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Luxury Historic Family House in the Heart of London (Westminster

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:7
  • Bathrooms:3.75
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Four storeys, 7 bedrooms, short walk to top tourist attractions

Live like a Londoner and share a postcode with the Queen! This spectacular family house, a classic London townhouse built in 1846 and quietly situated in a friendly and beautiful London terrace 10 minutes' WALK from Buckingham Palace, boasts 7 bedrooms, a sitting room, a kitchen-dining room (seats 12), a conservatory-study, 3 bathrooms + 2 separate WCs & free unlimited wi-fi throughout. With the rooms laid out on four main floors (and some mezzanines), the house works well for extended families. There are 4 x large double beds (150cm, 5'6' wide), 1 x smaller double bed (135 cm, 4"6" wide), 3 x single beds and 2 x fold-out bed-chairs. Maximum permitted occupancy is 12 people plus infants (2 x cots provided). 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, microwave, dishwasher, hair-dryers, irons, SMART TVs in four rooms (with internet access, Netflix etc.), gas-log open fire, digital radio/sound systems with iPad, iPhone/MP3 'docks', linen/towels, books, toys, DVDs, 2 x highchairs and other baby equipment. Cozy and warm in winter, high quality fans keeps the top floors comfortable in the very hottest summer (though mostly, this being London, they're not needed). 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, as are a wide range of grocery stores and other local shops, banks, a post-office, beauty salons and so on..

We keep the house in immaculate condition, constantly re-painting to remove scuff marks and renewing furniture and accessories regularly. Guests frequently comment on our 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 all members of the household to meet together sociably.

The location of this wonderful house is unbeatable. Although it is situated in the very heart of London, it is quietly positioned. The area is very safe and well served in every possible way. The neighbouring streets are full of great local shops (including supermarkets - open all hours - and specialist delicatessans), cafes and restaurants. At one end of the street is a local food market; at the other, under two minutes' walk from the house, is Pimlico Underground ('Tube') Station and terrific local bus routes. From the house it is just a short stroll to Victoria Station, Tate Britain, the Thames, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, St James’ Park, Battersea Park, Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Several theatres, too, are within easy walking distance, and it is only a short tube/bus/taxi ride (or you can walk) to Hyde Park, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, the West End, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, the National Gallery, the National Theatre, the National Film Theatre, the Festival Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, the London Aquarium and other main London attractions. There are easy transport links to all London airports and mainline stations, and London and regional bus tours. For those who like to run or jog, there are great routes along the River Thames and through the beautiful local streets and parks.

This spectacular house is brilliantly located for special annual London events, including - within WALKING distance - all Royal Family celebrations, 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 major cultural and sporting events. Wimbledon is an easy tube-ride away, as is Wembley Stadium.
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Speaks: english, french, german
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Children Welcome:

    Wonderful house for children - lots of toys and books and equipment, and so many hiding places! Baby equipment includes 2 x cots, bedguards, baby-listeners, 2 x highchairs, many children's books, toys, DVDs - and a stroller....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

  • Bedroom 4: 1 double

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    room behind main sitting room...moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 1 double

    bathroom and separate WC adjacent...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 twin/ single

    WC and bathroom (with WC) very close...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 2 baby crib

    ensuite...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Bathroom with WC adjacent...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    ...moreless

  • The beautifully decorated bedrooms are all quietly situated, and have loads of hanging and other storage space. The bedroom floors are all well carpeted, and the beds 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. A small kitchenette leads off one of the lower ground floor bedrooms - perfect for early-morning-coffee....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 4: toilet

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, bidet

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • The bathrooms and cloakrooms are beautifully fitted. Almost all have 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

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Wonderful selection - for adults and children...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Two DVD players with two of the televisions...moreless

  • Games:

    Trivial Pursuits, Scrabble and other board games provided...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo:

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

  • Television:

    Televisions in four rooms (sitting room and three bedrooms), all linked to internet so Netflix, iPlayer etc. available...moreless

  • Toys:

    Construction toys, cuddly toys, miscellaneous toys...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Dozens of videos in the conservatory/office...moreless

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • 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 seats 10 or, when extended, 12. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Not actual air conditioning but there are fans in all rooms in the summer (rarely needed - not a hot city!)...moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    Unlimited download...moreless

  • 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

  • Garage:

    Pay-garages nearby. We can send details. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating throughout, underfloor heating in lower ground floor bathroom. A very warm and cozy house!...moreless

  • Internet:

    British Telecom fibre optic connection plus WholeHomeHub range extender...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

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

  • Living Room:

    The gracious living room on the first floor has a large TV, floor-ceiling period windows and working 'shutters' and seats 10 round the open fire. ...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 in the street and adjacent streets for other times. ...moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

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

  • Tumble Dryer:

    In lower ground floor utility area...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washing machine in lower ground floor utility area. Washing machine tablets provided. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Throughout house...moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • 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:

    Dishwasher tablets provided...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Hand-built, painted kitchen with French tiles as a splash back, double sink, dishwasher and all modern appliances. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • 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
  • Stove:

    Gas - four rings...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    High quality 4-slice toaster...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Front of house - just outside the glorious full-length windows in the main sitting room....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Leads off the kitchen - table and chairs for summer evenings...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Delightful enclosed patio garden as part of the house, with garden lighting, table and chairs. A key is also provided to a large, exclusive garden square 5 minutes from the house - a 'secret garden'...moreless

  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis:

    Available in private local garden square, to which this house has a key...moreless

  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Not as part of the house - but 5 minutes down the road in an excellent sports centre....moreless

Property Descriptor

  • Terraced
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring
Apr 20 - May 22, 2017
4 night min stay
$536 $644
Fri, Sat, Sun
$3,770
Late Spring/Early Summer
May 23 - Jun 23, 2017
3 night min stay
$590 $697
Fri, Sat, Sun
$4,309
Early Summer
Jun 24 - Jun 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$751 $805
Fri, Sat, Sun
$5,387
Summer
Jul 1 - Sep 8, 2017
5 night min stay
$913 $1,021
Fri, Sat, Sun
$6,465
Autumn
Sep 9 - Sep 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$697 $805
Fri, Sat, Sun
$4,848
Autumn/Winter
Oct 1 - Dec 21, 2017
5 night min stay
$590 $697
Fri, Sat, Sun
$4,309
Xmas/New Year
Dec 22 - Jan 4, 2018
5 night min stay
$967 $1,075
Fri, Sat, Sun
$7,004
Winter
Jan 10 - Mar 15, 2018
5 night min stay
$751 $805
Fri, Sat, Sun
$5,387
Spring 2018
Mar 16 - Apr 30, 2018
4 night min stay
$590 $697
Fri, Sat, Sun
$4,309
Early Summer 2018
May 1 - Jul 26, 2018
4 night min stay
$751 $805
Fri, Sat, Sun
$5,387
Summer 2018
Jul 27 - Sep 6, 2018
4 night min stay
$967 $1,075
Fri, Sat, Sun
$7,004
Autumn/Winter 2018
Sep 7 - Dec 20, 2018
4 night min stay
$697 $805
Fri, Sat, Sun
$4,848
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$697
$4,848

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $323.40
  • No additional mandatory fees
  • VAT Tax Rate 20%

Notes:

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% 45 days 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 reservation. Generally the property is let for 4 nights minimum stay but if there is a vacancy for a shorter stay between lets we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.


Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking


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Location

14 Miles
Nearest Airport
Heathrow/Gatwick
150 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Pimlico Tram
66 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Dover
100 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 Zone 1 London location (SW1V2ND - Google it!), this quietly situated family 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 coaches in communications.

Why Pimlico, London, UK:
We purchased our central London home in 1985 and lived there until 2002. 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 almost 170 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 children. When we left it, and downshifted 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 the London Borough of Westminster 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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Speaks: english, french, german
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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Photos

  • First Floor Sitting Room

    First Floor Sitting Room

  • First floor sitting room

    First floor sitting room

  • First Floor bedroom (behind sitting room)

    First Floor bedroom (behind sitting room)

  • Top floor double bedroom with ensuite

    Top floor double bedroom with ensuite

  • Top floor double bedroom ensuite

    Top floor double bedroom ensuite

  • Second floor shower room

    Second floor shower room

  • 'Murphy' bedroom on ground floor

    'Murphy' bedroom on ground floor

  • Lower ground floor kitchenette

    Lower ground floor kitchenette

  • Lower ground floor single bedroom

    Lower ground floor single bedroom

  • Kitchen to terrace

    Kitchen to terrace

  • Terrace leading off kitchen

    Terrace leading off kitchen

  • First Floor Sitting Room

    First Floor Sitting Room

  • Period cornice and curtains (first floor)

    Period cornice and curtains (first floor)

  • First Floor bedroom unfolded (can also form 2 singles)

    First Floor bedroom unfolded (can also form 2 singles)

  • Top floor double  bedroom View 2

    Top floor double bedroom View 2

  • Top floor twin bedroom

    Top floor twin bedroom

  • Stairs leading down to conservator/study

    Stairs leading down to conservator/study

  • Ground floor WC adjacent 'Murphy' bedroom

    Ground floor WC adjacent 'Murphy' bedroom

  • Lower ground floor double bedroom

    Lower ground floor double bedroom

  • Lower ground floor shower room washbasin

    Lower ground floor shower room washbasin

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