Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hidden London: Debenham House

As readers of my Talli Roland blog know, I recently did a photo shoot at the lovely Debenham House, just outside of Holland Park. One of the things I love about Holland Park is all the gigantic houses scattered about, popping up behind fences and rearing over walls, taking you by surprise.

Just off of Addison Road, Debenham House is definitely one of those. In the early-evening light, the glazed blue and green tiles sparkles like jewels, looking oddly out of the place amidst the rather dull stucco exteriors of its neighbours.
Built in 1906 for the chairman of the famous department store chain Debenham's, the house is now worth around £30 million -- and it's up for sale, if you have the dosh!

Here's what the estate agent has to say about it:

The house is a mixture of the Arts and Crafts movement, neo-classical and Byzantine styles. Glazed tiles are used extensively inside this ten-bedroom, five-bathroom house. Some depict peacocks, eagles, flowers, galleons and mythical beasts. Many may have come from an assignment originally commissioned for the Russian czar's yacht Livadia, built in the 1870's. In addition, there is a covered walkway from the road, a front garden laid out in a formal Dutch style and an Orangery in the back garden, where there is also a croquet lawn and a coach house with two-bedroom suites.

Go on, treat yourself!


Nancy J. Parra said...

Wow- that is so cool. I am sitting here imagining what it would be like to own such a home. Thanks for that! Cheers~

Creepy Query Girl said...

wow- that house is gorgeouse! Lucky duck!

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Cinema que nao volta mais said...

I love the movie Secret ceremony,and in my opnion,that house was the soulof this movie.

20th Century Decorative Arts said...

I also agree about Secret Ceremony and I've just seen the interiors used again in the 1997 film The Wings of the Dove...a most beautiful property (and film!).