Naval Club frequented by Prince Philip hits the market for $48.5M

Create your own Mayfair mega mansion! Naval Club frequented by Prince Philip and Lord Mountbatten goes on the market for $48.5million

The Naval Club, a private members’ club where Prince Philip, Lord Mountbatten and other members of the notorious Thursday Club are said to have gathered, is on the market for £35million ($48.5million). Based in a Georgian mansion at 38 Hill Street in Mayfair, London, the Naval Club’s home was originally the property of the Earl of Chatham, brother of William Pitt the Younger, who served as British Prime Minister between 1793-1801 and 1804-1806.

The Naval Club (pictured), a private members’ club where members of the notorious Thursday Club are said to have gathered, is on the market for £35million ($48.5million). The ground and first floors of the property provide an entrance hall, grand staircase and five main reception rooms, including the vast first floor Louis XVI style drawing room, with up to 16 bedrooms on the upper floors.

Based in a Georgian mansion at 38 Hill Street in Mayfair, the Naval Club’s home (pictured) was originally the property of the Earl of Chatham, brother of William Pitt the Younger. The mansion which houses the Naval Club was privately owned until World War II, when it was used as a London headquarters by the Auxiliary Territorial Service, as the women’s arm of the British Army was then known. As early as 1943, the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) Officers serving in nearby Whitehall wanted to keep in touch when the war was over and have a private members’ club where active and reserve Naval officers could socialize.

The house, which at 17,131 square feet is one of the largest single addresses in Mayfair, has been a private members’ club since 1946 – but if it were to be turned back into a private abode, it could be worth up to £100million ($138.5million), according to joint selling agents Wetherell and Gerald Eve. Pictured, the grand staircase.

Once renovated, the property (pictured) could become one of the most expensive properties in the capital

Notable members of the Naval Club have included Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle, with guests including the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales. Pictured, a CGI photo of what the property could look like once refurbished.

It is believed that during the 1950s members of ‘The Thursday Club’, portrayed in Netflix’s The Crown as Prince Philip’s weekly escape from royal life, socialized at the property. Pictured, the lavish staircase.

The mansion (above) which houses the Naval Club was privately owned until World War II, when it used as a London headquarters by the Auxiliary Territorial Service, as the women’s arm of the British Army was then known.

Then in 1946, the freehold of 38 Hill Street was purchased from the Raphael family and it has been the home of the RNVR and the Naval Club, which was established in 1919, ever since. Pictured, the reading room, which was formerly the ground floor dining room.

The ground and first floors of the property provide an entrance hall (pictured), grand staircase and five main reception rooms, including the vast first floor Louis XVI style drawing room, with up to 16 bedrooms on the upper floors.

Peter Wetherell, founder and chairman of Wetherell, who has socialized and stayed at the Naval Club, said: ‘It is extremely rare in Mayfair to have the opportunity to purchase the freehold of an entire mansion building of this size which is still configured as a vast single property’.

Pictured: The Duke of Edinburgh in 1958.

Peter suggested the billionaire buyer of this property is likely to be a family person, with an art collection and a portfolio of beautiful homes around the world. Pictured, a CGI photo of what the property could look like once renovated.

Lloyd Davies, Partner at Gerald Eve, said: ‘Located on a wide and deep plot, 38 Hill Street is an extremely large property which lends itself to a range of potential commercial or hospitality uses. It is a rare opportunity to secure one of the finest freeholds in Mayfair.’ Pictured, the former drawing room.

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