One of the oldest homes in London, which has been visited by the likes of U.S. founding father Benjamin Franklin and America’s second president, John Adams, has come to the market. Built in 1658, the townhouse, in the city’s Newington Green neighbourhood, is part of the earliest surviving brick-built terrace in the British capital and pre-dates the Great Fire of London, which blazed for close to five days in 1666 and destroyed one-third of the city, including 13,200 houses, according to the Museum of London.
Architectural details include front and back staircases, multiple interior doors that lead to outdoor patios, 12-foot ceilings, a turret, hardwood parquet floors, arches, and original wood paneling and built-ins. The entrance hall, which has a double-height domed ceiling and a sweeping staircase to the second floor, is particularly impressive, Mr. Ensor said.
Other public rooms on the ground floor include an elegant double drawing room, a day room and a nautical-themed study with hand-crafted oak wall paneling. These rooms face south and look out over the formal gardens and Killiney Bay. There is also a large dining room with a fireplace and a starburst ceiling, a kitchen and breakfast room, and a glass conservatory with a native granite outcropping and a fishpond.
The second floor holds six bedrooms, including a primary one with a dressing room; two family bathrooms; a den/sitting room; and access to the turret. About halfway up the spiral staircase within the turret there is a sleeping cabin that is currently used as an office/study. The roof of the turret offers 360-degree panoramic views.
Outdoors, the front of the property has a grand formal lawn and garden beds. Up an embankment, the upper terrace features the heated swimming pool and open bay views, Mr. Ensor said. “The views from up there are probably the finest in Dalkey.” There is also an Observation Tower next to the pool with a tiled changing room and a shower.
Article source: Mansion Global