Mayfair’s Largest Mansion – with Links to The Crown – Goes on Sale
A palatial Grade II listed property that has just gone on sale in Mayfair is the largest mansion currently available in the area
Lead image: A render of how the property could look when refurbished by interior design studio Casa E Progetti
Number 38 Hill Street, which was used as The Naval Club, offers a unique opportunity for some seriously luxe living, a multi-unit residential development or could potentially be used as a hotel or embassy building.
Providing 17,131 sq ft of accommodation, including grand state rooms, the property stretches over a basement, ground and four upper floors.
As a single mansion, 38 Hill Street could be configured to provide a professional kitchen, staff quarters, wine vaults, home cinema and a health and leisure complex with swimming pool, gymnasium and spa over the basement level.
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. There could also be a courtyard garden terrace reinstated to the rear façade and a roof garden on the top floor.
As a 5-star boutique hotel, 38 Hill Street could provide up to 30 keys, including bedrooms and suites, alongside concierge reception, lounges, cocktail bar, fine dining and entertaining rooms on the ground and first floors with a gymnasium and back-of-house facilities on the basement level.
Other alternative future uses for the Mayfair property could include a multi-unit residential development, an embassy or ambassador’s residence, a private member’s club or headquarters for a corporation or Private Family office.
‘If remodelled into a super-prime mansion, it would be one of the most valuable, largest and prestigious private homes in Mayfair’
‘It is extremely rare in Mayfair to have the opportunity to purchase the freehold of an entire mansion building of this size which is still configured as a vast single property,’ said Peter Wetherell, Founder & Chairman of joint sole agent Wetherell.
‘The principal rooms are magnificent and only Dudley House on Park Lane and Ancaster House in Chesterfield Gardens rival in terms of grandeur.
‘If remodelled into a super-prime mansion, [it] would be one of the most valuable, largest and prestigious private homes in Mayfair.’
The history of 38 Hill Street
The grand Georgian property has quite the history – including links to Netflix’s hit royal drama series, The Crown. It was originally built in 1748-49, 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 extended at the rear to allow for grand entertaining.
‘It is believed that during the 1950s, members of The Thursday Club – portrayed in The Crown as Prince Philip’s weekly escape from royal life – socialised at The Naval Club’
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).
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) Officers serving in nearby Whitehall had an aspiration to keep in touch after the war and form a private member’s club where active and reserve Naval officers could socialise.
So in 1946, with the help of the Astor family, the 38 Hill Street freehold was bought 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.
It is believed that during the 1950s, members of The Thursday Club – portrayed in The Crown as Prince Philip’s weekly escape from royal life – socialised at The Naval Club.
38 Hill Street is for sale for £35,000,000 (freehold). For further information contact joint sole agents Wetherell on 020 7529 5566 or see wetherell.co.uk and Gerald Eve on 020 7333 6242 or see geraldeve.com