Nicole Samson first came across Inverforth House in Hampstead Heath in the early 2000s when she drove past it by chance and saw a “for sale” sign. She was pregnant and looking for a property that would suit her growing family.
“It’s not obvious what lies beyond,” says Samson, an American with a background in fashion advertising. “We walked through the door into this grand long corridor, then immediately turned into this even more grand and voluminous living room with a series of eight French doors that open up on this vast gorgeous terrace and beyond that this enormous, beautiful garden. We were speechless. It was breathtaking.”
The four-bedroom property is the central wing of the grade II listed Inverforth House, which from 1904 to 1925 was the home of Lord Leverhulme, the founder of Lever Brothers (now Unilever). In the early Noughties, the stately mansion in northwest London was converted into nine luxury apartments with 24-hour security and porterage.