We’ve put together a collection of homes with hearth-warming fireplaces.
We’ve reached that seemingly endless part of the winter when spring still seems far away and Christmas just a distant memory. As we settle into February we’ve put together a roundup of homes with impressive fireplaces. Many of these fires add a sense of occasion, introducing a flicker of period charm to complement modern design.
From elegant marble mantelpieces to rustic woodburners, contemporary gas stoves and even outdoor chimneys, fireplaces can add a sense of ritual to a home and alter the atmosphere, inside or out, as this collection shows.
Kensington Park Road | Rented
Plush furnishings are arranged around this distinctive Calacatta marble fireplace, salvaged from a country retreat. The raw stone and natural textures are echoed throughout the design of the house, where wooden joinery and ethnic fabrics add layers of intrigue and depth. Downstairs, the open-plan kitchen and second reception room continue the laid-back, bohemian aesthetic with a raw concrete fire mantel, flanked by chiselled nooks providing a lesson in rustic contemporary.
Hereford Road W2 | Rented
This handsome Georgian townhouse is defined by understated period details. In the first-floor formal living area, elaborate ceiling cornicing and wall bead mouldings complement a striking marble fire surround. Dark stained floors run right the way through to the adjoining music room, setting the stage for long, indulgent winter evenings that are perfectly suited to the flickering of flames.
Clarendon Road W11 | Sold
Two large windows flood the dining and living room of this two-bedroom apartment with natural light, while a geometric fireplace adds a focal point to anchor the room. On cooler evenings, this fire ignites warmth in the heart of the home and adds an all-year-round sense of occasion to the space, which is complemented by the pale oak floors and high ceilings.
Chepstow Villas W11 | Sold
A tale of perfect symmetry. In the fully-panelled double reception room complete with high ceiling and solid wood floor, twin ‘Neville’ fires add a cosy undercurrent to a pared-back space of grand proportions.
Lansdowne Road W11 | Sold
This bright five-bedroom townhouse brings together modern design with original period details, like elaborate fireplaces. Taking centre stage in the living room and home study, the marble mantels create symmetry, which is balanced by mirrors in one room and artful floating shelves in another. Downstairs, a more modern gas fireplace adds a more intimate atmosphere to the family snug, which opens out into a communal garden.
Montrose Avenue NW6 | For Sale
Moody blue tones, a classical painting and eye-catching candlesticks really elevate this fireplace to masterpiece status. Found on the ground floor of this tastefully renovated home, the reception room comprises two large, interconnected spaces:the front-facing half with this eye-catching marble-surrounded open fire and towards the back of the house, a cosy snug with a door leading to the garden.
Oxford Gardens W10 | Rented
Exquisite fireplaces feature throughout this lavishly finished duplex apartment on one of Notting Hill’s most distinguished streets. The reception room spans the entire width of the four-bedroom home – a vast space with twin marble fireplaces and a trio of large sash windows that flood light into the room. The calming colour palette and blonde herringbone floors compliment the tones in the stone hearths. In the bedrooms, fitted cupboards flank feature fires, while in the dining room open shelves and storage frame a fireplace that enhances the perfect spot for hanging artwork.