This month is the perfect time to purchase a brand new London home which has hit the market – as it was built by the inventor of British Summer Time, which starts on March 25.

Elsworthy House, near Primrose Hill was constructed at the turn of the century by William Willett, with seven bedrooms and 5,845 square feet of living space.

Set behind a carriage driveway, the double fronted, three storey house has bay windows, feature chimneys and dormer windows, with architecture inspired by the ‘Art and Crafts’ movement. The house has two interlinking reception rooms, dining room, family kitchen and breakfast/garden room, complete with a self-contained flat on the ground floor, comprising of a bedroom, shower room, sitting room and kitchenette.

The designer is the man behind the idea to advance clocks to preserve daylight in evenings during the summer months, and this home is fitting of his ideology as it allows natural light in through its large windows to the front and rear façades, alongside the orangery and French doors.

The historic house has been enjoyed by four generations of just one family and has not appeared on the market for more than 60 years. The home has now been restored and redesigned by the original owner’s youngest grandchild, Lucinda, of interior design firm Lucinda Sanford.

With a strong family ethos of ‘waste not, want not’, Lucinda kept much of the house’s original furniture, as well as that of her parents’ own house, re-working it to reflect a contemporary way of life. The marbles, woods and finishings are all of the finest quality, with the paintwork all hand brushed and all original plasterwork restored by craftsmen.

“The house is beautifully interior designed with original features and finishes,” says Michael Sulkin, Director at Aston Chase. “A truly historical home, Elsworthy House provides warmth and charm in an enviable neighborhood with a communal garden. With its open flow, large entertaining spaces and vast amounts of living space, it is easy to see why one family has lived there for 60 years.”

“In this day and age it is rare to find a home where four generations of the same family have enjoyed it and loved it,” adds James Simpson, Partner at Knight Frank, St John’s Wood. “This gorgeous house has been totally redesigned and renovated to a very high standard by the current generation.

Elsworthy House is on sale with Aston Chase and Knight Frank for £15,000,000. For further information, contact Aston Chase on 020 7724 4724 and Knight Frank on 020 7586 2777.

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