Conveniently set on Kensington Park Road in London’s vibrant Notting Hill neighborhood, this reimagined Victorian feels worlds away from the city thanks to its serene interiors that channel the English countryside.
“The house was designed to create a quiet sanctuary away from the thrum of central London,” says the current owner of the 19th-century townhome, which is now available as a short-term rental. “I chose mostly natural, rustic materials because they’re tactile and age beautifully. I wanted the house to feel like it had always looked like this.”
The terrace home’s large, open layout spans four levels. On the ground floor, a multifunctional reception room is lined with historic Georgian columns and soft-pink plaster walls. The spacious area includes high ceilings trimmed with intricate cornicing and is anchored by a Calacatta marble fireplace.
Downstairs, the basement houses an open kitchen with elongated marble worktops and a Falcon range. Exposed beams stretch across the ceiling to an adjacent lounge area, where a raw concrete mantel is flanked by open shelves and built-in nooks that hold books and other memorabilia. Blonde wood floors further enhance the rustic aesthetic.
Beyond the kitchen, an extended skylight illuminates another gathering area, which presents a cozy window nook near aluminum-framed doors that provide access to the brick-paved backyard garden with a fire pit. “The garden has been planted with bees in mind and is full of rambling jasmine and honeysuckle,” notes the owner. “Even the roof of the extension has been turned into a tiny, wild meadow.”
In total, the home offers three bedrooms, all of which are located on the upper levels. The primary bedroom features built-in, wall-to-wall wardrobes, arched windows, and an en suite bath with a frameless shower and freestanding tub. Raw textures and timber accents continue throughout each of the stripped-back rooms in the home.