ou know the feeling. You've invited friends and family to stay and it gets to the point where you just wish they weren’t so there all the time. Sure, you love hosting, but not the constant queues for the bathroom and traffic in the kitchen. It’s at times like this that having self-contained accommodation can be a godsend. With this in mind we've scouted out the best homes for sale in London with guest houses – act fast and you might even snap one up in time for Christmas.
Nicosia Road, SW18
The ‘toast rack’ area of Wandsworth refers to the desirable streets fanning off Trinity Road, of which Nicosia Road is one. This is a 5,100 sq ft, early 20th century family home; on the ground floor is a reception room with a large bay window, plus a dining area, further reception area, and kitchen equipped with an island/breakfast bar and doors opening onto the south-facing garden. The lower ground floor features an entertaining space, two media rooms, and a gym – this floor is also home to a self-contained studio comprising a double bedroom, ensuite shower room and kitchen.
Guide price: £5,500,000, knightfrank.co.uk
The Stables, Beverley Lane, KT2
This mansion wouldn’t look out of place in the wilds of Yorkshire, but is in fact nestled on a private plot in Kingston’s Coombe Hill. Despite a traditional appearance, The Stables, which covers a vast 10,067 sq ft, is a recent build with modern design. Five bedrooms reside on the first floor (the principal bedroom is particularly special, featuring a grand octagonal bathroom with a vaulted ceiling), and a basement boasts a cinema, bar, gym and steam/sauna. The thatched stables, distinct from the main house, have been converted into three one- and two-bedroom flats.
Guide price: £5,000,000, knightfrank.co.uk
The Old Court House, The Green, TW9
This Grade II-listed building was erected between 1705 and 1707, and is probably one of the most beautiful on Richmond Green. Period features are still intact in this Queen Anne property, including the Adam-style doorcase, the staircases, and box sash windows with window seats. Also intact is the panelled entrance hallway with its stone-tiled floor, feature fireplace and stripped wood floors in the bay-fronted dining room. The house’s self-contained accommodation, The Old Court House Cottage, measures 1,021 sq ft and comprises a reception room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
Guide price: £2,000,000, knightfrank.co.uk
Avenue Lodge, Ham Common, TW10
Avenue Lodge in Richmond is another historical building, built in 1734 and boasting Grade II listed status. Entering through timber gates, the property’s white rendered facade and regimented fenestration is revealed – all set within a walled plot of just under an acre (that also offers a tennis court and indoor pool). The period integrity extends inside with a gorgeous fireplace and staircase. Particularly noteworthy is this Georgian gem’s lateral configuration – it is rare to find a property of over 8,000 square feet arranged over two levels. Also within the curtilage of Avenue Lodge is Avenue Cottage, a charming Dutch-gabled cottage built in 1679.
Guide price: £7,750,000, savills.com
Cadogan Square, SW1X
This maisonette might be within a Grade II-listed corner building, but it still offers separate guest accommodation: the buyer will also acquire a one-bedroom flat located across the hallway. Both are renovated to the same exacting standard, with well-proportioned rooms in one of London's finest addresses (Cadogan Square is often referred to as the jewel of the Cadogan Estate). The main flat comprises three double bedrooms, four bathrooms, a double aspect kitchen/breakfast room, and a drawing room, which retains many period features including oak parquet flooring, original cornicing, and a fireplace.
Guide price: £6,500,000, jll.co.uk
Hunter's Lodge, Belsize Park
This magnificent Georgian mansion has an extremely rich history: although it was built in Gothic-revival style in 1810-1812, its origins date back to 1496 when Belsize House occupied the site. It housed the Dean of Westminster and Spencer Perceval, who became Prime Minister in 1809. In 1808 it was purchased and demolished by a wealthy City merchant, and Hunter's Lodge was commissioned. Just over a decade ago, the current owners started a major refurbishment of the mansion, including a new build extension, the creation of a basement leisure floor and the restoration of the mews guest cottage.