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Vine Clad Bloomsbury House, Quiet Mews in the Centre of London

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The kitchen and Aga stove, the heart of the house


Last updated: 06/04/2014

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Bloomsbury house description

The property is a three storey house in Bloomsbury's prettiest mews right in the heart of London, totally quiet with a large garage on the ground floor and a roof garden with lovely green views on top. It is architect-designed and has an unusual, open plan layout.

From the street door you climb a flight of stairs to arrive into the first floor kitchen. This is the heart of the house, with a light green Aga cooker making it cosy all year round and a circular maple dining table for six, or even eight at a squeeze. It is fully equipped with everything you might need, and has two windows looking out onto the mews. On this floor is the spare bedroom with a built in single bed, and a fold down single bateau bed/sofa. It has two large windows looking into a quiet green garden. Next to the bedroom is the bathroom, with tub, shower, basin and WC, and with Miele washing machine and dryer.

Up three steps is another WC, and another flight of steps takes you up to the living room, with a stting area under a skylight, a desk space, fireplace, and large windows looking into a green fig tree filled garden . At the far end of this room is a large day bed almost twelve feet long, which sleeps two adults.

Off this room are two small bedrooms with windows looking out onto the mews, shaded by vines from the west sun, one with a small double built-in bed, the other with a large single built-in bed. A narrow stair leads up to a sleeping den at rooftop level, just large enough for two.

A second external spiral stair takes you up to a spacious, secluded roof garden, overflowing with plants in the summer, with an outside dining table for eight nestling under the spread of two enormous London plane trees. This is where you will want to spend your time in the summer, though the spiral staircase up to it is a little bit scary for children under seven. The house is full of our paintings, books and quirky objects, but being architects we are also fond of simple clear spaces, so it does not feel cluttered.

The best thing, though is the neighbourhood, timeless Georgian architecture in quiet Bloomsbury streets, good neighbourhood restaurants nearby, and top restaurants like Moro and St John's a little further.

In the next street is the Dickens Museum, the Handel and Hogarth Museum is round the corner, as is Coram's Fields, a unique children's park with small zoo. The British Museum and British Library are ten minutes walk, and South Kensington museums are just 15 minutes by tube. Waitrose and the People's Supermarket are two brilliant local shops, and the Renoir cinema is one of London's best. Leather Lane and Chapel Market are two excellent traditional street markets. Transport to all parts of London and Britain, and to all airports, is very convenient.

Keywords: Mews, London, Central, Quiet, Bloomsbury

Property Type

  • House
  • 100 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            Our three children have lived all their lives here, and survived! However, please note that the stair up to roof is a bit scary for children up to seven....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 5-7

          • Bedroom 1


          • Bedroom 2


          • Bedroom 3


          • Other (See Description)


          • King size beds (1) The largest bed in the house is a specially built-in family-size bed almost twelve feet long, where we used to have cosy mornings with us at one end and our three children at the other., Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1)...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Aga cooker (with instruction/recipe book if you have never used one before), plus everything else you might need....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            American size fridge....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Toaster
          • Dishwasher
          • Microwave
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Seating for 8 people


          • Garage:

            The ground floor of the property is a large garage. One half is rented by a local businessperson, the other half can sometimes be made available....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Miele, top of the range...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Miele, top of the range...moreless

          • Covered Parking:

            See Garage above...moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            See Garage above...moreless

          • Fireplace
          • Heating
          • Towels Provided
          • Living Room
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Linens Provided

          Other Amenities

              • Roof garden with large table for outside dining in summer, very central location with excellent transport links, car parking by arrangement, Coram's Fields children-only park three minutes walk, 10 minutes walk to British Museum British Library University of London St Pancras Eurostar Terminal, West End 20 minutes walk City 20 minutes walk...moreless


              • Music Library:

                CDs and vinyl LPs...moreless

              • DVD Player
              • VCR
              • Stereo
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Video Library
              • CD Player
              • Television
              • Games
              • Books
              • Toys


              • Broadband Access
              • Wireless Internet
              • Telephone

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                A large plant-filled roof terrace with a dining table for eight. It is a condition of the rental that you keep the plants watered....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill


              • Zoo
              • Tennis
              • Fitness Center
              • Medical Services
              • Massage Therapist
              • Hospital
              • Groceries
              • ATM/Bank
              • Sight Seeing
              • Antiquing
              • Walking
              • Shopping
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Ruins
              • Playground
              • Library
              • Churches
              • Theme Parks
              • Restaurants
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Cycling
              • Swimming


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              from 3 traveler reviews
              Regular rate: £300 per night, £2,100 per week
              Christmas and New Year, £350 per night, £2,450 per week
              July and August, £350 per night, £2,450 per week
              Minimum stay 5 nights
              Refundable deposit £1,000
              Cleaning and laundry fee payable on all rentals £200

              Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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              5 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              London City
              70 Miles
              Nearest Ferry
              500 Metres
              Nearest Train
              St Pancras
              2 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              30 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              100 Metres
              Nearest Barpub
              The Duke
              1000 Miles
              Nearest Ski
              The Alps
              100 Metres
              Nearest Restaurant
              Too many to list

              Car: Not Necessary

              Key to private local residents' Bloomsbury garden square with tennis, Health Club, Gym one minute away, central London location perfect for theatres museums sightseeing and almost everything else


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1982

              About the owner: We are an architect couple, with a small, creative practice in London's Clerkenwell. We bought our house in 1982, did most of the conversion work ourselves, and have brought up three children there.

              Why the Owner Chose Bloomsbury:
              We think this is the best best place to live in all of London. It is incredibly central, yet very quiet, and we are woken each morning not by traffic but by birds and squirrels. Public transport is fantastic: four tube stations within walking distance, buses to everywhere, and Eurostar to Paris and Brussels just ten minutes away. There are cycle hire points nearby, and both the City and West End are within walking distance.

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              We designed every aspect of the house ourselves (we are both architects). It is open plan and deceptively spacious. It has been published internationally in books and magazines, and when we opened it for London Open House weekend we had hundreds of visitors. It is an unusual and beautiful house and people love it.

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              Speaks: english


              • The kitchen and Aga stove, the heart of the house

                The kitchen and Aga stove, the heart of the house

              • The giant bed

                The giant bed

              • The mews in autumn, our house in the centre

                The mews in autumn, our house in the centre

              • Second floor living roof

                Second floor living roof

              • The mews in the snow

                The mews in the snow

              VRBO #378969

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              This listing was first published here in 2011.

              Date last modified - Wednesday, June 04, 2014


              3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
              Sleeps 7

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              Speaks: english
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