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A Terrace For All Seasons
Why have one terrace when you can have four? One (with wine store) on the lower ground floor, leading straight from the kitchen/dining room that runs the whole length of the house; one – a proper suntrap – leading from the main reception room on the ground floor, ready for the party to spill out into the evening air; one on the first floor, a hideaway terrace, for some quiet time away from the frenzy of the house; and one on the roof, with wind-out awning, a place of picnics and sandpits. All of them providing fresh air without having to leave the house.

This wonderful family house in Blenheim Crescent, W11, has plenty of space, laid out over four floors, and with the extra rooms that make life so much easier – a laundry room, steam room, wine store, and utility room; and all the four bedrooms are huge.

The property lies on the dividing line between cosmopolitan Notting Hill and smart Holland Park. Blenheim Crescent was the real home of the Travel Bookshop on which William Thacker's shop in the Richard Curtis film Notting Hill was based. And just up the road, number 9 Blenheim Crescent was the 50s Caribbean café Totobag's and was one of the main flashpoints of the 1958 Notting Hill race riots.

Highlights of Blenheim Crescent today include Pescheria Mattiucci, an Italian restaurant serving fresh line-caught fish, brought from Italy to Notting Hill within the day. And at number 4, the famous Books for Cooks, 'crammed with thousands of tasty titles and equipped with a squashy sofa for cookbook junkies in need of a long read'.

Nick Crayson says, “This is a gem of a family home in an uber-cool street. Working on the premise that if the mother is happy, the family is happy, this house is probably part of Relate's guide to saving your marriage.”

Crayson is quoting a guide price of £4.75m for the freehold.

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