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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 highchairs. 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!
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
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
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
Wonderful selection - for adults and children...moreless
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Satellite / Cable
Good music centre in dining room/kitchen with iPad, iPod/MP3 docks. iPad/MP3 docks in digital radios in 4 bedrooms...moreless
Beds made up with high quality linen, duvets and pillows, mattress and pillow covers...moreless
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
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Parking in the street outside is free overnight and at weekends. Pay parking at other times and pay-garages nearby...moreless
Mobile signals wonderful. We can provide a land-line for longer rentals...moreless
Plenty of towels, face cloths, cotton wool balls, cotton buds . . ....moreless
4 Ring Stove
Three sizes - large, medium, small - plungers...moreless
Autumn Half Term Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2015 3 night min stay
£847 Fri, Sat, Sun
Late Autumn/Early Winter Nov 2 - Dec 17, 2015 3 night min stay
£597 Fri, Sat, Sun
Christmas/New Year Dec 18 - Jan 2, 2016 7 night min stay
£997 Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
No additional mandatory fees
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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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.
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. . .