A Gem of a Cottage
Submitted: November 26, 2012
Stayed: October 2012
A colleague and I stayed at the cottage on Montpelier Row when we came to do research at the National Archives in Kew in late October, 2012.
The cottage met all of our expectations and was comfortable, safe, quiet, and a nice home away from home. The owner, Val, was extremely helpful in providing us information on the cottage and on Twickenham/Richmond before we began our trip. Her directions and travel suggestions were spot on. We were able to take the local bus from Heathrow Airport right to the top of Montpelier Row.
The two bedrooms, bathroom, living room, and kitchen were warm, neat, clean, and well-furnished. It had everything we needed. The beds were particularly comfortable and the water pressure in the shower was always strong. The clothes washer and drying racks were a welcome addition. The outside garden, surrounded by plants and trees, provided a private, yet relaxing spot at the end of the day and a picturesque scene to wake up to and have breakfast. We appreciated the WiFi access, in keeping up with the news and our emails.
The cottage is well built to keep out outside noises, and the location is particularly quiet that getting to sleep at night is not a problem at all. We also felt secure and safe in the neighborhood.
The cottage is also well-situated to a bus route which travels everywhere one might need to go. In our case, one bus got us from the top of Montpelier Row to the doorstep National Archives in about 20 minutes. It is also a few minutes walk to the train station, where we took an overnight to Oxford and a short trip into London. On Val’s suggestion, we purchased an Oyster card, which is the simplest and less expensive way to travel.
But one need not venture further than the cottage’s neighborhood to explore and enjoy a wonderful and relaxing time. You are only a few minutes from a pleasant river walk, the beautiful grounds of the Marble House is practically in its backyard. Grocery stores, markets, and all sort of food shops are minutes away. Val provides a good listing of restaurants, pubs, and local places to see. (Do take her advice and try the St. Margaret’s!)
The cottage on Montpelier Row is an ideal place for vacationers as well as for those on business and not wanting the inconveniences of a hotel. It is also convenient for those planning to use the National Archives in nearby Kew. We recommend it highly and look forward to returning again next year.
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