The well-tempered clavier
Cup your ear and listen carefully. For this is West Hampstead, where the choral hum of the city swells to a waltz of breezes and birdsong. And, behind some sweetly well-kept bushes, it’s also where you’ll see Park Drive. Bright and blessedly quiet, this home’s tone is exquisite at every turn. The piano room is a four-part harmony of paintings, antiques, books and bibelots, while the leafy garden vistas would make Vaughan Williams melt. So tickle the ivories with practiced hands, or go take a bow outside. Whether it’s to Hampstead Heath or Highgate’s tea rooms, you’ll be there in the swish of a baton.
While her son is the talented pianist, you’ll spot your hostess’s own (artistic) compositions adorning the walls. Away from West Hampstead, they have a second home in Brazil.
You won’t feel a single quaver of care as you step into a home this soothing. And while your ears take in the silence, let eyes linger on the stained glass windows, the sweeping oak floorboards and the snowy white walls. Everything lays richly bathed in daylight, while Buddhas and fine sculpture lend a certain Asian note to the drawing room. Whether you turn to the piano room for a recital, or prefer the sound of the ensuite’s scented bubbles, this is a home whose pleasures should be seen and heard – many times over.
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