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Luxury Spacious Historic House in the Heart of London (Westminster)

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Last updated: 03/18/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Westminster house description

Share a postcode with the Queen! This spectacular house, built in 1846 and quietly situated in a friendly and beautiful London terrace just 10 minutes' WALK from Buckingham Palace, boasts 6 bedrooms (great beds!), 2 sitting rooms (one with fold-out bed-chairs), a kitchen-dining room, a conservatory-study, 4 bath/shower/WCs (great showers!) & free wi-fi throughout. The lower ground floor (just one flight of stairs down) has its own kitchenette & walk-in shower, and can be separated off – perhaps for an older couple. Being laid out on four floors (and some mezzanine floors), the house works well for larger and smaller groups. There are 5 single beds, 2 king beds (150cm, 5'6' wide), 1 double bed & 2 bed-chairs (in the second sitting room). The main rooms have ornate ceilings, marble fireplaces, chandeliers & working window-shutters yet the house is fitted with with every modern convenience: washing machine/dryer, microwaves, dishwasher, hair-dryers, irons, SMART TVs (internet access, Netflix), gas-log open fire, digital radio/sound systems with iPad, iPhone/MP3 'docks', linen/towels, books, toys, DVDs, 2 x cots and 1 x highchair. Cozy and warm in winter, an efficient air-cooling system keeps the top floors cool in summer. Outside there’s a suntrap terrace leading from the kitchen, plus a delightful patio garden wreathed in jasmine and wisteria. You also have key-access to an exclusive nearby ‘gated’ London garden square - a real 'secret garden' with wonderful plants and shrubs, a children’s play area and tennis courts. A great sports centre with public-access gym and swimming pools is a two minute walk from the house. Quality in Tourism 4-star rating.

We have been advised not to go for a 5-star rating as that involves incredible luxury such as marble bathrooms and antique furniture throughout - and is less comfortable for families.

We keep the house in the best condition, constantly re-painting to remove scuff marks and renewing furniture and accessories regularly. Guests frequently comment on our stratospheric level of cleanliness and attention to detail. A welcome pack of groceries greets you on arrival.

We pride ourselves on the fact that the house is imaginatively decorated and laid out in such a way that there are great opportunities for privacy, as well as for 'getting together' in larger groups.

The house is suitable, as part of a longer let, for entertaining up to 40 people in a buffet-style reception.

This house is also a great venue for team meetings and other business requirements. The six bedrooms and the (second) sitting room with fold-out furniture means individuals can sleep in 7 separate areas; and there's a great table in the kitchen/dining room for team meetings.(seats 12)

This spectacular house is brilliantly located for special annual London events, including - within WALKING distance - the Chelsea Flower Show , the London marathon (finishing line), the New Year's Day Parade, the Lord Mayor's Procession & Show, the Russian Winter Festival, outdoor skating ,the Chinese New Year celebrations, Trooping of the Colour, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Thames Festival, the Chelsea Antiques Fair, the State Opening of Parliament, the London Film Festival, Guy Fawkes Night, the main New Year Celebrations, Christmas Lighting Celebrations and Westminster Abbey for Christmas Carols and all Royal Family celebrations.

Within a short tube/bus ride you'll reach the London International Boat Show, the Olympia Fine Art & Antique Fair, Wimbledon, the Holiday and Travel Show, Party in the Park, the Proms at the Albert Hall, the Covent Garden Festival of Street Theatre, the Notting Hill Carnival - and many others!

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Property Type

  • 4 story
  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Wonderful house for children - lots of toys and books and equipment, and so many hiding places! ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 2 baby crib

    ensuite...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    room off main sitting room...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 twin/ single

    own WC adjacent...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 double

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 queen

    ensuite...moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 2 sleep sofa /futon

    This is the second sitting room...moreless

  • The beautifully decorated bedrooms are quietly situated, mostly at the back of the house, and have loads of hanging and other storage space. The one bedroom that is at the front of the house is on the top floor and has double glazing, even though the street outside is neither noisy nor busy. The bedroom floors are all well carpeted, the beds are very comfortable, with mattress and pillow protectors as well as lovely linen and bedspreads. Pillows, duvets etc. are of high quality. There are bedside lamps and dimmer switches - and three of the bedrooms have TVs and ensuite bathrooms. One of these is situated on the lower ground floor with a sitting room off it, as well as kitchenette and a walk-in shower and is wonderful for an older couple who can manage just one flight of stairs. The small ground floor bedroom with its own WC is great for someone with very limited mobility. Baby equipment includes cots, bedguards, baby-listeners, high chairs, many children's books, toys, DVDs...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • The bathrooms and cloakroom are beautifully fitted. One has hand painted tiles depicting scenes from Charles Kingsley's famous Victorian story, THE WATER BABIES. All except one of the toilets, bathrooms and shower rooms has outside windows. All are newly tiled and maintained, with high quality fittings The showers are powerful (many of our guests have praised them!) and there is plenty of hot water. The top floor bathroom has roof lights as well as a window, so you can lie back at look at the stars! There is a WC on every floor, or on the half-landing, so easy access for all guests....moreless

Other Amenities

  • There are two sitting rooms (one contains two very comfortable fold-out bed-chairs) and two kitchens;: a kitchenette on the lower ground floor; and the main kitchen/dining room on the ground floor. This seats 12 comfortably. Another 6 people can eat on the floor below at a dining table. The study is light and airy, and children love to play in it - and on all the wonderful stairs, and in the nooks and crannies of this fascinating house. EXTRACTS FROM RECENT TESTIMONIALS: “Wow! The house is everything we'd heard and more! When she walked in through the front door our younger granddaughter (five) said 'This is exactly how I wanted our home in England to be!' 'The house is wonderful and we have very much enjoyed our stay here. We will definitely recommend it.' 'The house has excellent equipment and facilities..The location is perfect to explore London.'...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Wonderful selection - for adults and children...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Good music centre in dining room/kitchen with iPad, iPod/MP3 docks. iPad/MP3 docks in digital radios in 4 bedrooms...moreless

  • Television
  • Toys:

    Construction toys, cuddly toys,board games...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Downtown

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Table is left folded out to seat 12. Can be reduced in size. There are two high chairs...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    Unlimited download...moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    Gas log fire - terrific. You'd think it was 'real'. In main sitting room. Fireplaces in many other rooms, though not with working fires in them!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    British Telecom fast connection...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Beds made up with high quality linen, duvets and pillows, mattress and pillow covers...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Two living rooms, as well as a kitchen/dining/terrace which operates as a third living room. The living room on the lower ground floor can become the 7th bedroom as it has two fold-out bed-chairs...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Parking in the street outside is free overnight and at weekends. Pay parking at other times and pay-garages nearby...moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Mobile signals wonderful. We can provide a land-line for longer rentals...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of towels, face cloths, cotton wool balls, cotton buds . . ....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Three sizes - large, medium, small - plungers...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything you could possibly need...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plenty - all bone china, some decorative, others plain. Delightful!...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Some dishwasher tablets provided...moreless

  • Freezer:

    Two - one in the main kitchen, one downstairs beside the washing machine and dryer...moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Hand-built, painted kitchen with French tiles as a splashback and on the work surfaces. Central 'butcher's block'. Double sink....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Two - one in the main kitchen, the other in the kitchenette...moreless

  • Oven:

    Double oven with variable grill...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, some herbs, tea, coffee, sugar, 'starter' milk, butter, fresh bread and 'welcome'hamper...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Two - one in the main kitchen, one downstairs in the kitchenette...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas - four rings...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    High quality 4-slice toaster and matching kettle...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Delightful enclose patio garden as part of the house. Key to an exclusive garden square 5 minutes from the house - a 'secret garden'...moreless

  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Not as part of the house - but 5 minutes down the road . . ....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property Descriptor

  • Terraced
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rate 12
Mar 20 - Apr 2, 2015
3 night min stay
£497 £597
Fri, Sat, Sun
£3,497
Rate 13
Apr 3 - Apr 16, 2015
3 night min stay
£547 £647
Fri, Sat, Sun
£3,997
Rate 14
Apr 17 - Apr 30, 2015
3 night min stay
£497 £597
Fri, Sat, Sun
£3,497
Rate 15
May 1 - May 28, 2015
3 night min stay
£547 £647
Fri, Sat, Sun
£3,997
Rate 16
May 29 - Jul 2, 2015
3 night min stay
£697 £797
Fri, Sat, Sun
£4,997
Summer
Jul 3 - Aug 8, 2015
3 night min stay
£747 £847
Fri, Sat, Sun
£5,497
Rate 18
Aug 9 - Oct 22, 2015
3 night min stay
£597 £747
Fri, Sat, Sun
£4,497
Autumn Half Term
Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2015
3 night min stay
£747 £847
Fri, Sat, Sun
£5,497
Late Autumn/Early Winter
Nov 2 - Dec 20, 2015
3 night min stay
£547 £647
Fri, Sat, Sun
£3,997
Christmas/New Year
Dec 21 - Jan 1, 2016
3 night min stay
£1,047 £1,047
Fri, Sat, Sun
£6,497
Winter
Jan 2 - Mar 24, 2016
3 night min stay
£547 £647
Fri, Sat, Sun
£3,997
Easter 2016
Mar 25 - Apr 7, 2016
3 night min stay
£647 £747
Fri, Sat, Sun
£4,497
Late Spring
Apr 29 - May 26, 2016
3 night min stay
£647 £747
Fri, Sat, Sun
£4,497
Early Summer
May 27 - Jul 14, 2016
3 night min stay
£747 £847
Fri, Sat, Sun
£5,497
SUMMER
Jul 15 - Sep 1, 2016
3 night min stay
£897 £997
Fri, Sat, Sun
£6,497
Rate 3
Sep 2 - Dec 22, 2016
3 night min stay
£647 £747
Fri, Sat, Sun
£4,497

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

VAT included. VAT receipt available on request.

To reserve dates, full non-refundable payment due if within six weeks of arrival date: 50% on booking, then 50% six weeks before arrival. Payment via UK Cheque, electronic bank transfer or credit cards via PayPal.

Returnable security deposit of £250 taken on booking.

Beds, except for the two (very comfortable) sofa chairs, made up.

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed.


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Location

14 Miles
Nearest Airport
Heathrow/Gatwick
300 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Pimlico Tram
66 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Dover
200 Metres
Nearest Train
Pimlico Underground (tube station)
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
A3
100 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Thai Cafe

Car: Not Necessary

With its amazing CENTRAL London location (SW1V2ND - Google it!), this quietly situated house is brilliantly positioned for a see-all London visit. It’s a minute's WALK from shops, supermarkets, restaurants, outdoor food-market, Pimlico Tube (underground) & 24-hour taxis, buses, car clubs, bike hire. It’s a 10-min WALK to the River Thames, Buckingham Palace, Tate Britain, Lambeth Palace, Westminster Cathedral, theatres, cinema, St James Park, Victoria Station & Victoria Coach Station (from which there are easy rail/coach links to Heathrow, Gatwick & Europe). It’s a 20-min WALK to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the King's Road/Chelsea. Short tube/bus rides take you direct to Harrods, the major Museums, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, the West End, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, the National Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, the Festival Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre & National Film Theatre, Hayward Gallery, IMAX, Waterloo Station, Tate Modern.

Local activities include: shopping, restaurants, historic monuments, art galleries, theatres, cinemas, river boats.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1985

About: We are a couple who have worked mainly in the theatre and the arts, although Adrienne is now a writer/researcher specialising in fatherhood and Martin enjoys new-age ideas, while also working in the City of London as a communications coach. We have been renting out properties for almost 40 years (two small apartments originally), and first tried holiday rentals with our country cottage in Churt www.guildford-cottage-surrey.co.uk

Why Westminster:
We purchased our central London home in 1985 and lived there until 2008. The moment we opened the door we loved it. It felt then, and feels now, as if only happy things have happened here - which can't possibly be true, since it's more than 150 years since it was built! We wanted to live right in the heart of London, and you can't get much closer to the heart than this! We also wanted a spacious house, with high ceilings and a sense of generations upon generations of people living there before us And that is exactly what we got! We raised our family here, working from home, so the house has always been busy and full of people - lots of them children. When we left it, to 'downshift' to another part of London, we rejoiced that we didn't have to sell it, and that other people could now enjoy it too.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The remarkable thing about 'Pimlico' (the area in which our house is), is that it is quite like a village, and yet it is right in the heart of perhaps the greatest city in the world. Neighbours know each other; our quiet street contains many family houses and has an active residents' association, the people in the shops are friendly, and yet it's cosmopolitan and fast-paced. In Pimlico you can be peaceful, yet never feel that life is passing you by. . .


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Photos

  • Front of house

    Front of house

  • Top floor double bedroom

    Top floor double bedroom

  • Top floor master bedroom View 2

    Top floor master bedroom View 2

  • Master bedroom ensuite

    Master bedroom ensuite

  • Lower ground floor bedroom

    Lower ground floor bedroom

  • Second floor shower room

    Second floor shower room

  • Lower ground floor patio

    Lower ground floor patio

  • First Floor bedroom

    First Floor bedroom

  • Lower ground floor sitting room

    Lower ground floor sitting room

  • Lower ground floor kitchenette

    Lower ground floor kitchenette

  • First Floor Sitting Room (reverse view)

    First Floor Sitting Room (reverse view)

  • Period cornice and curtains (first floor)

    Period cornice and curtains (first floor)

  • Kitchen to terrace

    Kitchen to terrace

  • Top floor twin bedroom

    Top floor twin bedroom

  • Lower ground floor single bedroom

    Lower ground floor single bedroom

  • Study in Central London holiday home

    Study in Central London holiday home

  • Murphy bed on ground floor

    Murphy bed on ground floor

  • Terrace off kitchen in Central London holiday home

    Terrace off kitchen in Central London holiday home

  • Dining table reverse view

    Dining table reverse view

  • Top floor ensuite washbasin

    Top floor ensuite washbasin

  • Lower ground floor shower room washbasin

    Lower ground floor shower room washbasin

  • Ground floor WC

    Ground floor WC

  • First Floor Sitting Room

    First Floor Sitting Room

  • First Floor bedroom ( can also be 2 singles)

    First Floor bedroom ( can also be 2 singles)

£497 - £1,047 per night (GBP)
Minimum stay: 3 nights
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  • Sleeps
    12
  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Speaks: english, french, german
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  • Calendar last updated: 03/18/2015
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