Offering 8,435 sq.ft. of palatial dwelling area, an distinctive 5 bed room mansion on Park Avenue, with 4 reception rooms, reception corridor and direct entry to communal gardens, initially the Mayfair house of Royal mistress Maria Fitzherbert, with the present Edwardian residence inbuilt 1913 serving as the house of tobacco tycoon Sir Louis Bernhard Baron and extra not too long ago an Embassy for the Cyprus Excessive Fee: on the market through Wetherell.
The unique Georgian property on the positioning was inbuilt 1778 by John Crunden, a part of a sizeable mansion which had a big first flooring reception room and a second flooring glazed conservatory which served because the palatial Mayfair house of Maria Fitzherbert (1758-1837), the Catholic mistress of HRH The Prince Regent, later King George IV.
In 1778 Maria had married rich Staffordshire landowner Thomas Fitzherbert and when he died in 1781 he left her a big annuity and the grand mansion on Park Avenue which had served as their not too long ago constructed marital London house.
In 1784 Maria was launched to George, Prince of Wales (later King George IV) and secretly on 15th December 1785 they married (illegally with out his father King George III’s required Royal consent) within the first flooring reception room of her mansion on Park Avenue. So, for simply in the future in its wealthy historical past Mayfair took on the mantle of Westminster Abbey, the traditional venue for essential Royal marriages.
Though George was compelled by the Royal household to formally marry his cousin Caroline of Brunswick in 1795 it was Maria Fitzherbert who remained his “spouse of my coronary heart and soul” and by 1798 he had returned to Maria and deserted Caroline for good.
Following the dying of King George IV in 1830 Maria instructed George IV’s brother, King William IV, about their secret marriage and confirmed him the Park Avenue marriage certificates in her possession. To bury the potential scandal King William IV provided her the title of Duchess however she refused, asking solely permission to decorate the footmen and servants in her Park Avenue mansion in Royal livery, which the King granted.
Following Maria’s dying in 1837 her mansion on Park Avenue was ultimately demolished, an act which one assumes will need to have offered a lot reduction to the Royal household, making certain no architectural shrine survived to the late King’s secret marriage.
In 1913 a brand new six flooring Edwardian mansion was constructed on a part of the Park Avenue website, designed by Wimperis and Simpson. Because of the intervention of World Warfare I (1914-1918) the becoming out of the mansion was delayed so it was not prepared for occupation till 1925, initially letting to an aristocratic tenant.
In 1931 the mansion was bought by Sir Louis Bernhard Baron (1876-1934), a rich British tobacco tycoon who was managing director of the Carreras Tobacco Firm. The Carreras Tobacco Firm was based in 1788 and in 1903 Louis’ businessman father Bernhard Baron (1850-1929) joined the board of the corporate changing into its managing director in 1904, a job he continued till his dying. Louis succeeded his father as managing director in 1929 and was knighted in 1930.
In 1931 Sir Louis bought the Park Avenue mansion the place he lived together with his spouse Elsie, Girl Baron (1887-1983), and their daughter Myrtle Baron. Upon the dying of Sir Louis Girl Baron remarried artwork vendor Robert Tritton, the proprietor of the Godmersham Park property in Kent, the couple utilizing the Park Avenue mansion as their London townhouse.
In 1957 Robert Tritton died which led Elsie Tritton in 1958 to promote the Baron household shares within the Carreras Tobacco Firm which enabled the corporate to merge with Rothmans of Pall Mall (later Rothmans Worldwide and now a part of British American Tobacco). In 1959 Elsie bought her Park Avenue mansion to the newly fashioned Authorities of Cyprus.
Following the founding of the Republic of Cyprus in 1959 the mansion served for a lot of many years as a grand Embassy for the Cyprus Excessive Fee. When the Cyprus Excessive Fee relocated to 13 St James’s Sq. the mansion reverted to being a personal residence. Now, following a latest lavish refurbishment, the mansion is being solely provided on the market on a rare-for-Mayfair freehold foundation through Wetherell.
With options together with giant rooms, excessive ceilings, ornate ceiling work, parquet flooring and stone fireplaces the raised floor flooring of the mansion has a eating/breakfast room with a kitchen and two additional reception rooms, one taking the type of a reception corridor, with a coffered ceiling, passenger raise and sweeping foremost staircase resulting in the higher flooring. The second reception room, to the rear of the mansion, has an ornate ceiling, Regency fire and French doorways giving direct entry to the Inexperienced Avenue communal gardens.
On the primary flooring is the principal reception room, on the positioning the place Maria Fitzherbert secretly married King George IV and the Ambassador of Cyprus used to entertain Royalty and diplomats. The grand salon has a characteristic stone fire and bay window with French doorways opening onto a balcony. To the Park Avenue elevation of the primary flooring is a second reception room with three sash home windows.
The palatial master suite suite occupies the whole second flooring of the mansion with a foremost bed room, with three units of French home windows opening onto decorative and step-out balconies. There may be additionally a big dressing room and opulent foremost toilet.
The principal visitor suite, with dressing room and ensuite toilet and an extra bed room with balcony are on the highest flooring of the home.
On the decrease floor flooring is knowledgeable chef’s kitchen – supreme for big scale entertaining – with a separate utility room and storage vaults. There may be additionally a wine retailer and a employees flat, with pure mild offered by a lightwell, the employees quarters offering a kitchen/dwelling eating room, bed room and toilet.
Peter Wetherell, Founder & Chairman of Wetherell mentioned, “This magnificent mansion on Park Avenue has an illustrious historical past, first as the positioning of the house Royal mistress Maria Fitzherbert, then as the house of tobacco tycoon Sir Louis Bernhard Baron and household and in more moderen years as an Embassy for the Cyprus Excessive Fee.
“With its grand and delightful reception rooms, entry to the Inexperienced Avenue gardens and spacious bed room suites this mansion is ideal for an prosperous discerning household wanting a London base or a profitable tycoon searching for a trophy house in Mayfair to indicate the worldwide enterprise neighborhood he has arrived in London.”
So as to create the beautiful advertising visuals for the Park Avenue mansion Wetherell commissioned multi-award-winning design home Casa E Progetti to decorate and magnificence the home. Casa E Progetti have created a traditional up to date model, utilizing art work and equipment from the Nineteen Thirties Artwork Deco interval, creating lavish interiors which replicate the historical past of the home.
Casa E Progetti have used used furnishings items sourced from Baker, Bellotti Ezio, Ralph Lauren and Lalique, alongside references to the Artwork Deco interval together with Artwork Deco model bronze greyhounds standing guard within the hallway and Egyptian obelisk and an Artwork Deco darkish bronze panther within the floor flooring reception room. The rigorously curated art work contains restricted version reproductions of works by Spanish artist Amadeo Roca Gisbert, Georges Braque, the famend Cubist artist, and Tamara de Lempicka, arguably probably the most well-known Artwork Deco artist from the period.
The Park Avenue mansion is on the market for £25,000,000 (freehold). For additional info contact Wetherell on Tel: +44 (0)20 7529 5566 or go to www.wetherell.co.uk