Cube Coach House, Clapham
Unique home and former coach house with one-of-a-kind glass cube outbuilding in garden. The cube/glasshouse sits above a pond in a tropical walled-garden, with palms and other botanical elements. The interior is a mixture of modern and bohemian delights: floor to ceiling windows, open-plan kitchen and living space (island with gas hob included), vintage wares (including some mid-century modern furniture), children’s bedrooms and large bathroom. Located in Clapham in South West London. SW12.
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