The term ‘family home’ doesn’t immediately bring to mind visions of sleek architecture, boundless amenities and chic furnishings. Rather, for most, the family home is one of wipe-clean surfaces, doesn’t-matter-if-the-kids-spill-on-it Ikea sofas and minefields of errant Lego bricks just waiting to be stepped on.
Well, No. 5 Ilchester Place – and the dream team of architects and designers behind its recent refurbishment – would like to challenge your preconceived notions.
Located in one of Kensington’s most coveted addresses, this six bedroom home has just completed a major overhaul masterminded by a roster of the world’s finest property specialists. Brought together by developer Lutti London, Stanhope Gate Architecture, a firm renowned for its work renovating historic buildings, reimagined the home’s layout while London-based design firm 1508 helped turn these spaces into exceptional living areas. Finally, the expertise of internationally renowned landscape architect Randle Siddeley was called upon to maximise the property’s enviable outdoor space.
So what are the results like? The first thing one notices is how spacious and airy Ilchester Place feels for a period property. While its neo-Georgian facade – in keeping with the surrounding architecture of Holland Park – is indisputably grand, inside the house complements period features with contemporary, open plan spaces and 21st Century conveniences and technology to create a beautiful, fully functional home for the modern family.
“5 Ilchester Place is an exquisite house that has been rebuilt to the very highest of standards, by an unparalleled collection of experts,” says James Pace, Head of the Kensington office at listing agent Knight Frank. “It has exceptional living space that includes superb pool and spa facilities, a garden that was designed by the globally renowned Randle Siddeley and uninterrupted views directly over Holland Park.”
Set over six floors, entrance to the property is through a light-filled lobby characterised by elegant stone parquetry. This, the ground floor, also houses a formal dining room with fireplace and an office set away from the main entertaining areas to ensure privacy and peace. The highlight on this floor, however, is the vast reception room which, via 3m floor-to-ceiling folding windows, opens on to an elegant garden with a lawn, dining terrace and entertaining space.
Down one storey, the lower ground floor is dedicated to family spaces with an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, games and media room and wine cellar as well as an outdoor terrace which enables plenty of natural light to fill the space from above. This floor also offers a bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom for staff.
Down once again to the basement and the full-floor wellness area. Designed to accommodate every type of fitness activity, a 15 metre swimming pool is complemented by a sauna, steam room, showers, gym, fitness studio, relaxation space, bar and changing rooms. Finished in sophisticated tones of beige and grey, this is the ultimate retreat from the city outside.
Arriving via the magnificent showpiece staircase to the first floor, the master suite offers views over Holland Park as well as a marble fireplace and comes complete with a large master bathroom, second smaller bathroom and impressive dressing room. A second en suite bedroom with bath can also be accessed from the first floor landing. Three further double bedrooms and two bathrooms are found on the second floor while the sixth bedroom, an ensuite in a cosy converted attic space, is located on the third and final floor.
Of course, this level of space and style in one of London’s most sought after addresses doesn’t come cheap – and price is, naturally, on application. But whatever that price tag happens to be, we’d say this family home is just about worth it.
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