Pack your paddle board and grab your goggles. From floating homes to creek-side cottages, these are the best riverside properties to move to now.
The Best Riverside Properties on the Market Right Now
The Warren, Caversham, Reading
Set in a delightful riverside setting, this property offers modern luxury in abundance and endless entertaining opportunities. There’s the large open plan area fit with living space, dining area and bar, a stunning kitchen with huge island, incredible circular wine cellar, a cinema room, a plethora of terraces for alfresco opportunities, pool and hot tub. And if you can manage to drag yourself away, head down to the bottom of the garden and set sail for a peaceful trip down the river. Available through Fine & Country for £4,500,000.
The Street, Shalford, Guildford, Surrey
Located in the historic and popular village of Shalford in Surrey, this red brick and Grade II Listed house occupies a prime riverside location. Surrounded by an abundance of green trees and shrubbery, the garden is a perfect spot to enjoy the sun, whether you’re lounging alone with a book or hosting alfresco meals or parties. Meanwhile inside, you’ll find wood-panelled traditional rooms alongside contemporary and sleek ones. Available through Knight Frank for £3,250,000.
Little Faringdon Mill, Lechlade, Oxfordshire
A former water mill, this cotswold stone property sits on the southern fringes of the Cotswolds. Inside, there’s five bedrooms, five reception rooms and endless charm, character and original features throughout. Step outside, and you’ll find pretty green south-facing gardens alongside a gorgeous trickling river. Available through Butler Sherborn for £2,350,000.
Boulston, Nr Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
Situated in an idyllic part of Pembrokeshire, this riverside estate boasts 61 acres of woodland, pastureland, and parkland and is a prime example of Georgian elegance. It’s currently used as a home, boutique B&B and a wedding venue and benefits from a further two cottages. Available through Savills for £4,950,000.
Wylye, Warminster, Wiltshire
Nestled in the heart of Wiltshire sits this idyllic country home. Formerly a mill, the property is positioned in an enviable spot on one of Wiltshire’s most popular rivers. Inside, there’s a delightful kitchen with a terracotta floor, a gorgeous drawing room with a period fireplace, a cosy library and a sunny conservatory. Meanwhile, outside you’ll find a terrace perfect for alfresco dining, next to pretty lawns and accompanied by the trickling sound of the river. Keen fishermen will be delighted to know that the property comes with fishing rights and both the river and pond contain good size trout and grayling. Available through Savills for £1,900,000.
Douro Valley, Baiao, Portugal
Perched in an enviable position in Douro Valley surrounded by luscious greenery and overlooking the river, this Portuguese property would be dreamy for entertaining. There’s the open plan kitchen, dining room and living area, making drinks and dinnner parties that much easier. Plus, the glass walls offer stunning views, while the sliding doors allow the option to go alfresco. And the glass sided swimming pool is just spectacular. Available through Knight Frank for €1,800,000
The Listed Building, Wapping, London
Sitting on the first floor of an 18th century listed building, this property offers a modern luxury example of a warehouse conversion Arranged into open-plan living, and set over 1450 sq foot, it’s got sleek interiors, high ceilings and a plethora of large windows meaning there’s an abundance of light throughout. The office area, set against the backdrop of the Thames, makes it ideal for work from home life. Available through Knight Frank for offers over £1,400,000
Chauntry Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire
If you’re after river views but prefer to keep your feet on dry land, this Edwardian house on the banks of the Bray reach could be your dream home. First built in 1908, it has been sensitively extended over the years to offer comfortable country living for all the family. Today there are eight bedrooms, multiple reception rooms and a modern kitchen connected by galleried hallways and featuring gorgeous fireplaces. Outdoors, the spacious private lawn and terrace have uninterrupted views of the river; enjoy a spot of croquet, dangle your feet in the river, or head onto the water with a paddle board or canoe. Available through Hamptons for £5,250,000.
Via Sottoriva, Verona, Italy
The Thames is nice enough, and the Severn is rather pretty. But if you’re looking for something a little more romantic than UK riverways then why not head to Romeo & Juliet’s home town Verona, where this stunning penthouse in the historic heart of the city overlooks the bustling River Adige. Indoors is classically Italian; simple wooden floors in the three bedrooms and a sweeping central living room with a grand fireplace. But the star of the show are the views over the city, which you can take in from the wide wrought iron balconies while sipping on an Aperol Spritz and waiting – Juliet style – for your own personal Romeo to appear below. Available through Sotheby’s International for €845,000
Watergate House, Fordwich, Kent
Originally the Manor House of Fordwich – the smallest town in Kent, with a population of less than 400 – the Grade II* Watergate House is a carefully restored historic gem. As you could expect from a property dating back to medieval times, it houses a wealth of atmospheric period features, including original beams, a 15th century fireplace and immaculately preserved, original Jacobean drawings the guest bedroom. Casting a romantic charm over the property, the exquisite gardens are a draw whatever the season, enclosed by ancient walls and leading down to the riverfront. Available through Strutt & Parker for £2,000,000