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One of London’s oldest Georgian townhouses up for sale for £9.5m after restoration to former glory

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 (Rokstone)
(Rokstone)

One of the oldest Georgian townhouses in London has gone on sale for £9,450,000, after being restored to its former glory.

The five storey, 3,178 sq ft property was built by bricklayer John Barnes in the 1720s and sits in a row of eight townhouses of varying heights.

This is the only surviving strip from this early Georgian era on the whole of Park Street – the longest road in Mayfair which runs behind Park Lane. The Georgian period ran from 1714 to 1837 with famous landmarks such as Grosvenor Square also built in the 1720s.

The Grade II-listed home has been reconfigured on the inside: there’s a light and airy garden room overlooked by an internal balcony on the first floor. However, following strict English Heritage guidelines, the wooden panelling, box cornicing and original fireplaces has been reinstated in the front reception room and library.

Other touches include a handcrafted wooden corner bar, a powder room, and a vaulted wine store.

“This is the oldest property I have launched in central London,” says Becky Fatemi, founder of Rokstone, who is selling the townhouse. “When it comes to high end buyers, early Georgian architecture is still the most loved among clients.”

The grand facade sets it apart on the long road, which stretches from Oxford Street all the way down to South Street, running parallel to the strip of international Park Lane hotels. Behind the wrought-iron fencing is a monochrome, polished tile path that leads to the muted blue front door set in its original and restored wooden casing. Flower boxes are set above each of the three deep sash windows at the front.

The kitchen is kitted out with flash Miele appliances and a Quoker boiling water tap set into Bianca Eclipse Quartzite worktops. In the main bathroom there are Fior Di Bosch marble walls and a Victoria & Albert free-standing bath tub.

The landscape painter WJ Poole lived at the property between 1817 and 1822 and other characters of note include Amy France Apthorp, who resided there in 1904 when she registered a patent for a device for attaching feathers and plumes to hats and bonnets.

A string of dignitaries and members of the aristocracy have resided on Park Street over the last few centuries. They include Sir Rufane Donkin, a Lieutenant General in the British Army and serving officer in the Napoleonic Wars, and Albertha Spencer-Churchill (1947 to 1932) who also lived on the street.

She was the daughter of James Hamilton, the 1st Duke of Abercorn, and was married in Westminster Palace to George Spencer-Churchill, eldest son of the 7th Duke of Marlborough.

Far more recently, Park Street was famous for its socialite residents including once-eligible bachelor James Matthews who lived at number 39 before he proposed to Pippa Middleton.

Unusually, there is another property from the same terrace on sale too for £7.925 million. It’s slightly smaller (2,519 sq ft) and the seller (who lives in Dubai) has gone for a different look. The four-bedroom house has deep pile velvet-like carpets and an underground Shisha lounge. It’s on sale with Berkshire Hathaway.

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