A wonderful family house, offering an abundance of entertaining and living space, situated on Ovington Square, Knightsbridge.
This white stucco fronted house is perfectly located in the heart of Knightsbridge, within short walking distance to Walton Street and Pont Street. The impressive entertaining space that the house combines with well thought out living space really needs to be seen to behold. The ground floor in particular offers a wide-open entrance hall, leading into a welcoming reception room which in turn leads out onto a private enclosed patio. From this reception room steps lead down to what is a truly unique space, effectively your own private ballroom! This Grand Salon has been meticulously designed with pine panelling and detail from French Chateaus and a bespoke individually hand painted trompe l’oeil ceiling enhancing the two central chandeliers. This Grand Salon provides an array of uses both formally and informally and has in recent times held music recitals, cocktail receptions and dinner parties. Many well-known people have been entertained here over the years, including Bertrand Russell, Picasso, Richard Rodgers and the Prince of Wales and future Edward VIII.
The upper floors offer a library, further reception room or study, large master bedroom suite with wonderful dressing room area and three further bedrooms with two further guest bathrooms. Positionally the house has a wonderful aspect across the treetops of Walton Street and the surrounds allowing for excellent light to flow in. The lower levels of the house offer a kitchen with breakfast area, further bedroom with en suite bathroom and a reception room that equally works well as a study.
There have been many notable residents and a fascinating history of the house and its former occupants, most notably perhaps Thomas Earle and his wife Mary. Thomas was one of London’s most famous sculptor’s and many of his pieces may well have been imagined and worked upon in the house’s Grand Salon, the former sculptor’s studio. Violet Woodhouse Gordon, the great harpsichordist, also lived here and gave recitals on Sunday afternoons.