Sleep in a hugely comfortable bed and share a postcode with the Queen! When you open the door, you will see we have created a top-quality-boutique-hotel-experience in a unique self-catering apartment. Recently refurbished to the highest standard and situated on the second floor of a Victorian period house, now divided into apartments, the space (bedroom, sitting room/kitchen, bathroom) has been interior-designed in soft greys & mauve with mood lighting and underfloor heating.
With large traditional sash windows to front and rear, this bright apartment is flooded with light. South-facing into the afternoon sun, the spacious living/dining/sitting room is fitted with every convenience: unlimited Broadband; wall-hung SMART TVs (there’s one in the bedroom, too) wired into the WiFi network and with pre-paid access to Netflix; USB ports in power sockets; fold-out end-tables to each side of the custom-made sofa, so you can ‘lounge’ while working at your laptop; a mango-wood dining table and four matching dining chairs; a stream-lined, well-fitted kitchen with all modern conveniences; ‘art’ photographs of London on the walls.
The apartment sleeps four comfortably: two people sleep in the bedroom, where (as in the sitting room) there is ‘mood’ and colour-change lighting and a phone-charger/radio/alarm clock and USB charging points to each side of the bed King-sized bed (5'6" or 150 cm wide). The very expensive mattress is firm and supportive while, at the same time, allows the sleepers to feel as if they are floating on a cloud. In this cozy bedroom, a ‘hidden’ dressing table with hairdryer, as well as two concealed drawer units, clothes-hanging-space (more in the large cupboards in the sitting room), make the most of every inch of space.
Another two people are accommodated in the sitting room, but we don’t use a sofa bed because, in our experience these are rarely comfortable. Instead, we supply divinely comfortable and solid fold-out beds, which are cleverly stored away in a large cupboard just outside the apartment during the day, and can be set out in the sitting room to form 1 x large double or 2 x single beds at night. Our ‘Bedeck’ bed-linen is of the highest hotel quality.
The bathroom is small but perfectly fitted, with a powerful shower over the bath, and atmospheric lighting and discrete ‘grab handles’ to make the bathing experience safe and secure for older guests. We also provide high quality bath-and-shower products, with two deep, fluffy towels and a face-cloth for each guest, as well as make-up remover pads and cotton-wool-balls.
We believe we have thought of everything for your comfort (although we always welcome further suggestions!) The underfoor heating in the sitting room can be boosted by the central heating system, and there is a heated towel rail in the bathroom, and cooling fans for the summer months. A groceries-hamper, together with fresh bread, milk and butter, welcomes you. In the kitchen, dishwasher and washing machine tablets sit beside the relevant machines (the washing machine is a washer/dryer); a bone china dinner service, wine glasses and champagne flutes and a very good range of cookware and other food preparation tools make ‘eating in’ a delight. We even leave jotters, pens and pencils to capture sudden thoughts – or shopping lists . . .
The self-contained apartment is reached via a staircase that rises the whole height of the house. There are three other small apartments in the house, all self-contained. All are full-time homes for people who live and work in London.
Cleaning and maintenance are to the highest standard. This is a real home-from-home with every detail attended to by the owners, who keep a sharp eye on the whole operation and, with their housekeeping and maintenance staff, are on hand to deal with any issue immediately.
Interaction with guests
Owner lives in Hampstead, London and is available by telephone or by email if the guests have any questions. Housekeeper lives round the corner from the apartment and can pop round easily if needed.
Other things to note
The apartment is whisper-quiet, both inside and out. The street in which the house is located is in the sought-after ‘Pimlico Grid’ – a grid of residential streets laid down by the planner Thomas Cubitt beginning in 1825, and now protected as the Pimlico Conservation Area. The 'Pimlico Grid' is subject to elaborate traffic-flow-measures to inhibit through-traffic.
Adrienne has worked mainly in the theatre and the arts, although she is now a writer/researcher specialising in fatherhood. Together with her husband Martin, Adrienne has been renting out properties for almost 40 years.