Ways of seeing
Kensington aspires towards artistry like nowhere else. Its streets are orchestrated as if under the baton of Barenboim, its garden squares possess the poise of a ballerina en pointe. But you needn’t be a prima donna or famed concert pianist to acclaim this home. From the operatic sweep of the terrace to the sitting room’s grand piano and noble antiques, Cornwall Gardens VI is clothed with a beauty revered by all tastes. And so is your backdrop. Whether it’s the Royal Albert Hall, the V&A or the masterpiece that is Kensington Gardens, you’ll find cultural enrichment in every last wing.
The dance class
Your hosts are the players in a home of wit and accomplishment. She is French, he English, and their daughter is a ballerina-to-be. They also like books, breakfasts on the terrace and, best of all, their lovely Weimaraner.
The sitting room will raise expectations to the highest pitch, with its corniced ceilings and brooding antique bookcase. Opt for a ballet tome and pirouette to the wide corner sofa, or don those opera glasses and take your interval on the scenic balcony.
The kitchen is a bright, contemporary affair, while the gallery bedroom dances a pas de deux with the arty, velveteen snug. But no performance can be complete without appluading the three remaining bedrooms. Catering to tastes both classical and modern, no one will lack for stimulation – or rest.