Former coach house rebuilt as mansion
Following multiple owners unable to fulfill the hidden potential of a historical building in the heart of London, the building had unfortunately fallen into a state of disrepair. Culross House – once the coach house for the Earl of Essex, was soon purchased by the right people and redeveloped to fulfill its potential. Situated around the corner from Hyde Park and occupying 8,051 sq.ft it comes to market as the only newly built town-house in the Mayfair area. Redeveloped by London Developers K10 Group, famous for their work on One Hyde Park, the former home of the Capel Family has been transformed into a six-floor mansion townhouse that effectively combines period features with twenty-first-century luxury. The property effectively combines period features with the best in contemporary design which Mayfair Estate Agents, Wetherell, handling the sale, describe as ‘low-profile with a classic exterior contrasting with modern luxury and everything one could want on the inside’
Culross House began its life as a coach house in 1814 when it was in the hands of Sir Thomas Stepney, a wealthy industrialist who kept it in his family until it was finally developed into a brick house in 1929. The prize of renovating a period property in the heart of Mayfair fell to the team at Argent Design, who working with factors such as its surroundings and its history, knew it was important to blend the property into the externally and honour its rich history. This also enabled them to increase the impact of the interior which juxtaposes the understated and classic outward appearance.
The ‘low profile’ façade described by Peter Wetherell was designed in a manner specifically completed in this manner in order to remain in keeping with its original Edwardian design. Reclaimed bricks were sourced to ensure consistency with architect Ernst G. Cole’s original bijou-brick design. In addition, large windows and gable pediment provide a taste of the property’s historical significance.
The interior design makes an impact on entry, paving the way for the luxury and opulence to be encountered throughout. Fit with a glass elevator and wrap around staircase, which took 12 months to construct, the entrance area is filled with natural light which cascades from a skylight. Clever design features, including bespoke balustrade, shadow gaps and inset wall lighting, ensure light flows through the property in abundance creating a light, contemporary and spacious feel throughout the property.
Designed with grandeur and luxury in mind and set on a plot that is both wide and deep, 25 Culross Street’s abundant space ensures spacious rooms, in addition to a generous sized walled garden. Set over six floors, with two at basement level, this fifteen room property is inspired by international five-star suites and VIP venues. This is achieved through the use of bespoke furniture in addition to high spec luxury features which set the property apart. From a cinema room to a pool, gym and sauna complex, walk-in humidor and wine cellar, this property is perfectly equipped for family living, as well as entertaining guests.
The ambassadorial house features two master bedrooms, an additional three bedrooms, family rooms, a lounge and snug. Technology is utilised effectively to add ease to day-to-day life, particularly in the kitchen where Smallbone of Devizes has installed a contemporary smart kitchen complete with built-in technology which scans the content of cupboards, automatically reordering goods as necessary.