THE GOOD LIFE
Ladbroke Walk, W11
Ooh, we really liked this house. The problem with mews houses, historically, has been that they lack natural light or are simply badly converted. This one in Ladbroke Walk suffered none of those problems and was simply a really good home that was well designed and oozed character.
While a lot of kitchens look good, some are simply not designed to be cooked in. Not this one. That Sub-Zero monolith of a fridge was clearly designed to hold a lot of food for the would-be Heston Blumenthals of this world. A bespoke nickel-plated four-oven Aga and a coffee machine that would make any barista proud demonstrated that this is a kitchen that was designed to be used. Natural light flooded the open-plan space, while reclaimed materials and warm woods gave a homely feel.
If the kitchen wasn’t enough, the bathrooms set a new standard in luxury. The Drummonds double sink was a showstopper in its own right but then there was the bath – a double-ended, handcrafted teak number that would happily grace the pages of any interiors magazine. This amazing bathroom was part of a master suite that comprised the entirety of the second floor, complete with a generously sized dressing room. Handpainted wallpaper provided a dazzling backdrop for the French-style bed, silk curtains and antique chandelier.
The reception was a bit unexpected. Its traditional styling contrasted with the contemporary kitchen but somehow blended seamlessly. The rich velvet sofas beckoned you to relax in cosy comfort, while the rich woods in the bookcases complimented those seen elsewhere in the house to tie the entire scheme together. Even the artwork was a beautiful juxtaposition of contemporary and traditional, with an abstract painting above the mantel positioned just feet from an Old Master. The second floor provided two ample bedrooms, each with access to its own bathroom, plus there was a study and an integral garage. The best mews house we have ever seen? Probably.