Brilliant minds, radical thinking, inspiration. All par for the course in South Kensington, boasting more than its fair share of world famous museums and academic institutions, set between the elegant period squares and gardens. You’re in good company too, with such illustrious previous residents as Virginia Woolf, JM Barrie and Oscar Wilde. Amidst this rich cerebral setting, discover this five bedroom, two bathroom 19th century apartment. Unique antiques, paintings, a plenitude of books and curios create a space so convivial you’ll be forgiven for wanting to linger a while and feed the mind.
Your hosts are a clever pair, he was born in this very apartment, and is a novelist, journalist and magician, with an obvious passion for art and creativity, and she is a GP. Together they enjoy their enchanting home with their young children.
Cabinet of curiosities
In the warm, arty sitting room, a pair of angels gaze down from either side of an ornate Victorian bookcase, opposite the original, working, fireplace. Tinker on the piano, or hunker down with a novel in a choice of super soft seating. Let your curiosity get the better of you in a spacious, well equipped kitchen, where an accent magenta wall shows off an antique medicine cabinet, and masks, musical instruments, and a huge lion head add a touch of the surreal. Upstairs, you’ll be enthralled by an exquisite Edwardian style mini library, where book-lined shelves wrap elegantly around the curve of a wall. Note down ideas for the novel you know is in you at an antique, cherry wood desk, lit by a green vintage banker’s lamp, in a study-come-double bedroom. Two further colourful children’s rooms, and a single cabin room will entertain the kids. So slip into a luxuriant roll top bath in a large, lavish family bathroom, and later, allow all manner of imaginings to take flight in an ornate carved Indian bed in a stylish, light drenched master bedroom.
From the sublime collections of the V&A;, to the discoveries of the Natural History and Science museums, you’ll find enough material to keep you stimulated for days. When it’s time to blow away the cobwebs, amble along the lapping Serpentine, and though the ordered greenery of Hyde Park. If glitterati is more your thing than literati, you’re only a short walk away from the high end fashion boutiques and affluent glamour of Chelsea and Knightsbridge, while the West End is just eight minutes by tube from South Kensington.
Additional amenities include: concierge, concierge service, 24 hour on call maintenance, coffee grinder, hob (gas), communications/internet, entertainment.TripAdvisor property ID 2765400...Read more
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