A Charming Cottage Perched in the Heart of London

Updated: Oct 23, 2018

by Catherine McHugh | Mansion Global

This 1840s home provides the benefits of urban amenities within a tranquil, green setting.

Location: London

Price: £1.45 million (US$1.9 million)

Nestled within a row of early-to-mid-19th-century linked houses, a rarely available Grade II-listed cottage has recently come on the market.

Built in the 1840s, the home, which is close to central Hammersmith, is marked by its distinctively country-style exterior and gardens to the front and the back.

"The exterior of the home is aesthetically stunning," says Paul Cosgrove, a director at Finlay Brewer, the brokerage handling the listing. "It is reminiscent of the pictures of decorated chocolate boxes in the U.K. in a bygone era. It’s a fabulous combination of an idyllic village home within a city setting. I think it could be great for young couples, investors and downsizers."

The top level of the two-story house includes a master bedroom that overlooks the front of the property. A second similarly sized bedroom offers vistas of the garden, while an additional bedroom would work well as a nursery or guest room.

A manicured garden leads to the front door, which opens to a large hallway and the main reception room, which has a wood-burning fireplace made of limestone and partially stained-glass French windows that allow for lots of light. The home also has a spacious rear garden.

"It’s a very handsome home with lots of character," Mr. Cosgrove said.


The 1,055-square-foot-home has three bedrooms, and one-and-a-half bathrooms.


To the rear of the ground floor, the open plan kitchen/breakfast room houses a Technik range cooker and a gas-fueled fireplace. "The current owners refurbished the home in 2011," Mr. Cosgrove said. "This included opening up the back of the home to create the full-width kitchen/breakfast room."

The spacious family bathroom has a large shower as well as a double-ended roll-top bath with silver claw feet. The home also includes an abundance of storage space.

Talking Point

According to the listing, one of the property’s neighboring cottages on Rowan Road was home to Leigh Hunt, a well-known essayist and editor of the intellectual newspaper, The Examiner, who lived on the street from 1851 until his death in 1859. He would often get visits there from his literary friends—including Nathaniel Hawthorne and Charles Dickens, who based the character Harold Skimpole in his novel, Bleak House, on Hunt.

Neighborhood Notes

The Rowan Road property is close to the Hammersmith tube station with links to the Piccadilly, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines.

As Mr. Cosgrove noted, "It’s also very close to family favorite, Brook Green, where some of London’s leading schools, including St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Bute House Preparatory School for Girls and Ecole Francaise Jacques Prevert, are located."