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An apartment in the Chelsea mansion block that T.S. Eliot, Henry James and Ian Fleming all called home is for sale

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View of one of the reception rooms

Calling all budding novelists! If you want to get your creative juices flowing, what better place to call your home office than an apartment in the smart red-bricked Carlyle Mansions in Chelsea – a location where literary greats like T.S. Eliot, Henry James and Ian Fleming wrote some of their finest works?

Detail of one of the reception rooms

The four-bedroom apartment is on the market with Inigo, the sister-site to The Modern Home that specialises in period properties, for £4.5 million. Boasting multiple aspects as well as views over the River Thames, it was once the home of the British designer Bernard Nevill (1930-2019), a professor at Saint Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art, as well as the design director at Liberty London. His refined taste in art and interiors can be seen throughout, with multiple fabrics, artefacts and artworks from his career. An auction of his belongings raised almost half a million pounds at Christie’s in 2011 – they had featured heavily in the classic film, Withnail and I.

One of the reception rooms with fireplaces set into the dividing wall between the other reception room

The elegant home boasts a kitchen (with smart granite worktop) as well as three stunning reception rooms, a living room (featuring large bay windows and full of light), a dining room and a library. Literati will of course be pleased at the inclusion of the latter, which has bespoke shelving throughout, as well as a charming window seat, which is perched amongst the leaves and branches of the Plane trees outside. It’s the perfect space for both getting lost in a book or for writing one’s own magnum opus.

The kitchen

Unsurprisingly, considering who lived here previously, the master bedroom is a real design highlight. The vogue for wallpapers is adhered to with a chic silk design, while bespoke joinery in the dressing room provides ample storage solutions. Then, there’s the en suite, which is clad in a comforting and cool green marble.

One thing is certain: this isn’t a fixer-upper.

One of the reception rooms

For more information, please visit inigo.com/sales-list/carlyle-mansions

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