Victorian Boathouse Converted Into Writer’s Custom Home

Now a writer’s retreat, this lakeside custom home located in Southern England is a restored and remodeled Victorian boathouse.

The home restoration was designed by London architect Alex Cochrane and and features an open-plan interior and a cantilevered balcony that floats out over the lake. The converted boathouse overlooks a serene lake in the deep South of England where a royal boat keeper once slept centuries ago. The residence was built by home builder Robert’s Building Company, Surrey.


The architects made a point to maintain the historical beauty of the boathouse and its original timber structure. When remodeling the interior, the architects gutted everything but the home’s A-frame timber beams, which they sandblasted and restored to pristine condition. The new home features large casement windows and roundel windows that open the roof up to much more natural light than originally allowed. Oak veneer panels and Dinisen Douglas fir floorboards are featured throughout the home, and Carrara marble slabs were used in the kitchen and bathrooms.

The Boathouse is located on the lake of Virginia Water in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, England. Windsor Great Park was, for many centuries, the private hunting ground of Windsor Castle and dates primarily from the mid-13th century. Now largely open to the public, the parkland is a popular recreation area for residents of the western London suburbs.

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