Property of the week: Perfectly placed private palace in Hampstead
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This historic detached residence dates back to the early 1800s and has a National Heritage blue plaque commemorating former owner Sir Harold Gillies, a pioneering plastic surgeon, who moved to the property in 1882.
Gillies, a New Zealander who became known as “The Father of Plastic Surgery”, developed many of his techniques during the First World War, helping soldiers who had sustained facial injuries in combat.
Coincidentally, much of this work took place at Frognal House near Sidcup, which would later become Queen Mary’s hospital. Gillies also carried out one of the first sex reassignments in 1946.
71 Frognal is is located on a peninsula landmark site offering great privacy, which is hard to find for a grand residence in London. This fabulous lateral house benefits from period features and contemporary styling. The property further offers a separate guest cottage and a separate studio apartment and extends to approximately 6,071 sq ft in total.
The house has been totally refurbished and interior designed in a contemporary style but with sympathetic attention to the original period details such as fireplaces and cornices. On the ground floor is the kitchen/breakfast room, double aspect dining room, five reception rooms, cocktail bar room and a guest WC.
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The principal suite is on the first floor, overlooking the gardens. It has a bedroom with his and hers marble bathrooms and his and hers dressing rooms. The principal suite is reached via the grand formal staircase of the house and also has a second staircase solely for the master suite giving private access if required.
There are two further complete bedroom and bathroom suites and an additional fourth bedroom and bathroom all on the first floor, whilst on the second floor are three further bedrooms, two bathrooms and a turret room which could be used as an eighth bedroom.
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There is a separate guest cottage which is arranged on ground and first floor with its own entrance comprising; three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room/dining room, cloakroom and WC.
There is a further separate guest/staff apartment with gym/bedroom, kitchen and bathroom in the basement.
All the requirements of modern day living are met within a grand formal period residence including luxury state-of-the-art infrastructure, under-floor heating, piped music system, satellite telephone system, entry phone system, CCTV and high-tech alarm system, zoned lighting, gymnasium, cocktail bar, electric gates, off-street parking and heated outdoor swimming pool with electric cover.
This is all available within just three minutes’ walk to Hampstead Village with much to offer from the abundance of stylish boutiques, top performing schools, independent shops and artisan food stores tothe idyllic green spaces of Hampstead Heath and Kenwood.
Frognal, Hampstead, NW3
£18,950,000 – Freehold
Goldschmidt & Howland
020 7435 4404