This extraordinary hidden home sits within 2.5 acre walled grounds in the heart of Chelsea. The elegant Georgian rectory was used by the Church of England until the 1980s, serving as home to author Charles Kingsley, among others. After its transferal to private ownership, Collett-Zarzycki were asked to restore and update the house, creating a quintessential English home and garden set apart from its urban surroundings. Incongruous architectural additions were replaced with more sensitively designed wings that respected the proportions and scale of the listed central house. The 8,000 sq/ft house was extended to become 30,000 sq/ft. The result is one of natural cohesion, even in the more contemporary parts of the house where the new swimming pool sits within a colonnaded conservatory. Guided by a neo-classical approach combined with the best in contemporary living, both house and garden have been brought into the 21st Century with great success.