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Virginia Woolf's Richmond townhouse is on the market – take a look inside this elegant property

The legendary author established her publishing company, Hogarth Press, in this stylish Georgian haven

Virginia Woolf's house: Living room in Virginia Woolf’s Richmond home
(Image credit: Knight Frank)

Leonard House, the quintessential literary lover's haven, is currently on the market for £3.3 million ($4.5 million).

Situated on the aptly named Paradise Road, the Grade II listed property was home to Leonard and Virginia Woolf, who launched the esteemed Hogarth Press at the address. The organization expanded from Woolf's hobby into a globally established commercial printing business, which is celebrated by a London blue plaque at the front of the home. 

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Alongside her Hogarth Press's success, Virginia has gained a reputation as one of the most important literary figures in English literature. Mrs. Dalloway, A Room of One's Own, and To the Lighthouse are among the novels and essays that are still frequently studied more than 60 years after her death.

Virginia Woolf's house: Exterior of Virginia Woolf’s Richmond home featuring blue London plaque

(Image credit: Knight Frank)

The four-bedroom 3,603 square foot townhouse, which towers above the affluent London neighborhood, has recently undergone a stylish renovation that has firmly brought the property into the modern day. However, classic period features, including several feature fireplaces, continue to showcase the property's rich heritage. 

Virginia Woolf's house: Large living room in Virginia Woolf’s Richmond home

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Leonard House's entrance epitomizes West London elegance and grandeur through its large reception rooms that boast historically high ceilings, herringbone wood floors, and signature wood paneling. Other notable rooms include the large British hand-crafted eat-in kitchen – complete with a chic central island and dining area. The first floor is a maze of beautiful bedrooms, one of which includes a private en-suite bathroom. 

Virginia Woolf's house: Bedroom with chandelier in Virginia Woolf’s Richmond home

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The home's exterior is no less beautiful, as the winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Heather Appleton, designed the landscaped courtyard garden to minimize maintenance and provide maximum privacy. 

The exterior space includes a patio, which is waiting to hold the book-club party location of the century. Meanwhile, beyond the estate, the opulent area of Richmond is a leafy paradise, featuring the Kew Gardens botanical kingdom and indulgent cuisine along the Quadrant main street. 

Virginia Woolf's house: Elegant dining room in Virginia Woolf’s Richmond home

(Image credit: Knight Frank)

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Listing agents Knight Frank has described the property as 'a beautifully restored Georgian house in the center of Richmond' and encourage potential buyers to take a virtual reality viewing online. 

Virginia Woolf's house: Bathroom in Virginia Woolf’s Richmond home

(Image credit: Knight Frank)

We're certainly envious of the buyer who will make Leonard House a Home of One's Own soon.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.