|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Elegant and spacious Central London luxury apartment with contemporary furnishings, located in a classic stucco building, ideally located close to Hyde Park, Notting Hill and the underground.
The apartment was built in 1842 and retains many period features including a working fireplace, traditional shutters and beautiful plasterwork ceilings; it was recently completely refurbished with modern amenities. There is central heating in every room, plenty of hot water, good water pressure, and gas for cooking.
The apartment has a large double sitting room with a working fireplace, sofas comfortably sitting 7, and a large flat screen Sky/cableTV with surround sound, CD and DVD player. There is also a dining area, with a table seating 6, French Windows and steps leading down to the garden.
The kitchen is modern with everything you might need including a Tea pot! There are three double bedrooms with Egyptian cotton sheets (one ensuite). There are two bathrooms, one with a good powerful shower. The private garden is pretty, with a table and chairs and a BBQ.
We have some children's toys to make you feel at home. We also provide a welcome pack with our own information guide about the locality and our favourite places. We want you to be able to make the most of your stay.
The location of the apartment is fabulous. On your doorstep you have a microcosm of the best that London has to offer. High Class restaurants and ethnic cafes are on your doorstep. If you fancy a stroll across Hyde Park, you can visit the Royal Albert Hall, The V&A Museum, The Natural History Museum, Kensington Palace or the shops of Kensington High Street. In the park there is a lake with swans, boating, cafes, The Serpentine Gallery (with modern art exhibitions) and the Princess Diana Playground.
There is also the option of walking to Notting Hill to browse antiques at Portabello Market, visit second hand bookshops and shop in the trendy boutiques of Westbourne Grove.
To go further afield to see the sights such as The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace or The Tate, you can take the tube which is a 3 minute walk away and you will be there in 30 minutes. Or take the train to Oxford which is 1 hour from Paddington Station which is a 15 minute walk away.
Whether you are a family visiting London, a group of friends or on a business trip, we think our flat which we lived in happily, before moving out of London, is in an ideal location.
We both came to London to study and ended up staying for 20 years. One of us is a lawyer and we are completely trustworthy. We lived in Bayswater for 10 years and loved it. Everything is on your Hyde Park, culture, Notting Hill and cosmopolitan London. Great for adults and for kids. We finally moved out of London as our kids were growing and we wanted a big garden and a dog.
Polly Davidson purchased this apartment in 2004
We love London and lived in the flat for years.
Within a ten minute walk you have great restaurants, Hyde Park and the Princess Diana Playground, two underground stations, a huge variety of in 15 minutes you can walk to Notting Hill .......
The description of this flat is accurate but doesn't state how wonderful Polly and her housekeeper Liliija are to work with. We had a small problem with the washer/dryer and Lilija fixed it immediately. The building is older, classic architecture of the neighborhood, but the unit has been maintained with a lot of time and effort. Other reviews have discussed the great location (and it is GREAT), on Inverness Terrace which runs parallel to Queensway. The Bayswater station is right around the corner. We got a one week metro pass and were able to get to wherever we wanted to go. We also bought a 3 day london pass which saved us some money on the sights. About a half a block and over to Queensway is whiteleys, a shopping mall with a marks and spencer. We did most of our grocery shopping at M & S. We cooked breakfast at the flat every morning for a week. We also cooked a couple of dinners. There were sufficient pots, pans, crockery, utensils, and glasses to cook all meals at the flat if we wanted to. And the teenagers were very happy that they could wash dishes in the machine instead of by hand. The 3 bedrooms are all on the lower level and each has its own window for ventilation and light. The main floor has the living room, dining room, kitchen, and stairs to the back garden. If we ever get back to London, we will be asking Polly to rent her comfortable home again.
The LOCATION is tops! Tube stations (2) just a block away; bus route at door. Princess Diana playground just 8 minute walk in Kensington Park! London Bicycle tours - start right here! Very good restaurants for eat-in or take out. M&S grocery store is terrific! Flat is spacious - two bathrooms! Bedrooms on lower level - back room was fine for two children. Kitchen is small but adequate. ( although washer/dryer unit was hard for us to operate - and could use new toaster) Owner was very very cooperative about small problems and quickly remedied! WiFi was good and appreciated. Space to spread out-was a plus! This is definitely place for comfort and location - at reasonable price! This flat gives VERY GOOD value for money - allowing visitors to spend more on other things- including evening at the theatre! Back terrace would be very useful in warmer weather - but gave nice sense of "actual living" . Having rented flats in several cities of Europe, we would definitely recommend this one for families or two couples wanting modest costs and homey feel!
My family of six stayed at this flat for a week in February 2012. It was exactly as described by the owner and other reviewers on this site. The flat was perfect for us. My husband and I traveled with two adult sons (mid 20's) and their wives. There was plenty of room for people to gather, get off on their own (my daughter-in-law did a lot of studying) or sleep in. Being downstairs, the bedrooms were very quiet. Having internet service was crucial and the wifi worked marvelously. The kitchen was supplied with all the equipment and tools we needed to prepare meals and snacks - from our breakfast toast and coffee to a birthday dinner. As other reviewers have accurately noted, transportation (tube - Central, Circle and District lines, bus, and train) is convenient and close by. Grocery stores, pubs, restaurants, shops, and the post office are around the corner but the flat itself is on a quiet street. The neighborhood felt safe at all times. We were often out late (ice cream run, late train returning to London, returning from a show) and felt quite comfortable walking or using the tube. Some were out early for morning runs through Hyde park and felt safe. Polly was very good about answering our questions, making recommendations, and making some accommodations for our stay. I highly recommend this property and hope to return soon.
My wife, 16 year old son, 13 year old daughter and I stayed in this lovely apartment for an entire week in the late fall of 2011. It was my family’s first time in London and this apartment contributed to what was fabulous week for us.
The first thing to note is that we were planning to have two more adults in our party, which is why we booked this large apartment, but only ended up with the four of us on this trip. So the apartment was a great size for four of us and would have also been well suited for a group of six. It was great that the apartment had two full bathrooms, and being Americans who like to take showers instead of baths it great that the hall bath had a shower with a shower curtain and the ensuite bathroom had a shower with a European half-glass partition that also worked for us.
The location of the apartment was fantastic. Just one street over were two tube stations that gave us access to almost anywhere we needed to go in the city and since we had purchased the London Pass with the Travelcard option we were able to use these tube stations to get our money’s worth on attractions and travel. The apartment is also close to the very nice Notting Hill area. We walked to this area for breakfast (you’ve got to try Mike’s café) and window shopping one morning, but you could also take a short bus ride there as well. You are also within walking distance of Kensington Palace and its Orangery, which is a great place for afternoon tea.
Also in regard to location, the street with the tube stations, Queensway, has a Tesco Express (like a 7-11) and a Tesco Metro (like a regular supermarket) that we frequented for any necessary food or other items that we needed. Queensway is also lined with all kinds of stores, restaurants and a mall and is very active and safe until late into the evening. The amazing thing is that Queensway is very active and very close, yet it doesn’t impact the street where the apartment is located; the apartment is on quiet, tree lined street.
Finally, although it seemed like we were on the go 24 hours a day while in London, we did actually spend a decent amount of time in the apartment. We found the kitchen to be great and allowed us to easily take care of a quick breakfast or even cook lunch or dinner. The TV had a large number of stations to keep us all happy and since we also brought a few laptops with us we took advantage of the Wifi internet access that allowed us to stay connected to home.
Thanks Polly and Lilija!
My family (wife, two small children and mother-in-law) stay in this flat for a week in September 2011. For anyone traveling with small children, it is an ideal space and location. The flat itself is good-sized by London standards: two large bedrooms and one smaller bedroom downstairs; one en suite bath and one hall bath; a nice sized dining/living room space on the main level and a lovely garden terrace in the back. The flat is tastefully furnished and the kitchen is well equipped (including a microwave – something of a rarity in London). Our children (2 and 4) are picky eaters, so we enjoyed being able to prepare our own food/pack picnic lunches. There are literally four different grocery stores within a block or two of the flat, so we had no problem finding food. The commercial street Queensway and a large shopping mall are just around the corner, although the street where the flat is located is quiet (a mixture of residential flats and tourist hotels). Two of London’s main tube lines (the Central and Circle lines) are within easy walking distance of the flat, as are major bus routes. You can walk to Hyde Park, Notting Hill Gate, Paddington Station and High Street Kensington within 5-15 mins. We selected this flat because it sounded kid-friendly, and it did not disappoint. There is a small collection of toys, games, books and children’s DVDs at the flat, and Polly graciously provided us with access to a highchair, pack-n-play and stroller for the week. The biggest draw for families, however, has to be proximity to the Princess Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. Our children loved the playground and asked to go there every afternoon. If you visit, be prepared for the children to get wet! I lived in London for four years and am quite familiar with the city. You would be hard pressed to find a more convenient, well-maintained and spacious flat. On top of all that, the owner Polly is a pleasure to work with: she responded promptly to all of my inquiries and graciously provided us with a bottle wine and some basic provisions for our arrival. When we return to London, we will definitely be looking to stay here again. I just hope that subsequent visitors will help Polly to maintain this special place in such good condition.
My family (including myself, husband, 9 and 8 year old daughters and 2 year old son) stayed here for 8 weeks from May to July. We absolutely LOVED this apartment. I really cant say enough positive things about it. The layout of the flat was perfect, with the large living room and dining room upstairs and the three bedrooms downstairs. The two full bathrooms were a luxury and were extremely clean and nicely decorated with pretty tile. The beds were very comfortable and the master bedroom was particularly large and we spent many mornings with all five of us happily lounging in our bed watching cartoons on the ipad. The kitchen is also very clean, and has all of the equipment you could need. We got plenty of use out of all of the appliances and I made many delicious meals in there. The best bonus about the flat is the lovely garden out back. It was large enough for us to eat meals out there and for the kids to splash around with the garden hose on the warmer days (which I know is a very big luxury in London). Some of my best memories will be sitting at the table in the garden on a sunny afternoon drinking tea and reading a book while the baby napped and my husband took the girls to the musuem. Speaking of the museum, this flat is also the BEST, hands down, for location if you are wanting to do tourist type things. It is within a very quick 5 minute walk to TWO subway stations (so that's actually three tube lines you have covered) since one of the stations services two different lines). It is also right on the 70 bus line, which takes you directly to the V &A, Natural History Museum and Science Museum. Another bus stop about two blocks north takes you directly to Camden and Regent Park. Another bus stop two blocks south takes you directly to westminster abby and parliament (if you dont want to ride the tube). It is a very quick and easy (straight line right out your door) 7 minute walk to Kensington Gardens and the Princess Di Playground.
Finally, just a word about Polly, the owner. She was a lovely landlord, who was so thoughtful she even brought and bought extra toys and books for our children. She went above and beyond to make sure that we had everything we needed and was always prompt in all of our financial dealings as well. If there were any way that we could have stayed in this flat forever and moved there, we would have. Dont look at any other flat, you will be SO sad that you missed out on this one.
Hyde Park is a five minute walk away with its lake, swans, playgrounds, The Serpentine Art Gallery, Albert Memorial, statue of Peter Pan and Kensington Palace home to Princess Diana. There is Ice skating, a bowling alley, cafes, restaurants, The Porchester Baths, a 1930's Spa all a five minute walk away.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$377|