Maricot | Chiswick | W4
Arts & Crafts detached house
2846 Sq' - 264 SqM
Designed for Lindsay P Butterfield
52' x 34' landscaped and mature garden
EPC rating D
About this property
A magnificent 6 bedroom Arts & Crafts detached house within the Bedford Park area of Chiswick, Maricot is filled with charming original features and bursting with character. This stunning house is ideal for entertaining with great lateral space provided by the beautifully proportioned and spacious rooms. It benefits from a generous secluded garden, off street parking, side access and a sheltered bike store in the front garden.
Built in 1906, Maricot is only one of two Bedford Park houses to be built in this style and features many of the distinct Arts & Crafts design traits seen in the finest homes of this period. Designed for Lindsay P Butterfield, the esteemed artist and textile designer of the Arts & Crafts movement (and seen by many at the time as the natural successor to William Morris), Lindsay's uncle was renowned architect William Butterfield who may have had a hand in the design. The house has only changed hands twice in its history, and has been beautifully restored, well-maintained and carefully modernised by the current owner.
From approaching the house there is clearly a sense of something special and a uniqueness; the name Maricot features in the original stained glass above the front door. Upon entering the large panelled hall, the sense of space and light is immediately apparent. The Arts & Crafts movement embraced openness and aesthetically pleasing proportions, as a response to much of the previous Victorian architecture.
The Dining Room is immediately to the left upon entering the house, a large room which is filled with light, as with all the rooms on the ground floor the dining room is dual aspect and has a wonderfully restored, working fireplace. All the Reception Rooms feature Junckers engineered wood flooring, specifically compatible with the underfloor heating, which is used throughout the ground floor. The Drawing room at the rear of the property is filled with light from the multiple windows and French Doors which open onto the patio and garden. Though spacious, this room is incredibly cosy, the original, working fireplace an eye-catching feature of the room. In keeping with the woodwork throughout the room, there is considerable built-in storage and shelving and a library wall. A further door leads directly to the kitchen and breakfast room.
The Kitchen/Breakfast Room was extended and modernised by the current owners, to a design by Bedford Park specialist Alice Poole Architects. The space is well lit from the glass ceiling over the side return extension and windows and large bi-fold doors which open up completely onto the garden. The Shaker-style kitchen has incredible storage and incorporates bookshelves, a wine rack and glass cabinets. The integrated, quality appliances include an oven, microwave and a double-oven range with a 6-ring gas hob. The kitchen also features an island for additional worktop space and storage and the wrap around design separating the kitchen area from the dining area includes a double farmhouse sink and breakfast bar. Syrian natural limestone flooring runs throughout the kitchen and dining area and continues out onto the patio, unifying the inside and outside space.
The garden is a stunning oasis, incredibly quiet considering its location just a short distance from Turnham Green. Not overlooked and with mature trees and plants the garden offers real privacy. Double ponds, both with a lovely waterfall feature, are connected by a rill which runs almost the length of the right side of the garden.
On the first floor, there are four bedrooms, at the top of the landing, the first double bedroom faces south and is filled with light. The neighbouring bedroom is truly special. Artist Barty Bailey was commissioned to create a magical children's bedroom. Designed as a Caribbean shack looking out to sea, the room is filled with hand-painted Disney characters. The family bathroom features a roll top bath, separate shower, heated towel rail and stained-glass windows. A further double bedroom is located beyond the bathroom which looks out over the garden. The adjacent room, currently used as the principal bedroom, has wooden flooring, an original fireplace and a door which leads out onto the large roof terrace over-looking the garden. There is ample storage in the built-in wardrobes, one door of which is actually a secret door to an en-suite shower room.
The top floor has two generous bedrooms and a wet room bathroom which features a jacuzzi bath and double sinks. Each of the bedrooms is incredibly light, both being triple aspect with multiple windows. Both also feature built-in wardrobes and additional storage in the eave space. The landing between the first and second floors also has useful storage cupboards.
From the original fireplaces, wooden panelling, ceiling cornicing and the leaded lights which have all been maintained and restored where necessary; the original doors which also feature leaded glass and the leaded transom windows which allow light to flow through the property; the detail and careful attention that has been paid have all ensured that Maricot retains its character. Through the steelwork put in place to the rear of the property, at the time of extension by the current owners, there is the possibility, subject to the necessary permissions, to extend further on the first floor, as well as any further extension of the ground floor.
Located to the west of The Avenue within the prestigious Bedford Park area, Maricot is in an idyllic leafy setting just a stones' throw from Turnham Green, Bedford Corner, Chiswick High Road and the many delights of Chiswick.
Chiswick is a truly wonderful place to raise a family, those who move here place down roots and tend to stay in the area for many years. Exceptionally popular independent school Orchard House is one block away from the house, Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School is also a 5 minutes' walk and specialist secondary ArtsEd Independent Day School & Sixth Form is within 10 minutes of the property on foot. State run options within half a mile of the property include Belmont Primary School and Ark Priory Primary Academy which are both rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
Not only are the schools in Chiswick excellent there is a strong sense of community locally with members clubs such as Maggie & Rose and Little Gym, and classes run from various venues including The Children's Wellness Centre, ballet at the reputable Frances Lundy School Of Dance and sports at Rocks Lane. Events are run year round with one of the highlights of the annual calendar being the Bedford Park Festival.
There are several parades of shops within a few minutes' walk of Maricot; Bedford Corner and Turnham Green where residents can find a selection of shops, cafes and eateries including a pharmacy and veterinary. Turnham Green Terrace boasts several excellent independent stores including Macken Brothers Butchers along with other stores such as Natoora greengrocer and Bayley & Sage delicatessen.
Chiswick High Road is renowned for its boulevard style pavements, the multitude of places to eat and many shops. From interior and furniture shops to bookstores and clothing brands there is a wide selection of stores. Popular restaurants include High Road Brasserie, No 197 Chiswick Fire Station and Michelin-starred La Trompette.
Turnham Green Station is 6 minutes' walk from Maricot for London Underground services. There are also several bus routes operating nearby including the E3 which travels to Chiswick mainline station and the 94 which runs into Piccadilly Circus via Notting Hill.
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