Country houses for sale

For sale: apartments in Kensington with a concierge service linked to Harrods

Allen House off Kensington High Street also offers potential buyers the much coveted RBKC residents' parking permit.

A return to Edwardian splendour is promised at Allen House, a 1908 red-brick mansion building just off Kensington High Street, London W8, that is currently being reimagined by JV partners Topland, O&D London and Residence One.

Sales launched in February, an exciting Harrods concierge service was recently announced and, currently, prospective buyers can visit a two-bedroom show apartment on the ground floor. This showcases joinery by Concept Bespoke and furniture and artwork installed by Residence One, including a kitchen banquette in a highly covetable shade of rich green (moss or olive? — we couldn’t decide). Renovations include the addition of a penthouse level, which offers far-reaching views over some of the smartest rooftops in London.

The private Kinland Design garden. Credit: Julian Abrams

‘The redevelopment of Allen House is a particularly exciting delivery for the Kensington market,’ notes Rupert des Forges of Knight Frank, which are marketing the property together with Strutt & Parker. He particularly praises the ‘full front-of-house service and a rare landscaped communal garden’.

‘This beautiful historic building has been crying out for a sympathetic refurbishment,’ comments Josh Ayres of Strutt & Parker, who finds that buyers are ‘increasingly setting their sights on high-quality new residences within beautiful period buildings, attracted to modern amenities alongside historical features. Allen House ticks both these boxes.’

Due to complete this summer, Allen House will comprise 45 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury residences, plus two penthouses; several apartments will have direct access to a private garden, landscaped by Kinland Design, and others have their own balconies. A much-coveted RBKC residents’ parking permit comes with each apartment, and buyers can also benefit from a ‘one-of-a-kind’ Peloton gym and meeting room. Apartments from£1.24 million.