Hampstead Manor is home to 156 conversion and new-build homes, from spacious studio apartments to sprawling five-bedroom houses. All the homes here have been created, restored and delivered with craft and care, but Hampstead Manor’s prime properties are the jewels in its crown.
Skeel Library and The Chapel were constructed by Westfield Women’s College, an all-female university that purchased the site in 1890, and occupied it throughout the 20th Century.
Mount Anvil and a team of conservators have spent more than two years painstakingly restoring and converting these prime properties into remarkable contemporary homes.
With four en-suite bedrooms, The Chapel is a Hampstead home defined by its combination of historic character and contemporary flair.
On entering The Chapel, twin staircases lead down to the triple-height, 37ft reception room – a space with a scale magnified by its bespoke statement chandelier by craftsman Patrick Schroeter.
This expansive area is separated into three zones – the living space with its jewel-coloured seating and white marble and gold finishes, a dining area, and a hand-crafted bespoke kitchen. All are tied together by The Chapel’s meticulously restored original timber paneling, which features inscriptions honouring former principals of the college.
The Chapel’s master suite, in its own wing, houses a dressing area and en suite complete with marble tiles and a bath carved from a single piece of stone. Above the master wing are three more bedrooms – including the grand second bedroom, with tall windows, a large, courtyard-style terrace, and a brass four-poster bed.
The Chapel also boasts a terrace that runs the full length of the property, a spacious but tucked-away media room, and a mezzanine where its organ once stood – an ideal space for a second living area and study.
Skeel Library was formerly the epicenter of learning at Westfield Women’s College. Originally commissioned by a collective of bluestockings spearheaded by Professor Caroline Skeel, this is a building with a rich history.
The library has been converted into a distinguished family home. You enter this four-bedroom property – designed by Bowler James Brindley and award-winning design house SUNA – through its restored original oak front door. Inside, the property offers breathtaking contemporary living spaces with characterful period features.
Life here centres around the 40ft reception room, which retains its original mezzanine and restored heritage book shelving. The room’s original windows were also restored frame by frame on site.
The reception room is split into a spacious bespoke kitchen, a dining area ideal for entertaining, and a living space nestled away from the bustle of the kitchen. A secret reading room – formerly a passageway to the college’s dining hall – offers a peaceful private retreat, dressed with an immersive ‘secret garden’ concept.
The Skeel Library master suite is all grand proportions and beautiful finishes. A sumptuous sleeping area is separated from space designed for relaxing by a feature wall that allows daylight from the bay window to pour in. The bedroom’s en suite is sleek and opulent, with black marble-effect tiles, and its study and snug – ideal as a home office – are adorned with brass-framed tables and suede seating in rich reds and greens.
Elsewhere the property boasts two generous en-suite bedrooms – one inspired by the beloved children’s novel ‘The Wind in the Willows’ – and a self-contained guest suite with its own terrace and a bedroom dressed in sultry green and navy fabrics.
Jon Hall, Sales Director at Mount Anvil, says “These two bespoke homes are a major milestone for Hampstead Manor. Both Skeel Library and The Chapel have undergone more than two years of intricate restoration to preserve the history that characterises them. These homes present a rare opportunity to own a historical gem, whilst still enjoying contemporary design and modern functionalities that are synonymous with luxury new builds.”
Skeel Library is priced at £7,950,000 and The Chapel is priced at £7,500,000. Both properties will be launching Q1 2020.