SECOND PART: and great restaurants you don’t need to go anywhere else — and you don’t need to worry about
and great restaurants you don’t need to go anywhere else — and you don’t need to worry about having a drink as you don’t have to drive home! If you wish to go to London and elsewhere, the station is a short walk away. ”
Still on the subject of the regatta, Barry finds it the perfect opportunity for parties and people-watching.
He said: “Regatta is a great time to invite your friends to the house and entertain them with a barbecue and Pimm’s in the back garden. You just soak up the atmosphere! Over the years we have often been taken out in boats during the regatta, too — it’s so easy to just step across the road and hop in. If you have your own boat, there are moorings available to rent right opposite the house.”
The Keenes plan to stay living in the area, but selling the gallery means they will now be able to get away more often. “The coast, especially Cornwall, is such an inspiration for my painting,” said Barry, who will continue to run his business online at www.barrykeenegallery.co.uk
“There is so much we will miss when we sell No 12. The pleasure of overlooking the river as well as missing all the people — the customers who have been coming here for many years, and those we have come to know, including our lovely neighbours.”
Number 12 Thameside is for sale with Simmons & Sons. Offers in excess of £795,000. Call (01491) 571111 for more information.
NEXT WEEK: Standard Property on the pick of local riverside property pearls, ranging in price from £575,000 to £6,500,000 — and all with moorings.