Dance your way into the life you’ve always dreamed of living, at The Ballroom in Richmond. A home with an evocative past, history is celebrated with a contemporary spin at this reimagined Grade-II listed home. Read more
Dance your way into the life you’ve always dreamed of living, at The Ballroom in Richmond. A home with an evocative past, history is celebrated with a contemporary spin at this reimagined Grade-II listed home.
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A home with history
Tucked back off the cobbles of the ancient market town of Richmond, only 200 metres from the idyllic picnic-spot shores of the River Swale, discover the Ballroom. Attached to Swale House, a grand Georgian home built in the 18th century, Swale House was inhabited by various well-known and well-connected patrons, including the famous headmaster of the local Richmond School, James Tate. A boarding school at the time, children would stay at Swale House, including Charles Dodgson, better known by his authorial name of Lewis Carroll.
Passed through various hands, the home came into the custodianship of Owen Pease, one of the Pease of Darlington, Quakers whose forebear included Joseph Pease, founder of the first ever passenger railway. In 1908, Pease built a ballroom on to the back of Swale House, throwing lavish balls throughout the 1920s and 30s. In the 1950s the Ballroom passed into the ownership of the district council, serving as the meeting chamber for several years. For a time, the Ballroom fell out of use, prior to being purchased by its current owners and converted to residential use six years ago.
OWNER QUOTE: “For us it ticked all the boxes. You spend a lifetime buying homes that work for your children, and now, this was a home made for us.”
Converted and conceived around a concept of indulgence, The Ballroom returns to the decadence of its past – designed to enable socialising, entertaining, cooking, dining, reading and relaxation, all whilst soaking up the most idyllic of countryside views.
Step inside, onto engineered oak flooring, where contemporary wallpaper adds a splash of colour in the entrance hall. Above, an elegant crystal chandelier sets the scene for splendour. Ahead, steps lead directly up into the light-filled office, where fitted white cabinetry is ideal for paperwork and books. Large, arched double doors deliver light through, providing access out to the garden, whilst views open up over the stunning open-plan living in the ballroom below.
A home with flow
Naturally zoned yet constantly and sociably connected, the mezzanine level above, the sublime countryside views through the windows, and the enchantingly ornate vaulted ceiling all serve as picturesque elements to be admired whilst moving through this home.
White walls and worktops and grey cabinetry are permeated by a bold flash of hot pink in the kitchen, a capacious space designed for epicureans, where storage abounds and each utensil has its place. Fitted with an integrated dishwasher, fridge, freezer, tumble dryer and washing machine, the kitchen also features a bank of four eye-level, pyrolytic self-cleaning ovens (including steam, fan, microwave and grill) alongside an induction hob, sociably situated on the central island, ideal for conversing with friends at the dining table opposite whilst cooking. There is also seating at the breakfast bar.
A separate seating area is set before tall bookshelves and full height glass doors and windows, opening out to the terrace beyond, ideal for alfresco dining and evening drinks. Beyond the terrace, lawn to the side allows a true connection with nature.