The five-bedroom house in Cadogan Gardens, Knightsbridge, a stone’s throw from luxury department store Harrods, belonged to the billionaire Hariri family of Lebanon and was sold to a businessman for £19.75m ($24m). .
Two members of the Hariri family, Rafik and his son Saad, are former prime ministers of Lebanon. They have owned the 6,504-square-foot property, which was built in 1889, since 2014.
The house is set in landscaped gardens and is one of the few complete houses to survive in the sought after Knightsbridge area.
Due to its corner position, the house is flooded with natural light and the rooms have a light and airy feel, with views and direct access to the large communal gardens.
The house is one of seven properties in Cadogan Gardens that have remained full, with many of the mansion’s other original buildings converted to apartments or duplexes over the years.
The house was designed by renowned Victorian country house architect George Levey under the auspices of Lord Cadogan. The original owners were the aristocratic Anglo-Irish Plunkett family of Lord Dunsany fame.
Taking inspiration from Penshurst Place, Levey designed the Cadogan Gardens house with generously large rooms, high ceilings, ornate crown molding, classic fireplaces, and a sweeping main staircase, giving the property an air of grandeur and sophistication.
Upon purchasing the property, the Hariri family commissioned French designer Alberto Pinto to modernize the property and transform it into one of the finest homes in Cadogan Gardens. Mr Pinto’s detailed and distinctive style fuses the classic look of an English country house with palatial and international features.
The result is a unique London residence with magnificent interiors, with each room uniquely styled, exuding uncompromising luxury.
Set behind an elegant Grade II listed Queen Anne Revival façade, the beautifully designed and fully modernized grand London townhouse has a main staircase and passenger lift to all levels.
The Hariri Mansion offers a host of luxury accommodation on the ground floor, ground floor and three upper floors. The ground floor features a large foyer, dining room, living room, home office/study, and guest powder room.
On the first floor is the large main room, the library/reception room and the butler’s pantry. The master bedroom suite occupies the entire second floor, with a further three guest bedrooms upstairs.
The ground floor opens onto two exterior terraces and contains the family kitchen and breakfast room with utility room, a media/games room, a fifth bedroom suite, which could also serve as a staff study, and a guest powder room. .
“Beauchamp Estates has sold this extremely refined London home of the Hariri family to a very high net worth Lebanese businessman who wanted a super luxury London home for his children to live in,” said Gary Hersham, founding director of Beauchamp Estates. . , who sold the property.
“London is the international capital of the world and Knightsbridge, on the doorstep of Harrods, is the place to be in the capital.
“London’s super-rich buyers’ market has remained extremely dynamic through the first six months of 2022. We’ve seen a flurry of deals on London properties priced in excess of £15m.”
Before moving to Cadogan Square, the Hariri family owned 2-8a Rutland Gate, also in London’s Knightsbridge. The high-profile residence was the 62,000-square-foot mega mansion, owned by the family between 1982 and 2005.
The family commissioned Mr. Pinto to refurbish and design the interior of the Rutland Gate mansion, creating one of the most magnificent private homes in London.
After Rafik Hariri’s death in 2005, the family handed over the Rutland Gate estate to Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the late Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
Updated: June 23, 2022, 9:12 PM