Henry’s Townhouse, the former home of Jane Austen’s brother, opened for guests in the Marylebone area of London late 2020, and I am just dying for a visit! Henry’s is a collaboration between the award-winning design firm Russell Sage Studio and the owners, Jane and Steven Collins. They were assisted by Feix & Merlin Architects who orchestrated a carefully curated interior and exterior restoration plan in keeping with the heritage status of the building. The result is a luxury boutique hotel that takes inspiration from from Henry Austen and his wife Eliza’s life at the house and within London society. Jane Austen was a frequent guest at the townhouse and is reported to have penned pages of Sense and Sensibility in the sitting room!
“I worked alongside owners Steven and Jane in selecting and complementing from their personal antique collection, to create spaces which were evocative of the members of Jane Austen’s family and circle of friends,” said Russell Sage, Principal Director of Russell Sage Studio. “Whilst not being a museum to the history of the building, the pieces chosen create a historic ambience which combine to bring great comfort and humour to a stay at Henry’s Townhouse.”
Guests can enjoy seven beautifully appointed bedrooms, Monsieur Halavant’s Pantry for intimate dining or meetings, the cosy Carriage Snug or Terrace for evening aperitifs and Jane’s Sitting Room for afternoon teas, pre-dinner entertaining or simply snuggled on the sofa watching a favorite movie. In addition, a first class chef and house staff are on hand to tend to every whim… You may never want to leave!