Henry’s Townhouse perfectly combines nostalgia, class and comfort and will be a perfect place to gather friends and family once the UK gets out of lockdown. And of course, a place to play out your own Bridgerton story.
There may be a modern buzz-in entry system, but beyond the door of number 24 Upper Berkeley Street, it’s like you’ve entered a time machine. I almost expected a character from Bridgerton to come swishing along the entry corridor in a corset and bustle once inside, so faithful is the glorious restoration of this Marylebone townhouse.
A former London home of none other than Jane Austen’s (said to be favourite) brother Henry, it’s now an exclusive-use bolthole just off Marble Arch, and is the hard work of owners Steven and Jane Collins. With their collectors’ eye and love of period furniture and design combined with the exquisite taste of interiors maestro Russell Sage, this genuinely makes for a brilliant step back in time, but thankfully with all the mod cons. Not only did the Collins gather more than 100 pieces over three years to pepper into their labour of love, they have overseen a massive top-to-toe restructuring from the bones out of this building.
Developer Steven obviously relishes “a project”, as he was the driving force behind the creation of the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, which is now home to 120 showrooms, while Jane is behind the popular Sixty 6 boutique nearby. The pair also own Temple Guiting Manor & Barns, a 14.5-acre estate in the Cotswolds that sleeps 34 adults, so they have a good track record of creating a covetable hospitality space.