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Two Elegant Bedrooms on a Tranquil Georgian Garden Square in London

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Last updated: 08/19/2016
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

We're in London's historic Gibson Square, which is an oasis of calm just off of Islington's lively Upper Street, where you'll find literally dozens of upscale bars, restaurants and shops. We're convenient to the major bus and tube lines running quickly to all the sights and tourist attractions you'll want to visit in this great city. The flat is on the Ground and Lower Ground floors of a Regency terraced town house. Travel back in time with us: all sides of the Square, and the park inside it, look just as they did when George III was busy losing the Colonies. This quiet, cozy, comfortable holiday rental flat features high ceilings in the principal rooms, cornice mouldings, and the original butler-buffed wood floors. The furnishings feature elegant Georgian mahogany, polished English silver and brass, and Colefax & Fowler fabrics. The kitchen is very well-equipped for cooking the gourmet treats to be found in the abundant local markets. Children over 12 welcome. Superfast WiFi and Sky TV featuring the Premium Sports and Movies channels.

If you need another bedroom, just check out our Studio Flat right upstairs! It's HomeAway property 811435: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p811435

The Bus: Several key buses stop just three minutes from the house, giving convenient scenic access to all the museums, tourist sights, markets and historic neighbourhoods you'll want to see on your vacation, cheaper and often quicker than the tube. Unlike in most cities, here the bus is your friend, with its dedicated express lanes and incredibly low cost -- just £1.50 (or less) with the Oyster Card that you'll want to get the day you arrive! (OR, if your credit card is "contactless-enabled" -- as evidenced by four curved bars on the front, looking a bit like a radar signal -- then it IS your Oyster Card and you're good to roll. You get all the same benefits, like a £6.50 cap on your daily fares after which you ride free until midnight.)

Take the splendid double-decker #4 red bus to Sadlers Wells, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Fleet Street, Oxford Street shopping, Covent Garden and the West End theatres, and finally Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames to the South Bank (National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, the London Eye), Imax, Waterloo Station, and the Old Vic. (All that in barely half an hour’s ride!) Other buses from this neighborhood have similarly-stunning itineraries

The Tube and Rail System: It's just a 7-minute walk to the Angel Islington tube station (Northern Line, Zone 1) for quick connections throughout London – just 1 stop to the King's Cross / St Pancras transport hub for further tube connections, the Eurostar to Paris, and mainline trains to Scotland, the North of England, and Gatwick and Luton Airports. And yes, King's Cross does have a brick wall bearing the sign 'Platform 9 3/4".

It's a 10-minute walk to the Highbury & Islington tube station (Victoria Line) connecting to the Stansted (Airport) Express, and looping through Central London to Victoria Station with connections to all lines. Arsenal's Emirates football stadium is at Highbury, as are National Rail's overground North London and Northern City Lines. Canary Wharf, the Financial District and the 2012 Olympics heritage sites are quickly accessed from here as well.

Heathrow Airport, by the way, is best accessed by the 15-minute Heathrow Express train, which you get from Paddington Station, less than 20 minutes away by Uber or taxi.

Your Holiday Rental Flat in London: Contact us now to book your London vacation! We're convenient to all the tourist sights, and you can enjoy fine dining, theatres, museums and shopping, while living in a stylish, cozy, classic period flat. Enjoy your London city break out on the town, or take a night off at the BBQ in our pretty garden then hunker down for some uniquely English delights on Sky TV. Check out our great reviews, and for a map highlighting our favourite shops, restaurants, markets and scenic neighbourhood walks, just click on the link to our personal website. Find out why so many celebs, including the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, live right here in Islington!

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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 0
  • 862 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Master Bedroom: 1 king

    Super Comfort, Fine Linens...moreless

  • Guest Bedroom: 1 queen

    Super Comfort, Fine Linens...moreless

  • Both bedrooms are compact, quiet and private. The stylish Master Bedroom (8' x 13.5') faces east so it's very sunny in the morning. (It has a blackout shade for jet-laggers.) Two large closets with over 10' of hanging rods and 5 feet of shelving, plus a 4-drawer chest of drawers. Two large under-bed drawers, too. Lovely designer fabrics, cozy classic English ambiance. The charming Guest Bedroom (8.5' x 12') has several running feet of deep open bookshelves rather than a bureau. Its closet is in the hall just outside the room, with 5' of rod. Both sophisticated bedrooms feature period oil paintings, antiques, luxury wool carpet, designer fabrics, dimmable lighting and fine linens. Tranquil, elegant nights guaranteed! NOTE: The Victoria Line tube runs deep below Gibson Square. Some days you can hear its low rumble way down below in the bedrock. We find it to be a charming 'white noise', and think you will too. The trains shut down overnight, of course....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Italian marble counter, fluffy towels, ample storage behind the mirrors, and -- the secret to a happy marriage -- two sinks. There's no tub, but there's a proper tiled shower with a fixed head and excellent water pressure (which can be pretty hard to find in this town). There's a full laundry room behind the bathroom, with an American-style separate drier, and so -- unlike many London flats -- this one won't have you draping damp clothes all over the house all week! How sophisticated is that?! ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Featuring a sophisticated Denon stereo/home cinema audio system, a flat-screen 14:9 Hi-Def LG TV, a CD/DVD player and an iPod port ready to go. Lots of good movies and TV-show boxed sets, plus Sky+ (TIVO-style) satellite recordable TV with the extra Movies and Sports options. The computer provided is a Dell PC, with a Brother Printer-Scanner-Copier-FAX. WiFi broadband. American voltage converter and plug adapters. It's all hidden in a cupboard by the fireplace. Lots of gourmet cookbooks here, and plenty of novels and guidebooks to read. All downlights, and the sconces and the chandelier, are dimmable to create a calm, elegant setting when you want it. The garden and window boxes are all automatically irrigated, and there's a gas BBQ on the cool York stone terrace outside the kitchen. DISCLAIMERS: As with all houses of this type and period, the rooms aren't huge. Also, a slightly pinched internal staircase makes the house unsuitable for anyone who's troubled by stairs....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Many novels, travel books, and COOKBOOKS!...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Includes the Sky+ recording drive, and the extra-cost Movies and Sports packages. Pay-Per-View films and sporting events are also available....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Includes a port for you to plug in your own iPod....moreless

  • Television:

    State of the art Hi-Def, really superb!...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Roller Blading
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    A separate formal dining room, with open arch to the living room. Seats up to 10, using the leaves to be found under the bed in the Garden-side bedroom....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available:

    A Dell PC, running Windows XP. There's also an easy-to-use Brother 4-in-1 FAX, Scanner, Printer, Copier....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Decorative!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    We spend a foolish amount of money on sheets, but our guests take good care of them and nearly always exclaim over their quality. They're a key part of the luxury we're offering here!...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Our landline has an excellent calling plan, with free calls to landlines in Europe, North America and Australia. Also free to cell phones in North America....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer:

    An American-style, separate dryer, for fast gentle drying -- a real rarity in this town!...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Fast, powerful service, accessible throughout the property, even in the seet little garden shed out back!...moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All the china is Limoges. The stemware, mostly Riedel....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    It's a tiny one!...moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    We are very serious and adventurous cooks, so while the kitchen is rather small, it is stocked with everything from electronic scales, pie weights, the best Le Creuset pans and casseroles, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    We have about 80 jars of herbs and spices for your use, plus lots of teas, oils and vinegars. Many condiments in the fridge and of course all the basics like flour, sugar, salt & pepper. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Comfortable formal dining for 4. In summer the serene garden is a second living room! You'll find two semi-tame wild birds out there -- a tiny robin and a blackbird who'll beg for seed and currants....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas

Building Type

  • House

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property Descriptor

  • Terraced
 

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Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $654.37
  • No additional mandatory fees

Notes:

We have a formal Booking Agreement which you will find attached to your Invoice. Please do read it carefully, as it lays out many items of interest to you. When you click "Accept" and make your first payment, we will both be committed to the agreement described therein.

Please note that the flat is not suitable for pre-teens. Also, the entire building and front steps are absolutely no smoking. And much as we love a great dog, we just can't accept pets here.

There are no other charges whatsoever unless you decide to run up a large phone bill, or rent premium Movies or Sporting Events on our Sky Satellite TV system. If it takes Maria longer than 3 hours to clean the place after your departure, overtime will be deducted from your deposit at the rate of £15 per hour (but please note that this has NEVER yet happened!)


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Location

30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton
1 Miles
Nearest Train
Kings Cross / St. Pancras (Eurostar)

Car: Not Necessary

Ideally situated to explore London for a great city break, Islington itself is a hip, sophisticated destination on the northern edge of Central London, politically and aspirationally resembling Manhattan's upscale Upper West Side. The renowned Almeida Theatre and Kings Head Theatre Pub are just steps away, as are all the main supermarkets, plus endless boutiques and really fine food and antique shops. Stroll or jog along Regents Canal. Easy transport links, fine restaurants, gay friendly. You can even walk to the Eurostar terminal and day trip to Paris in luxury for £59 return !!

Local celebrities include James McAvoy, Lily Allen, Dido and, formerly, Vladimir Lenin, Heath Ledger and Sir Walter Raleigh. Gibson Square alone boasts an Oscar-nominated film composer, a Booker Prize-winning author, a renowned stage director, a nationally known comic and a Member of Parliament. Former neighbour Tony Blair formed New Labour with Gordon Brown in one of the Upper Street restaurants

Other Activities: Theater, theater, theater (or theatre, theatre, theatre!). Antiques, casinos, flea markets, designer clothes, you name it. HEY, it's London !!!

Golf: No golf here in central London, of course, but many of the nation's legendary courses are within an easy day-trip from the many train hubs easily accessible from our flat.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Recently retired, my partner and I now live our life-long dream of having four sweet homes and living in whichever strikes our fancy at a given time. Since the stock market crash of 2008, to cover the bills, all the properties are rented on HomeAway whenever we're not in them. Managing the rentals has turned into quite a pleasant, though very time consuming, new profession for us, wherein we meet (or at least correspond with) the loveliest people from all over the planet. We've had more than 400 guests in the past eight years, and not a single bad experience. Phew! And we have great local staff for each property, so each home is always up to our own high standards for comfort, cleanliness and beauty. Before retiring in 2005, I spent more than 30 years working on Broadway and in London's West End -- first managing, then producing, big musicals (mostly) plus a few handfuls of plays and concerts. I was part of the original productions of GODSPELL, DREAMGIRLS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and many dozens more, and producer of The Who's TOMMY and JEKYLL & HYDE, to name a few. Broadway concerts include Bette Midler, Michael Crawford, Frank Sinatra and even a very elderly Josephine Baker (a New Year's Eve concert, at the Palace, of course), whose chateau is just down the road from our house in France. My partner Bill Rosenfield was for many years what Time Magazine wrote of him: "RCA Victor's Man About Broadway". He produced more than 65 Original Cast Recordings -- just pick one up at home if you have one -- if it's from the 1990's or early 2000's, his name is probably on it: CHICAGO, TOMMY, RAGTIME, CABARET, and on and on. Billy's now retired from that and actively engaged in his one true passion: writing plays. This new career is just budding, but already showing great progress. Until recently, he did most of his writing in a cute little shed at the bottom of the garden behind this flat. But now he has an office across town and the shed is all yours!

Why the Owner Chose Islington, London, UK:
We love the Regency (late Georgian, pre-Victorian) architecture that is so prevalent in this part of town -- simple terraced houses with strict symmetry and Palladio's cube-and-a-half proportions which somehow create a great sense of calm, order and sophistication. Our house, on a perfectly-preserved square containing nothing but its original homes, features large windows and big open sky -- plus that pristine little park right across the square, with something in bloom every month of the year. And we greatly appreciate that very 'London' phenomenon, which is that all we hear is birdsong here in the Square, notwithstanding the fact that we're just a 90-second walk to the very busy Upper Street, which abounds with the kind of life and energy that only a world capital can offer.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Immerse yourself in real life here -- our neighbourhood isn't the least bit touristy, just a breath of energized fresh air among real Londoners. Google 'Islington' and just see what good stuff comes up! This flat is our primary home, but we travel some 12 to 20 weeks per year now, so it's always got an opening for you. Sometimes we even coordinate our travel to suit our guests' timeframes. Thanks to a large walk-in "vault" under the sidewalk out front, we can remove every bit of our personal stuff in two hours, leaving all the cupboards, closets and bureaus dead empty for your own stuff. We rent HomeAway homes ourselves, and just hate it when the owners' clothes and desk clutter is lying around. NOT so in our flat, I assure you!


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Speaks: english, french

 

Photos

  • Gracious living in Gibson Square.

    Gracious living in Gibson Square.

  • We seem to have collected Georgian "portraits of gentlemen" in our travels.

    We seem to have collected Georgian "portraits of gentlemen" in our travels.

  • Fine original wood floors, echoed in the furnishings. Open park views!

    Fine original wood floors, echoed in the furnishings. Open park views!

  • Brass lighting by Besselink & Jones throughout the house.

    Brass lighting by Besselink & Jones throughout the house.

  • The second bedroom has enchanting views of the back garden.

    The second bedroom has enchanting views of the back garden.

  • A truly proper laundry room, with separate vented dryer, very hard to find here!

    A truly proper laundry room, with separate vented dryer, very hard to find here!

  • The cheery kitchen isn't huge, but it's got absolutely everything you need!

    The cheery kitchen isn't huge, but it's got absolutely everything you need!

  • Our lovely garden in winter.   Great new BBQ set-up and a cozy reading shed, too

    Our lovely garden in winter. Great new BBQ set-up and a cozy reading shed, too

  • Interior of your private shed.  Heat, WiFi, phone, electricity.  Dead private!

    Interior of your private shed. Heat, WiFi, phone, electricity. Dead private!

  • Looking across the dining area back to the flat, from the garden reading shed.

    Looking across the dining area back to the flat, from the garden reading shed.

  • We enjoy gardening, and there's SOMETHING blooming here every week of the year.

    We enjoy gardening, and there's SOMETHING blooming here every week of the year.

  • The front door and interior trim are painted in Farrow & Ball's "Mouse's Back".

    The front door and interior trim are painted in Farrow & Ball's "Mouse's Back".

  • Fine fabrics, comfy seating, a relaxing deepest-forest green colour scheme.

    Fine fabrics, comfy seating, a relaxing deepest-forest green colour scheme.

  • The antique Dutch chandelier in the dining room highlights the pale yellow walls

    The antique Dutch chandelier in the dining room highlights the pale yellow walls

  • The master bedroom offers blackout shades against the dazzling morning sun.

    The master bedroom offers blackout shades against the dazzling morning sun.

  • Old botanical lithographs echo the plantings outside the master bedroom window.

    Old botanical lithographs echo the plantings outside the master bedroom window.

  • Happy Marriage Secret: 2 Sinks!  No tub, but the shower has endless hot water.

    Happy Marriage Secret: 2 Sinks! No tub, but the shower has endless hot water.

  • Americans LOVE our "back home" voltage resource --no adapters required.

    Americans LOVE our "back home" voltage resource --no adapters required.

  • And washing up, this is your view.  (But don't worry, there IS a dishwasher!)

    And washing up, this is your view. (But don't worry, there IS a dishwasher!)

  • That reading shed, and a private sun lounger beside it.  This photo is in winter

    That reading shed, and a private sun lounger beside it. This photo is in winter

  • And yes, we DO get sun here, thank you very much.   Your secluded sunny lounger.

    And yes, we DO get sun here, thank you very much. Your secluded sunny lounger.

  • Our terraced house (townhouse), as seen from inside the park.

    Our terraced house (townhouse), as seen from inside the park.

  • All sides of Gibson Square are perfectly preserved, as built two centuries ago.

    All sides of Gibson Square are perfectly preserved, as built two centuries ago.

  • Even on a rainy night, there's a vast open sky over the Square.

    Even on a rainy night, there's a vast open sky over the Square.

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