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‘One of the finest period houses in Hampstead village’ comes up for sale, beside the heath that inspired Keats and Constable

Ideal for entertaining, this magnificent Hampstead property is less than one minute away from the green expanse that inspired Constable.

It was home to Agatha Christie, Peter Fleming and Sigmund Freud. It inspired Keats, Constable and P.L.Travers. There’s virtually no area of London that has played a greater part in the history of British arts than the hilly, pond-studded expanse of Hampstead.

After centuries of relative anonymity, a combination of clean air, good water and cheap accommodation began attracting some of the country’s greatest poets, painters and actors. What had been a trickle in late Georgian and Victorian times became a stream in the 20th century, when anyone who was anyone in London’s creative set either moved or visited the village.

Hampstead Heath, with a Bonfire Hampstead Heath Hampstead Heath, with figures round a bonfire, John Constable, 1776-1837, British (Photo by: Sepia Times/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

One of the key figures that settled in early 19th-century Hampstead was John Constable, who painted many views of the Heath. Credit: Universal Images Group via Getty

Many of these movers and shakers then became wealthy and influential but remained loyal to Hampstead turning it into what it is today: one of London’s most affluent, tolerant and somewhat eccentric neighbourhoods.

Now, right next to the heath that featured so prominently in Constable’s paintings, Savills are marketing the aptly-named Heathside, a climber-clad property that selling agent Peter Brookes calls ‘one of the finest period houses in Hampstead village’.

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Heathside patio terrace

Built in Georgian times and listed Grade II, this Hampstead property has more than 3,300 sq ft of living space spread across two floors. The interiors, full of character and interesting details, are perfect for entertaining, with three large reception rooms — including a vast kitchen and family room with Aga — on the ground floor.

Heathside, open-plan reception area

Upstairs are four bedrooms and a galleried study, while the basement hides that all-important wine cellar.

Heathside bedroom

The mature garden spans about 0.33 acres and comes complete with a patio terrace for alfresco dining in summer.

Heathside garden

The many local shops, restaurants and bars are just a short walk away, making this house, as Constable himself wrote of Hampstead to his friend, Archdeacon Fisher, a place where people can ‘above all see nature & unite a town & country life.’

For sale through Savills, Heathside is on the market for £7.65 million — see more details and pictures