Tuesday, January 3, 2023

A Great Cottage

A set of cottages in Chelsea that isn’t quite as modest as it initially seems comes to the market for £20 million


Behind the façade of what initially appears a modest pink coloured cottage in Old Chelsea’s Cheyne Row is a house that is quite something else. That property is named Great Cheyne Studios and Cheyne Cottage and it is for sale for £20 million ($28.5 million or €25.9 million).


A Great Cottage – Great Cheyne Studios and Cheyne Cottage, 12a to 14 Cheyne Row, Old Chelsea, London, SW3 5HL - £20 million – Strutt & Parker – Robert A. Heffner III
A Great Cottage – The modest exterior of Great Cheyne Studios gives little away about what is housed within
A Great Cottage – Great Cheyne Studios and Cheyne Cottage, 12a to 14 Cheyne Row, Old Chelsea, London, SW3 5HL - £20 million – Strutt & Parker – Robert A. Heffner III
This ‘Great Room’ is not what one would expect to find inside


A merger of three cottages standing on the site of what was originally a slaughterhouse and later a series of artists’ studios, Great Cheyne Studios became a single residence in 1948 and was then redeveloped by an American businessman and philanthropist named Robert A. Hefner III circa 2003.


University of Oklahoma educated Hefner – the grandson of a renowned oilman and Mayor of Oklahoma City nicknamed ‘The Judge’ and himself the founder and CEO of The GHK Company, a privately-owned natural gas and oil exploration and production company – opted for a traditional look for the surprisingly vast house and around a courtyard garden created an amazing residence that now features 8,725 square foot of internal accommodation and 2,750 square foot of gardens and roof terraces.


A Great Cottage – Great Cheyne Studios and Cheyne Cottage, 12a to 14 Cheyne Row, Old Chelsea, London, SW3 5HL - £20 million – Strutt & Parker – Robert A. Heffner III
The size of the private courtyard gardens that come with the house is also surprising
A Great Cottage – Great Cheyne Studios and Cheyne Cottage, 12a to 14 Cheyne Row, Old Chelsea, London, SW3 5HL - £20 million – Strutt & Parker – Robert A. Heffner III
Robert A Heffner III and his wife MeiLi Heffner
A Great Cottage – Great Cheyne Studios and Cheyne Cottage, 12a to 14 Cheyne Row, Old Chelsea, London, SW3 5HL - £20 million – Strutt & Parker – Robert A. Heffner III
A floor plan of Great Cheyne Studios and Cheyne Cottage, 12a to 14 Cheyne Row, Old Chelsea, London, SW3 5HL illustrates how truly vast the house is


As well as a double height ‘Great Room’ that features a minstrel’s gallery and oak beams reportedly taken from Steventon Hall – the home of the novelist Jane Austen – there is an “equally dramatic” double height dining room with a music gallery, a library and a cinema room. The house also includes 6/7 bedrooms, 3 kitchens and a gym. It is offered for sale through agents Strutt & Parker.



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    1. I read the planning documents and the owner plainly didn’t get away with upsetting the amusingly named Lady Flood!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was worried that flooding risk would rise if a swimming pool were built!!!!!!!!!!!!! And one hasn’t been installed………….. Knock it down and start again!!!!!!! It’s a messy layout – who needs three kitchens in such a small house????????????????

    2. For once I agree with you, Rod. This house has many fine features in terms of style but the layout is inconvenient and stupidly thought out. I would try and keep as much of the character as possible (knocking it down would be criminal) but surely someone could make better use of the spaces.

    3. Who is this imposter using the ‘Rod’ handle? He’s strung together 57 reasonably coherent words. Surely the Melbourne Moron hasn’t taken writing lessons? Whoever it is they should reveal themselves. Will the ‘real’ Rod please stand up.

    4. If someone has £20 million to spend on a London residence they could do a lot worse I guess. Just needs a bit of rationalisation and sympathetic sorting and it could be a lot of fun to live in. You could have great parties in it and the fact that it is so low profile outside is cool too.

    5. One can sort the men from the boys by the price of their toys

      I have a nagging memory of something which you had questioned that some wealthy Americans had bought on the corner of Cheyne Walk, which had also raised some eyebrows

    6. Glenmore
      He’s still a crashing bore. He reminds me of that American idiot, Igonikon Jack, who posts garbage on the D.Tel comments. It was soon discovered, despite commenting prolifically and idiotically on British issues, he had never left his mid west town, and was in fact a school janitor. His pastime was innocent: he liked to boast that his ‘work’ was published globally! A little like Rod, I suspect


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