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Chepstow Road House

Notting Hill, London

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 The house was built in the 1840s, and is a Grade 2 listed building. The facade is imposing with half columns and tall windows. Below the steps in the front there is an original coal cellar that can be used for storing items such as bikes and large suitcases. There are attractive outdoor lights front and back, and a particularly suggestive manhole inset light (down to coal cellar) by the front steps that provides atmosphere together with added security at night. The lighting in the house is also designed to high standards to infuse the beautifully designed interior with a special atmosphere.

The front door opens onto a long hall that has crisp white woodwork and slate tinted walls that are covered with original art, mostly British.
The dining room, on the right, is dramatic and stylish. There is a decorative fireplace with an iron enclosure and built-in shelves that hold pretty glassware. The long table seats 10 comfortably.  Art hangs on the walls, some of it by the owner (an artist and art historian). A tall window looks onto the street.  Privacy is provided by white blinds and wood shutters that are original to the house.

The bright, modern kitchen is through double doors that separate it from the dining room, at the back of the house.  It is a snazzy room that has black marble counter tops, slate floor tiles, and white cupboards with black knobs. There is a 5-burner gas cook top, a wall oven, a large refrigerator-freezer, and a microwave.  This is a cook's kitchen with an atmosphere in which to create great meals.  A window overlooks the garden at the back of the house.

Down a hallway, there are a spacious wardrobe and a guest powder room. This has the same rich slate colored walls and white fixtures - and more art.

Across from the powder room, a door opens onto the patio garden that is lush, green and private with a mimosa, an olive tree, a fig tree: the planting scheme was devised by a known British garden designer. It has an elevated wood deck with a teak dining table and chairs for 6. Two heaters and a large parasol allow you to dine here even when it's chilly or very sunny. Under the parasol there is also a multiple socket to connect a computer to allow you to work in the garden (with full wi-fi access which is also throughout the whole house, no password needed). Down 3 steps from the deck is a “sun corner” that captures every bit of sun. A small brick area has plants and bushes. A wood trellis is covered with flowering vines. In season, here are many flowering plants, jasmine and lilies, all with wonderful scents. There are also plenty of herbs for kitchen usage.


Back in the house and up the stairway, there is landing that has an office area hidden behind a Japanese screen.  A desk faces a large window that looks down onto the back garden.  You can work on your computer here - or just hide.
Continue up the stairs to the living room, which is the entire floor, front to back. This is a sunny and bright L-shaped room.  There is a large, comfy sofa that's covered with a faux fur throw and a large glass-topped coffee table, several easy chairs, a working (gas flame) fireplace that has a flat-screen TV (DVD player with many DVDs) on the wall above it and a music system. Walls are slate gray and woodwork is crisp white. Two floor-to-ceiling windows face the street. 

At the back of the living room, there is an excellent white upright piano (once owned by Elton John).  Oriental rugs on the wood floor. Original art and a large, ornate mirror hang on the walls. There is a pull-out desk with a desktop computer and a printer/scanner. A large window looks down onto the back garden. This entire room is a gallery of the owner's work and that of artists whose exhibitions she curated. Potted palms add to the ambiance.

The master bedroom is up another level. It has a luxurious extra king-size bed, with a special mattress (left side for ladies and right side for gentlemen) and excellent storage. There are built-in wardrobes and a beautiful ornate embossed metal chest of drawers from India. The unusual bedside lamps are from India and Egypt. There is a music system and many CD's. Colors are slate gray, white and silver. Two windows look onto the street scene. 

The large white en suite bathroom has a long, deep tub with a hand-held shower and there is a separate shower stall. A marble top has double sinks and there is a bidet. There are two cupboards, one for towels and one for the washer and dryer. A large window looks onto the back garden.

Two more bedrooms are up another level, the attic level. These are simple and pleasant bedrooms, each with a double bed and a desk. The bathroom on the upper floor is decorated with beautiful mosaic tiles and has a bath tub and a power shower. 


There are wardrobes for storing clothes and drawers for personal items. The romantic views from the windows are of the roofs of the Notting Hill Gate houses and church spires. The two rooms are quiet and totally independent from the lower floors.


Local Favorites
Favorite Local Restaurant
Name: Notting Hill Brasserie
Distance from Property: 1.00 Mile
Type of Restaurant: Smart Casual
Type of Food: Modern European
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