By Ruth Doherty published
One of the most significant and elegant townhouses in London that was the birthplace of former Prime Minister Lord Palmerston has gone on sale for £14,850,000.
Located in what is regarded as one of the best-preserved areas of 18th century domestic architecture in London, it has views over St James's Park and beyond.
Grade I listed and dating to between 1775 and 1778, this house is distinguished by a ‘blue plaque' marking it as the birthplace of Lord Palmerston who was Prime Minister in 1855 to 1858 and 1859 to 1865.
Meticulously restored as a family home in 2000-2003, this is a property boasting many significant historical architectural features, including carved fire places of marble and Sicilian jasper; an exceptional central sandstone staircase with iron balustrading and a delicate mahogany rail, with cupola above; and, most notably, important features of the drawing room and library are exquisite ceiling paintings by Swiss painter Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807), who is renowned for being the first female member of the Royal Academy of Art.
The accommodation is arranged over six floors and comprises three grand rooms: a ground floor dining room, first floor drawing room and a library. The main rooms boast a spectacular outlook onto Birdcage Walk and St James's Park.
The private garden accessed from the kitchen is in fact licensed from the Royal Parks Authority, and so direct access to the iconic Royal Park is a true privilege.
Two private terraces (one on the top floor) provide an excellent vantage point to view many of London's most renowned landmarks and events: from Whitehall to the ‘London Eye' and ‘Telecom Tower'; London's Marathon and New Year's Eve Fire work display, to the daily sounds of military rehearsals and parades.
Matthew Morton-Smith, head of Savills Westminster office comments: 'Featuring stunning examples of 18th Century architecture and located on one of the best streets in Westminster, this home offers a unique opportunity for someone to buy one of the most historic townhouses currently available.
'Situated on picturesque Queen Anne's Gate, this home features terraces and a garden overlooking the iconic St James’s Park. And while its location offers tranquil views onto green open spaces, the home is also close to world renowned landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace.'
He continued: 'In addition to its desirable location and architectural significance, the home offers unique history being the birthplace of former Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston. But the standout feature has to be the home’s museum-quality ceilings painted by Angelica Kauffman, one of the two female founding members of the Royal Academy.'
The exquisite home is for sale via Savills.
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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