Bushey Hill Road, Camberwell
And then, there was this one.
Quite the icon on the street - and in the area - enjoyed for some decades by its current owners, this incredible semi-detached home (which remarkably isn’t listed) is delivered over four floors and has side access. It's also brimming with charm, class, history and modesty - in equal parts.
Early-Victorian in era, the handsome home sits at the top/southerly end of Bushey Hill Road - one of the desirable ‘Lyndhurst toast rack’ streets, in leafy Camberwell/Peckham Rye borderland.
Walk 10 minutes to Peckham Rye Station, or 11 to Denmark Hill Station. Both are Fare Zone 2 and on the London Overground network. You’re seven minutes from Bellenden Road, and about three from the well-loved Villa Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School (2-7).
Bushey Hill Road developed over its own history (this was one of the earliest fixtures - you’ll spot a telling gate post slightly down the street) as a ‘show street’ of varying architectural styles - where one could choose a style of home to be built (we want this one please!). Many of the rooms in the property are double-aspect which is more than a bit special... Romance aside, there’s permit-parking on-street, and your generous front garden will hold a family of bikes very comfortably.
Take a few steps to your front door and generous, porched ‘folly’ entrance, with a Gothic-feel plus detailed fretwork (that's repeated to the gable roof). The large original timber door is set at 45 degrees (loving this).
From the hall to your left, first find the enormous main reception room (two doors open into here - it used to be two rooms with the service staff being on hand in the southerly section). It’s over 26 feet by over 13 feet with pleasing elevated views out to the garden.from its three sash windows. An additional window sits to the near corner. A grand marble fireplace with wood burner, stripped and painted floors, original woodwork and arch, plus curved wall are all welcome, glorious features.
A second (also double-aspect) reception room sits opposite this room beyond the stairs. It’s over 14 feet by over 12. Again you’ve got high-ceilings, stripped and painted floors, high skirtings, picture rail and coving detail. It strikes one as an excellent study.
Take a door from the hall to the lower ground floor of the house. And here you’ll find a handy w.c./utility and large and useful cellar room (and we mean that: it’s full-height, 14 feet by 12, with a door to the front of the house area, and with potential to develop to more a usable room to suit - there’s even a window you could open up). To the rear of this floor you’ll find the large kitchen/dining room of over 25 feet by over 9. It’s modest in design with plentiful fitted units and a tiled worktop.
Timber-framed glazed French doors from here open out onto the delightful garden which extends 43 feet. The garden’s in four casual zones really - with paved and decked sections by the house (including a BBQ area)), a lawned section with mature planting beyond, and a second paved seating/pottering area at the back, at the top of the path. Before you ask - yes - that’s a mature grapevine elegantly dripping down the walls at the back of the house (and the well-established wisteria is out front for all who pass to enjoy).
Up to the first floor and you’ll find three white-walled double bedrooms. Two are double-aspect: these are over 11 feet by 10 (this first one has a dainty cast-iron ‘bedroom’ fireplace), and over 14 feet by over 12. The third bedroom is over 9 feet by over 9 with built-in book-casing. The property’s bathroom sits between bedrooms one and three; with white suite, traditionally-styled sanitary ware, and a large sash window to garden/sky views.
The second floor has a fourth bedroom with sash onto street views, and a large landing area. Skylights have been added to both spaces which means it’s got great light up here. Open one such window and you’ll enjoy fantastic London skyline views north. Plus an up-close view of your castellated parapet. Lastly, a large and accessible attic room provides ample storage. It’s over 13 feet by over 11.
This is a top community to set your hat. Local green spaces include Warwick, Lucas and Lettsom Gardens (bag yourself a key for the latter for a nominal fee), Peckham Rye Park and Common and Ruskin Park.
As well as the really-close Zone 2 stations, there are plenty of useful bus routes from Peckham Road, at the foot of your road, including the 436 (Paddington and Victoria), the 12 (Oxford Circus) and the 171 (Holborn).
Local eating and drinking establishments of note include The Camberwell Arms, Theo’s, The Hermits Cave and The Crooked Well (SE5) and The Montpelier, Ganapati, Miss Tapas, The Begging Bowl and Mr Bao (SE15).
In the warm months, Rye Lane’s rooftop bars are the hippest destination for cocktails and people-watching. Rye Lane is also where you’ll find Peckham Plex Cinema (fiver-films-forever) and Peckham Levels.
Cafe culture is alive and well-practiced in these parts: we like Anderson’s, and Daily Goods and The Pigeon Hole Cafe. The London Particular (newcomer) is also lovely, near The South London Gallery (also lovely!).
Peckham and Camberwell both have good leisure centres with large lane pools, and The Butterfly Tennis Club and Zen Yoga Studio are also local, at the bottom of beautiful Camberwell Grove.
Local provision for little ones includes Lyndhurst, The Belham and Bellenden (primaries), and The Villa as we’ve mentioned. The Dulwich schools are just a short drive.
- Tenure: Freehold
For further information or to arrange a viewing please call 020 3318 8900