A unique and decidedly comfortable three bedroom apartment with a style that suits all seasons.
There’s a hefty grandeur as you approach St Gabriels Manor, an imposing Gothic-style former religious studies college opposite Myatts Fields Park in Camberwell SE5. Rich red brickwork wraps around the gated entrance courtyard and creates a real sense of arrival with raised beds of green foliage and trees reaching towards the sky. It’s also a secure development with day porter positioned in a private office just by the main entrance. Off street parking for visitors can be arranged with prior notice.
Head through a communal door and across what feels like an untouched tiled lobby flanked by detailed wood panelling. Choose from the lift or stairs that carry you up one floor to this super, three-bedroom apartment with one of the nicest private terraces in the whole building.
At nearly 1200 sq ft, the apartment is generously sized and wonderfully proportioned. Once through the entrance door, a long hallway takes a right & a left turn and heads to the open-plan reception room. Along the way you pass the three bedrooms as well as the private office space to the left of the front door.
All the bedrooms feel spacious and revel in their lofty ceiling height. Two contain useful built in storage and in one of them, a raised bed deck opens up more of the floor space which could be repeated in the bedroom next door. The principal suite has an ensuite bathroom, while the main bathroom leads off the hall.
The open-plan living room is a joy and a space for all seasons. Throughout spring and summer, you can throw open the oversize door to the big, decked and tiled private terrace to enjoy both the sunshine and 180-degree views over the quiet streetscape below. During colder months you can still enjoy the quiet outside. A few patio heaters or fire pit around the pergola will create a laid-back winter vibe.
Back inside, the natural light filters through the large sashes across the warm, timber floorboards below another of those tall ceilings. Drop the blinds in winter to ramp up the cosiness, then fill the room with warm fabrics and low-slung sofas to hunker down in fabulous fashion.
Camberwell has more than enough to keep you occupied. Take a scenic walk or run directly opposite in Myatts Fields Park, then follow it with a nutritious recharge at Little Cat Cafe. A little further are the ponds and wide open spaces of Burgess Park.
For more serious socialising, Theo’s Pizza is a must, while The Tiger, Grove House Tavern and Camberwell Arms are all excellent nearby pubs.
Heading into central London? Oval Tube (Northern Line) is the closest and Denmark Hill station is around 15 minutes on foot offering exceptional connections: the Overground heads north via Shoreditch High Street for the City Fringe and Square Mile, and west to Clapham Junction; Thameslink drops you at Blackfriars, and Southeastern trains run to Victoria.
You'll also find plenty of buses more or less on the doorstep with routes to Oval, Elephant & Castle, Peckham Rye and more.
Cormont Road | SE5