Gothic grandeur moments from Hampstead Heath
PUBLISHED: 11:21 08 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:21 08 January 2015
It’s a rare occurrence when one property on Cannon Lane comes up for sale, but for two to come on the market at once is almost unprecedented.
But two houses in a Grade II listed Victorian mansion, built in the Italian Gothic style in 1868, are currently up for sale.
Philip Green, director of Goldschmidt & Howland said: “The building’s unusual because most of the architecture in Hampstead is Georgian or Victorian and this is Gothic.
“Quite why there was an Italian Gothic building built I’m not sure but it seems to have been built for a man called Edward Gotto, who was a civil engineer and a property developer in the nineteenth century.”
Even today the property, which was converted into five or six sections in the mid-twentieth century, retains its somewhat eccentric aura, counting Boy George as an inhabitant of one of the sections.
“Each section is quite unusual, and they each have at least one amazing, grand room, some have several,” said Green.
The two houses up for sale reflect this individuality and have similar, but different, specifications. One, on for £3 million, has four-bedrooms and is arranged over three floors.
The reception/dining room is spectacular, with a gallery on the mezzanine level. Other features include a Jacuzzi bath and sauna, mature garden and garage.
The other house, on for £3.2 million, boasts a landscaped walled 70 ft x 60 ft garden, as well as much of its original detail, including stonework ornamentations, discreet gated entrance, wood flooring and open fireplaces.
It also includes one of the original triple aspect drawing rooms (measuring 23 ft x16 ft) with striking high ceilings.
Both houses share the prime location a short walk from the urban delights of Hampstead Village, but in a quiet setting down a secluded lane, moments from Hampstead Heath.
As Green said: “You could be in the Cotswolds or something it’s a really special part of London.”