West Court, Bray, Berkshire

From an apartment on the Thames to a crenellated house n the Tweed, we have the pick of the best riverside homes for sale

Few riverside houses come on a grander scale than West Court, in Bray, Berkshire. Designed in the 1890s by architect William West Neve, this magnificent Arts & Crafts mansion makes the most of its superb settingparticularly from the balcony of the fabulous suite on the turret's top floor. The interiors have been beautifully modernised and combine stunning original features with contemporary touchesthink beamed ceiling, panelling and intricately carved chimney piece in the drawing room, alongside a cutting edge, granite-topped kitchen, sumptuous master bedroom with Swarovski crystal lighting and state of the art bathroom with curvy, standalone bath and walk-in shower. Outside, the manicured gardens lead to 300 ft. of direct river frontage with railings, mooring and a landing stage. Through Knight Frank (opens in new tab).

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Vine House, Lower Batson, Salcombe, Devon

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Vine House, Lower Batson, Salcombe, Devon

Perched on a lofty spot above Batson Creek, this elegant Georgian house takes in gorgeous views of the waters from many of the main roomsparticularly from the sitting room, the fabulous master bedroom and the sundeck. Additional accommodation is available in a loft and in the waterside Boat House. Outside, the magnificent landscaped gardens, with their superb collection of camellias, house a former piggery that's been converted in dining area with panoramic patio. Through Marchand Petit (opens in new tab). For more great properties, see the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Upper Swell Farm, Upper Swell, Gloucestershire

Upper Swell Farm, Upper Swell, Gloucestershire

An extraordinary Cotswolds farmhouse meets an idyllic setting and beautifully designed interiors at Upper Swell Farm. Inside the Cotswolds stone house, the interiors, created by interior designer Felicity Loudon, blend contemporary elements and period features such as open fireplaces, leaded Cotswold stone mullioned windows, wood panelling and exposed beams. The separate Long Barn offers equally stylish accommodation for teenagers, as well as a media room and party room and indoor pool. The fabulous Threshing Barn provides more entertainment opportunities while Citrus House houses the ultimate pool complex, with a stunning granite mosaic swimming pool. And if you manage to tear yourself away from all this, a gentle stroll down the paddock takes you to the River Dikler, where you can try your hand at fly fishing. Through Butler Sherborn (opens in new tab) and Knight Frank (opens in new tab). For more great properties, see the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Castle Hills House, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland

Castle Hills House, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland

It's hard to tell what's best about Grade II listed Castle Hills Housewhether the private location, sheltered by thick woodland, yet within walking distance from the centre of Berwick Upon Tweed; the fairy-tale building, complete with crenellated towers; or the unparalleled views across the River Tweed. In particular, the 34ft drawing room is nothing short of spectacular, with its veranda and views up and down the Tweed. The gardens are mainly wooded, with a lawned area leading down to the river. Through Smiths Gore (opens in new tab). For more great properties, see the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Apartment, The Clockhouse, Chelsea, London SW3

Apartment, The Clockhouse, Chelsea, London SW3

You needn't be in the country to enjoy river views. Situated in The Clock House, an elegant red brick building designed by Victorian architect R. Norman Shaw in 1879, this flat could hardly be more urbanit's in the heart of Old Chelsea, within very easy reach of King's Road and Sloane Squareyet at the same time enjoys long views of the Thames from its pretty leaded windowsparticularly from the turret room. The interiors do justice to both the period of the building and the urban setting with a striking mix of original features and contemporary design. Through Jo Webster Properties (opens in new tab) and Savills (opens in new tab). For more great properties, see the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Stepps Cottage, Ashprington, Devon

Stepps Cottage, Ashprington, Devon

With its thatched roof, whitewashed walls and leaded windows, Stepps Cottage looks straight out of a chocolate box lid. The charming interiors have kept many traditional features intact, including exposed beams and lovely fireplaces, but it's the grounds that make the property really special. Lawns stretch to the front and side of the house and steps lead to the kitchen garden with apple and plum trees and fruit bushes. Beyond the gardens is a two-acre water meadow with about 200 yards of frontage to the river Harbourne and a dry boat dock. Through Marchand Petit (opens in new tab). For more great properties, see the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Bledington Mill, Bledington, Gloucestershire

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Bledington Mill, Bledington, Gloucestershire

The glorious waterside setting by the Evenlode river is only one of the many attractions at this stunning mill conversion. Virtually every room of this 18th century property oozes extraordinary character, from the dining room with its flagstone floor, exposed beams and Inglenook fireplace to the drawing room, which also boasts an Inglenook fireplace, and the stunning sitting room, where the original waterwheel is showcased behind glass panels. Outside, the landscaped gardens lead to the river. Through Butler Sherborn (opens in new tab). For more great properties, see the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Thorpe Hall Close, Thorpe St Andrews, Norfolk

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Thorpe Hall Close, Thorpe St Andrews, Norfolk

Little beats the gorgeous river views you can enjoyglass of bubbly in handfrom the first floor balcony, just off the airy master bedroom of this striking modern home. But should you ever grow tired of watching swans, ducks, canoes and cruisers pass by, you can simply step out into the riverside gardens and relax in the wonderful hot tub. Through Fine & Country (opens in new tab). For more great properties, see the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

6 Anseres Place, Stamford, Lincolnshire

6 Anseres Place, Stamford, Lincolnshire

Set in a gated development a short walk from Stamford's town centre, this striking end of terrace townhouse overlooks the river Welland. The Stamford limestone facade and slate roof set tan elegant tone. Inside, many of the rooms enjoy fabulous views of the riverparticularly the Shaker-style kitchen with black granite worktops. The landscaped rear garden, with its lawned and terraced areas, leads down to the river, where the property enjoys mooring and fishing rights. Through Smiths Gore (opens in new tab). For more great properties, see the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Tower House, Shepperton, Surrey

Tower House, Shepperton, Surrey

Perfect for boating enthusiasts, Tower House has a rare 130' private River Thames mooring. A riverside studio summerhouse and detached orangery are perfect to relax and soak up the atmosphere, but the house is just as charming, with feature fireplaces, polished wooden floorings and handmade kitchen units with marble worktops. Through John D. Wood (opens in new tab). For more great properties, see the website of our sister magazine, Country Life (opens in new tab).

Carla Passino is a multimedia journalist with more than seventeen years’ experience in national and international media.


Carla's primary areas of interest are political, economic and housing trends in global cities. Much of my time is spent writing about the world’s prime property markets and the factors that affect it, covering fiscal, legal, political and financial issues linked to home ownership, and reporting on major shifts in British, European and international housing. Over the years, Carla has written about culture, education, interiors, farming, travel, food, wine and more.