‘Happy families are all alike,’ famously relates Tolstoy. Yet, for all that, it’s hard to envisage many happy families ensconced in a home quite as impeccably suitable as Portland Road. With an exterior that’s all dashing Edwardian grandeur and five floors – and four bedrooms – of matchless modern elegance, this is very much a home of the family, by the family, for the family. Amid the exclusive environs of Holland Park, this is a home brimful of personality. And being so close to trendy Notting Hill, as well as London’s finest in parks and museums, there’s no shortage of nearby delights for persons big and small.
Kith and kin
Your hosts are the paterfamilias and materfamilias of a brood of four charming children. Yet they also somehow find the time to busy themselves elsewhere – he as a tech venture capitalist, she an ad agency planning director.
This happy brood
The large sitting room is bounteously lit through double-aspect sash windows. You’ll notice the latter are framed by original Edwardian shutters, the perfect foil for the stylishly modern cream sofas and delightfully fluffy grey rug – quite suitable for galumphing children. Below you’ll find the kitchen and family room, a funky, open-plan space offering possibilities aplenty in the way of cooking, eating, watching, reading, learning, and more besides. And if that’s not enough, the split-level patio outside, complete with a trampoline, will be.
Head up to the master suite on the first floor, which you’ll find dominated by a four-poster king-size bed, as well as a smart modern fireplace, and rows of grown-up books. The ensuite grandly boasts a free-standing roll top bath, underfloor heating, and dual sink, not to mention the walk in shower- come- steam room. More bedrooms await upstairs, each with their own (fast-developing) personality: a colourful and cosy girl's single, a bright and blue boy's single with ensuite wet room, and a sweet and stylish baby's room, full of cuddly toys. Along the hall is the stylish family bathroom, stuffed with our White Company goodies and fluffy white towels.
Portland Road’s proximity to all manner of attractions will exasperate any grounded child. There are parks aplenty: Avondale Park is almost on your doorstep, the beautiful Holland Park contains haughty peacocks, and the joyous expanse of Hyde Park is a restorative day out in itself. Elsewhere, the Science, and Natural History Museums in nearby Knightsbridge are a fillip to enquiring minds of any age. And, for cuisine, nip to Gelato Mio for ice cream, Maison Blanc for the finest croissant aux amandes, and Edera for the last word in spaghetti con bottarga.
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