The new show apartment in Grade II* listed Eagle House demonstrates the undeniable attraction of contemporary living in a stunning period setting. Situated on the first floor of this Jacobean manor house, located in the heart of Wimbledon Village, the super-sized apartment, accessed by its own flight of polished timber stairs, has soaring stained glass and leaded light windows, an elaborate heraldic moulded plaster ceiling, and original fireplaces, all painstakingly renovated.
Eagle House was the second building to be erected in Wimbledon Village in the early 1600s and was originally a family country house commissioned by Robert Bell, the co-founder of the British East India Company. The house changed ownership and names several times over the centuries, briefly called Nelson, following Lord Nelson’s visit in 1805, and awarded a Blue Plaque as the home of Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher, who was educated there in 1803. In 1860, the then renowned Eagle House School took over the building, and the moniker and rooftop statue remained following the school’s departure and subsequent purchases and uses.
The house has taken four years to renovate and convert by the award-winning Bespoke building team at Octagon. Overseen by English Heritage and Octagon Listed Home specialist Stephen Dunn, the handpicked team of craftsmen carefully restored all the existing fine period features, and converted the accommodation into eight individual homes, of which six are now remaining for sale.