No wild and windy moors here, although Wuthering Heights sits along the road, home of Kate Bush for many years. But at Font Hall, you can roll and fall in green, on the perfectly clipped half-acre lawns of this magnificently English London home. That’s after you’ve tested the trampoline, swings and climbing frame.
Font Hall sleeps 14 in unabashed luxury, plus four children, and up to another seven in the cottage. This is a tale of old London swept into the 21st century in a time machine. There’s still room here for a cape and top hat, though. Among the modern finery, you’ll find chandeliers, original tiled flooring and plenty of panelling.
Eat around the chunky table in a cathedral space, or out on the terrace, play a little Chopin on the Steinway or just stick on the Sonos and chill with a book. Hit the town for spas, shows and flicks, then sleep deeply in dramatically opulent bedrooms between crisp sheets. When tomorrow breaks, you can do it all again.
Swing open the doors from the cathedral-like garden room, wander down the theatrical steps between outsize planters and embrace the outdoors.
Wander the perfectly pruned gardens on half an acre of immaculate lawn. Let the kids find the trampoline, swings and climbing frame. Kick a ball around the place. Pack a picnic and make for the pond.
Mix up a salad, get out in the sunshine and light the coals under the barbie. Sit around the terrace table, pour the wine, drink in the sunshine.
Amid the sparkling, spectacular modernity, hints of a classical past provide a setting like no other. Heavy oak panelling and radiator cabinets sit beneath glinting chandeliers and a statement staircase rises from a grand hall bearing original floor tiles, Queen Anne chairs and soaring cornices.
Behind architraves seemingly sourced from the Kingdom of Heaven sit grand, peaceful spaces ripe for families to come together or be apart. Here, everything is on a new scale. Chandeliers hang from ceiling roses the size of small planets. Sofas are built for giants and ornate columns separate the open-plan spaces.
Font Hall’s not short on entertainment, either. Pick from four Sky TVs to catch the match or binge on a box set, and record what you like on Sky Plus. Dive into our DVD collection, tap into the wifi, or play your tunes through the Sonos system. More traditionally, a book from the creaking bookshelves and a couch work very well.
Head down to the games room for the full-size American pool table, dartboard and table tennis. Entertain the troops on the Steinway grand piano or electric piano. And snuggle up in the evening with cards or charades in front of the woodburning stove, open fires, or gas-burning fire stove.
The aroma from the huge ceramic hob and large Miele ovens is intoxicating, so it’s time to get the family round the 12-seat dining table. Need more? We can wheel out another ten-seater. To aid the Masterchef process, you’ve also got a steam oven and microwave. Or call up our chefs from Handmade Food.
Prefer to eat al fresco? There’s a table and chairs on the terrace seating up to a dozen. Pour the wine, butter the bread, soak up the sun. When you’re done, you can pile all the debris in the dishwashers as you fire up the Nespresso. Order your goodies from Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsbury’s or Patisserie Jade and your vino from Oddbins.
Get out for some gastro at the Bulls Head in Chislehurst or the Tudor Barn in Eltham. Try some moules marinieres or dressed crab at Denny’s Lobster and Oyster Seafood, or British classics at The Ivy in Blackheath, such as elevenses, brunch, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails.
Looking for something different? How about Sticks ‘n’ Sushi in Greenwich, a Japanese restaurant based on the Danish concept of sushi and grilled yakitori skewers? Or book a table at Locale in Blackheath for anything from pasta to slow-cooked meat, in an elegant, modern trattoria.
Bedrooms here are a byword for sumptuous. Enjoy four-poster beds and freestanding baths? Welcome to Font Hall, sleeping up to 27 across two properties.
The fun begins in the master, a great family suite with a kingsize bed, plus a children’s room with two singles. An en-suite and walk-in wardrobe ensure you won’t miss home too much. Bedroom two, a king, and bedroom three, a double, both offer en-suite accommodation. The en-suite Medieval Suite offers space for a family of four, including a mezzanine level with double mattress suitable for up to two children.
In the Penthouse, theres a kingsize ensuite room, as well as an en-suite twin room, with a double sofa bed available in the lounge.
In the cottage, bedroom one is an en-suite double, while en-suite bedroom two offers two singles, and bedroom three is an ensuite with double sofa bed. There’s space for one more in the convertible living room.