Inside An Eclectic, Grade II-listed Townhouse With A Rich 'Bloomsbury Set' History

This stunning, colourful home boasts striking period features, an enviable location, Crittall doors and windows, a cool internal courtyard and a rich history with 'the Bloomsbury Set'. The house has now come up for sale, offering us a glimpse at the striking interiors...


Bloomsbury has been linked to creative minds ever since the 'Bloomsbury Set' lived here, and their eclectic interior style was a radical break from traditional Victorian and Edwardian décor, and still inspires us today. Offering us a sneak peek at such an interior is the former home of scholar Eileen Power, who used to host meetings and dance parties (attended by the likes of writer Virginia Woolf) in her kitchen.

Quietly set amongst the academic, literary and medical institutions of Bloomsbury’s wide avenues, this stunning modern home is arranged over three dramatic levels within a Grade II-listed historic townhouse overlooking the verdant foliage of Mecklenburgh Square Garden.

Mecklenburgh Square is a coveted location, famed for its distinguished list of notable historic residents, many of whom comprised the ‘Bloomsbury Set’, an associated group of intellectuals, academics and artists during the first half of the 20th Century. Eileen Power, the medievalist scholar, lived at this very address on the Square from 1922 to 1940, holding regular ‘kitchen dances’ attended by another eminent resident, writer Virginia Woolf.

This elegant three-bedroom maisonette boasts expansive living spaces, soaring ceilings and almost 2,400 sq ft of internal space, and a private courtyard garden, as well as a beautifully maintained garden for resident key holders. The house is for sale for £3,750,000 through The Modern House.

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The main entry is at raised-ground level with a separate entrance at lower ground.

The sides of the stairs were painted, leaving a raw strip of original staircase running up the middle, acting as the stair runner.

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The main entrance hall leads to a substantial living room with wide-board pine flooring, intricate cornicing and a log burner with a handsome copper surround.

French windows open to a Juliette balcony offering views over the courtyard garden on ground level below, and across through Crittall doors to the study and reading space at the rear of this home.

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At one end of the living room is corridor that leads through to a pretty guest bedroom. The charming higgledy piggledy corridor is stacked with books, and houses a guest WC. Our favourite feature is the trio of arched windows above the bed.

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Flooring changes from pine flooring in the living room to a slate floor in the corridor and study, laid in a herringbone pattern.

The doors open up so you can peer over the balcony down into the private courtyard below. We like to imagine the kinds of parties that have been held here, and who may have peered down – or up – through these balconies.

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A modern, open staircase descends to the lower-ground level, coming first to a snug / cinema room. We love the curved half wall that hugs the bottom of the staircase.

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Slate flooring extends from the ground floor snug into the courtyard garden through a wall of Crittall.

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At the other side of the courtyard is a kitchen clad in William Morris' tapesty-inspired The Brook design in blue. A La Cornue range-cooker is set at the far end and an original cast-iron stove is positioned within a central alcove.

Doors open into the courtyard garden – a perfect party set-up, as Eileen Power proved with her kitchen dances.

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Pine-parquet flooring in the kitchen becomes oak in the hallway, which leads to a pantry space, a separate WC, and a bedroom at the front with en-suite shower room.

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Upstairs on the second level are two enormous rooms that form a dramatic master suite. The bedroom, positioned at the front of the building, is set behind the property’s incredible floor-to-ceiling sash windows.

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Across the hallway is the masterbathroom and dressing room, with two curved corner sections concealing a WC on one side and a sink / vanity unit on the other, and a lovely free-standing copper bath under the light of a towering window.

Opposite the curved corners are arched wardrobes, while cosy seating makes this an inviting room to get ready and prepare with girlfriends for nights out.

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The communal gardens are for the sole use of residents and extend to approximately two acres made up of formal lawns and gravel paths with mature plane trees and several ornamental species. The east side of the garden is planted with plants native to New Zealand. It contains a children’s playground and a tennis court.

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The house is just a short walk from all that Kings Cross, Clerkenwell and Lambs Conduit Street have to offer. Kings Cross (Northern Line), Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Holborn (Central and Piccadilly Lines), Chancery Lane (Central Line) and Farringdon Station (Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line and Metropolitan Line and National Rail services) are all close by. Farringdon Station will also benefit from the imminent opening of Crossrail, including a direct route to Heathrow Airport. The Eurostar is available at St Pancras. The stunning house is for sale for £3,750,000 through The Modern House.

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.