Bespoke Luxury Design: Chester Square
Today’s residence is a newly redeveloped 19th-century, seven-story townhouse in the prestigious Belgravia district in London. This property was given an entirely bespoke luxury design by twin brothers Will & Ben Samuels of the boutique property development company Wilben. Every new feature is custom designed specifically for this home and finished to the highest specifications. Due to its historical and architectural significance, the brothers maintained and carefully restored many of the original period features. The results are a mix of contemporary and British heritage that perfectly captures the heart of high-end British interior design today.
The home is in affluent Chester Square, one of the most highly regarded garden squares in the city. Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher lived here after her tenure until she passed in 2013. It is the largest of the family townhomes that make up the imposing white stucco fronted terraces overlooking the private garden which is open only to residents of the square. This home uniquely benefits from a double mansard roof, allowing for additional bedrooms upstairs, and an unusually large mews house at the rear. The completed residence now totals over 8,000 square feet spread over seven floors with an elevator to reach each. Continue reading for more details.
The first photos show the first-floor formal living room. Wilben maintained the room’s original proportions and restored some of the original features such as the cornices and the beautiful marble fireplace. Wainscoting and additional architectural detailing emphasize the dimensions while honoring the structure’s history. Silk wall-coverings line the upper portions of the walls adding a bit of luxe. The floors are handset, stained and lacquered oak. Bespoke, satin lacquer finished oak cabinetry includes integrated LED lighting and hand stitched padded panels. A custom commissioned crystal chandelier from Italy sparkles over the central seating area. Bespoke furnishings with tailored cushions and cashmere throws group into zoned conversation areas on custom wool/silk area rugs. Tailored window dressings in wonderful fabrics frame the windows that look out over the garden. The entire home is turn-key finished in anticipation of the lifestyle of those who will occupy it.
To increase the available living space, Wilben connected the main property to the mews house at the rear. The original mews was rebuilt with a basement excavation that extends it down two levels to line up with the main house and the two merge to provide over 1,000 additional square-feet.
The living room opens onto a private open-air terrace leading to the family media room (above) created on the first floor of the mews. Accordion glass doors across the front fold completely to the side. A rear staircase provides direct access to the kitchen below. The room features a large skylight above complete with integrated electric blinds. The oak flooring and bespoke cabinetry in the front living area continue back here. Bespoke furnishings gather before the large television centered in the cabinetry.
The main entrance hall on the ground level includes inlaid marble floors to create a more formal welcome. The restored original staircase shows beautifully with the silk carpet runner.
The formal dining room positions at the front on the ground level. The room centers with an original marble fireplace flanked with bespoke oak cabinetry with antiqued mirror backing and padded paneled doors. Applied moldings inset with fabric wallpaper cover the walls. A contemporary-style silk and crystal chandelier suspends above an oval table surrounded by chairs upholstered with different but complimentary fronts and backs. Wilben created the room for formal entertaining with a bespoke luxury design that balances Georgian heritage and contemporary living.
A handsome study situates on the ground floor beyond the dining room. Stained oak floors in a chevron design and paneled walls create a smart home office that is both elegant and practical.
The kitchen and family dining area complete the ground floor, spanning the width across the rear. The bespoke Hacker kitchen features Quartz worktops with smoked glass back-splash and professional grade Gaggenau appliances. Italian marble clads the back wall and forms the breakfast bar. The thoughtfully designed space is suitable for both family use and grand scale entertaining.
The lower ground floor holds the home theater. A super-high definition projector displays onto a 108” acoustically transparent fixed screen. Stained timber inset with padded upholstered panels cover the walls. A back-lit, specialist finished coffered ceiling crowns the room. Deep, comfortable seating custom created for this space continues the bespoke luxury design that defines this home.
The lower floor includes a wine storage area designed with stained and lacquered oak flooring and shelving.
A twenty-five-foot-high light well, formed in the center runs through the core from the basement up through to the first floor. A skylight at the top, forming part of the terrace floor, shines natural light through to interior windows and on down here to the lowest level. The space features a wall covered with green ivy to bring a sense of the outdoors into the rooms that open to it. The area at the bottom of the light well serves as the home gym/yoga room.
Two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms down here bring the total to eight. The designers included these to serve as staff quarters along with a separate staff kitchen and a convenient side entrance. Here, one of the bedrooms serves as a spa treatment room.
The home’s configuration allows for two spacious full-floor master bedroom suites up on the second and third floor. Both bedrooms lead through bespoke dressing areas to large marble bathrooms. The home’s bespoke luxury design is very apparent in the bedrooms. The bed’s design integrates with the entire wall it extends from with upholstered and mirrored walls, built-in side cabinetry and side closets with upholstered doors. Across the room, more upholstered closets flank a central integrated writing or dressing nook. The beds finish with custom bedding and automated tailored draperies open and close at the touch of a button.
Four additional bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms make up the fourth and fifth floors with luxury and style. The home also includes a two-car rear loading garage created on the ground level of the mews house.
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Wilben’s Bespoke Luxury Design Listing
This turnkey residence complete with its bespoke luxury design is available for immediate occupation through agents Savills and Strutt & Parker.
Established in 2009, Wilben’s philosophy is simple: create the most desirable homes within London’s most desirable addresses. The company prides itself on its holistic private service which provides clients with both interior design and architectural services that are second-to-none. They only work with known and trusted teams of contractors and specialists who commit to the extremely high standards they demand. Wilben’s design team combines creativity and excellence to deliver interiors of the highest specifications where quality is apparent in every detail. The company offers a complete, professional and bespoke property development service, from acquisition to completion.
Property Development and Design: Wilben
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