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Monday, May 25, 2020

The Writers’ Block

Former home of Ian Fleming that is currently owned by Sol Campbell for sale for £6.75 million

 

Ian Fleming lived at 24 Carlyle Mansions on Chelsea’s Cheyne Walk between 1950 and 1953 and wrote Casino Royale there during that period. The apartment is currently owned by the former England and Arsenal player Sol Campbell and is now on the market for £6.75 million ($10.3 million, €9.3 million).

 

The Writers’ Block - 24 Carlyle Mansions, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LS - Former home of Ian Fleming, current home of Sol Campbell and Fiona Barratt-Campbell
Sol Campbell and Fiona Barratt-Campbell in the dining kitchen of the apartment they are selling

The Writers’ Block - 24 Carlyle Mansions, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LS - Former home of Ian Fleming, current home of Sol Campbell and Fiona Barratt-Campbell
Ian Fleming (1908 – 1964)

The Writers’ Block - 24 Carlyle Mansions, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LS - Former home of Ian Fleming, current home of Sol Campbell and Fiona Barratt-Campbell
Fiona Barratt-Campbell and her husband Sol Campbell

 

Bought in 2011 for £4.25 million ($6.5 million, €5.8 million) by Campbell and his interior designer wife Fiona Barratt-Campbell after a “sit-in at an estate agents’” office, the 2,390 square foot fifth floor penthouse includes a reception room, a study area, a dining kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

 

Renovated to what the selling agent terms “an exacting standard” by Barratt-Campbell, the apartment is situated within a mansion building known as The Writers’ Block. T. S. Eliot lived at no. 19, Henry James at no. 21 and Somerset Maugham at no. 27 at various times.

 

The Writers’ Block - 24 Carlyle Mansions, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LS - Former home of Ian Fleming, current home of Sol Campbell and Fiona Barratt-Campbell
The exterior of the building

The Writers’ Block - 24 Carlyle Mansions, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LS - Former home of Ian Fleming, current home of Sol Campbell and Fiona Barratt-Campbell
The reception room

The Writers’ Block - 24 Carlyle Mansions, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LS - Former home of Ian Fleming, current home of Sol Campbell and Fiona Barratt-Campbell
There are four bedrooms

The Writers’ Block - 24 Carlyle Mansions, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, SW3 5LS - Former home of Ian Fleming, current home of Sol Campbell and Fiona Barratt-Campbell
A floor plan of the apartment

 

24 Carlyle Mansions is for sale through Bodens.

 

 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I know that it’s rude to scoff ( sock in Eton speak ) in the street or in print; but am sure that we would be tickled by an Ian Fleming’s description of this Bond villain’s lair ……..

    The Bond villain – Sol Solero ( Solero – an Eton contemporary of Fleming like Blofeld, Stragnways, Leiter and Scaramanga . ) the ‘ Shot of Shots ‘ and a member of SMERSH – one couldn’t write it like Fleming; Matthew might; but I couldn’t

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