New homes in London: Wentworth House

Live in a mansion with idyllic views in Cheyne Walk.
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Cheyne Walk, fronting the Thames in Chelsea, is one of the oldest and most coveted addresses in London. It was first made popular by Sir Thomas More, who built his grand riverside estate there in the early 16th century. 

The aristocracy followed and stayed, but as London expanded, the rural retreats were replaced by Georgian townhouses for the new merchant class. The area later attracted a colony of eminent artists and writers, as the high number of blue plaque properties shows.  Construction of Chelsea Embankment in the late 19th century sparked a fresh property boom. 

From £3.45 million: Wentworth House has been transformed into five large, modern flats with scenic views over Chelsea Physic Garden.

Wentworth House is a notable mansion dating from this period, on a site that was occupied previously by the historic Swan Tavern, a favourite haunt of 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys. 

Converted into flats in the post-war period, the interior has been upgraded and transformed into five large, modern apartments with lovely views out to the delightful Chelsea Physic Garden.

Prices from £3.45 million. Call estate agent Ashdown Marks on 020 7589 3353.

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