Primrose Hill family selling historic home after more than 60 Christmases

PUBLISHED: 16:22 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:06 07 December 2017

The dining room dressed for Christmas.

The dining room dressed for Christmas.


Originally constructed by renowned Victorian builder William Willett, the seven bedroom house, in Primrose Hill, is now on the market for £15,000,000

The home has been in the same family for four generations. The home has been in the same family for four generations.

The Primrose Hill home has been in the same family for four generations, after they purchased the land from Eton College more than 60 years ago.

It had fallen into neglect, but has gone through a series of renovations in those six decades, most recently eight years ago by highly respected interior designer Lucinda Sanford – the daughter of the owner.

Originally built by William Willett, known for his championing of British Summer Time, it has been lavishly decorated each year for the festive season, and has a design with communal living at its core.

James Simpson, a partner at Knight Frank St John’s Wood, said: “In this day and age it is rare to find a home where four generations of a family has celebrated the holiday period.

The house, in Primrose Hill, was completely refurbished eight years ago. The house, in Primrose Hill, was completely refurbished eight years ago.

“This gorgeous house has been totally re-designed and renovated to a very high standard. The basic ingredients that make it the perfect choice for entertaining – generous lateral space, a wonderful flow allowing entertaining on a grand scale, the wealth of period features and cosy fireplaces offering a charming and intimate atmosphere – are rarely found in a home, which is perhaps why this family have enjoyed their beautiful home for 60 years.”

On sale with Aston Chase and Knight Frank for £15,000,000, it features a traditional dining room, with a bronze Porto Romano chandelier, that can entertain up to 24 people. Rich golds and deep reds used to decorate the room for Christmas create a seasonal feel which is heightened by the use of candles and festive ornaments.

There is also a further entertaining space in the kitchen’s orangery, which can seat another 24 people. As well as seven bedrooms, there are seven bathrooms, a communal garden shared by about 20 houses, an attic, wine cellar and a large gravel carriage driveway.

Features in the living spaces include bespoke marble fireplaces, decorated with stocks and embellished mantelpieces.

The kitchen's orangery can accomodate up to 24 guests. The kitchen's orangery can accomodate up to 24 guests.

Lee Koffman, a sales agent at Aston Chase, commented: “What makes this magical home stand out is the immediate sense of warmth which envelopes you upon crossing the threshold.

“Family has been at the centre of this home for generations, exemplified by Christmas and other celebrations. Although it will be a wrench to leave, the owners are pleased another family can gain the same memories she and her family cherish.“

For more information visit Aston Chase’s website, or Knight Frank’s website.

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