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Victorian boathouse on the Thames that featured in The Wind in the Willows goes on sale for £2M

A Victorian riverside boathouse built in 1880 on the Thames that features in The Wind in the Willows film has gone on the market for £2million. 

Rippling Waters, in the town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, also featured in the 1996 film True Blue about the Oxford boat race.   

It has an enclosed mooring as well as two moorings on the bank, making it ideal for those who want to spend their days messing about in boats like Ratty and Mole. 

The property is known for being one of the prettiest spots on the Thames and popular with celebrities.

Writer Jerome K Jerome, who wrote Three Men in a Boat, lived in the town as did Mary Shelley who finished writing her Gothic masterpiece Frankenstein while in Marlow.

The house has 1,813 square feet of living space. On the ground floor is an enclosed mooring on the water, suitable for a 30ft vessel with 10ft ceiling height at normal tide, a small kitchen area and shower room/toilet.

Rippling Waters, in the town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, also featured in the 1996 film True Blue about the Oxford boat race. Pictured: The boathouse’s enclosed mooring on the banks of the River Thames

It has an enclosed mooring as well as two moorings on the bank, making it ideal for those who want to spend their days messing about in boats like Ratty and Mole. Pictured: The idyllic garden with a spiral staircase

It has an enclosed mooring as well as two moorings on the bank, making it ideal for those who want to spend their days messing about in boats like Ratty and Mole. Pictured: The idyllic garden with a spiral staircase

Writer Jerome K Jerome, who wrote Three Men in a Boat, lived in the town as did Mary Shelley who finished writing her gothic masterpiece Frankenstein while in Marlow. Pictured: A scenic view of the River Thames just next to the property

Writer Jerome K Jerome, who wrote Three Men in a Boat, lived in the town as did Mary Shelley who finished writing her gothic masterpiece Frankenstein while in Marlow. Pictured: A scenic view of the River Thames just next to the property 

The house has 1,813 square feet of living space. On the ground floor is an enclosed mooring on the water, suitable for a 30ft vessel with 10ft ceiling height at normal tide, a small kitchen area and shower room/toilet. Pictured: A Juliette balcony in the property leads out on to a stunning view of the Thames

The house has 1,813 square feet of living space. On the ground floor is an enclosed mooring on the water, suitable for a 30ft vessel with 10ft ceiling height at normal tide, a small kitchen area and shower room/toilet. Pictured: A Juliette balcony in the property leads out on to a stunning view of the Thames 

The house sits directly on the River Thames - making it the perfect location for the film adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows

The house sits directly on the River Thames – making it the perfect location for the film adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows  

Upstairs it has two bedrooms, a large reception room overlooking the river, a galley kitchen and a bathroom. Pictured: The living room with ornate wallpaper and a log fireplace

Upstairs it has two bedrooms, a large reception room overlooking the river, a galley kitchen and a bathroom. Pictured: The living room with ornate wallpaper and a log fireplace 

Francis Stickney, from Riverhomes, said: 'This boathouse is completely unique. I have seen two other of this sort of build and age in my ten years with Riverhomes, so it's a real one-off.' Pictured: The living room features exposed beams and a slightly curved ceiling

Francis Stickney, from Riverhomes, said: ‘This boathouse is completely unique. I have seen two other of this sort of build and age in my ten years with Riverhomes, so it’s a real one-off.’ Pictured: The living room features exposed beams and a slightly curved ceiling 

Upstairs it has two bedrooms, a large reception room overlooking the river, a galley kitchen and a bathroom.

There is also a separate one-bedroom studio, which could have a garage reinstated.

Francis Stickney, from Riverhomes, said: ‘This boathouse is completely unique. I have seen two other of this sort of build and age in my ten years with Riverhomes, so it’s a real one-off.

‘The current owners live not far away but in the town and have used it as a weekend retreat for friends and family for 40 years. It’s somewhere to go and enjoy a nice sunny day and play on the river.

‘Marlow is very popular, the great and the good of the entertainment world have all flocked there, particularly during lockdown, looking for outdoor space and places to walk. The DJ Chris Evans lives there – he calls it Marlow-fornia – and chef Tom Kerridge.

Ms Stickney added: 'Marlow is very popular, the great and the good of the entertainment world have all flocked there, particularly during lockdown, looking for outdoor space and places to walk. The DJ Chris Evans lives there - he calls it Marlow-fornia - and chef Tom Kerridge.' Pictured: One of the two upstairs bedrooms with exposed beams and wooden flooring

Ms Stickney added: ‘Marlow is very popular, the great and the good of the entertainment world have all flocked there, particularly during lockdown, looking for outdoor space and places to walk. The DJ Chris Evans lives there – he calls it Marlow-fornia – and chef Tom Kerridge.’ Pictured: One of the two upstairs bedrooms with exposed beams and wooden flooring 

Pictured: Another of the property's bedrooms which features a side door with access to the garden and moorings on the home's site

Pictured: Another of the property’s bedrooms which features a side door with access to the garden and moorings on the home’s site

The boathouse is covered in picturesque wisteria which blooms in May while the garden features a stone path and a spiral staircase with access to one of the bedrooms

The boathouse is covered in picturesque wisteria which blooms in May while the garden features a stone path and a spiral staircase with access to one of the bedrooms 

The kitchen of the Victoria property features more exposed brick and boasts stone floors and bay windows with metal handles

The kitchen of the Victoria property features more exposed brick and boasts stone floors and bay windows with metal handles 

Ms Stickney added: 'The boathouse has got about a third of an acre of land as well. To be a stand alone property with its own land, it's absolutely unique. It's not listed but it has some lovely original Victorian features. It's a sort of folly I guess and it's impossible to value because there are no others identical to this'

Ms Stickney added: ‘The boathouse has got about a third of an acre of land as well. To be a stand alone property with its own land, it’s absolutely unique. It’s not listed but it has some lovely original Victorian features. It’s a sort of folly I guess and it’s impossible to value because there are no others identical to this’

‘It has an undercover mooring as well as two moorings on the banks, so you can head straight out onto the water from your property.

‘The boathouse has got about a third of an acre of land as well. To be a stand alone property with its own land, it’s absolutely unique.

‘It’s not listed but it has some lovely original Victorian features.

‘It’s a sort of folly I guess and it’s impossible to value because there are no others identical to this.’ 


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