Mayfair Home owned by author PG Wodehouse goes on sale for £2.25M

Former Mayfair home owned by Queen Victoria’s grandson Alexander Mountbatten goes on sale for £2.25M – complete with a kitchen which used to be a walk-in-wardrobe housing his wife’s royal jewels

  • Two-bedroom home in Neo-Baroque blue-plaque Mayfair house, former residence of Alexander Mountbatten
  • The 870 square-foot home lies in the Grade II listed house on the desirable Dunraven Street, sale for £2.25M
  • Built 1897 and was home to Alexander Mountbatten, grandson of Queen Victoria and relative of Prince Philip
  • Former home to author P. G. Wodehouse with study where he wrote his famous Jeeves and Wooster stories 
  • The large walk-in storage cupboard that was one home to the dresses, tiaras and royal jewels belonging to Mountbatten’s wife Marchioness Carisbrooke, is now a modern fully fitted kitchen with concealed units 

An elegant two-bedroom apartment in a grand Neo-Baroque blue-plaque Mayfair house, formerly a Royal residence of Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke, has gone on sale for £2.25 million.

The 870 square-foot home lies in the Grade II listed house on the desirable Dunraven Street, which was built in 1897 and was formerly the the London home of HRH Alexander, a grandson of Queen Victoria and relative of Lord Louis Mountbatten and Prince Philip.

Also formerly home to famous author P. G. Wodehouse, the study where he wrote his famous Jeeves and Wooster stories, and Mounbatten wrote to his mother HRH Princess Beatrice, is now the master bedroom suite.

Meanwhile the large walk-in storage cupboard that was one home to the dresses, tiaras and royal jewels belonging to Mountbatten’s wife Marchioness Carisbrooke, is now a modern fully fitted kitchen with concealed units.

An elegant two-bedroom apartment in a grand Neo-Baroque blue-plaque Mayfair house, formerly a Royal residence of Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke, has gone on sale for £2.25 million


The home was formerly the the London home of HRH Alexander, seen left in 1905, a grandson of Queen Victoria and relative of Lord Louis Mountbatten (seen right) and Prince Philip

The 870 square-foot home lies in the Grade II listed house on the desirable Dunraven Street, which was built in 1897. Pictured: The open plan living room

Alexander Mountbatten, who died in 1960 aged 73 in Kensington Palace, was the very first member of the Royal family to take a job as a director of Lazard Brothers bank. 

Mountbatten moved into 17 Dunraven Street in 1917, when he married Lady Irene Denison, who became the Marchioness of Carisbrooke. 

They lived there until 1920 when, after the birth of their daughter Lady iris, they moved into a grace-and-favour residence at Kensington Palace.

Boasting a rich history, the residence also housed author P. G. Wodehouse, who lived at the property with his wife Ethel and step-daughter Leonora between 1927 to 1934.

The large walk-in storage cupboard that was one home to the dresses, tiaras and royal jewels belonging to Mountbatten’s wife Marchioness Carisbrooke, is now a modern fully fitted kitchen with concealed units

The spacious, bright and airy suite has an adjoining en-suite bathroom and French windows which open onto a private balcony

Named after the 4th Earl of Dunraven and designed by architect Sidney R. J Smith (1858-1913) of Tate Gallery fame, Wodehouse wrote his famous works Very Good, Jeeves and Thank You, Jeeves, in the second floor study of the home

While living in the house Wodehouse learnt of a notorious murder involving a butler and his master that took place just a few doors along at No.14 Dunraven Street in 1840 when butler Francis Courvoisier was convicted and later executed for slitting the throat of Lord William Russell.  

During Courvoisier’s trial it was revealed that he grew so frustrated with his deaf and infirm master that he repeatedly tried to harm him with leaking hot-water bottles and jabbing him with pins – which provided inspiration for the most light-hearted butler master comedy in the Wodehouse books.

Also formerly home to famous author P. G. Wodehouse, the study where he wrote his famous Jeeves and Wooster stories, and Mounbatten wrote to his mother HRH Princess Beatrice, is now the master bedroom suite (seen)

Boasting a rich history, the residence also housed author P. G. Wodehouse, who lived at the property with his wife Ethel and step-daughter Leonora between 1927 to 1934 (seen)

The study where Mounbatten wrote to his mother HRH Princess Beatrice, the youngest child of Queen Victoria, and Wodehouse penned some of his famous Jeeves and Wooster stories, is now the master bedroom suite 

After WWII the property was converted into elegant apartments. 

Wodehouse wrote his famous works Very Good, Jeeves and Thank You, Jeeves, in the second floor study of the home

In 1988 a Blue Plaque for P. G. Wodehouse was unveiled on the building’s façade by HM the Queen Mother, who was a lifelong lover of his novels. 

During the early 2000s the second floor apartment was owned by a financier who was a neighbour of fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who had bought the lower floors of the house and was renovating it into a luxury apartment. Tragically McQueen died in 2010, just two years after buying the property.

The two bedroom second floor apartment is now completely different from when Alexander Mountbatten and P. G. Wodehouse lived at 17 Dunraven Street. 

The floor now provides a spacious reception room with three large windows, a separate kitchen, master bedroom suite with ensuite (formerly P. G. Wodehouse’s study) and a second bedroom.

The study where Mounbatten wrote to his mother HRH Princess Beatrice, the youngest child of Queen Victoria, and Wodehouse penned some of his famous Jeeves and Wooster stories, is now the master bedroom suite. 

The spacious, bright and airy suite has an adjoining en-suite bathroom and French windows which open onto a private balcony.

The original master bedroom suite, used by the Mountbattens and Wodehouse, is now a spacious west-facing timber floored reception room, and what was once a large walk-in storage cupboard for Marchioness Carisbrooke’s dresses, tiaras and Royal jewels is now a modern fully fitted kitchen with concealed units. 

In 1988 a Blue Plaque for P. G. Wodehouse (seen) was unveiled on the building’s façade by HM the Queen Mother, who was a lifelong lover of his novels

Mountbatten moved into 17 Dunraven Street in 1917, when he married Lady Irene Denison, who became the Marchioness of Carisbrook (seen in 1938)

The second bedroom, which was once the bedroom of Wodehouse’s adopted daughter Leonora, is for guests. 

The apartment is complete with generous ceiling heights, an entrance hall lined with floor-to-ceiling storage units and air-conditioning throughout. 

Additionally, the home is just a walk away from Park Lane and Hyde Park, and the shops of Bond Street and Oxford Street.

Peter Wetherell, Founder & Chairman of Wetherell said: ‘This superb apartment provides a discerning purchaser with the opportunity to buy a slice of famous Mayfair history. Once a Royal home, it is here where P. G. Wodehouse wrote some of his world famous Jeeves and Wooster stories.’ 

The second bedroom, which was once the bedroom of Wodehouse’s adopted daughter Leonora, is for guests

Additionally, the home is just a walk away from Park Lane and Hyde Park, and the shops of Bond Street and Oxford Street. Pictured: The balcony

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