Kensington House, with Mansard.

Kensington House1, with Mansard, is an architecturally consistent Regency dolls house, set circa 1815, it has a plain imposing façade, and is set back from the street behind railings and an area.

There are two opening panels on the front of the house, and two more on the left hand side, these expose the stairs from the basement all the way up to the second floor galleried landing, with an optional opening panel in the side of the Mansard roof revealing one of three possible attic rooms.

Vital statistics

Dimensions2
Width30"Depth (max)20" (28)"Height (max)49 (52½)"

Features.
Floors 4Rooms11Staircases3External doors2
Internal doors11Opening panels5Windows16Chimney stacks2
Fireplaces6Marbled hearthstones5Chimney pots10Metal railings1
Rooms with panelling2Rooms with wallpaper1Rooms with marbled tiles1Overmantels2
Cooking ranges2Chimney cranes0Bread ovens0Glowing fireboxes1
Jib doors1Washing coppers1Sink & drainer1Pumps0

Kensington House Photographs3

Exterior

The exterior of Kensington House, with Mansard, illustrates many features of town houses of the Regency period. Although probably built of brick, this is disguised with stucco to the top of the ground floor to simulate a more desirable, but expensive, stone construction. Above the stucco (depending on the option you choose), the walls are either plain painted; exposed brick; or, more grand, ashlar masonry.

Outside there is a pavement finished with grouted flagstones. The house has an area or service well between the pavement and the front of the house, separated from the pavement by iron railings. The miniature railings are made by Mike Tripp of Ironworks and Black Country Miniatures. Steps lead down from the pavement into the area. The floor of the area is finished with grouted flagstones. The whole pavement and area is attached to, and swings open with, the lower front panel. Many buildings of this period were constructed over a basement that was excavated only for part of its depth, the remaining depth being achieved by piling the spoil from the basement diggings onto the road thereby increasing the road level. Steps built on a bridge across the area was used to make the entrance to the house more imposing. Under the road storage was built, typically for coal. Kensington house has a (fixed) arched door to storage under the pavement.

Interior

Kensington House is a desirable townhouse for the relatively wealthy. The grand entrance hall would be used to receive visitors before taking them up the wide staircase with half landing to the reception rooms on the first floor. By Regency times house designs were accommodating the needs of domestic staff with separate stair cases for servants and dedicated servants' working areas. In Kensington House, the dining room is situated on the ground floor where it can be attended discretely by servants moving from the kitchen in the basement via a back staircase and jib door. The family and their visitors need not be exposed to the scurrying and clatter of the staff bringing food to their table.

Basement

The basement of a Kensington House is paved with real slate flagstones; there are two basement rooms separated by a service corridor together with a external door dedicated to the use of servants and tradesmen. Staff and tradesmen can enter the house via steps leading down from the pavement to the area without needing to use the main front door. A pantry can be added - see Collectors' Upgrades near the bottom of the page. The kitchen and scullery can also be given a modern make-over if you are furnishing the house in contemporary style.

Basement Gallery

Photographs with furniture to show the size of the rooms.

Ground Floor

As you look at these pictures, imagine the atmosphere as you were met by a footman and entered the grand tiled hall with its fire blazing.

Ground Floor Gallery

Photographs with furniture to show the size of the rooms.

First Floor

As you are led up the wide main staircase you see doors leading off. Entering the main reception room, you become aware of the size and proportions of the space. Looking around at the grand door cases and elaborate ceiling cove and mouldings you realise that you have entered the home of a family of wealth and substance.

First Floor Gallery

Photographs with furniture to show the size of the rooms.

Second Floor

As a visitor to the house you are unlikely to see the rooms on this floor. Here are the bedrooms, the main one being very grand and set high above the clatter of iron shod hooves and wheels far below on the street. The smaller bedroom also makes an ideal bathroom if furnishing the house in a contemporary style.

Second Floor Gallery

Photographs with furniture to show the size of the rooms.

Mansard Roof

The fully integrated Mansard roof gives an extra two or three rooms depending whether you wish to have the left-hand room divided and accessed through a side-opening panel.

Mansard Floor Gallery

Photographs with furniture to show the size of the rooms.

Stairs

Stairs are a speciality of Anglia Dolls Houses and Kensington House has some of the most complex stair cases in the range. As you would expect, the main stairs have stringers and separate stain-varnished treads and stair brackets. Even the cupboard stairs to the second floor have winding steps and come complete with a bannister rail.

What is included?

Kensington House with Mansard is fully lit and decorated throughout, with your choice of colours from the Farrow & Ball colour card. For orders from August 2015 Kensington House with Mansard includes:

Mansard:
Attic Landing
1 x single wall sconceMansard:
Attic left-hand room and left-hand rear room
1 x single wall sconce in eachMansard:
Right-hand room
1 x single wall sconce
Landing1 x single wall sconceBoudoir2 x single wall sconceBedroom2 x single wall sconce
Landing2 x single wall sconceStudy4-arm brass candle chandelierDrawing RoomGrand feature
crystal chandelier
2 x single wall sconce
Corridor1 x single wall sconceEntrance HallRegency style hall lanternDining Room6-arm brass candle chandelier
Back stairs1 x single wall sconceScullery1 x single wall sconceKitchen2 x single wall sconce

Collectors' Upgrades

The following extra cost features can be added to further enhance your dolls house:

If you would like more information about this dolls house please call or email us.

1 As with all collectors items an Anglia Dolls House is not a toy and is unsuitable for children under the age of 14.
2 Sizes are approximate and in inches.
3 Photographs show a variety of houses built over time and may not show all features in our latest specification.