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aving walked past 4 Alexander Buildings on London Road many a time, we could have only have imagined what fabulousness greeted the owners every day when they stepped through the front door, but what lies on the other side is a colourful feast for the eyes we couldn’t have dreamt of. This recently renovated five-floor house is much bigger than the outside would have you believe – with three bathrooms, four bedrooms, four reception rooms and a private garden/dining area that would be fitting for the grandest of parties. You enter the early 19th-century house at ground floor level via a gated garden. As you step through the front door, you forget the road and are drawn through to the spacious, light-filled formal drawing room with full-height window overlooking the mature Italianate garden and the rolling green landscape beyond. An original marble fireplace with gas fire makes this a cosy place to sit in the winter as well as the summer. A generous study also sits on this floor, offering a quiet space to work from home. As you sweep up the cantilevered stone stairs while holding onto the original walnut handrail, you can really feel the history of the property and imagine you might meet the original owner of the house, Ms Bennett, floating down the stairs in her Georgian finery. On the first floor, there is a beautiful spacious bedroom with a period fireplace and two fitted wardrobes, and the large south-facing window overlooks incredible views along with the vast 100-foot-long garden. At the front is another generous double bedroom with a period fireplace, and also on this floor is the handcrafted family bathroom. On the top floor, you’ll find two further large double bedrooms. The stunning master bedroom has a cleverly 138 I BATH LIFE I

Clockwise, from top left: even from the outside, the property ‘pops’ with colour; the spacious kitchen has two islands; the flamingo-pink theme runs into the living room



square foot of space



£1.195M price


reception rooms


mile from the city centre

concealed built-in ensuite shower room and wardrobes running the length of one wall. It too has a period fireplace and utterly outstanding vistas from the large south-facing window. There is yet another generous double bedroom at the front with period fireplace and an original built-in wardrobe. Stairs lead down from the ground floor entrance hall to the lower ground floor where you’ll find the stunning kitchen and dining room. The tasteful, contemporary German kitchen is fully equipped with Neff appliances and a Quooker boiling water tap. The layout is unusual; two islands with a galley kitchen in the middle means it is a kitchen for cooking in and includes a seating area at the end of one island so that family can sit and talk while you cook. Double doors lead onto the balcony which overlooks the terrace and garden below. A built-in bench makes this a lovely place for a morning coffee. Stairs lead down from the balcony onto the terrace and to the impressive basement room which is currently used as the family room/playroom. The wonderful outdoor dining area is another gem of this house, and there is even some comfy sofa seating next to a show-stopping outdoor fireplace. The garden is split into two levels and, fittingly for this quirky house, you’ll find some ornate flamingos on the steps leading to a further sun terrace, and, through the rose-covered pergola, you’ll find a children’s play area with a playhouse and sunk-in trampoline. Though this is a family home, it has a fun and funkyfresh feel to it, so there’s no doubt that it will be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Tepilo, 16-18 Monument Street, London EC3R 8AJ; 0203 750 9011;

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