Priced at £35 million, the largest mansion building in Mayfair is now for sale. Palatial Grade II listed 38 Hill Street provides 17,131 sq.ft. (1,591.5 sq.m) of accommodation including state rooms.
The grand Georgian building at 38 Hill Street was originally built in 1748-49 and was designed by architect Benjamin Timbrell, under the auspices of local landowner Lord Berkeley. One of the early occupants was John Pitt, 2nd Earl of Chatham (1756-1835), the First Lord of the Admiralty and brother of William Pitt the Younger, who served as Prime Minister between 1793-1801 and 1804-1806.
As the London home of the Pitt family 38 Hill Street hosted political figures, Royalty and senior Naval staff and in the 1800s the building was enlarged at the rear to allow for grand entertaining.
In the late 1890s the property was purchased by E G “Isaac” Raphael, the head of an affluent family who had made a fortune from finance, publishing and property including the building of Raphael Street in Knightsbridge. In 1905 Raphael commissioned William Flockhart, architect to the Edwardian super-rich, to refurbish 38 Hill Street. The lavish 1905 refurbishment included a dark stock brick exterior with canted bay, Portland stone entrance porch, elegant entrance hall with circular staircase and a vast first floor Louis XVI style drawing room
The mansion remained in private ownership until World War II, when it was requisitioned for use as a London headquarters by the Auxiliary Territorial Service, as the women’s arm of the British Army was then known. As early as 1943 the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) Officers serving in nearby Whitehall had an aspiration to keep in touch when the war was over and have a private member’s club where active and reserve Naval officers could socialise. So in 1946, with the help of the Astor family, the freehold of 38 Hill Street was purchased from the Raphael family and it has been the home of the RNVR and The Naval Club ever since.
Notable members of The Naval Club have included Viscount Astor, Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and Harold Watkinson, 1st Viscount Watkinson with guests including HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales. During the 1950s members of ‘The Thursday Club’, portrayed in The Crown Netflix TV series as Prince Philip’s weekly escape from Royal life, socialised at The Naval Club.
If refurbished into a private home it would be one of the largest mansions in London providing 16 bedrooms, two floors of reception rooms, grand staircase, a private cinema and a health spa and swimming pool complex on the basement floor. There could also be a courtyard garden terrace reinstated to the rear façade, and a roof garden on the top sixth floor. If the courtyard garden and roof garden are reinstated the mansion could be worth up to £100 million (US $138 million).
As a single mansion 38 Hill Street could be configured to provide over the basement level a professional kitchen, staff quarters, wine vaults, home cinema and a health and leisure complex with a swimming pool, gymnasium and spa. The ground and first floors would provide entrance hall, grand staircase and five main reception rooms, including the vast first floor Louis XVI style drawing room with up to 16 bedrooms on the upper floors.
It provides an opportunity for future use as a single mansion, multi-unit residential development, 5-star hotel or Embassy building: the freehold for sale exclusively via joint sole agents Wetherell and Gerald Eve. The mansion building provides palatial accommodation over basement, ground and four upper floors.
38 Hill Street is for sale for £35,000,000 (freehold). For further information contact joint sole agents Wetherell on Tel: +44 (0)20 7529 5566 or visit www.wetherell.co.uk and Gerald Eve on Tel: +44 (0)20 7333 6242 or visit: www.geraldeve.com