The allure of this three-bedroom family home makes itself felt well before you step inside. It’s housed within a remarkable building that was once part of the Warwick Farm Dairy.
In its 19th Century heyday, the site supplied milk to Queen Victoria – and the structure exudes historical charm. The exterior is just as it appeared in adverts of the time: it still has the same large windows, as is immediately apparent upon opening the front door of this welcoming apartment. You enter into a strikingly light-filled room that has been exceptionally refurbished to incorporate traditional features into a stylish decorator scheme – light colours and contrasts are used throughout to conjure a modish edge. Yet you never lose the sense of place. Take the capacious master bedroom: sunlight cascades in through an attractive bow window that’s set into the building’s corner turret.
Indeed, light and space are the defining motifs of this flat. It has windows on three sides which, coupled with wide streets to the south and west, produce a wonderfully bright environment. And the floorplan isn’t limited to the bare essentials – there’s also a sizable laundry room, a rare luxury in central London, and an outside terrace.
Walk around the apartment and you’ll find splashes of modernity, but these are focussed where they most earn their place: the kitchen, bathroom and showeroom. The refurbishment of these areas was carefully informed by current interiors trends. They embrace clean lines and minimalist fittings, but stand out, like the rest of the property, for their sophisticated use of colour. The dark blue and mustard of the shower room, the pink walls of the bathroom and the chic black of the kitchen fittings are set off beautifully by the neutrality of the other spaces. The design work is full of clever detailing, such as the way the handles of the kitchen units blend away against the cupboard doors, or how the statement beading around the bathroom tiles quotes the black lines of the taps.
From the windows, you can gaze down onto the attractive environs of Maida Vale. Little Venice is but a 10 minute stroll away; you can get to the green expanse of Paddington Recreation Ground, a Conservation Area of 27 acres, in around five. The flat is also approximately eight minutes from Maida Vale tube station and around 15 from Westbourne Park. But with its expansive 1,470 sq ft of floor space, you won’t need to worry about feeling cooped up.