BLESSED by being bounded by the Thames with an enormous Royal Park, a river promenade, Richmond also has a superb vista from Richmond Hill — a view protected by law. Ancaster Gate, right, is a prestigious new scheme of houses at the summit that backs directly on to the park’s 2,500 acres.
A listed Georgian mansion has been split into three houses boasting elegant, curved bay windows, while mews-style houses have been built in the gated grounds. Prices start at £4.45 million. Call London Square on 0333 666 4141.
Across the road is The Star and Garter, formerly a convalescent home for First World War soldiers, now split into 86 fine apartments overlooking terraced gardens and Petersham Meadows. A marble hall with grand staircase is the entrance lobby, while the restored King’s Room is a spa. Prices from £2.5 million. Call 0333 666 0102.