Boathouse/Chalet, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
About Sarah Mumford
We have two sons aged 27 and 22 and we have spent many happy weekends and holidays on Eel Pie Island while the children were growing up. It was here that they learnt to row and sail and we as a family became part of the island community enjoying raft races, island BBQs and many a pirate party for our children's birthdays. We are both self employed and Ripple has been a peaceful haven for us where we have shared so many happy memories with friends, neighbors and family. Come and be part of the 'Ripple' experience!
Sarah Mumford purchased this Chalet in 1996
Why Sarah Mumford chose Twickenham Riverside
For 32 years we have lived in west London with a view of the River Thames, and our love of boats and the water led us 21 years ago, to buy 'Ripple', our holiday home on Eel Pie Island, just 20 minutes drive away from where we live. We discovered the island on one of our boating adventures, saw a house for sale, and were captivated by the idea of holidaying in a wooden chalet off shore, in London! We found that crossing the bridge helped transport us to a place of rest and refreshment that was distinctive from our 'mainland' home. Over the years we have kept a variety of boats on our pontoon - sailing, motor, rowing - and have many great memories of boating adventures. Ask our boys how one of our engines came to be on the river bed!!
What makes this Chalet unique
London - capital city of England and a great base for seeing the rest of Britain and Europe. Ripple, a unique holiday home in a beautiful part of London right on the River Thames. Staying on Eel Pie Island gives you peace and quiet, you'll be woken by birdsong and not airplanes, and you can easily access central London with the excellent travel links. Twickenham is on the British Rail network (fast train to Waterloo), Richmond (2 miles away) is on the District Line on the Tube, and Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are within easy reach by train or taxi. This part of London is steeped in history with many of its own amazing tourist attractions on the doorstep (Royal Palaces, Botanical Gardens, historic houses..) which enables you to combine visiting all the usual sights of central London while living in a vibrant, local community. What our visitors have said: S.Africa: 'We had an excellent visit to London. this is a lovely setting in contrast to busy London. A good place to come back to at the end of a hectic day of sight-seeing' New Hampshire, USA : 'Wonderful, perfect, lovely, walk across the bridge and you're in a different world! Feels like a home away from home' Seattle: 'We feel so fortunate to have based our first trip to London at Ripple. The sights in the City were fabulous. The trains, tube and buses worked well. But maybe best of all was returning home to Eel Pie Island each evening...' Ontario:'Very much enjoyed the history, heat and heavenly breezes of this hospitable neighborhood' Australia:'We can't wait to come again and will tell all our friends that you can have a relaxing family holiday with 3 children in London!'
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Some children's toys and DVD's available.Some children's toys and DVD's available.
Max guests: 6
- happy to accommodate an extra person (I'll provide an airbed and bedding) but need to have details and will be a charge of £30 per night extra)
Our Oasis in London
We're a family of 6...Mom, Dad, 4 kids, 20, 17, 17 and 14, who traveled to London for our first visit as a family. Months prior to our visit, we researched the multitude of accommodation options and given we required 2 or 3 hotel rooms, we believed a property found through VRBO would be our best bet.
We came across Sarah's listing for Ripple in Twickenham (a really lovely area west of central London) and were instantly impressed. The unique location on Eel Pie Island, the lovely photos and Sarah's friendly, prompt and informative communications aided our decision to book Ripple.
What a fantastic decision! The cottage was so much better than we expected; the photos are a glimpse into this lovely property on the island upon Thames. The cottage was adequately equipped for everything our family needed.
Stepping over the walk bridge to Eel Pie Island, (no cars, only birdsong...) we crossed over a quiet section of the Thames used by the occasional boater and quite a few rowers from the Twickenham Rowing Club.....how beautifully and quintessentially British!
Ripple was located a 5-7 minute walk to the Twickenham overland train station where we could easily catch the South Western Railway service to busy London Waterloo; our jumping off point for all our touring plans. The walk to and from the train station was uphill both ways (yes, both ways with stairs at the train station too). Lugging luggage was a bit of a chore, but you only need to do this twice! Besides, if you're traveling to visit London, you will be walking......a lot! (we averaged 23 km a day)
In Twickenham (wonderful!) there were many pubs, fast food, and fine restaurants (we had excellent meals in Twickenham). There were many shops including a grocery store on the walk from the train station.
We had a wonderful visit to Twickenham and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ripple. It was clean, very comfortable, quiet and was perfect for our gang of 6. It will be our instant choice of accommodations when we return to London in the future.
Ripple on Eel Pie Island, Twickenham is highly recommended!
I could live there!
Loved everything about my stay at the cottage on Eel Pie Island. Note for those with mobility issues, the footbridge does have a steep part and the path to the cottage is narrow and bumpy. The location is magic, right on the river. The cottage is comfortable and light filled, and the neighborhood is wonderful. Transportation into London is a breeze. A day pass (13 pounds) gets you in and out on the train and covers any transport you need during the day on the bus or Tube. The fast train from Twickenham takes 23 minutes. And, Twickenham is a delight. Over the weekend they close one of the cobblestone streets to cars and all the restaurants set tables out there and it is lovely. The cottage is walking distance to all sorts of good things--Ham House (National Trust), Inns and pubs (Barmy Arms is steps from the footbridge), and all sorts of services. Within blocks I found a good massage therapist, a grocery store, two really interesting museums (Twickenham and Eel Pie Island). I would definitely stay at this location again.
Would definitely stay again!
We just loved this quaint location on Eel Pie Island. Our group of five had plenty of room and all we needed to enjoy our stay. Sarah is a fantastic host and very easy to communicate with.
The train station is 10-15 minutes' walk away and the fast trains to London leave very frequently, getting you to Waterloo in 20 minutes or so. Great to have this tranquil spot to come home to after a busy day of sightseeing.
Twickenham itself is delightful and there are lots of places to eat and explore within a few minutes' walk.
Eel Pie Perfection
Our family of six was delighted with this home. There was room for everyone to relax after a day of sightseeing in London. We loved Eel Pie Island and the Twickenham area as well. Just a perfect stay. We hope to return again some day.
A perfect space for our family to return to after exploring London. Very comfortable for everyone and a short walk to the trains. Excellent shops and food nearby. I would stay again!
Rugby football at Twickenham Rugby Stadium, Wimbledon Tennis, Art galleries, Historic National Trust properties, Ice-skating at Hampton Ct and Kew Gardens (seasonal), Richmond Theatre. Twickenham has one of the longest-running Farmers Markets held on Saturdays, selling a wide range of delicious meat, fish, bread, honey, fruit...