Cheval Hyde Park Gate
As an organisation we opened our first property in 1981 in Cheval Place, a quiet street in the heart of Knightsbridge set back from the bustling Brompton Road, and home to some of London’s most iconic shopping destinations. This was to form the heart of our Cheval Knightsbridge Residence and is the origin of the name of the collection.
Cheval Hyde Park Gate joined the portfolio in 1995 and is the smallest of our Residences, but by far the grandest. The stucco-fronted period structure dates from the mid-1840s, and was built by the renowned civil engineering firm of Grissell and Peto. The firm was also responsible for some of the building work at the Houses of Parliament, as well as some significant parts of the fast-expanding railway system of that era.
Much of the furniture and fittings found in the apartments are from the furniture firm Charles Barr, who set up a business in the 1860s. The company’s fortunes waned over time, but in the late 1940s a new workshop was established and production of the Regency and Edwardian styles began again, still bearing the original founder’s name. The exception to this style is two apartments on the lower ground floor of the building which are decorated and furnished in a fresh, contemporary style.
Key dates for when each Residence joined the Cheval portfolio:
1981 – The first apartments open at Cheval Knightsbridge
1991 – Cheval Gloucester Park opens
1995 – Cheval Thorney Court opens
1995– Cheval Hyde Park Gate opens
2001 – Cheval Calico House opens
2003 – Cheval Phoenix House opens
2014 – Cheval Harrington Court opens after refurbishment
2014 – Cheval Three Quays opens
2019 – Cheval Gloucester Park reopens after a major two year refurbishment