The brief was to create a grand, luxurious and contemporary family home while maintaining some of its original period features.
All 9,500 square feet were stripped back to the brickwork and rafters before the interior reconstruction began. The reintroduction of original features including cornicing and panelling throughout the property shows a healthy respect for its heritage. This unique building has been thoughtfully redesigned as a large family home. The property has five stunning floors of sumptuous accommodation with seven double bedrooms, five with en suites. The master bedroom is exquisite with his and hers dressing rooms and spa-like en suites that are practical and effortlessly elegant.
The ground floor has a formal dining room served by a dumb waiter. A large antique mirror magnifies the already impressive space with a soft welcoming reflection. Natural light fills the room through two sets of double height French doors. Within this room there is also a drinks bar and seating area in front of a stone fireplace.
The main kitchen has both informal dining and relaxed seating along with TV and fireplace. The kitchen’s impressive scale remains the hub of the home. The floor to ceiling cabinets frame the nine metre split level marble island. Above it are three hanging lights designed by Sean Cochrane that illuminate the space but also offer a subtle line of separation between the specific zones of the room.
On the lower ground floor there is a gym and cinema as well as second kitchen, utility room and temperature controlled wine storage. A lift services all floors of the house. The landscaped garden is contemporary in its design with a selection of mature trees chosen for their provenance. An outside seating area is complete with working fire for those English summer evenings.
A wonderful balance has been struck with the old and new, radically transforming the house. Ninety percent of all cabinetry and furniture has been designed by Cochrane Design. This home evokes permanence and quality, it is a house with style and substance.