Sanctuary: Kensington flat with spacious secluded garden and terrace


Kensington is well known for its communal gardens, but sizeable private gardens in the area are rare to come by. As estate agents across the country begin to reopen.

Kensington specialists, Wilfords, have bought to market a stylish home with an extensive landscaped garden terrace. The split-level flat provides over 2,306 sq.ft. of accommodation spread across two floors, with impressive open-plan lateral living space,  three bedrooms, media room, two bathrooms, wine cellar, cloak room and utility room. The property is on the market with Kensington specialists, Wilfords, for £3m.

The end of terrace property is just around the corner from Garden Lodge, which has been home to a long line of prestigious artists, including Freddie Mercury. The house was built in 1906 for the artists, Cecil Rae and Constance Halfords and was lived in by Queen Frontman, Freddie Mercury from 1986 until his death in 1991. Today the eight-foot high walls have messages dedicated to the artist adorned across it from fans across the world, following the release of Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) where Mercury can be seen living out his final years at Garden Lodge.

Geoff Wilford, founder at Wilfords said, “Following the government’s announcement allowing estate agents to reopen we launched this stunning property on Pembroke Road. We have seen a high volume of enquiries due to the pent up demand in the market, a positive sign that the UK property market has begun to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

“Interestingly, the majority of the enquiries were from buyers looking for extra space and larger gardens, often in their local area.  Pembroke Road boasts an exceptional garden terrace and in particular for Kensington is quite sizeable.”

Upon entering residents and guests eyes will immediately be drawn down the hallway to the garden terrace that can be accessed via full length French doors. Immediately upon your right as you enter is the utility room and just beyond, the main reception area.

The main reception area has been designed for modern multi-functional living, with the first half of the room serving as a formal dining space, housing a varnished dining table, above which hangs a glass chandelier and just beyond, opens up into the more relaxed informal seating area looking out onto the terrace.  The apartment has been designed to maximise natural light throughout and the full width French doors serve as an informal barrier between the reception area and garden terrace and can be sectioned off or opened up, dependent on the needs of residents.

Passing through the doors leads onto the spacious garden terrace. The perimeter of the garden is lined with landscaped trees and hedges, whilst the paved terrace houses a number of oak benches and tables. The extensive space is perfect for those seeking a garden in which to enjoy al fresco dining and for hosting summer soirees.

To the left of the reception-dining room is a stunning bespoke kitchen outfitted with the latest Miele and Gaggenau appliances and three ovens, perfect for those looking to host garden parties during the warmer months. The kitchen has ample in-built storage spaces and has direct access to garden terrace via a sliding door. Just before the French door is a breakfast island and storage cupboard in varnished wood. The space is exceptionally well lit, with light cascading down from the skylight, accentuating the bright white floors and units of the room.

The lower-ground floor comprises of the three bedrooms, two bathrooms and additional living spaces. The media room can be found towards the front of the floor, which can easily serve as a home office during the day and cinema at night. There is also a family room and wine cellar.

The floor also houses the stylish master bedroom, located to the rear of the property and has an extensive walk-in-wardrobes, a private patio and luxuriously finished ensuite. The floor is completed with two further bedrooms, one of which also has access to a private patio space.