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  • horselips

    Perfect digs for a working prince or duke busy with the administration of his estates and hobnobbing with visiting royals and corporate moguls. Curiously, to get from the master bedroom to the master sitting room, you have to go through the lobby and then his closet and dressing room. It’s also quite a voyage from the bed to either bathroom should nature call unannounced. All things considered, Mansart, LeVau and Wren are smiling from on high.

    • AndrewF

      Yeah, it seems that to get to either bathroom one has to go through a lobby and then a dressing room – long and inconvenient trip to make when the nature calls in the middle of the night and completely unnecessary too, since both bathrooms share the wall with master bedroom and could be accessed directly.

      Oh well… that’s why we invented chamber pots, I suppose, although one would hope for a bit of progress since the Victorian times, especially for the price this mansion will no doubt command.

      • misskatelyn01 .

        You realize there ARE toilets right? What’s all this complaining about chamber pots and progress?

        • AndrewF

          Hey, that’s an old one, but I just happened to be logged in! Well, yes – I realise there are toilets, but (I’m talking about the master bedroom here) in order to get to them one has to go out of the bedroom into the lobby, then into the dressing room before finally arriving at your destination. Which seems like a roundabout and long trip considering toilets actually share the wall directly with the bedroom… actually that’s pretty much exactly what I said before, isn’t it.

          In short: I’m complaining about the lack of direct access from bedroom to the toilet. That’s because I care about convenience more than about hygiene, but I understand others might have other preferences 🙂

  • Pierre

    Impressive at first glance. But a lot of little things seems wrong with the floorplan : the master suite has a strange layout, the kitchen and the dining room are too far apart, the cinema room is surprisingly small, so is the library… Having say that, I really like the spacious play lounge on the last floor.

  • Teddee13

    Why do English floorplans always have the dining rooms and kitchens so far apart? Kitchens always seem much too small in relation to the size of the house and I have yet to see a walk in pantry in any of these estate homes. I’d put the second kitchen where that pointless tv room is and turn the existing 2nd kitchen into a pantry. Master sitting room is way too far away from the bedroom, but given the layout I don’t see a way of remedying it.

    • AndrewF

      Because they assume that kitchen will be manned by staff, while the owners dine in the dining room. Staff can walk back and forth as much as it takes, and proximity of the kitchen is actually undesirable, for privacy reasons: Staff should be cooking and serving, not listening to the conversations in the dining room.

      • Pierre

        A mansion like this should have two kitchens to be honest : a professional one for the staff and another one for the owner and his family.

        • AndrewF

          Indeed! Actually, there is another kitchen in the basement. Strangely, there are also two smaller kitchens on the top floor, and another tiny one on the first floor.

          In fact it looks like they have several independent units up there. I am starting to wonder whether it is meant to be a single mansion at all, or are they breaking it up?

          • misskatelyn01 .

            It’s like a mother-in-law suite. It’s for live-in guests who might want a little extra privacy.

      • Teddee13

        You’re kidding me right? Have you met the American 1%? You think the lady of the house is going to be in the kitchen slaving over a stove in preparation for a soiree? There is nothing as gauche or tacky as having the help traipsing all over your house with serving trays. Plus, since when is a kitchen in a mansion ever right beside the dining room? There is ALWAYS a butler’s pantry or servery to act as a buffer for sounds and smells. No one should have a sit down affair and need Sherpas to get the food to the guest. Even if you aren’t having a sit down affair, looking at the distance between the kitchen and the ballroom, how exactly would that work?

        • misskatelyn01 .

          America doesn’t have the same history as Britain does. I’m sure it dates back to the time of nobility. Members of the gentry would never set foot in a kitchen. Check out old 17th century palace floor plans.

  • Palladian palace why “Hollywood” style “interiors referring to large sq footage with no
    style. Why not full 3rd fl. where is “grand salon” shall servants reside this estate not to late revise the floor plans? Ideal buyer only seeking immediate return whom, Tom Ford or Madonna whom owns 6 homes “London: paid cash estate” basic not embellished!

    • horselips

      Huh? What?

    • Marley Mathers

      These words scan with a fantastic degree of confidence considering that together they make no sense at all

    • misskatelyn01 .

      sometimes if you squint hard enough there are individual coherent sentences

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