Logo

Proportion, balance and beauty; why a major new movie is set in a Georgian house

PUBLISHED: 15:30 16 February 2018

Vicky Krieps as Alma in Phantom Thread. Photo: Focus Features/Universal Pictures/Laurie Sparham

Vicky Krieps as Alma in Phantom Thread. Photo: Focus Features/Universal Pictures/Laurie Sparham

Archant

It may be Daniel Day-Lewis who is up for an Oscar for his role in the stylish new film the Phantom Thread – but the real, understated star is the beautiful Georgian mews house the story is set in, which is for sale in London for offers in excess of £15 million. Property editor Caroline Culot finds a Norfolk equivelant!

Lesley Manville as Cyril in Pantom Thread. Photo: Focus Features/Universal Pictures/Laurie Sparham Lesley Manville as Cyril in Pantom Thread. Photo: Focus Features/Universal Pictures/Laurie Sparham

I was watching the Phantom Thread, the thought-provoking creation of Paul Thomas Anderson, in which Day-Lewis plays with intensity a couturier infatuated with a young waitress. However, despite the utterly brilliant performances, I was somewhat distracted by a silent player, the house in which the central character Reynolds Woodcock lives and works.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock and Lesley Manville as Cyril in Phantom Thread. Photo: Focus Features/Universal Pictures/Laurie Sparham Daniel Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock and Lesley Manville as Cyril in Phantom Thread. Photo: Focus Features/Universal Pictures/Laurie Sparham

Fitzroy Square, London. Pic: Knight Frank www.knightfrank.co.uk Fitzroy Square, London. Pic: Knight Frank www.knightfrank.co.uk

The beautiful cantilevered staircase. Pic: Knight Frank www.knightfrank.co.uk The beautiful cantilevered staircase. Pic: Knight Frank www.knightfrank.co.uk

In this elegant Georgian mansion house, the team of seamstresses arrive and every day climb the spiralling cantilevered staircase to the top floor, where they don starched white coats and begin work on the dresses.

The fanlight over the front door at Fitzroy Square, a classic Georgian feature to allow light into the hallway. Pic: Knight Frank www.knightfrank.co.uk The fanlight over the front door at Fitzroy Square, a classic Georgian feature to allow light into the hallway. Pic: Knight Frank www.knightfrank.co.uk

You see the pretty fanlight over the top of the door, the hall with a black and white chequered floor. In other scenes, you see glimpses of gorgeous white painted panelling and fireplaces, as well as some pretty floral wallpaper – in vogue now but also popular in the early 19th century. There is just one scene in the movie when the characters pull up in front of the house, part of a fantastic mews with little black wrought iron railings at the front.

Mount Pleasant, Norwich, for sale for £825,000 with Jackson-Stops Mount Pleasant, Norwich, for sale for £825,000 with Jackson-Stops

Mount Pleasant, Norwich, for sale for £825,000 with Jackson-Stops Mount Pleasant, Norwich, for sale for £825,000 with Jackson-Stops

The film is set in the 1950s which makes the period property in Fitzroy Square in Fitzrovia, central London, stand out even more and I imagine it was chosen to underline the character traits of Woodcock, his sense of tradition and refinement. The elegance and precision of his work creating his silk and satin masterpieces are mirrored in the equally refined and beautiful house in which he lives. Yet the steep staircase, which Reynolds makes his customers and staff alike climb – is an important symbol.

Mount Pleasant, Norwich, for sale for £825,000 with Jackson-Stops Mount Pleasant, Norwich, for sale for £825,000 with Jackson-Stops

Doing some research, the four-seven bedroom, five storey Grade II listed property in which the film was shot is actually for sale with Knight Frank. It comes with an adjoining mews house and offers 10,403 sq ft of living space with eight reception rooms, a roof terrace and a courtyard garden.

Louis de Soissons, head of residential at Savills in Norwich, said: “Everybody seems to love a Georgian house, there is something about the combination of innate restrained good taste, perfect proportions, elegance and lightness of touch that appeals to us all. Everything in perfect harmony and obeying the rules of classicism.”

Jonathan Weeks, partner at Jackson-Stops in Norwich, which has just put on the market a beautiful Georgian house situated on Mount Pleasant, said: “I often use the example that when you ask a child to draw a house it’s almost always a Georgian style with the door in the middle and symmetrical windows. I think people love the Georgian style, which is interestingly being recreated in many new builds, because not only is it utterly elegant – inspired by the magnificent classical buildings of ancient Greece and Rome but also because of its uniformity. Windows and doors are symmetrical, representing balance, so when you look at the front of a house, everything is uniform and in line.”

Jackson-Stops is selling the house on Mount Pleasant, Norwich for £825,000, and it also comes with a pretty cantilevered staircase, three receptions, one with an original marble fireplace, four bedrooms and outside, a terrace and garden. Just fit for the Phantom Thread sequel!

For information on Mount Pleasant, contact Jackson-Stops on 01603 612333 www.jackson-stops.co.uk

For information on Fitzroy Square, contact Knight Frank on 0203 811 2687 www.knightfrank.co.uk

Would you like to feature your interiors business in our next article?

Contact our team to discuss your requirements on 01603 772186 or click here for more information.

Latest Property Articles

You can’t help but notice this house on Thunder Lane in Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich - because it has a castellated front so looks like a mini castle with a turret. But you now really can be king of your own castle because the house is for sale for a guide price of £585,000. Property editor Caroline Culot went to visit.

A pretty flint and brick cottage in Stiffkey, once lived in by Henry Williamson who wrote the novel Tarka the Otter, is for sale along with outbuildings, believed to be the famous author’s writing studio.

Westminster Abbey, The Royal Academy, the National Museum of Qatar and just over 100 council homes being built in a street off Dereham Road in Norwich.

What lengths do you go to when buying or selling a house? Everything from offering a free night’s stay to a year’s supply of goat’s cheese if you live in Norfolk!

A call has been made for a decision over the revamp of Norwich’s Anglia Square to be made by all city councillors.

Bespoke furniture does not have to break the bank, says interior designer Louise Ives-Wilkinson.

Here’s looking at you...Mike Rix of Savills’ Norwich residential team offers a snapshotof the importance of good photography.

The impact of Airbnb-style short-term lettings on homes and hotels in Norwich is to be investigated by city councillors, after concerns were raised over whether City Hall is keeping a close enough eye on the practice.

Norfolk angler John Wilson spoke exclusively to EDP property editor Caroline Culot to say after five years of adventure, living in Thailand, he and his wife Jo are coming home to Norfolk.

Your home has gone up by, on average, £62,000 in Norfolk and £64,000 in Suffolk over the past five years according to new data just published.

See inside this bungalow designed by a German POW which has a fish pond INSIDE the living room. Property editor Caroline Culot went to visit Parson’s Mede, Church Road, Yelverton, near Norwich; for sale for £825,000.

Every estate agent strives to be the best they can, either by providing a tailor-made service, or perhaps a unique angle on the market, or simply by offering excellent knowledge and customer service. Sheron Harley, from the Property Shop, discusses.

When buying or selling a property, you will be asked if the property is being sold with or without vacant possession. Sarah Lake, chartered legal executive, at Spire Solicitors, explains the legal implications of this.

Luxury homes have been built and marketed in South Norfolk before planning conditions for them have been met.

You could save money when renting in Norfolk with another lettings agent announcing today it is offering properties with ‘no deposit’ required. Property editor Caroline Culot finds out more.

Nine flats and a shop could be built in a Norwich street, if councillors give the go-ahead for a 19th century smithy building to be demolished.

No, you’re not seeing double, this little Victorian house for sale in Caister-on-Sea really does have two front doors! But why?

Villagers turned out in their hundreds to raise concerns with developers over controversial plans to build 170 homes and a new school in Brooke.

Almost £90,000 of B&Q vouchers were given to council tenants in Norwich last year so they could decorate their homes.

It could be used as an annexe with a difference and is certainly a fascinating feature in your back garden - Foxley’s towermill which once would have been five storeys high and which is now for sale together with a mill house in 4.5 acres near Dereham.

More than 200 homes could finally be built on a city centre site which has stood empty for almost a decade.

It seems you ‘live well for more, not less’ if your house is situated close to a top supermarket - with the likes of Sainsburys, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer adding on average more than £21,000 to the price of a property, new research shows.

In the wake of the up and coming tenant fee ban, currently trundling its way through parliament, so called ‘Deposit Replacement schemes’ are popping up all over the place in the lettings market. Mike White, from Martin & Co, tells us more.

Location, location, location is often highlighted as the key reason for choosing a new home but recent research from the NHBC Foundation and Savills finds that whilst it remains a contributory factor, a number of other priorities are equally important, states Edward Parker, managing director of Bennett Homes.

As the demand for both energy and build efficiency marches onwards, the underlying positive is that it drives innovation, not just in the range of products available but also in construction methods and new ideas. And savvy self builders are to thank for this! Ron Beattie, from Norfolk-based Beattie Passive, discusses.

It looks like a house built in the 1630s should - but this property in Bramerton, near Norwich, has some pretty big secrets. Property editor Caroline Culot went to visit Orchard House, for sale with Brown & Co for £925,000, to find out more.

This is the house that closed a road.

A scheme for more than 250 student flats on a Norwich city centre car park could be given the go-ahead next week, despite objections to the plans.

Residents have been encouraged to attend a planning consultation to get the “hard facts” rather than “simply relying on rumours”.

We’ve mapped the latest price paid data from the Land Registry Office to give a snapshot of the Norfolk property market.

From painting over brickwork to ripping up tiled floors and putting in new windows...estate agent Nick Eley, partner at Watsons, comes clean on the worst things home owners do to period houses - and it isn’t pretty...

Peter Hornor, chartered surveyor and auctioneer at Brown & Co, talks about their forthcoming auction.

Talk about small but perfectly formed. This character brick and flint house in Holt is by no means the smallest home for sale in Norfolk - but with an overall floorplan of just under 500 sqft, it’s aimed at a minimalist owner who doesn’t mind ditching the clutter.

The average retired homeowner in East Anglia has seen their property go up in value by more than £206,000 over 18 years - the equivelant of £11,467 a year, a new report reveals today.

Developers are hoping to build more than 200 new homes in a Norfolk village.

Public health bosses have raised concerns over the levels of pollution in and around Anglia Square – and what that will mean for the people living in the homes at the revamped complex if it gets permission.

Until pretty recently it would have been a hard task to sell a new homes scheme in Norwich that didn’t provide parking - but not any more, says Richard Aldous of Savills.

Overgrown tree branches prevent you from seeing this sad little house - but in fact it could be the prettiest period home for a new buyer as it is situated in a sought after location in Aylsham and is for sale for a guide price of £300,000.

A village carrstone chapel, complete with its main hall boasting ecclesiastical shaped windows, is being auctioned for a guide price of £175,000-£200,000.

It is a common myth that if you have a traditional property, you cannot have a contemporary style interior, but this is definitely not the case, advises Louise Ives-Wilkinson, interior designer.

Historically, an annexe was an extension to the main house, often over the garage, where older relatives could live outside the family unit but remain within close proximity, says Louis de Soissons, head of residential at Savills in Norwich.

There will always be occasions where estate agents are asked to market what they know will be a highly sought after property, says Kate Mamo-Lewis, from Attik Property Services.

See the most INCREDIBLE conversion of an old railway signal box and waiting room into a home for sale. Property editor Caroline Culot visited The Old Station House, Haddiscoe, near Beccles, for sale for a guide price of £600,000 with Musker McIntyre.

Visiting Skipper House on Ber Street in Norwich was especially interesting as I remember the building when it was Elliot House, the industrial tribunal office.

Aldwych House in Bethel Street, Norwich, will be a building many of you will remember as a former NHS council owned office.

Meet the Editor

Caroline Culot

Email
Twitter

I am the property editor in charge of delivering some exciting and informative content within Archant’s varied titles. We have 16-17 pages of stories, features and columns in the EDP Property supplement out every Friday free in your EDP so please don’t miss it.