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Design house: A plush Grade II-listed London townhouse – set in a square once home to Virginia Woolf

Historic residents of the ‘Bloomsbury Set’ enjoyed a private tennis court and gardens

Mecklenburgh Square house
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An incredible Grade II-listed townhouse set in the prestigious Mecklenburgh Square Garden is on the market for £3.75 million.

Mecklenburgh Square is a sought-after location, famed for its distinguished list of notable historic residents, many of whom comprised the ‘Bloomsbury Set’, an associated group of intellectuals, academics and artists during the first half of the 20th Century. 

Eileen Power, the medievalist scholar, lived at this very address on the Square from 1922 to 1940, holding regular ‘kitchen dances’ attended by another eminent resident, writer Virginia Woolf.

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Mecklenburgh Square house

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The home has been decorated with serious panache, mixing colourful, modern accessories (think tropical cushions and contemporary art) with period features.

Mecklenburgh Square house

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The bright, light living room boasts wide-board pine flooring, intricate cornicing and a log burner with a handsome copper surround. French windows open to a Juliette balcony offering views over the courtyard garden. 

Mecklenburgh Square house

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And a stylish study sits through Crittall doors, boasting slate herringbone-patterned flooring and access to the lower ground and upper levels.

Mecklenburgh Square house

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Upstairs, the chic interiors continue, with an enormous, sumptuous space serving as a bathroom and dressing room, boasting a beautiful freestanding copper bath.

Mecklenburgh Square house

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Mecklenburgh Square house

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The bedrooms are light-filled and elegant, with exotic big cat cushions injecting a funky element.

Mecklenburgh Square house

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The lower ground floor boasts a snug and cinema room with access to the courtyard garden. The bold, beautiful kitchen and dining room is also found here, boasting statement wallpaper and a La Cornue range cooker.

Mecklenburgh Square house

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Mecklenburgh Square house

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There's two further bedrooms showcasing feature windows and colour-pop soft furnishings.

Mecklenburgh Square house

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As well as the courtyard garden, there's also a two-acre communal garden which is home to a tennis court for residents of the square. The stunning home is also just a short walk from all that Kings Cross, Clerkenwell and Lambs Conduit Street have to offer.

Ruth Doherty

Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.