This wonderful two-double-bedroom house, moments from central Peckham, has been lovingly curated by the interior decorator owner, who has enhanced its inherent Victorian qualities with playful touches of colour and texture and a dream-like rear garden.
Clayton Road, Peckham, 2 bedroom House
Centrally located close to Peckham’s vibrant Rye Lane and the cafes, bars and restaurants that have sprung up along and around it, this two-bedroom terraced property is at once characterful, joyous and sophisticated. The two reception rooms, with painted floorboards and matching marble fireplace surrounds, are linked via double doors, allowing them to serve as separate, intimate spaces or thrown open to host a meal with friends or a children’s party.
At the back of the house, a kitchen finished in a contemporary cottage style opens through bi-fold doors onto an exquisite urban garden. The mature planting, pots and terrace, which leads via steps to a summer hideaway, are a romantic medley evoking the south of France and instantly whisk you out of the city. The considered use of colour and texture is mirrored upstairs. The two double bedrooms are tranquil zones, while the freestanding bath-shower room has been decorated in striking gold and racing green.
Clayton Road is perfectly positioned within easy reach of Peckham’s best-loved bars and restaurants, as well as the delightful Bellenden Village, Peckham Rye Park & Common. You have excellent transport links too – with fast and frequent trains from Peckham Rye linking neighbourhoods in the south, centre and east of the capital.
THE OWNER SAYS
I’ve lived in Peckham for 25 years while the transformation has taken place around me. I love this area. It’s unlike any other. I remember stepping into this house 12 years ago and knowing it had to be mine. It’s a bit of a tardis, wider than the average Victorian property, starting at an unassuming front but leading through the hallway to the kitchen/diner, which opens through bi-fold doors to a quiet, lushly mature garden. It has a heavy-cropping apple tree, a loquat, a cherry tree (I’ve just scoffed the cherry harvest – only a handful, but sweetly succulent) and a rather grand olive tree with surrounding hydrangeas, peonies and perovskia shrubs. It’s a private haven and seems to have its very own micro-climate. The second the sun glimmers at 8am I’m outside and I just swap seats to enjoy the beams until early evening.
It’s a wonderfully comfortable home, full of colour and ambience. I’ve had parties and dinners that start in the sunny garden while we munch in the kitchen, then move to the reception rooms as the sun goes down and we light the fire for night-time quaffing. I’m going to miss this place.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Energy Performance Certificate:
Current energy efficiency rating: D. Potential rating: B.
In the Borough of Southwark, the property falls into Band D (£1,594.54 in 2022/23).
Currently (approx) monthly charges: gas £122, electricity £56 & water £17.
The current owner has replaced the boiler, the downstairs radiators, replastered the hallway, stairway, bathroom and rear bedroom. She designed and planted the back garden and paved the front garden using reclaimed French tiles.
Should you need the space now or like the option to grow in the future, there is precedent on the street for extension into the loft. Subject to the usual consents, of course.
Peckham Rye station is 6 mins walk via Peckham Levels and is served by London Overground, Southern and Southeastern trains, connecting the area with central and east London. Trains abound! 12 mins to Victoria, 10 mins to London Bridge, Canada Water or Blackfriars. 20 mins to Clapham Junction.
Too many to do justice, but here are a few: Peckham Levels is home to over 100 local businesses, including bars, restaurants and independent sellers. Sitting atop, you have Franks Cafe for rooftop views, drinks and food. The cheapest cinema in London: Peckham Plex. Copeland Park hosts The Social, a saki brewery, a weekly farmer’s market, the Bussey Building (theatre, clubbing, rooftop bar and cinema), festivals, a gallery space, a gym and Forza Win, which has an incredible London skyline view from their roof terrace.
Explore South East London
Founded in 2016 by a husband and wife duo, KANPAI set up a microbrewery in Peckham a year later. The craft sake is made entirely on site, and every bottle is hand filled and labeled. The taproom’s lively warehouse surrounds, in busy Copeland Park, add to the experience.
Popular Peckham all-day bar and dining space Levan dishes up inventive European plates, inspired by food scenes in other gastronomic destinations such as Barcelona, Berlin and Paris.
An intimate dining room and counter seating by the open kitchen make it great for any occasion.
For some of the best tacos – let’s go one step further and say best Mexican food – in south London, try Taco Queen, which opened its doors on Rye Lane in 2017. The options range from elotes – grilled corn on the cob, with feta mayo, hibiscus & chilli dust – to Baja fish tacos, and are best ordered in bulk and shared among the table. Don’t scrimp on their tequila and mezcal-based cocktails.
Ganapati brings southern Indian flavours to the heart of Peckham. The restaurant, which has eat-in and takeaway branches, offers a small and regularly changing menu with deliciously authentic dishes that include sea bass curry and to-die-for masala dosa. As the owners describe it, Ganapati pays “homage to the Indian coffee house with its utilitarian feel, mix of colours and fluorescent tube lighting”.
This pan-Balkan mezze and grill restaurant has been a local landmark for years. Think charcoal-grilled meat, fish and vegetables from the Eastern Mediterranean (the chef takes inspiration from the “former Ottoman lands”). A daily changing menu might include dishes like pan-fried kourkoubines, sauteed ceps mushrooms, butternut squash, roasted celeriac puree and aged Graviera, or courgette fritters with kohlrabi, radishes, cucumber and tarator.