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IN THE HEART OF ONE OF THEWORLD’S
most beautiful cities, just opposite The Ritz London, lies
an illustrious building – once home to Britain’s first
and
longest-serving Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole.
Built in the early 18th century, it was designed with all the grandeur and fine sense
of proportion that Britain’s eminent architects of the day learned whilst they toured
Palladio’s villas in Vicenza. Still today it retains its aura of rare charm, but recently
Oliver Burns, the upscale design and development practice, has breathed new life
into its splendid proportions and old-world elegance.
Out of this historic home they have
carved five extraordinary state apartments, each of them different, but each in its own
way a living testament to the history, the elegance and the beauty of the building. And it’s
all been restored with great sensitivity. They’re designers who understand that beautiful
buildings need to be respected, even loved, but also that they need to be given all the
contemporary comforts and touches that modern man has come to depend upon. To its
old-world stateliness has been added everything the international sophisticate looks for
today–wrap-around comfort, protected parking, great security, the finest finishes, lavish,
airy spaces. The fine details, the porticos and cornices, the fireplaces and huge great windows,
have all been retained, but today they come with surround sound, bespoke kitchens and
every other essential modern aid. All this is to be found just a heartbeat away from the
buzzy restaurants, intimate shopping streets, museums and galleries of Mayfair and
St. James.
This is a precious place where history has been kind and where buildings were
designed to last and to please forever. As long as there are places that retain the beauty
and elegance of a more gracious world, there will always be people who will want to
spend their lives within them. Walpole Mayfair is just such a place.
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