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Lancaster Road, W11

Never underestimate the determination of a Notting Hill homebuyer. While in the throes of negotiating this property, the vendor passed away and, having no descendants, left it to the Serbian Orthodox Church in Paris. The would-be buyers were not to be deterred, however, and continued the negotiations with the church, eventually employing French-speaking lawyers in England and even more lawyers in Paris. Finally, the property was theirs.

The next challenge for these new owners was to gain permission for the extensive renovations they planned. One of the key concepts was to add a mansard storey but this was bitterly opposed by the freeholder of the building. After a lot of tough negotiations, they eventually obtained permission and set about a five-month build using De Rosee Sa Architects. The result was a space that is entirely filled with light thanks to the large windows and the large skylight across the roof. Beautiful materials were also used, including Piedra de Burgos limestone and Carrara marble. De Rosee Sa then designed and commissioned custom-made furniture, including the dining room table, the coffee table, sofas and the side tables.

This beautiful flat is at the western end of Lancaster Road within moments of all that Notting Hill has to offer. Ladbroke Grove Underground station is minutes away and there was no excuse to miss workouts as Virgin Active was practically on the doorstep. When asked about their home, the owners replied, “At Lancaster Road, we aimed to create different atmospheres as you move through the property, unified by the herringbone floor and contemporary stair. We tried to introduce a bit of drama in the sombre cloakroom and the skylight above the shower.” They certainly succeeded.


View De Rosee Sa Architects on the Domus Nova Architecture Guide