A £42.5m Park Lane jewel hits the London market

Subtle luxury may seem like a contradiction in terms, but it’s perhaps the only way to describe a six-bedroom Mayfair mansion that has recently arrived on the London property market.

It is one of only two mansions on prestigious Park Lane, the street that runs from Marble Arch to Hyde Park Corner and is home to the Dorchester Hotel on one side and 350 acres of Hyde Park on the other.

The palace, which is on sale for £42.5 million, is less than a mile from Buckingham Palace, the luxury stores of Harrods and the shops of Bond Street.

Upon entering this secret property, the grandeur is evident, but so is the precision with which it has been achieved.

It looks like a larger English country estate, which makes sense given that much of the interior design was done by William Henry Romaine Walker, who also worked on Chatsworth House, the family residence of the Duke of Devonshire.

Park Lane Palace was built in 1858 by Thomas Cundy the Younger, under the patronage of the 2nd Marquess of Westminster.

The first owner was the city financier Sir Thomas Hare, then between 1876 and 1902 it was the London home of Frederick Hervey, 3rd Marquess of Bristol.

In 1902, millionaire art dealer Henri-Joseph Dauphin bought the chateau. He was co-owner of the Duveen Brothers Art Dealership, whose clients included William Randolph Hearst, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Mellon.

“It has a lot of wall space, so it’s perfect for art lovers,” said Peter Wetherell, founder and chairman of Wetherell, the sole joint agent with Sotheby’s International Realty UK for the sale of the mansion.

Hidden greatness

The entrance hall gives a first glimpse of the character that extends across 11,000 square feet of luxurious accommodation.

In the early 1900s, Mr. Romaine Walker designed the lobby in French Empire style with a marble staircase, wall moldings, ceiling cornices and a Baccarat crystal chandelier.

A Noir Saint Laurent marble guest room and a study/library with a Rouge Languedoc marble fireplace and cherry wood paneling complete the ground floor, as well as a dining room with a Bianco Carrara marble fireplace and French doors opening onto the garden terrace. .

The grandeur of the ground floor flows effortlessly to the first floor, with the stunning main reception room, complete with a Regency marble fireplace and balcony overlooking Hyde Park.

There is another reception room on this floor, which features a Macassar ebony veneer bar, cherry wood display cabinets and custom glass display cabinets, all lit by another Baccarat crystal chandelier.

“All the reception rooms are in the right places,” said Mr Wetherell. the National.

“You have a very large central staircase, but it doesn’t take up too much space, and from it flows a reception room at the front and one at the back.

“So, with the four reception rooms – also because it’s at the end of the terrace – it’s very bright, very bright and great for entertaining.”

In all, the reception space is large enough to entertain 150 guests at a time, a remarkable feat for any private residence in Mayfair.

Elegant living

Spread across the entire second floor, the master bedroom suite consists of the master bedroom with an Arabescato Corchia marble fireplace, two double dressing rooms lined with walk-in closets, and the master bathroom clad in Rosso Levanto marble.

“If you can have a master bedroom that has enough space comfortably for a sofa and a desk in it, that’s elegant living,” Wetherill said. the National.

The bathroom itself is the epitome of luxury with built-in wall mirrors, wall lights, Aquavision TV, hydrotherapy bath with jet engines, chromotherapy and steam shower with body jets.

There are two further bedroom suites, with balconies and en-suite bathrooms, on the upper floor, while the top floor houses a penthouse bedroom suite with a 4.48-metre-high vaulted ceiling, traditional windows, a skylight and a rose-tea-covered en-suite bathroom. marble.

In addition, there are two further bedrooms and a Crema Marfil marble shower room.

The mansion has planning permission for a roof terrace that would create another living space above the top floor.

“We could go up the extra floor, raise the skylight one floor higher, and we would have views of Hyde Park that would be absolutely stunning,” Weatherall said.

Go underground

The four floors above ground are impressive enough, but there’s a lot more underground.

Underground space is a unique selling point, mainly because planning permission for new underground projects is becoming increasingly rare in the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

“They literally dug up two more floors,” Weatherall said.

“There was a fad for excavations of these double basements, but they weren’t very popular politically, so nowadays it’s very difficult, if not impossible, to have double basements anymore. So that’s one of the unique features.” “

In these basements and basement, the traditional luxury of the upper floors slides seamlessly into modern luxury.

The lower ground floor has a lavish cinema room, family dining room and modern buffet kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, including four ovens and a barbecue range.

This floor also includes a massage room, juice bar, temperature controlled wine cellars, shower room and guest toilet, as well as a staff suite with two bedrooms and a separate utility room.

The end of the lower ground floor opens into a double-height atrium with a glass ceiling that floods the basement gym with light.

Walking down the stairs to the gym, electronic double doors reveal the finest swimming pool in a private home in Mayfair.

The 15-metre pool area features Italian Filetto Light marble floors and walls, Armani Brown marble columns and waterfalls.

The mosaic-lined pool has underwater and in-ceiling speakers. There is also a separate Jacuzzi spa, a heat-treated aspen wood sauna with mood lighting, a marble steam room and a changing room.

“With the pool, spa, etc., these two additional floors are really the icing on the cake, bringing this house into the modern world since it was originally built in the 1850s,” Wetherell said.

Another modern twist on this traditional mansion is the Crestron-controlled integrated home entertainment system, which can operate everything from TVs to heating, from electric doors and blinds to pool and spa functions, all via your iPhone, iPad or wall. . Installed keyboards.

This palace is impressive inside with truly rare style and detail. But it’s also secret. It is not a house that screams to the outside world.

“This is a very simple house that people could walk past and not realize what lies inside,” Mr Weatherall said.

It is the most important private residence to be sold in Mayfair for many years and opportunities to purchase such mansions do not arise very often.

“World-class mansions of this quality and stature are exceptionally rare and are a once-in-a-generation sale,” said Richard Catt, associate director at Sotheby’s International Realty UK.

“This substantial residence has the benefit of being fully modernized and combining beautiful retained period features with a high-quality contemporary specification.

“This mansion is ideal for a wealthy and distinguished family wishing to establish a base in London, or a successful businessman looking for a trophy home in Mayfair to show the global business community that he has arrived in London.”

Updated: November 16, 2023 at 7:13 am

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