Fireplaces are making a comeback to add romance, grandeur or even a modern edge to a room. Turn the clock back fifty years and the traditional fireplace looked like a thing of the past. Central heating had taken over as a source of warmth. Thick plumes of grey smoke seemed incompatible with shiny modern Britain. Across the country fireplaces were being boarded up, plastered over or thrown into skips. But with Christmas approaching, the crackling logs and glowing coals of yesteryear inevitably come to mind. And now fireplaces are reappearing in people’s homes, too. The humble hearth is returning to fashion. Designers are installing sophisticated, environmentally friendly versions in modern flats and houses. And buyers of properties of all sizes are seeking them out. A fine marble surround or contemporary wood-burning stove can not only clinch a sale, but add thousands to a property’s value. Grade II Listed Leinster Gardens on the edge of Hyde Park has been meticulously restored, and has a number of attractive fireplaces. Guide price: £9m with Domus Nova.
Christopher Middleton, The Telegraph
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