When I travel, I usually prefer full-service hotels. I have not had great experiences with vacation rentals in the United States. Some were too cluttered with the owner’s own paraphernalia, as they only rented out certain weeks of the year, some were dusty to downright dirty, some were spotless, but expected you to cart everything to the house (all linens, bath supplies, cleaning products, condiments, etc). If there was a problem, you had to go through the rental agency and hope someone would respond. None of these made for a great vacation experience in my mind (or a relaxing one!).
So when I first heard of this house in Lambeth, I didn’t really consider staying there…until I started hearing and reading the rave reviews. Poking around the VRBO website and seeing the lovely photos and reading all of the details, I decided to take the plunge. Happily I was able to reserve the house for my short stay in February.
As advertised, Bev met me at the door…despite my arrival at the very early hour of 7:00am. She gave me the grand tour, showing me how everything worked and where everything was. The house was positively spotless with every surface gleaming.
I asked Bev about stripping the beds and cleaning up when we left and she responded that was not for us to worry about. Honestly, it was the best of both worlds…a private home with the service of a boutique hotel!
I was a little concerned that I would feel like I was too far away from the center of London (on my last trip I stayed at Charing Cross in the thick of things), but that was not the case at all. As advertized, there were two busses that would whisk us to either side of Westminster Bridge in ten minutes or less. It couldn’t have been easier to get around. There are also a ton of restaurants and pubs in the area if you want to grab something quickly.
I am always a little sad at the end of my vacation and leaving London. For the first time I was also sad to leave my house (notice I said MY, lol). It will be a couple of years before I get back to London, but I know for certain where I will be staying!