Unmod Chester Square townhouse asks £12.5m

Former home of great Victorian poet and critic Matthew Arnold

A townhouse on Chester Square, the Belgravia address with notable present and former residents including Margaret Thatcher, Mick Jagger, Roman Abramovich and Wilhemena, has come up for sale with some provenance of its own.

The 4,500 square foot seven-bed was once the home of celebrated 19th century literary figure Matthew Arnold – often called the “third great Victorian poet” along with Tennyson and Browning – and has a blue plaque to prove it.

Pitched at £12.5m, the handsome stucco-fronted number has the kind of proportions you’d expect from the location, the highlight being the elegant first floor drawing room.

There’s separate staff accommodation on the lower ground floor and the west-facing terrace and adjoining double garage are both big bonuses, while the particulars point out that the internals could “benefit from some updating”, thereby offering an opportunity for someone to create something “truly special”.

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