Perhaps the robin is chirping on his branch. Or perhaps the swallows are singing of the coming of spring. Whatever the season, we've a reason to fly west to Chelsea, to be precise. For here is Ifield Road IX, a sudden beam of sunshine of a home. Every corner is cosy, from the sitting room's slouchy sofa to the soft candlelight glow of the bathroom. Below, the floorboards are the shade of sun-ripened wheat, while above, the walls are all the whiter for their wide shuttered windows. So hop inside and hunker down, or spend summer in one of the coolest spots in town here, you're well-placed, between the delights of Chelsea and Fulham, with the King's Road's shops and eateries close by.
Your hostess is a musician see the sitting room's photos for her first tinklings on the piano. When not in London, she resides in the countryside in Kent, running fantastic golfing events.
Whether winter looks through the windows or the sunshine plays on the floorboards, this is a home whose forecast is forever fair. Squish into the sofa with a coffee, or dine Ã deux in the fading daylight by the window. All is splendidly silent, save for the odd rustling leaf, while the shutters can be wide open or as shut as the season dictates. But before you bundle up against the winter, or sip that ice-cold drink, be sure to sample the superb seasonal offerings of your neighbourhood, be it the Chelsea Flower Show, Wimbledon or an Earls Court exhibition.