A beautiful 18th century London house, overlooking St James's Park
This is a significant and elegant London house, located in what is regarded as one of the best preserved areas of eighteenth century domestic architecture in London.
Grade I listed and dating to between 1775 and 1778, this house is distinguished by a blue plaque' marking it as the birth place of Lord Palmerston who was Prime Minister in 1855 -1858 and 1859-1865.
Meticulously restored as a family home in 2000-2003, this is a property boasting many significant historical architectural features, including carved fire places of marble and Sicilian jasper; an exceptional central sandstone staircase with iron balustrading and a delicate mahogany rail, with cupola above; and most notably, important features of the drawing room and library are exquisite ceiling paintings by renowned Swiss painter Angelica Kauffman RA (1741-1807).
Accommodation is arranged over six floors and comprises three grand rooms: ground floor dining room, first floor drawing room and library. The principal rooms benefit from a spectacular outlook onto Birdcage Walk and St James's Park. The private garden accessed from the kitchen is in fact licensed from the Royal Parks Authority, and so direct access to this most tranquil and iconic Royal Park is a true privilege.
Two private terraces (one on the top floor) provide an excellent vantage point to view many of London's most renowned landmarks and events: from Whitehall to the London Eye' and Telecom Tower'; London's Marathon and New Year's Eve Fire work display, to the daily sounds of military rehearsals and parades.
This is a distinctly historic and quintessential central London home.
Summary of Accommodation:
Arranged over six floors, accessed by a central staircase, the accommodation briefly comprises:
6/7 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
Grand ground floor dining room
First floor grand drawing room and separate library
Kitchen with informal dining room and direct garden access
Informal sitting room
Lower ground floor garden* accessing Birdcage Walk and St James's Park; two further terraces with park views.
Wine cellar and further under pavement storage vaults
*The current annual license fee for the garden is £960 per annum, subject to review
View payable Stamp Duty for this property
Such a wonderful house and the aspect in to St James's Park is so impressive; a real privilegeNoel De Keyzer