The East Wing at The Star and Garter – the jewel in the crown in the grand restoration and conversion of the famous landmark building at the top of Richmond Hill with a view protected by Parliament – has been sold for an undisclosed figure.
The sale bucks uncertainty surrounding Brexit and reflects a recent wave of high-end buyers who are actively looking for exceptional properties at the top of the market.
The East Wing has to be one of London’s most coveted residences and is a remarkable restoration story. We are delighted that the purchaser values The East Wing’s design and history and this new chapter as a truly unique residence. The sale demonstrates that buyers continue to be active in pursuit of really special properties despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
With a colonnade of imposing Doric pillars in Portland stone reflecting its stately home grandeur, it forms an entire self-contained wing of the magnificent building. The six bedroom apartment – 6,500sq ft of lateral internal space over two levels – also features a roof terrace with a view over the Thames, a kaleidoscope of shimmering water, light and landscape celebrated down the centuries by artists Turner, Constable and Reynolds, and writers Sir Walter Scott and Thackeray and the only view protected by an Act of Parliament.
The landmark building was designed with exquisite symmetry in the Neo-classical style by Sir Edwin Cooper, completed and opened by King George V and Queen Mary in 1924 as The Royal Star & Garter Home for soldiers injured in the Great War, where generations of ex-servicemen and women were cared for until 2013 when it was declared no longer fit for purpose and the residents were moved to three purpose-built homes in Surbiton, High Wycombe and Solihull. Following the acquisition of the building from The Royal Star & Garter Homes charity in 2013, award-winning developer London Square’s expert team of specialist architects and craftsmen undertook a complex restoration and conversion of the building to private residences – conserving its ornate original features while modernising to create homes in a five-star boutique hotel setting. The East Wing was used as a library and occupational therapy area for ex-servicemen and women residents.
The entrance to the East Wing reflects the rich history of the building, with a lobby and library lined with elegant original polished wood panelling, an ornate carved fireplace, herringbone parquet flooring and an Art Deco chandelier illuminating the spectacular gilded ceiling.
Double doors lead on to a magnificent 30 metre living area, with six metre high ceilings and restored floor to ceiling windows flooding the space with natural light – the ultimate place for entertaining and relaxing. Striking original features of stone walls and parquet flooring have been refurbished to form a fabulous backdrop for the interiors. Imposing stone columns frame a dramatic entrance to doors opening onto a private terrace and a view over the exquisitely landscaped Grade II listed gardens.
A self-contained two bedroom suite is designed for staff or guests, with living area and kitchen, two double bedrooms and a private patio garden. On the upper level, four bedroom suites have been created, all with wonderful views. The latest technology has been incorporated cleverly within the restored wing.