It’s been just over a week since the hit TV show Bridgerton landed on our screens, but it’s safe to say the nation’s obsession with all things regency is well underway. Based on Julia Quinn’s novels set in 1813, the period drama is filmed on location around the UK and shows off many of Britain’s best stately homes.
Whilst the fashion and glamour of the early nineteenth century are on full display throughout the series, the beauty of the era’s architecture has led many viewers to fanaticise about their ideal home. From sweeping driveways to high ceilings and ornate coving, Georgian townhouses offer many traits that make them popular with buyers.
The relatively restrained architectural style of the late Regency period provides light, well-proportioned and panelled rooms that lend themselves well to contemporary minimalist design. Their layout is also extremely compatible with 21st century living. Large principal rooms make fantastic family spaces, whilst former staff quarters can be easily converted into utility rooms, guest bedrooms or extra bathrooms.
Now, one of the most substantial Georgian properties in North London has hit the market with Dexters. Located in Prospect Terrace, an elevated section of North Hill in Highgate, the home is comprised of two Grade II Listed houses that date back to circa 1811.
As you enter the home, you’ll find two interconnected reception rooms decorated with pale striped wallpaper and light wooden flooring. The space is filled with natural light thanks to two sash windows, and currently accommodates a dining room on one side and a living area on the other. Period elements such as an original marble fireplace and Georgian cornices nod to the history of the property, whilst newer features such as an illuminated drinks cabinet make it a perfect space for entertaining.
Adjacent, a modern family kitchen offers a double oven, wooden work surfaces and a separate pantry. There’s a second dining table for enjoying breakfast and informal meals, as well as a set of double doors that take you to the outdoor space.
Opposite, the conservatory has floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto a stone patio with an outdoor dining table. The landscaped garden is accessed via a set of steps and features a long grass lawn as well as a Koi Carp pond that is surrounded by plants and a secluded seated area.
For those who like to spend time outdoors, the first floor principal bedroom has its own roof garden and provides an en suite marble bathroom with twin sinks, a bathtub and a shower. A second room on this level could be used as a private office for those working flexibly, whilst three further bedrooms are located on the upper floors.
‘It’s extremely rare to find a Georgian property in London that’s this big,’ says Mark Sumray, Director of Dexters Highgate. ‘Double the width of any other property on the street, the house is located nearby the shops and restaurants of Highgate Village, and just a quarter of a mile from Highgate tube station. In the vicinity of some of London’s best schools such as the Highgate and Channing School, it would be a great home for a growing family.’