Some things have to be seen to be believed, like this house.
Prince John Zylinski of Poland’s grandmother owned a palace in Poland, but during WW2 her home, Gozdowo, was lost and she spent time in a Concentration Camp before arriving in London. Her grandson promised he would rebuild her palace, of which he had heard so much.
Born and bred in Ealing, West London, Prince John is passionate about ballet and the 18th century.
Using the existing footprint of the arts and craftsy house which was on the plot, this house has been completely rebuilt.
Remember, this house sits on a normal, domestic street, While it is not visible from the road, it is quite something when one turns the corner from the driveway.
This house was finished in 2009. Much of the cornicing was pressed from moulds bought for £200 when Nash’s Regents Crescent was refurbished – the builders were throwing the moulds in the skip and Prince John bought them. However, in places the results of the plaster isn’t as crisp as it could be, as the guide who took me around the house admitted.
Talk about a big decision when it comes to what colour gold to use!
If this were my house I would find some of the finishes niggle me; too much of a pastiche – I would have made something less extravagant (or done it slower); I would want a single piece of glass in the mirrors and better quality materials in areas (such as the statutes on the roof). But heck, it’s not my house and Prince John presumably loves it.
What do you think?
When visited: September 2013