Cheval Hyde Park Gate
As an organisation we acquired our first property in 1987 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:
- 1987 – The first apartments open at Cheval Knightsbridge
- 1995 – Cheval Thorney Court opens
- 1995 – Cheval Gloucester Park opens
- 1995 – Cheval Hyde Park Gate opens
- 1999 – Cheval Calico House opens
- 2000 – Cheval Phoenix House opens
- 2014 – Cheval Harrington Court opens after refurbishment
- 2014 – Cheval Three Quays opens