Bingham Riverhouse – Richmond, TW10
Evoking the feel of a private members’ club, this intimate riverside idyll is as convivial as it is stylish. It began life as two Georgian townhouses and from 1899-1910 it was home to the poets Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper. ‘I have rubbed myself against nature’s great warm hand,’ wrote Katherine, after a bout of gardening, ‘in a spirit of pagan delight’. Crikey. Today, the friendliest of staff serve food from the kitchen of Steven Edwards at Bingham Riverhouse (winner of MasterChef: The Professionals) in the parlour, with its striking modern art and verdant views, and the library with its wall lined rows of nicely dog-eared old Penguin paperbacks – 2,816, to be precise.. The drawing room bar has a spacious feel of a country house kitchen. There’s 15 rooms, all with handmade Naturalmat beds and some with copper freestanding baths. But it’s the bucolic Richmond setting and the view that adds that extra magic: the river is just at the end of the terrace with its pretty walled garden, and there’s a towpath by the water where rowing boats and pleasure crafts splash by all day. And, of course, London is on your doorstep.
Doubles from £140
+44 (0)20 8940 0902; binghamriverhouse.co.uk
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