Bayswater Apartment Rental Photos and Description
An enchanting home with Victorian furniture and antique ornaments
Right ho, Jeeves
A generation or two back, Westbourne Terrace was the servants’ quarters of a grand house, its dutiful occupants bidden upstairs in the service of a household whose work was never done. Time marches on, but you’ll see the footprints of the past all across this enchanting home. Victorian furniture and antique ornaments make for a richly historic atmosphere, while a languorous terrace and quiet cosiness at every turn ensure you won’t need to ring for the footman in a hurry. And, with Notting Hill one way and the West End the other, you’ll surely agree that this home is one for the ages...
The young master
Your host has lived at Westbourne Terrace since 1962, when the home was his father’s. A semi-retired GP working part-time, he now lives in Herefordshire with his wife, who is a traditional upholsterer and ex-nurse. With grandchildren in London, they’re often to be found within these storied walls, drinking in the historical magic they’ve helped preserve.
Feet many no longer tromp up and down the old servant’s staircase, but you’ll certainly enjoy it as a monument to the home’s rich past, adorned with antique sewing machines, books, and ornaments. Make time for tea in the handsome sitting room, an exquisite blend of period furniture with modern decor, before rustling up a hearty repast in the well-equipped kitchen. Four can sit and eat in the demure dining area, while the yellow-washed walls of the distinctly lovely terrace will have you dashing out invites to all your friends.
When the day draws late, you’ve two bedrooms to choose from. The master is graciously large and timelessly stylish, soft colours off-setting more antique trinkets. Its ensuite, previously the wine store for the main house, can still make you feel giddy with its gleaming loveliness. A spiffy double, with arched ceiling and orange feature wall, will soothe your spirit, while the shower room swims with divine White Company toiletries.
The remains of the day
Tucked into such a quiet street, you may forget just how central is your perch. A ten-minute amble, and Hyde Park’s happy green pastures stretch before you, while a short stroll the other way brings you the smiling waterways of Little Venice. Bayswater is blessed with a bevy of cosy bars, cafes and restaurants, while, for shopping, look to the upmarket boutiques of Westbourne Grove. But if it’s the heady glamour of the West End you hanker for, the tube from Paddington to Oxford Circus takes a quick nine minutes.
- non smoking only
- children welcome