Concave mansion inspired by an Art Deco watch for sale on one of Britain’s most expensive streets

One of the most prestigious Art Deco homes in the UK is back on sale with a price tag of?18 million. It features a design inspired by a trophy watch’s inner workings.
/ Knight FrankThe striking, circular house was built for Peter Lind and his wife in 1937. They wanted a country home that was close to central London. It is now Grade II-listed thanks to its unique concave architecture.With its curved and segmented fa?ade, the property is designed to resemble the inner workings of the 1931 Reverso wristwatch, made by Swiss company Jaeger-LeCoultre.The Linds’ son-in-law was part of the watchmaking Jaeger dynasty with links to Jaeger-LeCoultre.Fans of the Art Deco watches have included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Charlie Chaplin and the Queen, who wore one at her coronation in 1953.In 1943 Lind, who designed the floating concrete structures called Mulberry Harbour Phoenix Caissons used in the D-Day landings, hosted a meeting at Hamstone House for Winston Churchill and members of his wartime Cabinet.The second of only three owners to date, a Saudi prince bought Hamstone House in 1984 and embarked on a renovation thought to have cost over ?2 million.As well as restoring the Art Deco interior features, works included installing an 8ft Venetian glass chandelier and converting the bomb shelter into a games room.READ MORE
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The current owners of Hamstone House have completely renovated the property over their two decades of ownership. They laid English oak flooring in reception rooms; installed family and catering kitchens; and constructed an indoor swimming pool complex. “A former bomb shelter was used as a billiard room in the late Eighties.
Knight Frank. Hamstone House is unique among the rest of St George’s Hill. It’s the largest site and has a formidable gate/staffhouse. It’s also distinct from all the other properties due to its privacy and variety. The property market has changed so much since Hamstone House’s launch in 2020. Most of the stock in the area sold by the end of last year, leaving very few properties on the market. The new price reflects that market. “The exclusive estate has more than 420 homes. Access is controlled by uniformed security, number plate recognition, and automated security tag barriers.