Saturday, 8 October 2016


Versailles in W2?  This splendid Hyde Park Gardens apartment, kitted out in real and reproduction Louis XVI furnishings, went on the market in 20011 for a cool £6.5 million.  The decor was lovingly put together over a twenty years period by an anonymous French-born banker and hedge-fund manager (I don't even know what that means, but I guess it has nothing to do with beeches and hawthorns). The apartment was for sale with Property brochures have a way of disappearing from the internet, so here are a few pics. to enjoy.

"One man's passion can be another's poison, but the sheer perfection and attention to detail that has gone into decorating this apartment in the style of Louis XVI is truly amazing.  Here is a ceiling copied from Mme de Pompadour's chateau, there is a dining-room inspired by the library at Versailles, here again the drawing-room, inspired by that of a Parisian palace built in the 1750s.  The floors are wooden, and in the Versailles style, the mirrors antique, the gilding applied by hand in the traditional way."

Property details and brochure link on "Rightmove"

See also: 
"For sale: 'Londonsailles', a home fit for Marie Antoinette", The Telegraph.  Article by Leah Hyslop,  10 Jul 2013

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