A home with an incredible track record
Fri 17 Apr 2015
Property talk with Nigel Lewis
This house has so many stories to tell that you'd never be sort of dinner party topics - in fact , the kitchen/diner was oncethe main recording studio where Shirley Bassey, Queen, Bryan Ferry and John Lennon all laid down tracks.
More than 300 silver, gold and platinum discs were produced at Lansdown Studios between the late 1950s and the early Noughties, and its musical past involved some pretty colourful visitors.
After an all-night session, the Sex Pistols had sprayed shaving foam all over the studio window, their dog had messed on the carpet and they'd split wine over a mixing desk, according to the studio's engineer.
When it closed in 2006, the current owner completely renovated the space, discovering even more about its history.
Built in 1904 as a place where struggling painters could work, Lansdowne House previously housed a studio as well as a smoking room and even a thermal bath.
The property was completely updated, two big sky-lights were installed and there are now four double bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, along with two terraces, one of which can be used for parking.
The maisonette, in Holland Park, London, has undergone such a successful and stylish transformation that it was featured in magazines and TV shows, including Grand Designs.
It's on the market for 7.5m
cal 020 7605 6890 or visit www.marshandparsons.co.uk