Hidden from the public gaze at the end of a gated alleyway accessed from Peckham Rye, an incredibly private, detached freehold Victorian live/work warehouse of just over 2000 sq. ft that’s been lovingly refurbished & preserved by its owners of 39 years.
Once you’ve taken time to admire the “Dutch Bonded” brick facade complete with its original warehouse windows step into the lobby through the front door where to your left there’s a guest WC and to your right and enormous creative studio that was the hub of the current owners business. It’s a vast room with lots of windows and generous store/utility room at one end whilst at the other end, a door leads through to a second room that was formally used as a meeting room but equally would make another super studio space, one that’s just a bit more private. This room also contains a spiral staircase which leads up to the bedroom on the first floor. Back in the lobby a rustic wooden staircase carries you to a light filled open plan room with its industrial style kitchen at one end which spills on to nicely designated eating and lounge areas.
The owners creative flair has led to impeccable styling of this floor. It’s light, bright, full of texture and works very sympathetically with the industrial heritage of the building. As entertaining spaces go this one takes some beating and with the building being sat back behind a row of shops masking the noise from the hustle and bustle of Peckham Rye, the room is pin drop quiet and there’s a casual elegance that wouldn’t be out of place in a private members club. In one corner of the room a large skylight with pulldown ladder dominates the ceiling area. It not only provides an abundance of natural light but is also the gateway to an enormous roof terrace that covers the building. This huge roof space is the same foot print as the floor below and with planning permission, it would be very easy to add another floor creating a second rooftop reception with its own private terrace.
back inside, the door at the far end of this room leads through to a large private double bedroom with adjoining ensuite bathroom. As with the rest of the place, the industrial aesthetic hasn’t been missed out here either. The corner glazed door houses today the top landing for the spiral staircase which leads to the boardroom below.
The story of this building starts around 1890 when it was first constructed. Originally it was used as a place to design and build theatre sets, then in later years it became a spectacle manufacturing workshop.
In 1983 the owners, Val and Ian, Fresh from studying at the Royal College of Art embarked on their new textiles business which required a building capable of housing their long printing presses. After struggling to source the funding to acquire the building keys were eventually collected and they set about transforming a very tired and dilapidated building into the glorious home that it is today.
Out and About.
Peckham Rye has become a mecca for cool creative alternative types lured away from East London with the knowledge of being able to source slightly more affordable property. With this influx of new people the social scene has developed accordingly. There’s an enormous number of contemporary bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants available. The White Horse, just yards from the building is a colourful upcycled traditional boozer and gastro destination serving modern pub food, cask ales and hosts dancing and live sports event.
Mr Bao, a superb Taiwanese restaurant On Rye Lane is a particular favourite of the owners not just for its exceptional food but its hospitality as well.
For Ian, The morning coffee and pastries have to come from Nola, A community focused coffee shop also found round the corner on Rye Lane.
Venturing out and about and without question the Peckham Levels Would be absolutely at the top of your to do list. It’s an extraordinary events space that also houses over 100 local community-based businesses catering from yoga to street food and hair salons to jewellery designers.
There’s also the Peckham Plex, an independent cinema with a diverse mix of screenings offering great value ticket prices.
You could also immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Peckham library.
If you just simply want to enjoy green open spaces, Rye Common is only accross the road, a vast open space to chill in summer sunshine or take a morning run around.
Something else that’s really helped transform this area over recent years is the exceptional connectivity where public transport is concerned. There’s a bus for pretty much every corner of London available. Take the 78 to Shoreditch, 363 to Elephant and Castle, 63 to Honour Oak and the number 12 all the way to Regent Street.
The rail services at Peckham Rye station are also exceptional. Take a Thames link train directly to London Bridge in just four stops or St Pancras. You can also use the same service to get you to Clapham Junction or Shoreditch. Alternatively national rail services run regular services into Victoria. There’s also more choice from Peckham high Street not too far on foot or East Dulwich which is around a 15 min walk.