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Luxury Spacious Historic Family House in the Heart of London (Westminster )

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Last updated: 12/07/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:6
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Four storeys, 6/7 bedrooms, short walk to top tourist attractions

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 just 10 minutes' WALK from Buckingham Palace, boasts 6 bedrooms (great beds!), 2 sitting rooms (one with additional fold-out bed-chairs), a kitchen-dining room, a conservatory-study, 4 bath/shower/WCs (great showers!) & free unlimited 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 and housed on four floors (and some mezzanine floors), the house works well for extended families. 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 2 x 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.

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, 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. A Sports Centre with gym and public swimming pools is under five minutes walk from the house.

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!
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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Wonderful house for children - lots of toys and books and equipment, and so many hiding places! Two highchairs and two cots can be provided. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 2 baby crib


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    room off main sitting room...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 twin/ single

    own WC adjacent...moreless

  • Bedroom 5: 1 double


  • Bedroom 6: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 7: 2 sleep sofa /futon

    This is the second sitting room...moreless

  • 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, a highchair, many children's books, toys, DVDs...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet

    Handbasin here too...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet

    Handbasin here too...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

Other Amenities

  • 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


  • 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
  • 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 three rooms, two of them also linked to internet so Netflix, iPlayer etc. available...moreless

  • Toys:

    Construction toys, cuddly toys,board games...moreless

  • Video Library:

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


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist 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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Table seats 10 or 12 when extended. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • 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

  • Ceiling Fans
  • 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

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    British Telecom fibre optic connection...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

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

  • Living Room:

    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

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Parking in the street outside is free overnight and at weekends. Pay parking at other times and pay-garages nearby. We can send details. ...moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

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

  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine:

    Washing machine tablets provided. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • 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:

    Some dishwasher tablets provided...moreless

  • Freezer:

    Two - one in the main kitchen, one downstairs beside the washing machine and dryer...moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Hand-built, painted kitchen with French tiles as a splashback and on the work surfaces. Central 'butcher's block'. Double sink....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Two - one in the main kitchen, the other in the kitchenette...moreless

  • 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:

    Two - one in the main kitchen, one downstairs in the kitchenette...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas - four rings...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    High quality 4-slice toaster ...moreless


  • Balcony:

    Front of house - glorious full-length windows in the main sitting room open onto it...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. Key to an 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


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from 42 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas Shopping
Nov 27 - Dec 16, 2016
3 night min stay
$314 $367
Fri, Sat, Sun
Dec 17 - Dec 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$738 $791
Fri, Sat, Sun
Dec 31 - Jan 10, 2017
3 night min stay
$473 $579
Fri, Sat, Sun
Jan 11 - Feb 24, 2017
4 night min stay
$314 $367
Fri, Sat, Sun
Feb 25 - Mar 2, 2017
4 night min stay
$579 $738
Fri, Sat, Sun
Mar 3 - Apr 6, 2017
4 night min stay
$367 $473
Fri, Sat, Sun
Easter 2017 & Spring
Apr 7 - Apr 19, 2017
4 night min stay
$579 $685
Fri, Sat, Sun
Apr 20 - May 3, 2017
4 night min stay
$473 $579
Fri, Sat, Sun
Late Spring/Early Summer
May 4 - Jun 14, 2017
4 night min stay
$579 $685
Fri, Sat, Sun
Early Summer
Jun 15 - Jun 29, 2017
4 night min stay
$738 $791
Fri, Sat, Sun
Jun 30 - Sep 7, 2017
4 night min stay
$791 $897
Fri, Sat, Sun
Sep 8 - Dec 21, 2017
4 night min stay
$738 $791
Fri, Sat, Sun
Xmas/New Year
Dec 22 - Jan 4, 2018
4 night min stay
$950 $1,056
Fri, Sat, Sun
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $317.67
  • No additional mandatory fees
  • VAT Tax Rate 20%


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.

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Last updated: 12/07/2016
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14 Miles
Nearest Airport
150 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Pimlico Tram
66 Miles
Nearest Ferry
100 Metres
Nearest Train
Pimlico Underground (tube station)
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
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 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 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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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

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  • 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 sitting room (bed chairs fold out)

    Lower ground floor sitting room (bed chairs fold out)

  • Lower ground floor double bedroom

    Lower ground floor double bedroom

  • Lower ground floor shower room washbasin

    Lower ground floor shower room washbasin

  • 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 kitchenette

    Lower ground floor kitchenette

  • Lower ground floor single bedroom

    Lower ground floor single bedroom

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