The John Lewis advert from 2014 and the home (Image: Mike Horton)
When the homeowners of this spacious, indifferent Victorian home in Kingston Upon Thames, south-west London, stumbled throughout it 40 years in the past they knew they’d discovered the proper household residence.
The outdated home was drained and wanted replumbing and rewiring, nevertheless it retained all its authentic fittings.
Each fire in the home nonetheless works – a very superb characteristic for his or her annual Christmas Eve events – and over time the couple, with their three youngsters, have added to the historical past of a home they describe as ‘a house that has seen lots of life’.
It’s no shock, then, that Monty, the CGI penguin star of John Lewis’s award-winning 2014 Christmas advert, was equally smitten when he visited the six-bedroom, 3.582sq ft property, to shoot the business.
The kitchen (Image: Mike Horton)
Positive, an animatronic ‘creature’ was utilized by the youngsters whereas the advert was filmed earlier than the cuddly animated model was added later – however hold that to your self.
‘I’ve seven grandchildren and two of them lived close by so that they came visiting through the filming,’ says the proprietor, who doesn’t wish to be named. ‘They first thought I’d had actual penguins in the home. I did, lastly inform them the reality.’
The filming took two weeks and the household beloved each second of it.
‘They emptied the drawing room and painted it that deep John Lewis inexperienced,’ she says. ‘They crammed it with furnishings from John Lewis. The person who repainted it to our color scheme afterwards (a genteel cream) was an actual artist.
‘Throughout his work with us he acquired a telephone name telling him he’d gained a job doing all of the paint results for the film The Martian.’
It was beforehand used as a Montessori NurseryIt was beforehand used as a Montessori Nursery (Image: Mike Horton)
The fabulous farmhouse-style kitchen has additionally been used for the Junior Bake Off TV advert. A few of the household’s personal artefacts grew to become props.
For the homeowners – who ran a Montessori Nursery right here for 25 years – leaving their residence of 4 a long time can be a wrench however they and their canine, The Governor, are downsizing and hope to maneuver to close by Richmond.
The lounge (Image: Mike Horton)
It’s simple to see why they’ve beloved this home so deeply. It’s a deliciously heat household residence, with an exquisite walled backyard, in arguably one of the best road in Kingston Upon Thames – tree-lined Albany Park Street is lower than a minute from the river and inside a conservation space. It’s no surprise Monty felt so at residence.
Behind the normal purple brick exterior there are lofty ceilings and beneficiant home windows.
The backyard (Image: Mike Horton)
The residing and sitting rooms on the bottom ground are all entered by way of expansive doorways from the huge corridor. The home is constructed for entertaining, ‘It’s simply nice for a celebration’, says one of many homeowners.
Below the central staircase there’s a door resulting in the three-roomed cellar. Upstairs on the primary ground a big touchdown results in 5 giant bedrooms and two loos. One bed room has an exterior staircase that leads on to the backyard.
The star, nevertheless, is upstairs the place an architecturally designed galleried second ground could be superb as a yoga or pilates studio, gymnasium or granny flat.
‘The best pleasure has been citing our household on this lovely home. I hope one other household will transfer in and adore it as a lot as we do,’ says the proprietor.
It’s a lovely residence. Certainly, it makes you surprise why Monty the penguin ever left.
The six-bedroom home in Kingston Upon Thames is in the marketplace for £2.7million with Hamptons.
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