As lofty and white as a cloud, Cranley Place III will leave you giddy. This home is calm and tranquil, with soft fabrics, clean lines and just the occasional stroke of intense colour' its vaulted ceilings and simple decor a refreshing antidote to the bustling city pavements below. For this is one of London's most illustrious neighbourhoods: step out from between the pillars either side of your front door and you'll find yourself within moments of the museums and Kensington Gardens, and equidistant from the glorious boutiques of Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge.
Your hostess spends much of her time in Devon and the New Forest. Indeed, while she adores London, she cannot abide feeling cramped. It is this longing for space that led her to Cranley Place III, where she luxuriates beneath its beautiful beams.
There's something of an upstate elegance to this home, painted in shades of pearl and elephant's breath, and the contemporary furniture, including the crushed velvet sofa, is as suited to the Hamptons as it is to central London. Ghost chairs stand alongside a refined ornamental fireplace in the sitting room, while the contemporary kitchen shimmers in graceful metallics. Both bedrooms are immaculate - the master is simply furnished with a copper-toned chair and a single, exotic painting, and the double is particularly feminine and devoid of distraction.