Queensberry Place is brilliantly located in the heart of South Kensington. Constructed in the late 19th-century, the terrace has a handsome stuccoed façade and is complete with grand portico entrances, which in turn are flanked by Doric columns. This two bedroom apartment which unfolds over two floors and 1,315 sq ft, has a living area which sits on the piano nobile of the building, with wonderfully high ceilings and three balconies.
Setting the Scene
Queensberry Place forms the eastern boundary of the Queen’s Gate conservation area and is notably quiet despite its remarkably central location. The street comprises three individually designed Victorian terraces that were built by William Douglas and one redbrick house. This terrace was built between 1867-8, and is four-storeys in height and wonderfully grand and ornamented. The windows to this floor are of the tripartite type, with French windows that open onto a narrow balcony enclosed with bottle balustrades. The Doric entrance porticos below are all finished with smart dentilled courses. For more information, please see the History section below.
The Grand Tour
Entry into the apartment is straight into a dining room. With high ceilings, the space is exceptionally voluminous. Painted a bold blue, it has bespoke, tall, bookshelves lining one wall. Through double doors is a light-filled drawing room. This time painted John Soane yellow; a colour researched and recreated when the drawing room at the Sir John Soane Museum was restored. This room has many of its original features, including intricate cornicing which crowns the room, as well as the original and ornate marble fireplace surround. Tall windows bring light into the room, whilst a pair of French doors open onto a balcony.
The rear of the apartment is home to a kitchen, where a large window frames views over its terrace, as well as backs of nearby houses. The kitchen itself comprises black cabinetry, set against Black Zimbawe stone worktops, whilst the walls are painted a bright red. Open shelves above the oven provide storage for pots and pans.
Steps ascend from this floor to the principal bedroom, with en suite bathroom. Here there are two balconies; one larger terrace accessed from the bathroom, and a balcony which sits behind a pair of French doors which open from the bedroom. The second bedroom sits on the floor below, currently used as a snug, it is also complete with en suite shower room, cleverly concealed behind a wallpapered door.
The Great Outdoors
With three terraces, this apartment has access to numerous places to sit outside. The front balcony, which is east-facing, is perfect for morning coffee, whilst the rear outdoor spaces provide the perfect place from which to enjoy an evening cocktail. The rear terrace is framed by raised planters, stocked with plants from flowering pelargoniums to herbs.
Out and About
Queensberry Place is situated just to the north of Old Brompton Road with its excellent selection of shops, restaurants and pubs. The Hereford Arms and Duke of Clarence are both a few minutes’ walk and the Yashin Ocean House offers excellent Japanese food. There is also a plethora of brilliant eateries and suppliers along the northern section of Gloucester Road.
Many renowned museums and cultural venues are in the vicinity, including The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National History Museum, The Science Museum and The Royal Albert Hall. There are many excellent restaurants in the area, including Bibendum, Daquise, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Holy Carrot. The Finborough Theatre is a short walk away, as is the much-loved Cine Lumiere.
The beautiful open spaces of Hyde Park lie to the north, home to the Serpentine Galleries, famous for presenting some of the world’s most celebrated artists.
South Kensington (Piccadilly, Circle and District lines) underground station is minutes from the apartment. There is also easy access by car to routes leading west towards Heathrow via the A4.
There are many outstanding schools nearby in Glendower, Queen’s Gate, Falkner House Preparatory and Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle opposite.
Council Tax Band: G
Underlying Lease Length: approx. 961 years remaining
Service Charge: Approx. £2,256 per annum
Ground Rent: approx. £50 per annum
In the mid-19th century it was decided that profits of the Great Exhibition, together with additional funds provided by its treasury would contribute to a new residential estate – which now forms the Queen’s Gate conservation area – as well as a ‘cultural centre’ for the nation. Thus the 1851 Commissioners were born, who together with other estate owners, laid out the roads that we see today in this area, into its largely rectilinear pattern. It is likely that Baron Haussman’s work in Paris was used as inspiration for the plans, notably Queen’s Gate itself which was to be exactly 100 feet wide, and almost a mile long.
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