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137-year-old Swiss chalet on the banks of the Thames goes on sale

A 137-year-old Swiss chalet overlooking the river Thames is back on the market for £2.85million –  a massive £4.65million less than in 2016.

From the outside it looks like a quirky old-fashioned property, but inside it’s an ultimate luxury home with a heated indoor beach, gold-covered bathroom and £500,000 kitchen.

In 2016, the chalet in East Molesey was on the market for £7.5million plus £5.5million for the marina operation.

Now it is up for sale for £2.85million with estate agents Savilles.

The 182-year-old Grade II listed Swiss chalet overlooking the river Thames is back on the market for £2.85million – a massive £4.65million less than in 2016

From the outside it looks like a quirky old-fashioned property, but inside it’s an ultimate luxury home with a heated indoor beach (pictured), gold-covered bathroom and £500,000 kitchen

From the outside it looks like a quirky old-fashioned property, but inside it’s an ultimate luxury home with a heated indoor beach (pictured), gold-covered bathroom and £500,000 kitchen

In 2016 the chalet was on the market for £7.5million, plus £5.5million for the marina operation. Pictured: The property boasts an indoor beach

In 2016 the chalet was on the market for £7.5million, plus £5.5million for the marina operation. Pictured: The property boasts an indoor beach

The extravagant property is up for sale for £2.85million with estate agents Savilles

The extravagant property is up for sale for £2.85million with estate agents Savilles

The Chalet Estate on the River Thames, next to Hampton Court Palace, is ideal for a wealthy party animal. There is also a Swarovski crystal glass door between the dining area and kitchen

The Chalet Estate on the River Thames, next to Hampton Court Palace, is ideal for a wealthy party animal

The Chalet Estate on the River Thames, next to Hampton Court Palace, is ideal for a wealthy party animal. It was imported from Switzerland in 1882 and was once a garden feature for a huge house called Riverholm.

It was used as the boathouse with Riverholm until 1996 – but had fallen into disrepair before spatial architect Myck Djurberg bought it in 2012 and got permission to raise the building off the flood plain in 2014. 

Looking around his five-floor party palace, one of the stand-out features is the 70ft man-made beach with 40 tonnes of sand that has underfloor heating to recreate the temperature of being on a sunny beach.

The property has a state-of-the art kitchen that has five Gaggenau fridges. There is also a Swarovski crystal glass door between the dining area and kitchen

The property has a state-of-the art kitchen that has five Gaggenau fridges. There is also a Swarovski crystal glass door between the dining area and kitchen

It was imported from Switzerland in 1882 and was once a garden feature for a huge house called Riverholm. Pictured: The house's library

It was imported from Switzerland in 1882 and was once a garden feature for a huge house called Riverholm. Pictured: The house’s library

The bathroom has two £9,000 copper baths and £18,000 basins made in Italy with marble and 24-karat gold leaf

 The bathroom has two £9,000 copper baths and £18,000 basins made in Italy with marble and 24-karat gold leaf

Get that summer feeling: One of the five-floor party palace's stand out features is the 70ft man-made beach

Get that summer feeling: One of the five-floor party palace’s stand out features is the 70ft man-made beach

The 8,000 sq ft property features four bedrooms – one of which has a whole floor to itself – and is surrounded by acres of protected parkland. It also has a state-of-the art kitchen that has five Gaggenau fridges.

The bathroom has two £9,000 copper baths and £18,000 basins made in Italy with marble and 24-karat gold leaf. 

The house, which is a short walk from the Palace, also has more than 600ft of mooring for up to 25 boats and parking for around 20 cars – which would provide opportunities for private parties and also commercially.

Inside is a lush oriental garden with a grated metal floor with a Koi carp pond underneath.

A bridge allows you to see down to the beach party room with a bar, pool table, wine cellar for 1,600 bottles and a stage area.

Spatial architect Myck Djurberg bought it in 2012. He said: 'From the bathroom you get the most beautiful view out but no one can see in'

Spatial architect Myck Djurberg bought it in 2012. He said: ‘From the bathroom you get the most beautiful view out but no one can see in’

Mr Djurberg got permission to raise the building off the flood plain in 2014

Mr Djurberg got permission to raise the building off the flood plain in 2014

Behind the bar is a secret door to a cinema room and there is an old submarine door that leads to the spa complex with a gym, sauna, steam room and pool.

In the dining room there is an £80,000 table, encrusted with Swarovski crystals, that seats 18 people, with designer leather chairs. There also is a Swarovski crystal glass door between the dining area and kitchen.

The room is decorated with four original Battle of Waterloo cannons bought at auction for £7,000 each and lampshades made from £4,000 antique Indian saris.

Two of the guest bedrooms are designed around a Japanese theme, with ‘pod’ style beds which have a massage system in them and a built in TV and computer. The house has a surround sound system running through it.

The house, which is a short walk from Hampton Court Palace, also has more than 600ft of mooring for up to 25 boats and parking for around 20 cars

The house, which is a short walk from Hampton Court Palace, also has more than 600ft of mooring for up to 25 boats and parking for around 20 cars

Sleeping quarters: The current owner spent £4.7million completely overhauling the unusual home next to the Thames

Sleeping quarters: The current owner spent £4.7million completely overhauling the unusual home next to the Thames

There was a story that the land the chalet was built on was bequeathed by the Prince of Wales – later Edward VII – in payment for a gambling debt, but those with knowledge of the property say this seems unlikely. 

However, by 1909 it was called O’Hagan’s Boathouse, and Edward had a Lord-in-Waiting called Maurice Herbert Towneley-O’Hagan, 3rd Baron O’Hagan – so it is possible that the legend is at least partly true.

It is also believed that Baron O’Hagan was imitating the Swiss chalet built as a playhouse at Osborne House in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight for Victoria and Albert’s children in 1854.

The bridge allows you to see down to the beach party room which has a bar, pool table and a wine cellar for 1,600 bottles

The bridge allows you to see down to the beach party room which has a bar, pool table and a wine cellar for 1,600 bottles

Two of the guest bedrooms are designed around a Japanese theme, with 'pod' style beds which have a massage system in them and a built in TV and computer

Two of the guest bedrooms are designed around a Japanese theme, with ‘pod’ style beds which have a massage system in them and a built in TV and computer

In the dining room there is an £80,000 table, encrusted with Swarovski crystals, that seats 18 people, with designer leather chairs

In the dining room there is an £80,000 table, encrusted with Swarovski crystals, that seats 18 people, with designer leather chairs

Mr Djurberg said: ‘The inside of the building looked like council flats when I bought it, it was a total war zone. I’m not what you would call an ordinary architect and I wanted to preserve this special building.

‘I think of myself as the custodian of this masterpiece. It’s an 1880s building and was a house for entertaining. It’s a really gorgeous property but it took me four years to renovate it. This building is one of those real one-offs.

‘I wanted to retain that sense of an entertaining house. It’s perfect for big parties – we had 120 people here last week. It’s got 360-degree views of the river and the park so I wanted to reflect how special it is inside and create something lavish. I decided to make it as grand as possible.

‘The kitchen cost £500,000 alone, the gold basins in the master bedroom en suite were £18,000 each and the baths £9,000 each. From the bathroom you get the most beautiful view out but no one can see in. I designed the bed in the master bedroom myself and the Japanese wallpaper is £900 for 4 metres.

‘The dining room table cost £80,000 and has Swarovski crystals throughout it. In total I’ve spent £3.3million on the building itself and another £1.4million on the grounds, but I just had to do it justice. I don’t think it will be for people to live in all the time, it’ll be for someone to show off and have parties.’

Extraordinary cost: Mr Djurberg spent £3.3million on the building itself and another £1.4million on the grounds

Extraordinary cost: Mr Djurberg spent £3.3million on the building itself and another £1.4million on the grounds

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