Holland Park, W11
Who hasn’t walked past one of those stucco-fronted Italianate villas in Holland Park and dreamed of living in a house like that? Those lucky enough to set foot inside these mansions will know that they are effectively urban palaces with grand proportions, high ceilings and expansive rooms. What is more, they seem to welcome the light, making it easy to forget you’re in grey London.
This flat, on the second floor of one of these grand buildings, reflected the grandeur that one would expect of these properties. The reception room was flooded with natural light despite its deeply shaded fabric-coloured walls. A unique fireplace anchored the room while numerous mirrors, glass shelves and furnishings reflected the light around the room. Nowhere was this effect better achieved than in the dining room. The former owners really outdid themselves here; although a relatively narrow space, the mirrored wall visually doubled the room size while the glass-topped dining table made this large piece of furniture unobtrusive.
Mirrored-fronted wardrobes in the master bedroom made a generous-sized bedroom feel even bigger while silk curtains, a satin bedspread and a velvet headboard made the room feel like a luxurious boutique hotel. Even the guest room with its double-height leather headboard, ebony side tables and dramatic black and white photography lifted a monochrome scheme into a new sphere.
Our favourite room was the bathroom. With acres of Carrara marble, a double-ended bath and a polished-concrete vanity, this was unmatched luxury. So much so that Cowshed pales in comparison… although the Cowshed brand in Clarendon Cross was only a short walk away along with Holland Park itself and the Central line station.
This flat was a glimpse into a rarefied world. We felt privileged to been welcomed in.