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Two luxury London (N21) apartments in an historic setting - The Stables

Nina Anstee

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, French by email - Mr Anstee speaks French
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Nina Anstee

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Two luxury London (N21) apartments in an historic setting - The Stables

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


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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.


'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.


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.


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.
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Nina Anstee (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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About Nina Anstee

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

Why Nina Anstee chose Enfield

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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).

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fantastic place to stay. Go everything needed and more. Brilliant place to explore London.
Aug 2014
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The Stables
average rating of 4.787879 based on 34 reviews

Great Little Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Lovely property with all the amenities of a self sufficient apartment. Really enjoyed my stay and Enfield is a delightful little neighbourhood. A bit of a distance from the centre of London, but within 2 minutes of the rail station into central London. Note that the ladder to the bedroom means that luggage must remain downstairs.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

A beautiful place to stay & a wonderful community

  • 5 of 5

What a truly wonderful place to stay; my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The property was exactly as described; it was very homely and was in a fantastic location with the centre of London a 30 minute train ride away.

The Old Stables was very well kept and was very clean and tidy; we were very much looked after.

I would recommend a stay here if you find yourself in North London.

Winchmore Hill is a fabulous community with some very nice restaurants, a tea shop and the Deli around!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

A magical hide away !!!

  • 5 of 5

The Stable was everything we hoped for and more!!! This cozy little hideaway was the highlight of our long awaited trip to London. The location was perfect for travel in and out of the city with only a minutes walk to train station. Winchmore Hill is a picturesque little town for the days we stayed close to home. There were plenty of restaurants in walking distances and a beautiful park to enjoy a picnic in. Nina and Bruce were very welcoming and helpful, providing us with lots of travel tips. The apartment was immaculate and tastefully decorated complete with fresh cut flowers on the table upon our arrival. It had everything we needed and was a pleasure to return to at the end of our long days. We would come back in a heart beat but would want to stay much longer so we had more lazy days to spend at home and enjoy the quaint little garden. We highly recommend this spot and will be telling all our Canadian friends. Thank you so much for sharing this little piece of history and helping making our vacation so special.

Charles and Wendy

Calgary, Alberta Canada

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so pleased that Wendy and Charles viewed their stay at The Old Bakery as the highlight of their trip to the UK. We are looking forward to welcoming their Canadian friends. We always offer a small discount to friends of former guests. Thank you Wendy and Charles. Come again soon. Nina

Excellent Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying in the Stables. The Garden was adorable and even had a friendly little turtle. It is literally a block from the train that takes you everywhere. My husband was great at figuring out the train system and used Rick Steves book a lot for getting around, but at the end of the day it was great to come back to a quite little cottage. I would highly recommend it to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always delighted to hear that our guests have enjoyed their time here. The turtle (actually a tortoise in British English - we use turtle only for the water-living version!) seems to enjoy the company of our guests in the Summer. In the Winter, of course, he hibernates. Nina

Good place to stay for a bit of peace and quiet.

  • 4 of 5

Excellent place to stay for a bit of peace and quiet. Close to shops and eating places and a short walk to the station. The property was recommended to me by my brother and it definitely lived up to expectations. I would definitely stay here again

  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is lovely to welcome guests who have heard of us through friends or family who have stayed here. That's why offer 5% discounts to returning guests and to their friends, as a special thank you.

The Stables at the Old Bakery

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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! Nina


Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Nearest Train
300 Metres
winchmore hill
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

From £80 Per night

Enfield Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
spring/summer 2015
Apr 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
4 night minimum stay
autumn 2015
Oct 1 2015 - Dec 20 2015
4 night minimum stay
xmas/new year 2015-16
Dec 21 2015 - Jan 3 2016
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2016
Jan 4 2016 - Mar 31 2016
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £50.00
Notes Rates for stays of over 2 weeks may be negotiable at certain times of the year. .
A 2-hour clean at the end of a guest's stay is included in the rent. In the rare circumstances that this is not sufficient time to clean after a guest's departure we reserve the right to deduct an additional hour's cleaning cost (£25) from their security deposit.

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Enfield Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
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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