Relaxing on her balcony on a summer's afternoon, the owner of the house at Pages Wharf has a bird's eye view of the river. From here she can look across the water or watch the wildlife floating by or flying overhead. "I bought this house because of its riverside position and its amazing views," she admits. "I have a mooring here, where I keep a little 12ft boat, and I can get the kayaks or stand-up paddle boards out and head off out on the water whenever I choose. The position of the property also means I can walk to the shops or train station easily and can go running or cycling straight from the house. Everything I need is right here on the doorstep."
A LIGHT HOUSE
Built to a townhouse design, and with a Tudor-style appearance, the property has been her home for approximately five years now. During that time, she has modernised and upgraded it, replacing bathrooms, removing carpets and laying wooden floors. Rooms have been decorated in neutral shades to make the most of the natural light, and new windows and doors have been installed throughout. "It is a very light house, which now has a modern feel," she says.
The property is entered at ground floor level, where there is a cloakroom and family room, as well as access to the integral garage. "The family room has a door on to the garden and is really an informal extra living room or a playroom. Other people at Pages Wharf have made this room into their kitchen, so that could be an option for new owners to consider if they wished." The floor above is home to the large L-shaped drawing and dining room, which has a balcony overlooking the river, and space for comfortable seating and dining furniture. French windows open on to the balcony, where it is lovely to sit on a warm day. "I see all kinds of wildlife from here, including ducks, swans, geese and even kingfishers," she says.
The kitchen is currently also on this floor. "I have considered opening this level up and making the kitchen open-plan to the living area," she says. "Again, someone else could look into doing this if they wished to after moving in." There is also a bedroom on the first floor, which is currently used as an office. The family bathroom and two more bedrooms, including the master bedroom, which has an en suite shower room, are on the second floor. "The master bedroom overlooks the river and has views up towards Maidenhead Bridge," she adds
SETTING THE SCENE
The house at Pages Wharf enjoys an exclusive setting, with private gardens leading down to the River Thames. Here the house opens on to a terrace and then a lawn. There is also a private mooring. A garage is integral to the house; there is additional private parking plus landscaped communal gardens.
The house opens on to a private terrace and garden, where it is pleasant to enjoy summer barbecues and lunches. "This is such a great place to entertain," she says. "The door can be kept open so everyone can wander out to the garden and down to the mooring to take the boats out. Sometimes we like to paddle up to one of the many excellent restaurants we have close by, such as Waterside Inn or Boulters, for lunch or dinner; we also have the newly opened Roux Brothers restaurant close by." It takes just 20 minutes to stroll into town from the riverside house.
WITHIN EASY REACH
There is also good access to places such as Cookham and Windsor from Taplow. "It is very easy to get into London from here too," she observes. "From Maidenhead Station you can be at Paddington within 20 minutes. This makes commuting or going out in London very easy."
Taplow also enjoys good access to Heathrow Airport, making it an excellent location for anyone who has to travel abroad frequently. Also within reach is Dorney Lake, a rowing and flat-water canoeing centre set in a spectacular 450-acre parkland. The site is recognised as one of the finest world rowing and flat-water canoeing venues in the world. "I will miss this location when I move," she admits. "We have the River Thames on one side and the Jubilee on the other. Being able to walk, cycle or run by the water has been an important part of living here for me so moving on has been a hard decision for me. It really has been an amazing place to live."