Fit for a king! A 19th century ‘castle’ in London goes on the market for £17.5MILLION – complete with a basement swimming pool, private cinema and Champagne lounge
A stunning six-bedroom ‘castle’ in north Londra has gone on the market for £17.5million, complete with its own cinema, Champagne tasting room and underground swimming pool.
Hunter’s Lodge, located off Belsize Lane in Belsize Park, was built in the 1810s in a Gothic-revival style and boasts turrets and battlements, making it perfect for anyone who dreams of being the king or queen of their own castle.
Inside it is a modern family home spread across four levels, including a basement housing a spa and lap swimming pool. There are also seven reception rooms, a study and ample guest bedrooms, as well as a separate guest cottage.
King of the castle! Hunter’s Lodge, located off Belsize Lane, in Belsize Park, was built in the 1810s in a Gothic-revival style and boasts turrets and battlements, making it perfect for anyone who dreams of being the king or queen of their own castle
Vita moderna: The six-bedroom property has been renovated but retains its original period features. Nella foto, one of the seven reception rooms. The room boasts a large chandelier, windows and a fireplace set back from the rest of the room
Private leisure suite: The basement of the property boasts a lap swimming pool, gym and spa. Clever use of windows, mirrors and a large skylight means the room is surprisingly bright. The gym and spa room both look out on the swimming pool
Fit for a king and queen: On the first floor is the master bedroom suite, complete with his-and-hers bedrooms and dressing rooms. Nella foto, one of the bathrooms in the master suite with two sinks and a separate shower and bath
Personal oasis: The Georgian manor house overlooks this garden which is cleverly separated into zones for entertaining and relaxing. At night the trees and shrubs are lit up with fairy lights and it is easy to imagine it as a venue for a party
The spacious reception hall, situated on the ground floor, provides access to a double reception room with bays, Gothic arched windows and a feature marble fireplace. This serves as the drawing room and morning room.
Also accessed through the reception hall is the formal dining room, with enough space for a 12-14 seat table. Elsewhere on the floor there is a triple aspect library with elegant ceiling coving, a large picture window overlooking the garden and Inglenook style marble feature fireplace.
Upstairs on the first floor is the master bedroom suite, complete with his-and-hers bedrooms and dressing rooms. There are three further bedrooms on this level including a guest suite with dressing room and ensuite bathroom.
The garden floor is split into an upper and lower level. The upper level boasts two guest suites, both with direct access to the upper bathroom. There is also a wine tasting/cigar room with an adjoining glass walled wine and Champagne cellar.
Keeping fit: Home gyms are more popular than ever after lockdown and this one in the basement of the four-storey property can’t be beat. It has space for a bike, treadmill and workout zone and has a calming view of the swimming pool beyond
Designed for entertaining: There is also a wine tasting/cigar room with an adjoining glass walled wine and Champagne cellar (sinistra). Destra, an imposing drinks cabinet in the cocktail/games room on the basement level of the property
Bon Appetit! Accessed through the reception hall is the formal dining room, with enough space for a 12-14 seat table (nella foto). The home is split across several levels, making it feel even bigger than it already is
Two homes for the price of one! Beyond the garden, with its own independent street access, is the guest cottage/studio (visto a sinistra) which provides a kitchen and bathroom, with a mezzanine bedroom/living area above
On the lower garden floor there is a large family room with a high ceiling, floor-to-ceiling marble feature fireplace and French doors opening onto the sun terrace.
The family room leads into the family kitchen and breakfast room which forms a glass roofed and walled pavilion with sliding glass doors opening onto the terrace.
Downstairs on the basement level is a large cocktail/games room, an adjoining cinema room and a health suite consisting of a gymnasium, steam room, treatment room and swimming pool. There is also a staff bedroom and ensuite shower room opening onto a lightwell patio.
Beyond the garden, with its own independent street access, is the guest cottage/studio which provides a double height space with large picture window, kitchen and bathroom, with a mezzanine bedroom/living area above.
The cottage/studio could be used as work-live space, business premises, accommodation for friends/family, home schooling or an exercise studio.
Il suo… The master bedroom suite has two separate bedrooms for couples who prefer a little more space. Nella foto, the ‘his’ bedroom has views of the quiet street in Belsize park out of the floor-to-ceiling windows and access to its own bathroom
… and hers: The adjoining ‘hers’ bedroom in the master suite is decorated in soft shades of pink, putty and grey. It could be repurposed as a private living area if a couple preferred to sleep in the same bedroom
Flooded with light: The spacious reception hall, situated on the ground floor, provides access to a double reception room with bays, Gothic arched windows and a feature marble fireplace. This serves as the drawing room (nella foto) and morning room
Bevi! Alongside the private health club, the basement boasts an opulent games room (nella foto), with a pool table and mirrored wall. There is also a large drinks cabinet so the host and guests can keep the party going
Hunter’s Lodge is co-listed by Aston Chase and Savills. Mark Pollack, CoFounding Director at Aston Chase said: ‘With a rich history that includes Royalty, political figures and William Tate Hunter’s Lodge is a unique fully modernised Gothic-revival mansion located in sought after Belsize Village.
‘Reminiscent in style of Royal Lodge in Windsor, the Belsize Village property represents excellent value for money on a price per square foot basis compared to values just further south in locations such as Primrose Hill and St John’s Wood.’
Stephen Lindsay, Head of Office, Residential at Savills (St John’s Wood) dice: ‘Hunter’s Lodge is a unique trophy home, a striking masterpiece that combines new build elements and a modern specification with heritage features.
‘An abundance of outside and inside living space has the additional benefit of a leisure floor with a cinema, gym and swimming pool and a separate guest cottage/studio which could be used for a business, work-live space, home schooling or exercise studio. It is one of the finest residences to come onto the Belsize Village housing market in many years.’
Grand facade: Round towers of the garden façade (nella foto) give the reception rooms and bedrooms the benefit of deep bay windows with natural light cascading through the bays providing a bright and airy ambience
Indoor-outdoor living: In the summer months, the large glass doors can be pulled back to unite the kitchen with the outdoor space. Well placed sun loungers (nella foto) are perfect for catching the rays in the private multi-level garden
Elegante: The outdoor space is divided between a garden lawn and a paved area for relaxing and entertaining. To the right of this image is the separate garden cottage. The glass panels on the ground allow light to flood into the basement level below