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A SUPERB STUDIO WITH A VIEW, FLOODED WITH LIGHT. CALM, LUXURIOUS AND ROMANTIC.

Gary Gunas

Advertiser since: 2009
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Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Gary Gunas

Advertiser since: 2009
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Calendar last updated:
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A SUPERB STUDIO WITH A VIEW, FLOODED WITH LIGHT. CALM, LUXURIOUS AND ROMANTIC.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Islington Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Stylish living in a quiet flat on a lovely garden square. Civilised and pretty.

Just a few weeks remain in 2014, so book now, as repeat customers are lining up to fill the diary -- a sure sign that we're doing something right! (Just check out our super reviews, below.)

For larger parties, this property can often be paired with our two-bedroom flat in the same building: HomeAway property 417134.

We're in London's historic Gibson Square, which is an oasis of calm just off of Islington's lively Upper Street, where you'll find literally dozens of upscale bars, restaurants and shops. Our neighbourhood is friendly, safe and immaculate, making the flat a perfect fit for a woman traveling alone, for a professional here on assignment working late hours -- for anyone, in fact, who appreciates a civilized lifestyle. We're convenient to public transport running quickly to all the sights and tourist attractions you'll want to visit in this great city. The flat is on the first floor of a Regency terraced town house (2nd floor American). Travel back in time with us -- all sides of the Square, and the park inside it, look just as they did when George III was busy losing the Colonies. This quiet, elegant, comfortable holiday rental flat features very high ceilings, cornice mouldings, and a brand new first-class renovation. The fully-equipped kitchen is a dream!

Perfect WiFi, and Sky TV including the extra cost Sports and Movies options. Sleeps just 2.

Those Wonderful Double-Decker Buses: Several key buses stop just three minutes from the house, giving convenient scenic access to all the museums, tourist sights, markets and historic neighbourhoods you'll want to see on your vacation, cheaper and often quicker than the tube. Unlike in most cities, here the bus is your friend, with its dedicated express lanes and incredibly low cost -- just £1.30 with the Oyster Card you'll get the day you arrive! Take the splendid double-decker #4 red bus to Sadlers Wells, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Fleet Street, Oxford Street shopping, Covent Garden and the West End theatres, and finally Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames to the South Bank (National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, the London Eye), Imax, Waterloo Station, and the Old Vic. (All that in barely half an hour’s ride!) Other buses from this neighbourhood have similarly-stunning itineraries

The Tube, and the Rail System: It's just a 7-minute walk to the Angel Islington tube station (Northern Line, Zone 1) for quick connections throughout London – just 1 stop to the King's Cross / St Pancras transport hub for further tube connections, the Eurostar to Paris, and mainline trains to Scotland, the North of England, and Gatwick and Luton Airports. And yes, King's Cross does have a brick wall bearing the sign 'Platform 9 3/4'. It's a 10-minute walk to the Highbury & Islington tube station (Victoria Line) connecting to the Stansted (Airport) Express, and looping through Central London to Victoria Station with connections to all lines. Arsenal's Emirates football stadium is at Highbury, as are National Rail's overground North London and Northern City Lines. Canary Wharf, the Financial District and the 2012

The Olympics venues are quickly accessed from here. Heathrow Airport, by the way, is best accessed by the 15-minute Heathrow Express train, which you get from Paddington Station, less than 20 minutes away.

Your Holiday Rental Flat in London: Contact us now to book your London vacation! We're convenient to all the tourist sights, and you can enjoy fine dining, theatres, museums and shopping, while living in a stylish, cosy, classic period flat. Enjoy your London city break out on the town, or take a night off, cook at home and hunker down for some uniquely English delights on SKY TV. Check out our great reviews, and for a map highlighting our favourite shops, restaurants, markets and scenic neighbourhood walks, just click on the link to our personal website:

www.GibsonSquareProperties.com

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gary Gunas (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2009
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2014

About Gary Gunas

Recently retired, my partner and I now live our life-long dream of having four sweet homes and living in whichever strikes our fancy at a given time. Since the stock market crash of 2008, to cover the bills, all the properties are rented on HomeAway whenever we're not in them. Managing the rentals has turned into quite a pleasant, though very time consuming, new profession for us, wherein we meet (or at least correspond with) the loveliest people from all over the planet. We've had nearly 300 guests in the past six years, and not a single bad experience. Phew! And we have great local staff for each property, so each home is always up to our own high standards for comfort, cleanliness and beauty.

Before retiring in 2005, I spent more than 30 years working on Broadway and in London's West End -- first managing, then producing, big musicals (mostly) plus handfuls of plays and concerts. I was part of the original productions of GODSPELL, DREAMGIRLS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and many dozens more, and producer of The Who's TOMMY and JEKYLL & HYDE, to name a few. Broadway concerts include Bette Midler, Michael Crawford, Frank Sinatra and even a very elderly Josephine Baker (a New Year's Eve concert, at the Palace, of course), whose chateau is just down the road from our house in France.

My partner Bill Rosenfield was for many years what Time Magazine wrote of him: 'RCA Victor's Man about Broadway'. He produced more than 60 Original Cast Recordings -- just pick one up at home if you have one -- if it's from the 1990's or early 2000's, his name is probably on it: CHICAGO, TOMMY, RAGTIME, CABARET, on and on. Billy's now retired from that and actively engaged in his one true passion: writing plays. This new career is just budding, but already showing great progress. He does most of his writing in a cute little shed at the bottom of the garden behind our London flat.

See all our homes at GibsonSquareProperties.com

Gary Gunas purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Gary Gunas chose Islington

We love the Regency (late Georgian) architecture that is so prevalent in this part of town -- simple terraced houses with strict symmetry and Palladio's cube-and-a-half proportions which somehow create a great sense of calm, order and sophistication. Our house, on a perfectly-preserved square containing nothing but its original homes, features large windows and big open sky -- plus that pristine little park right across the square, with something in bloom every month of the year. And we greatly appreciate that very 'London' phenomenon, which is that all we hear is birdsong here, notwithstanding the fact that we're a 90-second walk to the very busy Upper Street, abounding with life and energy.

What makes this apartment unique

Immerse yourself in real life here -- our neighbourhood isn't the least bit touristy, just a breath of energized fresh air among real Londoners. Google 'Islington' and just see what comes up!

Why HomeAway

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.9
based on 32 traveler reviews

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A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
average rating of 4.90625 based on 32 reviews
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A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p811435
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
5

Highest Recommendation

  • 5 of 5
Hands-down the most tastefully decorated rental I’ve ever seen, even handsomer than the photos led me to hope. I loved waking up each morning in such a beautiful room and just wanted to move in and stay. It looks as though the owners decorated it for their own pleasure and outfitted it for their convenience rather than as a rental. Everything is pristine—scrubbed clean and impeccably maintained.

I'd never heard of Islington, but that was sort of the point. It’s an area of the city--like Chelsea, Kensington, Bloomsbury, etc—that was a pleasure to learn a bit about, and because it’s less known, it’s not at all touristy. It’s a real neighborhood where some very lucky Londoner’s live on lovely little Georgian squares. Everything you could want, including excellent pubs and restaurants, is in walking distance, and the major sights of London a tube-ride away.

The owners’ exceptionally thorough and entertaining guide to the flat and to Islington covers all you might want to know. If a question does arise, however, the owners respond in minutes.
  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
business
A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p811435
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
Boston
5

Lovely apartment in an interesting neighborhood

  • 5 of 5
Beautiful, well appointed apartment in a beautiful building. Perfect for 2. Nice furnishings, well decorated, everything you need in a vacation rental. The neighborhood is one few tourists are likely to know. It is lively, full of handsome buildings, good restaurants and food shops. The only issue is transportation, as the local Tube stop is not on a very useful line. But you learn, and we found we really liked taking the buses, as we saw much of London that we hadn't on many earlier visits. The landlords are completely charming, and provide a ton of useful info and advice. Highly recommended...we certainly hope to go back!
  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p811435
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
5

Home Away From Home!

  • 5 of 5
I was fortunate enough call this beautiful flat "home" for 11 days during the first few weeks that I moved to London. If I could live in this studio permanently, I would! The apartment is gorgeous with tasteful and welcoming touches throughout. It is perfect for a couple or a single guest with ample storage, a fully stocked kitchen, and everything one might need. The studio has floor to ceiling windows that allow for a beautiful light in the afternoons and truly, it is even more beautiful than the photos. Gibson Square itself is charming! I was so taken by the neighborhood that with the help of Gary and Billy, I found a permanent place nearby. Gibson Square is just a few blocks to the many great restaurants and theatre options on Upper Street, and it is a short walk to the tube/bus station. Aside from the many wonderful attributes of the flat and its location, the most important aspect of my stay was my interaction with Gary and Billy. They could not have been more welcoming, gracious, and thoughtful during my first weeks in a new country. They even left me a “welcome to London” gift at my front door on my first night. For the rest of my visit, they went out of their way to help me get settled and to check on me. I will recommend this beautiful flat to all of my family and friends when they are visiting London. This is a terrific price compared to London hotels and far nicer! One note of caution for those who have trouble with stairs like my mom, the flat is on the 2nd floor and up two short stairways.
  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p811435
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
Three Rivers, California
5

Definitely returning

  • 5 of 5
I wanted a Georgian townhouse in a an upscale quiet residential neighborhood, a washer/dryer, wifi, excellent furnishings, close to activities and tubes. So I searched, months in advance, and asked a million questions of everyone. In the end, there was only one place that appeared to top the list: The Studio.

My husband and I spent 16 days in The Studio in September 2014. It became home to us, a retreat in the trees, after long days of sightseeing. It is on the (American) 2nd floor, up a flight of interior stairs overlooking Gibson Sq at the tree line. We left the giant, arched casement windows open the entire time we were there because The Square is very quiet; occasionally a car or pedestrian would pass by but The Studio sits above the activity enough to afford privacy.

The details of The Studio were just as described. The kitchen was convenient with all cooking essentials, the bathroom was darling and well lit, the living room/ bedroom was large and extremely comfortable with 10 ft ceilings and beautiful period details, meticulously cared for.

Last, but certainly not least, the owners Gary and Bill are remarkable. They are responsive and concerned for every detail. We will never forget them and their wonderful place. We will return.
  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p811435
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
5

Perfect home base for us in great neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5
Nice studio with lots of light, big windows with shutters. Very functional kitchen with newer gas range/oven and microwave. Comfy bed, great landlords. Easy access to bus, tube or taxis. Many diverse restaurants and shops close by. Loved coming back to the neighborhood after being out and about.
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p811435
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
5

Sunny, beautiful,spacious studio apartment

  • 5 of 5
The property was clean and very comfortable. It lived up to the pictures on the website. 2 big beautiful windows looked out onto Gibson Square Gardens which was a delightful view to wake up to in the morning. We loved the neighborhood as well, and came back to eat at the numerous restaurants on Upper Street, more often than not or just hung out and looked in the shops. After a busy day downtown site seeing, you could hop on one of the doubledecker buses and get back to the quiet,a calm, respite at 24 Gibson Square. It was also nice to have the kitchen as we ate most of our breakfasts in, before leaving for the day. The owner was always accessible and ready to answer any questions. I would recommend renting this studio to anyone, especially friends and relatives who I know appreciate staying in great flat, in a neighborhood rather than a downtown hotel.

C. Gordon
Toronto, Canada
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Just around the corner.
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Kings Cross and St Pancras
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Just around the corner.
Car: not necessary

Ideally situated to explore London for a great city break, Islington itself is a hip, sophisticated destination on the northern edge of Central London, politically and aspirationally resembling Manhattan's upscale Upper West Side. The renowned Almeida Theatre and Kings Head Theatre Pub are just steps away, as are all the main supermarkets, plus endless boutiques and really fine food and antique shops. Stroll, bike or jog along Regents Canal. Easy transport links, fine restaurants, gay friendly. You can even walk (22 mins) to the Eurostar terminal and day trip to Paris in luxury for £59 return. Local celebrities include James McAvoy, Lily Allen, Dido and, formerly, Vladimir Lenin, Heath Ledger and Sir Walter Raleigh. Gibson Square alone boasts an Oscar-nominated film composer, a Booker Prize-winning author, a renowned stage director, a nationally known comic and a Member of Parliament. Former neighbour Tony Blair formed New Labour with Gordon Brown in one of our Upper Street restaurants

Other Activities: Theatre, theatre, theatre. (Or theater, theater, theater!) Museums, fashion, cuisine -- everything that London has to offer!

Golf: No golf here in central London, of course, but many of the nation's legendary courses are within an easy day-trip from the many train hubs easily accessible from our flat.

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Rates & Availability

From £980 Per week

Islington Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Holidays 2014
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
 
 
Holidays 2015
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£980
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £500
Notes We normally rent from Saturday-to-Saturday only, but for extended stays we try to work out different arrival and/or departure days, if required. We have booked many such stays, which have left the calendar with several 3- and 4-day openings. In such a case, we're happy, of course, to fill in the voids with shorter bookings!

Extra days, when available, are simply 1/7th of the base weekly rate.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Islington Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • The Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Brand New
  • Fluffy towels, and ample storage for all your toiletries. Just re-done, this stunning room features glossy white tile walls, state of the art fixtures and great water pressure (which can be pretty hard to find in this town). The hot water is virtually limitless. The claw-foot free standing tub features elegant chrome Euro-style fittings, but there's also an overhead rain head for a proper shower should you be so inclined. The garden view from the tub is stunning, enhanced by a large mirror which reflects the big bright sky out back. (And yes, there are shower curtains and blinds, too, so your complete privacy is assured.)
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • The Main Room - 1 queen
  • Wake up to a bright, bright sun as it rises over your park -- or shut it out with those in-built period shutters: 10 feet tall and carved from English oak centuries ago, they swing shut at the press of a finger. The little balconies which face the park are planted with lavender, sage and surfinas -- all in a warm deep blue. There are great reading lights at each side of the bed, plus down spots in the ceiling and of course that chandelier. Most lights are on dimmers so you can set the mood as precisely as a stage designer, and enjoy the romance of living in this warm and inviting space. Note: If you need a two-bedroom space, please see our other ad: HomeAway.co.uk/p417134.
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Notes:
There's a washer/dryer for your laundry -- a feature lacking in many London holiday lets. It's hidden in a kitchen cabinet, next to the half-height fridge-freezer. Enjoy a flat-screen 14:9 Sony TV with SKY subscription, including the extra Movies and Sports options. WiFi broadband, of course. Lots of gourmet cookbooks here, and plenty of novels and guidebooks to read. All downlights, and the chandelier, are dimmable to create a serene, elegant setting whenever you want it. The window boxes are automatically irrigated, so no worries there! Note: There is no landline telephone in the flat, but we are happy to lend you a UK-based mobile phone should you need one. Just top it back up at the end of your stay, paying for what you've used. No charges of any kind for the WiFi, of course!

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