Property Flirt: your very own island!
It’s the fourth in our fab new monthly section, Property Perv, uh, I mean Flirt. The perfect excuse to ogle other people’s amazing houses, peer through the keyhole and see if you can guess how much this piece of prime property is worth.
Take a look at the pics below, and my little snippets about the property along the way, then click on the link at the end to reveal the price and see how close you got. Are you game? Come on then, let’s take a stroll…
Currently, Black Potts is a detached 19th century house with a boathouse and a few outbuildings located on Black Potts Island (yes, you read that right – ISLAND. Necker schmecker Richard Branson.) located where the River Thames and Jubilee River converge. I’m not sure how many islands you’ve tried to evaluate in the past, but that’s your first clue. You’re buying an island. Shut up. No, honestly, you totes are.
Your second gob-smacking fact is that one of your nearest neighbours is partial to corgis and has just celebrated a rather special birthday. Yup. Black Potts Island has glorious views of… Windsor Castle. Cooooeeeee! Ma’am! Can I borrow a cup of sugar?! I think royal neighbours might hike the price up a little, so bear that in mind.
The island is located and accessed from the south of Pollocks Lane in Eton with a private road up to the property. and with Eton and Windsor just across the river you can boat to the shops. No more fretting over M4 closures for you!
Apart from the shopping you’ve obviously got all the other fab offerings in and around Windsor – The Theatre Royal, Windsor Castle, St George’s Chapel and the mothership, Legoland, which should at least tick off a few long days of summer for you. Plus all the boutiques, restaurants and antique shops of Eton. Awesome schools too, including Eton College, Upton House, Papplewick, Heathfield, St Mary’s and St George’s and Lambrook.
And in case you had a figure in your head and were feeling rather confident, here’s where it gets exciting. No, not just an island, but the property comes with planning permission for a whopping new modern house and a 2 storey boathouse all set in 2.8 acres of glorious riverside gardens and grounds. Sorry, threw you a bit of curveball there.
The proposed scheme includes the main house with 6 bedrooms (all en-suite, but of course), a large kitchen/living room; 3 reception rooms and an integral double garage.
The boathouse will have room for the boat, obvs, and 1 floor with self-contained accommodation with a bedroom and balcony. Here’s the old boathouse, ready and waiting to be transformed from an ugly duckling into a modern glass-encased sparkling swan!
So all in all you’re looking at about 8000 square feet of brand spanking new living space. It’s a traditional but with lots of glass to make the most of the natural light, sunny aspect and views down the river. Of course if you want to, you can go back to the drawing board and come up with a totally different design subject planning natch. And just look at your glorious surroundings. It’s all very Swallows and Amazons…
So there you have it. Your island. Think of the change of address cards! Anyway, a final clue to remind you that Eton is very commutable with J5 and J6 of the M4 less than 3 miles away, plus trains to Waterloo from Windsor & Eton Riverside and Paddington from Slough, and you’ve got Crossrail opening in 2019. So, get a figure in mind (no cheating), focus (bend a few spoons) and see if you’ve guessed the price. Bon chance!