A £10million townhouse in London’s swanky Mayfair has gone on the market after being refurbished using strict Historic England guidelines.
The guidelines are used in historic buildings, and concern everything from structural issues to simple fixings, given that it is Grade-II* listed.
In this high-end family home, the guidelines helped to shape the finished look of the beautifully crafted interior.
The luxury townhouse is in London’s affluent Mayfair and is being sold by Rokstone estate agents with a price tag of £10million
The property has been recently refurbished using guidelines from Historic England, with some of the missing wood panelling being reinstalled
The property was built 300 years ago, with the recent refurbishment being approached extremely carefully.
The local council and Historic England worked with the current owner’s architect to ensure that some missing details were reinstated.
These included some wood panelling and box cornicing that were reinstalled in the front living room and library, using the Historic England guidelines.
Some of the panelling is original. It was stripped back and then the new panelling was closely matched before being installed. Much of the work will have been done by hand.
Historic England explained that early examples of interior features would often be hand crafted, but by the later 18th century and into the 19th century elements such as stair balusters would be machined.
There is wood panelling on several of the floors, including in the double reception room on the first floor (pictured)
The property has some decorative fireplaces in several rooms, including this one surrounded by dark coloured walls
This dining room at the property also has a decorative fireplace in the background as well as some large sash windows
The guidelines are often mistaken from being from English Heritage. But in April 2015, English Heritage separated into two organisations.
One of them was the English Heritage charity that looks after more than 400 historic places, including stone circles, abbeys, historic houses. The other is Historic England, a public body that gives advice about listed buildings.
The latter explained that the Mayfair property is Grade II* listed, meaning it has greater heritage significance compared to its simply Grade II listed neighbours and very few buildings fall into this category.
It went on to describe the townhouse as a ‘very special building’. This is due to the surviving ground, first and second floors – which is higher than normal in a house of this type and age.
It added that the house is unusual as it has ‘a less hierarchical interior’ with panelling on even its less prestigious upper floors.
Alfie Stroud, of Historic England, said: ‘London’s historic homes are so important to the city’s character and heritage, and we hope our guidance will help owners to preserve their significant interiors.’
The entrance hallway has some black and white tiles on the floor as well as some light wood panelling on the walls
The double reception room on the first floor of the townhouse has a decorative fireplace and a light coloured carpet
The unusual breakfast room has space for a small table and chair, and is filled with plants against a tiled wall backdrop
The breakfast room provides a light and airy space that is effectively a conservatory which can be used all year round
The kitchen features dual-tone cabinets, tiled flooring and a sash window that overlooks the unusual breakfast room
The extra effort made to retain the historic feel of the property doesn’t mean that modern luxuries were compromised.
They include a bespoke bar with a wine cooler, and a vaulted wine store.
Meanwhile, the property’s kitchen boasts quartz worktops, Miele appliances and a Quaker boiler hot top.
Other features of the property include an internal balcony in the library with views of Mayfair’s rooftops, and plenty of sash windows – with the largest windows on the ground and first floors of this five storey home.
The property was built by bricklayer John Barnes and it was once occupied by landscape painter WJ Poole, who lived in the house between 1817 and 1822.
The family home has four bedrooms – including this double bedroom with another decorative fireplace and sash windows
The property is on Park Street, the longest street in Mayfair that runs from Oxford Street to South Street, and is parallel with Park Lane.
The area retains its conservation statue due to its rich architectural legacy and its high number of listed buildings.
The £10million townhouse has four-bedrooms and is being sold by Rokstone estate agents.
The average price of a property sold in Mayfair during the past 12 months is £3,202,900.
It compares to £312,201 for the country as a whole, according to property website Zoopla.