Like Pimlico itself, Cumberland Street IV is elegant in a very English kind of way. The front door’s on the ground floor, and opens straight into the sitting room. This is an interesting room – a framed historical map of Wales covers one of the pale grey walls, and model ships and other curiosities line the shelves opposite. The centrepiece is a tiled fireplace, around which sit a sofa, a yellow brocade armchair, a dining table and an assortment of other antique furniture.
Through an archway, you’ll find the black-and-grey kitchen, compact but well-equipped, and then through a door beside that is a hallway leading to the bedrooms (each with a double bed). To one side there’s a toilet room and the master bedroom – subtle, but for its splendid oil paintings. On the other side is the slate-tiled bathroom, cleverly concealed behind a folding panel door, and finally the second bedroom, which has a double bed and access to the paved garden via an elegant spiral staircase.