Blog post for Altido
(publishing in the next month)
Gate keeper’s lodge to Grand Designs castle
ALTIDO has taken on one of its most glorious (and ghoulish!) properties yet. Nestled in the grounds of Fulham’s 19th-century, 13-acre cemetery is a neo-gothic gatekeeper’s lodge and its bountiful Bath limestone extension. One of the most unique stays in London, this property provides a secret getaway right by the river.
ALTIDO proudly presents The Moat. The perfect UK city break retreat.
This brand-new piece in ALTIDO’s high-end portfolio is an architectural delight, steeped in history and exuding luxury from the inside out. A rare combination of traditional stonework, innovative design, modern interiors, and silent surroundings, The Moat has everything you need to feel at home whilst away.
The lodge remained unused for several years and was very nearly demolished back in 2012. However, one objection filed by a member of the public (Justin Maxwell Stuart, is that you?!) saved this beautiful Victorian building built in 1865 from its ‘disposal’. Justin bought the plot in 2016, which comprised the run down, derelict lodge and… a public toilet block!
A distant relative of Mary Queen of Scots and previously an infantry officer in the Scots Guards, Justin has British heritage at heart. Something he was keen to ensure this new development shared. Drawing inspiration from his cousin’s keepings in the Scottish Borders (we like to call it a castle!) that’s been in the family for over 900 years, Justin ensured all restoration work carried out on the lodge was in keeping with its neo-gothic roots and ancient surroundings. The Moat still retains its original 19th-century turrets and heraldic devices that adorn the exterior today. If you want to pop to church during your weekend getaway, there’s one right on your doorstep (literally).
Initially scheduled to take just twelve months, this enormous project ended up taking a little over four years. Planning restrictions on the property within a cemetery prevented Justin from building upwards. A man of resilience reluctant to settle for a one-storey extension, Justin built down; six meters to be precise! The property now sits at an astonishing 5,000 square feet and spans three floors. Mid-project the plans extended further, excavating under the lodge to make way for an award-worthy, cave-like wine cellar and luxury sauna, both accessible via the stunning stone staircase sitting at the heart of the house.
The lodge’s feel of grandeur flows through the entire property. Thanks to Justin’s discerning taste in stone, the extension block and central staircase (descending into the “crypts” below) are crafted from Bath limestone. The modern blends in beautifully with the traditional.
Old on the outside, young on the inside (something most of us can relate to), the décor of The Moat glistens with luxurious 21st-century features. Everything from the chain mail water feature to the gothic-style skylight, the master bedroom with en suite to the namesake moat running along the outer wall emits elegance and exhibits the best of British magnificence. A country retreat right in the heart of London.
The Moat has a seventeen-meter lap pool, sauna, three living rooms, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two toilets, and a spacious open-plan kitchen-diner, all looking out onto a beautiful patio and grass garden edged by the trees of the 13-acre cemetery. This property is as close as you can get to a modern British castle. 5,000 square feet of sheer luxury, this really is the most regal staycation destination.
See the full list of features in the listing here.
Justin has created a magnificent, modern retreat with historic roots and a brilliant British backstory on this unique plot of land. Anyone looking for an exciting and exclusive staycation or UK city break, perfect for both adults and children alike, need look no further than The Moat.
Leaders in hospitality management, ALTIDO’s experienced staff will be on site when you arrive, ready to fill you in on all the property’s wonderful features.
At ALTIDO, we pride ourselves on the unique, both in property and experience. A property of such splendour deserves management of an equally exceptional standard, and The Moat fits perfectly in ALTIDO’s high-profile property repertoire.
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