The boutique development firm set up by twin brothers William and Benjamin Samuels has just put the finishing touches to its most ambitious project to date – an absolute belter in one of the best bits of Belgravia.
We last saw Wilben Developments breaking price records on Eagle Mews in South Ken, but their next move was straight into super-prime territory.
The Grade II listed townhouse they chose is a full storey higher than its neighbours and has been connected up to a chunky mews house at the rear, thereby creating one of the biggest specimens on ultra-prestigious Chester Square.
Weighing in at over 8,000 square feet, the seven floors now involve eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a living room, dining room, family media room, patio garden, chef’s kitchen, treatment room, yoga room, home cinema and a self-contained staff flat with separate entrance.
By digging down to allow a rejig of the lower levels, two extra floor plates have been added to the mews, linked by an atrium in the centre running from the basement to the first floor and featuring a giant green planted wall. A glass roof draws natural light through to internal windows and down to the yoga room below.
Design-wise, the team has wisely gone for a twist on classic British style and the result is both elegant and refined, with highlights including a bespoke 1.2 metre diameter crystal chandelier in the living room, hand-picked Italian marble in the kitchen and bathrooms, and painstakingly-restored listed features – particularly the staircase, cornicing and fireplaces.
Other notable touches include a custom-made overflowing stone bath in the master ensuite, acres of bespoke oak joinery, and a fabric silk wall covering running throughout the hall, staircase and main reception.
By deftly arranging the family living at the back of the house and the formal at the front, this young firm has managed to deliver a template for the 21st century luxury urban residence that remains respectful of Belgravia’s illustrious heritage. We wouldn’t be surprised if another record falls as a result…