Choumert Road, Peckham Rye
Some houses win you at the door. This one’ll get you at the handmade gate. A substantial Georgian pile of around 1750 square feet, laid over four original floors and with a beautiful, modern garden room and lush garden. Find it on one of the finest streets in Peckham, within Holly Grove conservation area. Grand proportions and period features are the order of the day here, and the owners have further embellished the house with many well-chosen fixtures and fittings, including lots of stone detail. They’ve factored in extensive storage, too. Peckham Rye Station (Zone 2 and with main line and Overground services) is a 4 minute walk from the door. Freehold. Chain free.
In current configuration you have three bedrooms, bath and shower rooms, a huge double-reception, a garden room and a kitchen that’s open to a large dining room. If you wished you could create a fourth bedroom from the current dining room.
You enter through the original front door at raised ground floor level, into a high-ceilinged, stripped-floored hall where double doors open into the through-reception. It’s a handsome space stretching over 25 feet. Cast iron fireplace inserts enjoy intricate Georgian detailing and are original to the house, and you have notably leafy views via the rear and front windows (and we just love the wooden shutters to the big front window: yes, they’re staying). Down the stairs and you’ll land upon the kitchen which has stone floors (which run throughout the floor) and worktops, and a fitted kitchen with white handle-free units and contrasting dark wall tiles. The current dining room sits to the front of the building and is a hefty 15ft by 12ft. A bank of storage cupboards takes one wall and on the other is another fetching fireplace. Back through the kitchen and you’ll find the property’s extension which is an ingenious and mostly-glazed garden room of 12ft by almost 10, with sliding doors to a neat shower room (also with glazed roof). It’s a really flexible room that you can enjoy working, relaxing or entertaining in. Folding doors allow physical access to the garden which is somewhat of an oasis with a wealth of mature plants and tall trees framing the space. There are several seating areas and further opportunities for planting in the large raised beds.
Up to the first floor and the first of two huge bedrooms takes the width of the house. It’s nearly 16ft by over 13, with stripped wooden boards to the floor, a central window and another fireplace. A second double bedroom is adjacent and over 11ft by over 10. On the second floor, find the master bedroom fronting the street (and matching the huge size of the bedroom underneath – either can be the master). Built-in wardrobes run along one wall and the hard wood flooring impresses. The main bathroom is on this floor and it has both free-standing bath and full shower, plus clever, generous storage cupboards. Brick-style tiling provides timeless charm, as do the stone floors and twin basins.
What a neighbourhood. This central patch of ‘Posh Peckham’ has plenty of independent shops, restaurants and cafes and you’re well-placed to notice this on Choumert Road, with fashionable Bellenden Road (which features regularly in the press) a tiny stroll from your door. We particularly like Threads, Bias, Made of Dough, The Begging Bowl, Artusi, Anderson's, The General Store, Flock & Herd and Review bookstore. Further down Choumert Road itself you have some superb places too: Petitou, Miss Tapas and The Montpelier are delightful. Rye Lane is at the end of the road for The Bussey Building and Copeland Park (including summer rooftop cinema plus bar, and various pop-ups and regulars), Frank's bar, Peckham Plex cinema, plus markets and handy high street shops and services. Restoration and regeneration projects are in play throughout the postcode. We can’t wait to see the plans for Peckham Rye Station come to fruition. The Peckham Coal Line and the reopening of Peckham Lido are other ones to watch. Camberwell is a short walk (or shorter bus ride) for The South London Gallery, No. 67 cafe and more restaurants etc. The Camberwell Arms, Theo's and Queen's and Jazzlive at The Crypt are all recommended.
Warwick Gardens is your closest green space, with playground and annual dog show. For bigger open spaces, you’ll enjoy Peckham Rye Park and Common's 113 acres, Dulwich, Ruskin, Burgess, Brockwell and Greenwich Parks, and beautiful Nunhead Cemetery (one of ‘The Magnificent Seven’). Little ones here or on The Plan? The Villa Nursery and Pre-Prep. School is local, on nearby Lyndhurst Way. The Belham (run by Dulwich Hamlet Educational Trust) is newly open and already proving a big hit with Peckham families. Bellenden Primary is also close and well-liked, and is soon to be relocated locally in a new purpose-built school building.
- Tenure: Freehold
For further information or to arrange a viewing please call 020 3318 8900