This beautiful property on Kensington Park Gardens was once home to the family that inspired Peter Pan, and now it’s on sale…
Notting Hill is, quite literally, a fairytale postcode. Number 31 Kensington Park Gardens is not only a beautiful, enviable home, it was once inhabited by the Llewelyn Davies family, the inspiration behind JM Barries most beloved fairy tale, Peter Pan.
The Llewelyn Davies family resided on Kensington Park Gardens between 1897 and 1904, and in 1897, on one of the children’s regular outings to the nearby Kensington Gardens, they happened to meet writer JM Barrie, which led to a lifelong friendship.
As Barrie became a regular visitor to the Llewelyn Davies family home, the family and the children inspired him to write about the adventures of Peter Pan and Neverland. As it happened, in Peter Pan, the Davies family became the Darlings and their home at 31 becomes part of the fairytale.
From the window of the nursery, Peter, Wendy, John and Michael made their famous flight to Neverland (‘second star to the right and straight on till morning’). The house has since been divided into flats, but the top floor two-bedroom flat is on the market, and it is here that you’ll find the Peter Pan nursery.
‘Over a century after JM Barrie wrote about the adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy, the leafy surrounds of Kensington Gardens retain their sense of history and power to inspire,’ says Olivia Higginson of Strutt & Parker’s Notting Hill branch.
It’s a lovely piece of literary history. From this top floor flat you can put yourself in the shoes of the Llewelyn Davies children, in what would have once been their nursery, and imagine setting out on that first flight
‘It’s a lovely piece of literary history. From this top floor flat you can put yourself in the shoes of the Llewelyn Davies children, in what would have once been their nursery, and imagine setting out on that first flight.
‘Or, for those more inclined to keep their feet on the ground,’ she continues, ‘you can enjoy a bright and modern flat in a beautiful historic building.’
The property is a beautifully refurbished two-bedroom flat with access to communal gardens. This bright and stylishly presented flat is located in a handsome, stucco-fronted building, steeped in history and has views over the beautiful communal gardens.
Ensuring that it is attractive to the modern buyer, there is also a large demised loft, providing excellent storage space, and the purchaser is also eligible to apply for access to Ladbroke Square and Stanley South communal gardens.
Amazingly, it’s not the first time that Strutt & Parker have sold a house in the area with links to Barrie. The writer’s own home in Kensington, which had a master bedroom decorated in blue, reminiscent of Wendy’s bedroom, went on sale two years ago. See? The area truly is the stuff of fairytales…
The property is on the market for £1.375m with Strutt & Parker; struttandparker.com