ticket.”
12 Royal Mansions, Thames Side, Henley, is available to rent at £3,950pcm. Call Katie White on (01491) 736000 or pop into the Hart Street branch of Hamptons International.
AT A GLANCE
12 ROYAL MANSIONS, HENLEY
Bedrooms: four (although one could be an office)
Bathrooms: two (one en suite)
Reception rooms: two
Other: communal entrance; original reception lobby with galleried staircase; lift; off-street parking by application; furnished; disabled access; central Henley overlooking the Thames