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Homes & Garden

Today it is space, stature, and style that define this four-storey property. Original features like pine joinery, fireplaces and high-corniced ceilings offer a firm grounding in tradition. However, with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, three receptions areas, a gym, sauna, spa, bar and conservatory, there is still immense potential here for interior ideas. The immaculately landscaped grounds stretch over a thousand square metres, bursting with vibrant colour and artifice. A long pool, raised border and exotic-tinged orchard all complement the garden’s natural grace, whilst the climbing roses and magnificent mature wisteria frame the facade with the distinct air of eminence. Friars Lawn is for sale through Felicity J Lord 020 8747 8601 8am to 10pm 7 Days a Week.

makers have all made Friar’s Lawn their home over the centuries. The actress Hayley Mills lived here in the 1970s, and the latter half of the 1930s saw no less than retail expert Harry Gordon Selfridge Jr turn this stately house into a home for his wife and four children. One of those children, Jennifer, has made several return visits over the years to the house she called a ‘cherished, quiet retreat.’ She has since written up her fond remembrances of the Selfridges’ time there, when she used to look out over Norwood Green at the great elm trees in moonlight. 53


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