Cheyne Place



An elegantly proportioned light filled ground and first floor maisonette flat with large walled private garden and views over Chelsea Physic Garden

Lindsay's Foreword

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Chapter One


Cheyne Place is an elegantly proportioned light filled ground and first floor maisonette flat occupying an enchanting position overlooking the Chelsea Physic Garden in the historic heart of Old Chelsea. 

The flat has been beautifully maintained throughout by the current owners and it enjoys wonderfully large windows which flood the whole flat with light and views of greenery at both front and back as there are no houses on the opposite side of the road. 

The front door reveals an open plan, raised ground floor, featuring a kitchen, dining area, and generous sitting room with smart wooden flooring, panelling, handsome archways and particularly high ceilings. This space is bathed in light throughout the day due to it being dual aspect. The sitting room includes a marble fireplace with gas fire and a large semi-circular bay window to the front.  The modern kitchen has been recently refurbished with high quality appliances and enjoys a lovely view of the back garden. The flat also benefits from a separate utility space where the washing machine, boiler, hot water tank and gas metre are neatly hidden out of sight.

A wide staircase leads up to the first floor which enjoys similarly high ceilings to the ground floor and an equal abundance of natural light. The large principal bedroom is entered via a set of double doors and includes extensive inbuilt wardrobes, an ensuite bathroom with bath and shower and a spectacular unimpeded view over the treetops of the Physic Garden. The second double bedroom overlooks the back garden and has inbuilt wardrobes and its own adjoining bathroom with shower.


The flat boasts an unusually large and private walled back garden charmingly laid out with raised beds neatly planted with clipped Pittosporum hedges, Acer, Magnolia and scented climbing Trachelospermum. This provides a secluded suntrap, with plenty of space for pottering and dining with guests in warmer months.
“This happy spot is likewise blest by Nature with a peculiar kind of soil which produceth nine or ten rare physical plants not found elsewhere in England”. 

— 18th century Topographer and Chelsea inhabitant John Bowack on the Chelsea Physic Garden 

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Chapter Two


Cheyne Place is located in the heart of Old Chelsea within the Royal Hospital Conservation Area. It is perfectly placed for riverside walks along the Embankment to Cheyne Walk and across the river over beautiful Albert Bridge to Battersea Park. 

There is a wide selection of fashionable boutique shops around the nearby hub of Sloane Square and along The King's Road within several minutes’ walk. Chelsea Green boasts a fantastic butcher, fishmonger, grocer and wine merchant. There is a weekly farmers’ market on Pimlico Green and a weekly world food market on Duke of York’s square off Sloane Square. Supermarkets in the form of Waitrose and Marks & Spencer are all conveniently located nearby. 

The area offers some of the best restaurants in London including the exceedingly good Chelsea Physic Garden café across the road and Restaurant Gordon Ramsey just around the corner on Royal Hospital Road. 


Sloane Square is your nearest underground station, and rail services from Victoria Station are close-at-hand, as are excellent bus services along Royal Hospital Road. 

For those travelling to The City and Canary Wharf there is a particularly convenient regular river service on the doorstep from Cadogan Pier. 


There is a wide selection of fantastic schools nearby including Tadpoles Nursery, the hugely popular free church school Christchurch Primary, Garden House, St Thomas’ Battersea, Cameron Vale, Sussex House and Knightsbridge School. 

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Chapter Three


Originally known as The Botanic Garden of the Apothecaries' Company, Chelsea Physic Garden is a close neighbour to Cheyne Place, located a stone’s throw away across the street. 

The garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1673, making it the second oldest botanic garden in the British Isles. It was set up as a repository for the society’s collection of rare and medicinal plants with the lease of the land obtained from Charles Cheyne, 1st Viscount Newhaven and lord of the manor of Chelsea, for a princely sum of £5 per annum. Chelsea’s horticultural link continues to the present day in the form of the Chelsea Flower Show which is held a matter of minutes downriver in the glorious grounds of Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital each spring. 

By the end of the 19th century, London had expanded, and the village of Chelsea had become a flourishing city neighbourhood popular with the great and good of free-thinking society. This area close to the river was (and remains to this day) a particularly fashionable hot spot inhabited by leading intellectuals and artists including the likes of JMW Turner, James Whistler, and Dante Gabriel Rosetti. The latter ruffled several feathers in the neighbourhood by setting up an exotic menagerie at his house on Cheyne Walk made up of wombats, salamanders, kangaroos, armadillo and some distinctly vociferous peacocks who made so much noise that the species have been banned from the street ever since.

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