THE BIGGER PICTURE
Bark Place, W2
This exceptional four-bedroom house was incredibly rare in terms of design and style but also in that it had a mews house attached to it, too.
The main house was a spectacular Victorian home occupying four floors that had recently been extensively refurbished to offer a contemporary masterpiece. The structure of the main house and the mews building to the rear created a private walled courtyard between the two, offering each a Zen-like space of bamboo plants and palm trees. Echoing minimalist Japanese architecture, the focus throughout the main house was on light and space, using a mix of glass and rich wood, all the while embracing original period features.
Gracefully showcasing this was the ground-floor double reception room; measuring 41ft, this extended to a double-height glass extension where a dramatic gallery looked down onto the kitchen / dining room to link the spaces. The design allowed views of the garden and for light to illuminate the space from the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows at the rear. When opened up fully, the level allowed access by recessed stairs to the private garden below.
Reached by cantilevered stairs, the basement level incorporated a vast, open-plan kitchen and dining area. Without fuss, the space was contemporary and sleek and perfect for grand parties. It also provided access to the walled garden, bringing an al fresco element to it all. Elsewhere on this level was a snug media room, ideal for kids and movie nights. Ramping things up a notch was a fully equipped wine cellar, also accessible from this floor.
The first floor is given over to the elegant master bedroom suite that also included a fabulous ensuite bathroom and dressing room. The second floor had two generous-sized bedrooms and a smart family bathroom.
As for the converted mews building, this had three floors and included a self-contained apartment on the first floor with one bedroom, a spacious reception area and a bathroom. The apartment had separate access and would have suited a nanny or house staff. Below on the ground floor was a gymnasium and a large garage while at basement level was the wine cellar.
Accessed by foot from Bark Place, or by car via the mews house behind, the property was situated in St Petersburgh Mews and was moments from the buzzing surroundings of Queensway. All the while, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens were nearby to easily access Knightsbridge, Kensington and South Kensington.