An idyllic riverside house with a wine cellar to rival champagne, an outdoor bar and balconies overlooking the countryside

Quarry Bank is a magnificent property set in a splendid rural setting on the banks of the River Thames. Annunciata Elwes takes a look.

We are confident enough to say that this is a house built on the birthplace of Windsor Castle: Quarry Bank was built in 1896 on the site of Bisham Quarry, an important medieval source of stone, including one much of it was used to build the Royal Berkshire Family Home. Not that it seems like there has never been a quarry here: just a glorious riverside property, currently on the market for £ 4million via Hamptons.

Quarry Bank was split into two residences in 1951, but was modernized and turned into a single dwelling about 20 years ago.

It sits on the banks of the Thames at Old Quarry Wood, about a mile from the pretty market town of Marlow, and has balconies and six bedrooms.

Its 1 1/2 acres include a separate annex with underfloor heating and a wine cellar built into the chalk hill that maintains a temperature and conditions similar to the Champagne region.

There is also an outdoor bar and covered dining area and a 100 foot mooring.

Quarry Bank is currently on the market via Hamptons for £ 4 millions – see more photos, or ask agent for details.

Marlow: What you need to know

Site: In the Chiltern Hills AONB, just under 5 miles from High Wycombe and approximately 5.7 miles from Maidenhead. Marlow Station offers train connections to London Paddington. There are other rail services to High Wycombe and Maidenhead. Heathrow is approximately 40 km away.

Atmosphere: The sought after city has a lively and friendly atmosphere, and is known as one of the most beautiful places along the Thames. The city attracts a large number of visitors thanks to its beautiful surroundings and is known to be the place where Mary Shelley completed her Gothic novel Frankenstein.

Things to do: The Georgian market town has a number of shops, restaurants and cafes. The annual summer regatta takes place in June with races and family activities. There are plenty of walks to do, including the Thames Path, as well as the Pub in the Park festival which takes place every September. There are golf courses located at Temple, Harleyford and Henley.

Schools: The school in the area is fantastic including Sir William Borlase at Marlow, Eton College and Wycombe College.

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