A pretty, modern flat for 1-3 guests nestled among the rooftops on Chepstow Road, a perfect London location. There is easy acces to all of central London and a five minute walk from the world famous bustling 'Portobello Road'.
This is a stunning, modern flat for 1-3 guests - ideally a couple or a couple and one more. It is nestled among the rooftops on Chepstow Road, a perfect London location. There is easy access to all of central London plus it’s a five-minute walk from the world famous bustling 'Portobello Road' (scene of Notting Hill movie) with its market, restaurants and shops. The flat is for your exclusive use. You will not be sharing.
If you are interested in this flat please read on as I have answered all the questions prospective guests have asked me in the last two years in the following description! Thanks!
The living room and the bedroom/study areas are radiant with light. The living room has a comfortable white leather designer sofa and seat, an antique table, a TV and DVD payer and a built in cabin bed (70x184). A roof hatch lets in the light from above and the large windows from the side. The bedroom has a standard double bed (135 x195) with under bed storage, a chest of drawers and plenty of wardrobe and other storage space. All linen, bed sheets, towels etc. are provided.
At one end of the bedroom are a desk, office chair, and landline telephone and study lamp. There is a superfast Wi-Fi connection.
In the hallway between the kitchen and bathroom, there is a small breakfast table with two chairs. There are two more chairs for suppers with friends around the antique table. There is a self-contained kitchen with two-ring induction hob and combination oven. There are lamps, pictures, vases, mirrors and a radio. There is a hairdryer and a steam generator iron: everything to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.
The flat is quiet with very good double-glazing to keep out the traffic noise and there is one neighbor below who is respectful about noise. The flat does not have air-conditioning but with large windows on both sides on the days that are hot, nature does this job for you! There is an upright floor fan for hot, still days but it is rare that you need to use it.
The flat is a minute’s walk from good bus connections to the major tourist and shopping centers in London. It is five minutes walk from Royal Oak tube station connecting directly to Kings Cross and Paddington main line stations. The Heathrow Express terminates at Paddington and the flat is a 5-minute taxi ride from the station. There are buses going to the most popular sights and shopping areas in the center of London a few minutes walk from the flat.
However it’s the immediate area itself that will make your stay so fun and special. It has a huge variety of boutiques, restaurants, gorgeous 'foodie' shops, galleries, cinemas, a spa (Porchester Spa) and even an ice rink! Kensington Park (with roller blading for the energetic) health food shops and the famous Portobello market are all within a 10-minute walk. There is a good value supermarket (Sainsbury’s) for all your basic groceries and everyday needs like bread, milk and shampoo a few minutes away and this is open till late and at weekends. Two very good supermarkets, Waitrose and Marks and Spencer are 10-12 minutes walk and have good opening hours too.
You are welcome to use the flat's supplies of tea, coffee, cooking oil, sugar, salt and pepper etc. There is loo paper, kitchen paper, washing up liquid, cleaning products, laundry detergent and soap available for your immediate use. There are three businesses offering dry cleaning and other laundry services within a 5-minute walk and there is a washing machine in the flat under the cabin bed.
The area is safe and the building secure. It’s a converted house with a front door and lock. I lived in the flat myself for 8 years and I was always happy to walk home from any local tube at night. There are three flights of stairs to the flat with good, well-lit landings between each flight. There is no lift. I have an elderly relative who has no problem climbing the stairs. Even heavy suitcases can be carried up the stairs easily as you can rest between each flight of stairs.
What makes this flat so special is that it is both bright and cosy with views over the rooftops on both sides of the flat so you feel on top of the world.
I have thought about the pricing a great deal. It is below commercial rents and well below an apartment hotel in the same area PLUS all your bills are covered. To get the price please put your dates into the system. I believe that the all-inclusive price is set fairly and booking for a month or more has a discount which appears automatically on the system so there is no need to ask about this. Other discounts are for my friends and family! My cancellation policy is strict to protect me from potential void periods. Please contact me ONLY if the pricing advertised is within your budget.
Please note while Airbnb shows the location area, they advise against providing postcodes, addresses or any more specific details on the location. This is for security reasons. You will be provided with the address as soon as you book. You will be provided with instructions on check in 4 days before you arrive unless there are exceptional circumstances for you needing the information earlier. I am confident you will love the flat and the area. Look at the reviews!
I look forward to your enquiry.
Guests have access to the entire flat.
I try to fit in with the arrival and departure arrangements of my guests unless there is overlap with other guests in which case the standard check in times apply. This is 1600 for check in and 10am for check out. There is a left luggage service at Paddington Station which is 5 minutes in a taxi.
Interaction with guests
I live in Cambridge but I am often in London and I try to meet my guest(s) if I can and if I am in London during your stay. Guests who stay for a month or more (or who ask) can spend a night with us in our family home just outside Cambridge (for free). I am happy to write and answer specific queries to ensure my guests feel happy and comfortable and get the most out of their stay.
I expect guests to be kind, nice and polite in their interaction with me and this is what you can expect from me too.
If there is something wrong with the flat, for example the clenliness or the facilities, I expect my guests to let me know when they find this and BEFORE they leave so that I am able to resolve the problem.
Airbnb has been a fantastic experience for me most of the time. I have loved sharing my first ever home with my guests (with two notable exceptions!).
Other things to note
Even though the neighborhood is busy and fun - the flat is a light, bright, peaceful oasis which is great for working or relaxing.
If there is no other guests checking in or out on your arrival or departure day then the times can be flexible. If there are guests leaving or departing on your arrival or departure day then the check in will be at or after 1600 and the check out will be at or before 10am. These are standard times. With the agreement of my housekeeer or other guests it is sometimes possible to leave your luggage for a few hours duing the 'overlap' time when beds are being changed. Please discuss details with me.
If you have children, the flat is best suited to children over the age of 6/7 as the cabin bed is high and there is no protection at the top of the internal stairs. The owners of the flats below mine are permanent residents. We know each other well and we respect each others' need for privacy and quiet. We ensure that noise (Music, TV and conversation) is kept to a minimum after 23:00.
My housekeeper cleans the flat most Wednesday afternoons between 13:00 and 16:00. Her responsibility is to do a maintenance clean and not to wash up or clean up after guests. I expect guests to leave the flat in the same condition that they found it when they arrived with the exception of the set(s) of sheets and towels and the kitchen T towels that you use immediately before your departure. Before you depart, please strip your sheets from the bed(s) and fold the sheets and put the towels into the large grey pop up bag you will find in the bedroom cupboard.
Depending on the cleaning cycle, on your arrival, your bed will either be made with fresh sheets or you will need to do this yourself with sheets provided. Towels are also provided.
If you do not wish my housekeeper to clean the flat during your stay, please let me know in advance. In this case she will pop in but not clean and there will be no deductions.
If you are not able to leave the flat as clean as you found it then let me know as soon as you can and I will arrange for extra cleaning on your departure. This will cost £50.00 extra. If we need to clean the flat after you and I have not been told, £100 will be deducted from your deposit as I will need use an emergency cleaning service. Most of my guests have left the flat very clean and tidy on departure and this enables me to keep the costs down.
Please do not put any food down the drain in either the kitchen or the bathroom. You will be surprised that some guests have done this and the drains became blocked! Made sure than ANY solid food (even small items) are thrown into the rubbish bin.
I have a detailed inventory and this is checked after each guest. Breakages can happen. Please let me know of anything that you break or damage during your stay. This includes the staining of any sheets and towels which will need to be replaced if the stains cannot be removed.
Thanks. I'm sure you will have a great stay. It's a fantastic area and I am sure you will love your cosy nest!
From Apr 1 - 6, 2018 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
I am an international development consultant working with child health and education programmes in developing countries. I live with my husband and two children in a village just outside Cambridge, England. I have lived in Kenya and Hong Kong and I have worked in numerous countries in Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Far East. I have had this lovely flat since 1994 and have had long stay tenants (one stayed for 11 years) and short stay tenants, friends and family stay here too. In 2011, I refurbished the flat from top to bottom. What my new tenants enjoy is the result!