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London Convenience Without London Prices + Free Wifi

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Our flat is on the middle floor, just behind the cherry blossoms

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Last updated: 03/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4).

Quick and easy travel to London without the expense and congestion of a central location! Our home away from home is a clean, roomy and comfortable two-bedroom flat with separate living and dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, and free high speed wireless internet. There is a new flat screen HD TV that receives over 100 channels, and a 'multi-region' DVD player that will play your DVDs, no matter where they are from. Our DVD collection includes many movies with an English theme.

We are located in a quiet SE London suburb, facing a lovely park and surrounded by Victorian houses. An easy three minute walk leads to the rail station, where frequent trains take you to Victoria Station in central London in just 18 minutes. From Victoria there are extensive Underground links to virtually anywhere in the city. An inexpensive “day travelcard” pays for the round trip train ride to London and also allows unlimited travel on the Underground and on all buses.
A short walk from the flat brings you to grocery stores, restaurants, and pubs.

Why is the price so low?
Apartments like this in the city center typically rent for substantially more than what we are charging. So why is ours so much less? Though we actually prefer living a bit outside the hassle of central London, many tourists want to be right in the thick of things. So our fees are considerably less in part to make up for the 18-minute train ride to the city. Secondly, the decor and furnishings are traditionally British, not upscale and touristy. And the common areas aren't plush--the stairs aren’t carpeted, there is no elevator, and at the entrance you'll be greeted by recycle bins rather than a doorman! When we travel in Europe we always seek 'value apartments' like ours--we’re looking to rent our flat to like-minded people who appreciate a clean, comfortable and very well-equipped place to stay as a base for exploring London but don't require upscale, luxurious accommodations.

We're one floor up
Note that the flat is on the 'first floor,' that is, one floor up from the ground level. There is no elevator so you must be prepared to walk up a flight of stairs with your luggage.

We maintain a strict no-smoking policy..


Keywords: Apartment

Owner

Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/15/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome:

    There is a nice park across the street....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    This is a strictly non-smoking property....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Double Beds (1) Comfortable double bed in bedroom 1., Twin or Single Beds (1) Two comfortable extra long twin beds in bedroom 2....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    We have a selection of CDs, with many types of music....moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    New flat screen HD TV, receives 40 channels...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Stocked with DVDs,many with an English theme. Our DVD player is "multi-region," so you can bring your own DVDs with you. They will play fine whether from N America, Europe, or Asia....moreless

Theme

  • Budget
  • Family

Attractions

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Town

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access:

    High speed DSL broadband connection....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Brand new, high tech washer/dryer...moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance:

    Up to 2 pounds sterling of long distance calls included in rental. We have very cheap long distance rates, so this represents lots of minutes....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street:

    Plentiful off-street parking....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Several, including cordless phone....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Brand new, high tech washer/dryer...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Secure, reliable high speed free Wi-Fi is included....moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    There is a new microwave oven, new fridge/freezer, 4-burner stove top and oven, electric kettle, and coffee maker....moreless

  • Microwave:

    New....moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    New, roomy fridge-freezer....moreless

  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer high season
Jun 1 - Aug 30
7 night min stay

$1,120
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$1,015

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • refundableDamageDeposit $100
  • setup and cleaning $75

Notes:

We require a minimum stay of seven nights, but welcome stays of any length beyond a week. The charge is $145/night regular season and $160/night for the high (summer) season. Rate breaks are gladly offered for long stays.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Location

24 Miles
Nearest Airport
Gatwick airport
0.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Moon and Stars
0.4 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Nearest Train
Kent House Station
0.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Not Necessary

There is a large, lovely park directly across the street (see photo). Although our typical guests are focused on London, the nearby towns offer lots of vibrant, multicultural shopping and other activities. The Beckenham-Penge High Street is a 5-minute walk away. A convenience grocery store with extended hours is close by, and a large grocery store is a ten-minute walk. There are many local restaurants; almost all of them will deliver to the flat for no charge (we have an extensive collection of menus available for review, including many very good Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants). A public swimming pool is within walking distance. If you have a car, there is safe off-street parking. It's a short drive to the beautiful Kent and Surrey countryside where you can explore stately homes, castles, and country pubs. The homes of Winston Churchill (Chartwell House) and Charles Darwin (in the village of Downe) are within easy reach.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1995

About the owner: We lived in London for five years before moving to Seattle, Washington, USA. We like to travel back to London at least once a year--this flat is our cherished second home, not an 'investment property.' While at the flat we often rendezvous with family from Germany and love to have our grown kids come too. While we're not there we like to make it available to others at a very favorable rate.

Why the Owner Chose Beckenham, Greater London, UK:
Beckenham, Bromley is a quiet, safe suburb near to downtown London. It's a real community that's not at all touristy, so it's a nice antidote to the bustle of central London. Because it's so close to a rail station, with frequent service directly to central London, it has all the benefits of a convenient location with less noise and expense than living right in the city.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
We love being in a small vibrant multi-cultural community with a park directly across the street and grocery stores, ATMs, pubs and restaurants within easy reach. With only a three-minute walk to the train station it couldn't be more convenient!


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/15/2017

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Photos

  • Our flat is on the middle floor, just behind the cherry blossoms

    Our flat is on the middle floor, just behind the cherry blossoms

  • Fully equipped kitchen

    Fully equipped kitchen

  • Sitting room

    Sitting room

  • Bedroom #2: Two long twin beds.  There's also a large built-in wardrobe/dresser

    Bedroom #2: Two long twin beds. There's also a large built-in wardrobe/dresser

  • Cator Park

    Cator Park

  • Our flat, just behind the cherry tree

    Our flat, just behind the cherry tree

  • New Beckenham rail station

    New Beckenham rail station

  • Our local post box

    Our local post box

  • Oyster card tap in, tap out

    Oyster card tap in, tap out

  • Cator Park

    Cator Park

  • Play area, Cator Park

    Play area, Cator Park

  • Entrance to our flat

    Entrance to our flat

  • Roomy dining area with large table

    Roomy dining area with large table

  • Ye olde stove

    Ye olde stove

  • Bedroom #1: Queen bed with memory-foam topped mattress, large dresser, & wardrob

    Bedroom #1: Queen bed with memory-foam topped mattress, large dresser, & wardrob

  • Cator Park in the autumn

    Cator Park in the autumn

  • Entrance to Cator Park, just across from our flat

    Entrance to Cator Park, just across from our flat

  • Fruit at our local greengrocers

    Fruit at our local greengrocers

  • Our local pub

    Our local pub

  • Sidewalk across the street from our flat

    Sidewalk across the street from our flat

  • Lots of trails from Cator Park

    Lots of trails from Cator Park

  • Zip line for kids in Cator Park

    Zip line for kids in Cator Park

  • Our flat through the trees

    Our flat through the trees

  • Down the road: Alexandra Nurseries for tea, coffee, home made food, and gifts!

    Down the road: Alexandra Nurseries for tea, coffee, home made food, and gifts!

VRBO #261220

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Thursday, March 30, 2017

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