Welcome to the Island in Thames Ditton - 48 unique riverside houses with views of the village and across to the parkland of Hampton Court Home Farm. Thames Ditton Island is the only village-based residential Thames island within 10 minutes walk of a direct London commuter train station.
The Island owes its existence to Henry VIII who straightened and deepened the Thames just downstream from his palace at Hampton Court where it was too shallow to guarantee his uninterrupted passage by river from Westminster to his palace and hunting grounds. For over three centuries thereafter, the island was used as pasture for the local manor until the Edwardian era when this part of the Thames became popular (not to say notorious) for London's wealthy elite to party, punt and skiff - made famous by Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat and made possible by the arrival of the railway in the late nineteenth century.
The Island is separated from, but very much part of, the village of Thames Ditton, connected by a beautiful 1939 suspension bridge conveniently next to the thirteenth century Ye Olde Swan pub. Ten minutes walk from the mainline train station into London Waterloo, 20 minutes to the M25 and 30 minutes to Heathrow, the main sound you'll hear are the ducks and rowers plus the odd murmurs of "I wish I lived there" by day boats passing by.
Thames Ditton Island is the largest of three islands in Thames Ditton, the nearest being Swan Island where the old ferryman lived until 1911 to take passengers across the (then) tidal river to Hampton Court - and adjacent to Boyle Farm Island which today is home to perhaps the most romantic house on the Thames.