SAN DOMENICO HOUSE

Sumptuous Chelsea townhouse splashed with Italian chic

A VOLUPTUOUS CHELSEA HIDEAWAY tucked away near Sloane Square, San Domenico House is a striking blend of elegant red-brick London townhouse splashed with opulent Italian.

Huge, lavishly furnished bedrooms - some with soaring ceilings - blend space and intimacy with flair, inviting you to draw down the shutters and maybe trade that night out on the town for an indulgent night in. Expensive designer fabrics, original paintings, rag-rolled walls and antiques collected by the owners around the world add to the feeling of cosseted luxury. Each is individually themed, and upper rooms  look over a vista of Chelsea's rooftops and gables.

Beds – many four-postered or canopied – are heaped with silken cushions, flouncy curtains spill onto the carpets while marble and chrome bathrooms with huge mirrors are generously stocked with Molton Brown bottles. Needless to say you’ll find all the digital gadgetry there too.



Hit the Spot
In classiest SW3, just off the King’s Road

Bedtime
Split-level gallery suites have extravagant four-posters and all the trimmings

Be savvy
There’s a full concierge service, so you won’t miss out on big-hotel extras

Be smitten
Head for the rooftop and see Chelsea at its finest



Chelsea rooftop views

There’s meticulous attention to detail throughout, while the warm fireplaces, gilded mirrors, books and cosy lamps – plus the odd quirky ornament – lend an expensively at-home feel. Immaculately-clad Italian staff are friendly and attentive, and you can enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea or drinks from the sunny rooftop terrace, with its brilliant views over the Chelsea rooftops.

Explore the King's Road stores, have a room-service dinner in your luxuriant quarters or hit some of the bars and restaurants in the vicinity. Flamboyant touches of Latino chic  are a reminder that the owners – who also run San Domenico Palace and Masseria Cimino in Puglia – hail from Italy. A good enough reason to plot your next trip south, perhaps.


San Domenico House was reviewed by Room for Romance
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Dining in
Aside from breakfast, afternoon teas are served in the lounge and there's an extensive room service menu featuring both Italian and international dishes if you don't fancy dining out at night.

Dining out
Try The Bluebird in King's Road – an eclectic menu in smart Conran-esque surroundings. Daphne's in Draycott Avenue should do the trick if  you fancy a more theatrical crowd.



Where?
San Domenico House

What’s cooking?
An extensive room service menu for stay-at-home nights

Top table?
You can't beat the rooftop tables with cracking views over Chelsea

See & Do
Walk through some of London's lovely royal parks, and hire a rowing boat on the Serpentine in the midst of Hyde Park – proposals are said to be legion here. Go west to historic Hampton Court or Kew Gardens, explore the little known Chelsea Physic Garden or walk through the fascinating Thomas Carlysle House on Cheyne Row.

Shop
This is the place to shop, shop and shop. Harvey Nicks, Harrods, Peter Jones and a score of top designer boutiques are on your doorstep.

After dark
For cocktail lounges, late night bars and clubs, head to Fulham Road and King's Road.

Dates
May
All things floral are centre stage at the big Chelsea Flower Show – assuming you can get tickets.

June
The Chelsea Festival kicks off with a broad menu of arts events – whether your taste is skinny guitar bands or Wagner
GETTING THERE

Location
Draycott Place, Chelsea, London SW3 2SH

Parking
There is parking 400 yards away if you must bring the car – approx GBP 40 per 24 hours

Tube and train
Nearest tube station is Sloane Square (Circle Line) – three minutes walk. Heathrow Express trains arrive at Paddington station.

Taxis
GBP 50-55 from Heathrow Airport

Airport
London Heathrow – 45 minutes, or London Gatwick – 90 minutes vis Victoria station



Rooms and suites
16 rooms and suites

Special features
Expect lots of luxe here: antiques and rich fabrics, gleaming marble bathrooms, fluffy robes, cable TV and DVD players

Also…
There's a great rooftop terrace, a small gym and a massage room – plus a full concierge service

ESSENTIAL INFO


Rates guide
GBP 235 – 360

Open/closed
Open all year

Check-in
2pm

Check-out
12.00 midday

Minimum night stay?
No

Breakfast
Full breakfast is served until 11am.

Room service
Available until 9pm

Children

Welcome

Pets
No

Air conditioning
Yes

Languages
English and Italian

Wedding license?
No





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