Prime Resi: Hans Place

  • By Adam Foster
  • 08 December 2015

Buyers invited to ‘test drive’ £14.5m Knightsbridge townhouse

Debuted last year as “the UK’s most expensive online-only instruction” (a title recently nicked by this £19.95m stonker on Phillimore Gardens), the former home of the Earl of Suffolk on Hans Place has been relaunched as a “try before you buy” opportunity.


Dating back to 1792, the Grade II listed, 5,455 square foot Knightsbridge townhouse was designed by the famous architect Henry Holland, best known for his work on the original Marine Pavilion in Brighton. It caused quite the stir when it hit the market in October 2014 with online agent, but has been since listed with Harrods Estates and Russell Simpson. The six-storey affair is now being advertised at both £14.5m and £6,950 per week, and billed as “a unique opportunity for a purchaser to try before they buy”.

As we may have mentioned back when it was first listed, there’s certainly no shortage of features or provenance. Prospective test drivers will find a double drawing room, library, master bedroom suite with walk-in dressing room, six further bedrooms, four further bathrooms, a gym, wine cellar,  terrace, garage with electric car charging point and access to the private gardens on Hans Place and Cadogan Square.

The property’s most notable former owner, Henry Howard, 19th Earl of Suffolk, 12th Earl of Berkshire, was born in 1877 and married Margaret ‘Daisy’ Leiter, sister-in-Law of Lord Curzon in 1904.

Ali Champkins, Head of Lettings at Russell Simpson: “Hans Place is ideal for history fanatics who can walk in the footsteps of Royalty and Aristocracy, as well as for families looking for a central London townhouse to call home. Available to let or buy this home offers the unique possibility of a purchaser trying before they buy.”

Jake Russell, Director at Russell Simpson: “This is a fantastic opportunity to own a home of this size in such a desirable location. Overlooking a beautiful private garden square, just around the corner from Harrods, Hans Place is surrounded by great shops, excellent transport links, as well as being moments away from Hyde Park.”

We’re not going to call it a trend just yet, but you might remember an £8.95m apartment on Hallam Place in Marylebone was also being pitched to purchasers in the same vein recently…


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