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A historic boathouse on the banks of the River Thames in Teddington is coming up for auction tomorrow (Tuesday)

Aldous Boathouse, named after a famous family of boatbuilders in Teddington, south west London, was constructed in circa 1874 with Brookdale House at 16 Manor Road.

The unique brick and wooden boathouse is a much-loved local landmark and is brimming with characterful features including vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and a gabled roof.

Perched above the water, the boathouse has uninterrupted river views towards Teddington Lock and island, there is a living room, 55 foot long boat house room, ample storage and a balcony. It also has a pontoon for mooring boats, a garden and parking.

The lot of being offered with a guide price of £450,000 and the site totals approximately 4,930 sq ft.

The boathouse was restored in 1999 as part of the planning consent for the Teddington Wharf estate. Until two years ago, the building has been in continuous use as a private recreational boathouse.

It is well located for Teddington High Street with its array of independent cafes, restaurants and boutiques, while a suspension footbridge provides pedestrian access across the river to Ham Lands Nature Reserve.

The boathouse is on the market for the first time in 24 years and has development and alterative use potential, subject to requisite consents.

Steven Morish of Savills Auctions says: “Waterside lots are always popular and we’ve had an industrial-style house on the river at Rotherhithe, a historic gun tower at No. 1 The Thames and a detached home with panoramic views in Cornwall going under the hammer recently, but in all my years as an auctioneer this historic boat house is a first.

“This is very much one-of-a-kind,” he adds. “No other boathouses look like this, to be honest. And none have the opportunities that this one has.

“The site is bigger than you realise, before you go down there. The boathouse only takes up a third of the site. There’s great potential in terms of what you could do.”

“There are other boathouses dotted along the Thames, but they rarely come up for sale, says Morish.

“The charming Victorian boathouse is perched right above the water offering incredible river views and is surrounded by greenery offering the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. While it is an ideal retreat and base for water-based activities from boating, sailing to rowing and paddleboarding, there is plenty of potential for a new owner to get creative and explore change of use subject to necessary consents.”

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