This colourful Edwardian four-bedroom house in Kensal Green was designed by renowned homeware designer Alice Palmer. The house is a playful combination of colours and textures that come together and culminate in warm, vibrant open living spaces. Expertly considered, the interiors unfold across some 2,209 sq ft, and a lovely private garden is situated at the rear. Located in a quiet enclave of London near Queens Park, the house has fantastic transport links and is within walking distance to some of North West London’s finest green spaces.
Setting the Scene
The current owner founded the English homeware brand Alice Palmer & Co, inspired by her love of traditional British homes, Moroccan Riads and Andalusian haciendas. These influences can be seen in this house, where Palmer’s interiors are soft and pretty yet play with colour, texture and pattern in the most charming way.
The Grand Tour
The original Edwardian exterior of the house has been re-grouted, and woodwork has been painted in a pretty sage green. Entry to the house is via a charming arched porch to the hallway. This space has black and white chequerboard tiles and yellow woodwork and leads to a bright front reception room. Finished in a palette of earthy reds and yellows, the space is flooded with light from a large bay window. Built-in shelving adds extra storage, and a fireplace painted in candy stripes creates a focal point in the room.
At the back of the plan is a spectacular rear extension, home to a vast kitchen, living and dining space. Here, natural light filters through two large skylights, sash windows and French doors overlooking the gardens. The room has been finished in a raw plaster finish, and limestone flags run underfoot. The kitchen area is set to one side, demarcated by a vast island and bespoke cabinetry painted sage green (Vert de Terre by Farrow and Ball). This room is perfect for entertaining on a large scale, with bundles of space for relaxing on a sofa or throwing a dinner party. A handy utility room and WC sit next door.
On the first floor, a guest bedroom suite overlooks the quiet Hanover Road. This room has a charming bay window, built-in storage and an en suite shower room. There is a second bedroom next door, currently used as a nursery. To the rear of the plan is a large third bedroom with elegant French doors leading onto a balcony that overlooks the garden. A large family bathroom sits adjacent, finished in a tongue and groove panelling painted a wonderfully calming mint green (Breakfast Room Green and Folly Green by Farrow and Ball). It has a bath, vanity and WC.
The top floor of the house is home to the primary bedroom suite, an expansive space compromising a large bedroom, dressing room and en suite bathroom. The bedroom has beautiful views over the rear garden and has been fitted with an expansive picture window and a skylight, flooding the room with natural light. The en suite bathroom is clad in Carrara marble and has a walk-in shower, freestanding bath, vanity and WC.
The Great Outdoors
At the front of the home is a large, private driveway with room to comfortably fit three cars and a convenient bin store. A tranquil garden sits at the rear of the house. It is a calming spot with a stretching lawn, established borders of evergreens and climbers, and two charming decking areas at the front and rear.
Out and About
Hanover Road is a tree-lined residential street in a lovely location. The street is leafy and expansive, formed of large, primarily Edwardian terraces. It is within walking distance of many local schools, including Ark Franklin and Princess Frederica C of E primary school.
Ladbroke Grove and the Grand Union towpath is easily accessible, as are the beautiful green spaces Tiverton Green, King Edward VII and Queens Park. Chamberlayne Road is within easy reach, with its fine selection of independent cafés, restaurants, delis, pubs and shops – including a butcher, greengrocer, specialist bakery and one of London’s finest florists. Local favourites include Sacre Cuore pizzeria, indie cinema The Lexi, and Retrouvius for design lovers.
Hanover Road is a three-minute walk from Kensal Rise station, which has access to Overground services, with direct lines to Euston in approximately 15 minutes. Kensal Green is also a short walk away, with Bakerloo Line connections running regular services. The area is well served by a wide range of bus services into central London and elsewhere.
Council Tax Band: E
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