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Property Of The Week

19.02.19

17th Century Lateral Living

Eagle House, High Street, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5EF

The new show apartment in Grade II* listed Eagle House demonstrates the undeniable attraction of contemporary living in a stunning period setting. Situated on the first floor of this Jacobean Manor House, located in the heart of Wimbledon Village, the super-sized apartment, accessed by its own flight of polished limestone stairs, has soaring stained glass and leaded light windows, an elaborate heraldic moulded plaster ceiling, and original fireplaces, all painstakingly renovated.

The original grand ‘salon’ of ballroom proportions is now the backdrop for a relaxed super-room, the   modern classic Bulthaup kitchen, adjacent dining area, and generously proportioned sitting room – all quietly saying ‘wow’ on entering the property.

Two double bedrooms, built in wardrobes and characterful fireplaces, slick en-suite bathrooms, a ground floor guest WC/cloakroom complete the accommodation offer of this personality-packed home.

Eagle House was the second building to be erected in Wimbledon Village in the early 1600’s, originally a family country house commissioned by Robert Bell, the co-founder of the British East India Company.

The house changed ownership and names several times over the centuries, briefly called Nelson, following Lord Nelson’s visit in 1805, and awarded a Blue Plaque as the home of Arthur Schopenhauer, renowned German philosopher, who was educated there in 1803.

Finally in 1860, the then renowned Eagle House School took over the building, and the moniker and rooftop statue remained following the school’s departure and subsequent purchases and uses. These included a Military Academy and, more recently, an Islamic Heritage Centre, a peaceful history and culture library, where along with academics and teachers, members of the public were warmly welcomed.

The house has taken four years to renovate and convert by the award winning Bespoke building team at Octagon. Overseen by English Heritage and Octagon Listed Home specialist Stephen Dunn, the handpicked team of craftsmen carefully restored all the existing fine period features, and converted the accommodation into 8 individual homes, of which 6 are now remaining for sale.

Through the original Jacobean oak front door, is the main entrance hall, a warm welcoming space furnished and decorated in a country house hotel style, with scene stealers - the ornately carved oak original fireplace and a full height stained glass window bay - vying for equal attention.

A rear oak door in the hall leads onto a private courtyard garden which is formally planted and provides a pleasant outlook for residents as well as somewhere to enjoy outdoors in seclusion.

Beyond the entrance hall, linked by a broad internal door, a communal vestibule features an extraordinary cast iron fireplace , positioned midway from floor to ceiling. The explanation being that ceiling heights and floors had changed over the many years of use, but this listed fireplace was carefully retained in its original position.

Seven of the eight apartments are accessed from the two halls, with two lifts running to the upper floors. The eighth property has its own independent front door.

Finished to a superior specification, as befitting the Octagon name, apartments feature underfloor heating or traditional cast iron radiators and with the high quality marble, carpet and timber flooring, designed to enhance and reflect the period significance of Eagle House. Award-winning architects Michelis Boyd Associates were commissioned to create the internal spaces, with the brief to make them light filled, contemporary homes that sit comfortably with their Jacobean heritage.

A full restoration of the fireplaces, staircases and oak panelling allow residents to enjoy period features in tandem with modern, high-tech living, with the latest home technology including a Control4 Audio System and integrated Heating & Comfort Cooling Controls. The Bulthaup kitchens feature bespoke white work surfaces and a range of integrated top of the range Miele appliances.

One apartment also includes a private patio, whilst every resident will be able to enjoy the landscaped communal gardens to the front and rear of the property.

Eagle House is located in the prestigious Wimbledon Village, just a stone’s throw from Wimbledon Common, providing plenty of green space for residents. The South London village enjoys a wealth of boutiques, restaurants and bars along The Village High Street, as well as a number of famous parks and sporting facilities, including the Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club and Royal Wimbledon Golf Club.

The setting is ideal for commuters, with numerous bus routes servicing the area, and Wimbledon mainline and underground stations less than a mile away – residents can reach London Waterloo in just 19 minutes by SW trains. Eagle House is within 2 miles of the A3 which provides access into and out of central London (Hyde Park Corner 9 miles; M25 J.10 17 miles), with Heathrow airport only 17 miles away. The area is known for its great schooling such as Wimbledon High School and Kings College School. The Rokeby School is a 10 minute drive away.

Prices from £2.25m.

Viewings are by appointment only – please contact Octagon on 020 8481 500, or Knight Frank’s Wimbledon office on 020 8946 0026 to arrange. For more information, visit Octagon.co.uk.

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