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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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THE STABLES

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Chalkley's (2 bedrs -sleeps 4), The Stables ( 1 bedr- sleeps 2) 4**** rated

INTRODUCING THE OLD BAKERY: This 17th Century building is a Grade II listed historic house and stands at the heart of the delightful Winchmore Hill conservation area. Fast trains to the centre are just 2 minutes walk away & take you in 25 minutes to the West End, theatreland, shops, tourist sites and museums, and the Eurostar terminal. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops are nearby on Winchmore Hill Green, which retains the charm of past times, yet is very much part of modern London.

We offer family-run accommodation with a friendly welcome. The apartments are 4 ****star-rated by Visit Britain. Bedlinen & towels are supplied. WiFi is free.

OUR TWO APARTMENTS:

'CHALKLEY'S' (sleeps 4), is a cottage style apartment (on 2 floors) in the historic 17th Century bakehouse - a charming holiday home with impressive beams and fireplaces. Your home-from-home, is elegantly furnished with antique furniture, original paintings and comfy beds. Our guests say that the experience of staying in this charming home is a highlight of their stay in London. 'Chalkley's' accomodates 4 guests and so is ideal for a family of four or for two couples. There are two double, en-suite bedrooms, an elegant living room, spacious dining room & kitchen. Modern kitchen facilities make it ideal for self-catering holidays. The nearby 'Deli-on-the-Green' and 'The Larder' make food buying a pleasure rather than a chore . The apartment can be rented in a one bedroom format, suitable for 2 guests (sharing a bedroom), at a discounted rent.

The apartment is named after the Chalkley family who ran the Bakery for four generations.

THE STABLES:

This cosy, romantic cottage is situated in the secluded walled garden of The Old Bakery, with direct gated access to the street and to Winchmore Hill Green. It consists of a living/dining room, kitchen, shower-room and double bedroom in the eaves. The Stables have their own patio area where out guests enjoy breakfasts among the flowers and romantic evening drinks. .

Winchmore Hill is a delightful and safe area of London, popular with Londoners because of its excellent, fast train links to the West End and City centre. It was in 1871, when the railway came to Winchmore Hill, that a sleepy village became a commuter suburb of London and prosperous City workers built new homes in streets around the ancient village Green. The Old Bakery is close to the station, just two minutes' walk. The nearby shops, 'Deli-on-the-Green' and 'The Larder', make food buying a pleasure rather than a chore. If you wish to eat out, there are high quality restaurants, cafes and pubs nearby. There is also a large supermarket a short walk from the Old Bakery.

Self-catering accommodation at The Old Bakery offers you a more relaxing and more economical option to hotels. At The Old Bakery, you have your own home-from-home where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings before and after your day's site-seeing in the centre of London.

This is a family-run business. We pride ourselves on our personal service and friendly welcome to all our guests. We enjoy sharing the beauty of this historic building with you.

The village origins of Winchmore Hill (first mentioned in the history books in the 14th century as a village on the route to the Royal Hunting Forest) still reveal themselves in the historic buildings around The Green, and in a friendly community atmosphere, unusual in a capital City like London.

OUR HISTORY:

The Old Bakery is believed to have begun life in about 1595AD as a village hall with central huge fireplace and vaulted ceiling, before becoming, first, a farmhouse, then, in 1822AD, the village Bakehouse, and finally a private home . The Bakery was run for many years by Quakers and Winchmore Hill was an historic a centre of early Quakerism. The nearby Quaker Meeting House is still in use, surrounded by a beautiful garden.

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Details for The Stables 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

The Stables is a romantic, self-catering apartment situated in the walled garden of The Old Bakery London (with direct access to the street). Stylishly furnished and equipped, it is an ideal London holiday venue for a couple or single visitor. A hugely popular hideway holiday home. The Stables comprises: beamed living room with flagstone floor; small, well equipped kitchen (combination oven/microwave, hob, washing machine, fridge/freezer); shower room / toilet; a double bedroom in the eaves (please note restricted height). WiFi (free), TV, DVD and CD player, & a selection of books. In Summer, enjoy peaceful breakfasts or romantic evening drinks in the Stables' seating area within the Old Bakery's secluded and beautiful garden. The cottage is shielded from the street by high walls. Towels & 400-thread Egyptian cotton bedlinen provided. N.B. The bedroom accessed by a ladder-style staircase (see photos) which is may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only

Nina Anstee

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My first husband, Clive, and I brought the Bakery in 1978. Restoring and preserving its historic fabric became a labour of love. Originally we used the whole of the Old Bakery as a family home. Clive was a classical musician and both our children were studying instruments. So it was well used for rehearsal and practice. My children, Karen and Stephen, are both professional musicians. Stephen plays the cello and Karen the violin. In 1986, Clive died and soon my children became adults and had homes and, eventually, families of their own. I decided to divide the house into two parts, thus creating 'Chalkley's' apartment. I converted the Stables to a guest house about ten years ago,

For many years, I worked in Fundraising and raised funds for historic buildings including Worcester College Oxford, The King Charles Court at Royal Greenwich and (my final project) St Paul's Cathedral. I then re-trained as a Psychotherapist and have private practice in Winchmore Hill.

My second husband, Bruce, is a scientist working on Environmental issues.

Bruce has three adult children and we now have ten grandchildren between us! The eldest is Zachary aged 18 and the youngest is baby Gabriel who was born in April 2013. My son, Stephen and his French wife Amelie (also a musician) have 3 year old twins Elliot and Ariane whom I often look after, which is a real joy.

Our children and grandchildren frequently gather here for meals. When there is a birthday to celebrate it is usually a case of 'Let's go to Mum's'. Fortunately, Bruce is an excellent and enthusiastic cook. The photo above is of the family gathering for Zachary's 18th birthday. I am the one wearing a flowery jacket and holding Elliot, aged 3 years. In order round the table, Amelie (back to camera) me, Nat, Zach, Karen, Gabriel (not the baby Gabriel but his older cousin!) Martin (a friend from New York) and Stephen holding Ariane (Elliot's twin sister).

Nina Anstee purchased this apartment in 1978

Winchmore Hill is a wonderful place to live. It combines fast access to the centre of London with pleasant surroundings, good independently-run shops and restaurants, and a thriving and friendly community. These last qualities are rare in large capital cities.I frequently join local friends at the Deli-on-the-Green for morning coffee, when we talk over local issues, discuss the latest news or have friendly disagreements about politics. In the warmer weather I love to walk in beautiful Grovelands Park. The Park was once the grounds of 18th century Grovelands House (designed by John Adams) but was bought by the far-sighted local Council 100 years ago as a amenity for the neighbourhood.

At weekends Bruce and I usually go to the theatre, a concert, or to the National Film Theatre. The great thing about Winchmore Hill is that it is easy to pop into the centre - for a bit of Oxford Street shopping, or to visit Borough Food Market, for example - while also enjoying a great neighbourhood.

When I first saw The Old Bakery, the fireplace in Chalkley's dining room brought back childhood memories of my grandfather reading by his newspaper by the fireside in his Tudor period house. I love The Old Bakery's spaciousness, its charm, its excentricities and its warm family atmosphere.

When we bought The Old Bakery we spent a lot of time finding the original features hidden beneath inappropriate 'modernisations'. I have taken pride in conserving the building's historic fabric and bringing The Old Bakery's facilities up to high contemporary standards without compromising its character and atmosphere. About ten years ago, I transformed The Stables ( where the baker's horses lived until the1940s) into a delightful one bedroom cottage (also available as a holiday apartment).

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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The Stables
average rating of 4.821429 based on 28 reviews
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The Stables
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p417278
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Enfield London
5

The Stables at the Old Bakery

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
I came to Europe to relax after a chaotic summer. My stay at The Stables was just what I needed. It was quant and relaxing and perfect. The apartment was fully accomodating. I enjoyed our little meals in the kitchen between city trips. I would highly recommend staying here. Nina was a wonderful host. Visiting with the turtle and the guinea pigs was a real treat everyday. I will definately be returning.
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us. We like to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay. The tortoise was a birthday gift to my son, Steve, over 30 years ago, but now Octavius the tortoise amuses Steve's twin 2-year olds, Elliot and Ariane, and our visitors too!
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Helpful votes: 2/2
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The Stables
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p417278
+44 02088826255
Enfield London
5

Amazing home away from home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
My husband and I stayed at The Stables for 6 nights. We loved it. Nina was an amazing hostess. She was extremely helpful from the moment we made our first inquiry from the website. Our flight to London was delayed and she was happy to make arrangements for us to arrive later than anticipated. Due to our late arrival Nina provided us with a quick orientation and then let us get to bed. She came back the next morning to go through some additional information and to answer any questions.

The Stables is well laid out with the living area on the main floor and a bedroom upstairs. There are ladder like stairs leading to the sleeping area, which could be difficult for some. We very much enjoyed the available television in the evenings as well as the complimentary wireless internet service. The kitchen is fully equipped and Nina was nice enough to stock the kitchen with some eggs, bread and milk.

The gardens are lovely, but we didn't really spend much time enjoying them as we were away during the day. The Stables is located a 3 minute walk from Winchmore Hill rail station, which was incredibly convenient. It is also accessible from Southgate Station on the Piccadilly Line. It is only about 20 minutes into central London.

There are lots of restaurant options nearby and Winchmore Hill itself is lovely. We will definitely stay here again on future trips to the London area. We thank Nina very much for her hospitality and allowing us to enjoy her hidden gem of an accommodation.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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The Stables
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p417278
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Enfield London
5

Nice week in London

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
We have spent a nice week during the Paralympics in London, Our stay in the Old Bakery was very pleasant.
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The Stables
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p417278
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Enfield London
5

Perfect home away from home at Chalkey's

Perfect home away from home at Chalkey's
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
We rented Chalkey's for our once in a lifetime trip to the Olympics in London and could not have been more pleased with our choice. The location is wonderful and very historic, yet has all the modern conveniences including internet access, television and a wonderful Deli right across the street. The train station is just around the corner and we were able to get everywhere easily by using the trains and the underground. Nina was a wonderful host and was very generous with her expertise and advice. We were able to find our way around easily and had many wonderful meals right in Winchmore Hill. We especially recommend the Kings' Head Pub, Queen's Head Pub and the Deli. There is also a convenience store just around the corner where we were able to find everything we needed during our stay.

The location of Chalkey's was ideal for us, as we were traveling with teenage children and felt the area was very safe for them to explore on their own. The neighborhood is quiet at night, which was great for sleeping, but there are numerous restaurants just down the street. We made use of the Pharmacy and the Dry Cleaners during our visit, as well as sampling several of the local wine shops. We would strongly recommend Chalkey's as a home away from home when visiting London. We used it as a home base during our 10 day stay and were extremely pleased with our choice! Listen to Nina's advice on getting around London by train- she made it all very easy for us. We never felt as though we needed a car and were able to see much of London, but can't wait to return to the Old Bakery to see more in the years to come. Thank you Nina for your kindness and generosity during our time in London!
Owner's Response: We were delighted to have this family to stay in "Chalkley's" during the Olympic Games. It was lovely to see their enthusiasm for the Olympic events they attended. Then, after the Olympics, when they spent a few days visiting the sites of London, we were glad to make a few suggestions. A car is definitely not necessary in London. Using the train and underground system to get around is far quicker and is easy and convenient. The Oyster card system makes paying for your travel around London very simple - no queuing for tickets! We provide London maps and offer suggestions for days out and about in London.
Helpful votes: 4/4
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The Stables
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p417278
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Enfield London
5

Charming, quiet, well equiped, and good location

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
Pictures don't capture the charm of this flat. The outside garden is lovely and even comes with a resident turtle. Furnishings are very comfortable and look new. The flat is well equiped and spotless. Original artwork. I was delighted by the book collection - dozens to chose from and high quality authors. The flat is located within a block of the train so transport to London was 22 minutes. The area is quiet, has cobblestone streets, and old lovely 2 story buildings. The owner provided a good orientation to the unit and maps, suggestions, and brochures. The upper story bedroom worked well for us (mid 50s and in good health) but might be a problem for those not fit enough to climb the ladder/stairs. This was a wonderful home base and I highly recommend it.
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Map

Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Heathrow
Nearest Train
8 Miles
King's Cross / Eurostar International
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
M25
Car: not necessary

Winchmore Hill is a pleasant residential area of London from which trains take you to the West End's theatres, museums, galleries and shops in just 25-30 minutes. The City (St Paul's Cathedral, The Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern) is equally accessible by train.

The Old Bakery (a working bakery known as Chalkley's Bakehouse until 1945), is one of a group of 17Th century buildings near the 'village' Green, which is a historic Conservation Area. The Green has charming pubs, restaurants and traditional tea-rooms, as well excellent food shopping.

In the 1660s, Winchmore Hill became one of the earliest Quaker communities, founded by George Chalkley. His son, Thomas, emigrated to America and became a famous preacher. The Quaker Meeting House and the Old School House are nearby.

The university City of Cambridge can be reached by train in 1 hour 15 minutes, and beautiful Hatfield House (where Queen Elizabeth I lived before becoming Queen) in 45 minutes.

Other Activities: museums, galleries, theatres, sight-seeing, historic buildings

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Availability & Rates

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Spring-Summer 2014
Apr 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
£90
£550
4 nights
 
 
Autumn 2014
Oct 1 2014 - Dec 18 2014
£80
£500
4 nights
 
 
Xmas 2014
Dec 19 2014 - Jan 4 2015
£95
£650
4 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £50.00
Notes Rates for stays of over 2 weeks may be negotiable at certain times of the year. .
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Amenities

Enfield Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • Town
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Romantic
  • Historic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Local Maps
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Alarm Clock
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Oven
  • Kitchen
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Good quality egyptian cotton towels are provided. The shower-room (electric shower) has a slate floor with a thick cotton bath mat. There is a heated towel rail, white basin and mirrored cabinets.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • The bedroom is in the eaves of the building and has sloping ceilings. It is comfortable, cosy and romantic - airy but not large. There are a good selection of books and a radio by the bed. The window looks out over cottage gardens. The bed is a standard-size double. Bedlinen is 400-thread Egyptian cotton.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Television
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • live theater
  • museums
  • cinemas
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • swimming
  • cycling
Notes:
Excellent visitor information about central London attractions and about the local area is provided. Visitors also enjoy the varied selection of books. Wireless internet access is free. The Stables stand in the delightful walled garden of the Old Bakery. During the Spring and Summer months our garden is full of flowers, including clematis In May-Sept and roses round your door in June! Our guests appreciate the peaceful atmosphere after a busy day's sight-seeing. The garden provides a pleasant and secluded place to sit on summer evenings. Many birds come to our feeders. A high gate gives direct access to the street, while providing excellent security and privacy. Please note the bedroom is accessed via a ladder-staircase and that this is unlikely to be suitable for persons with limited mobility. Please email or ring us to discuss the suitability to your needs.
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