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

Gary Gunas

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

Islington Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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

2014 is booking fast, but a few SHORT STAYS are still available July 12 to 16 and July 29 to 31. Many repeat guests are filling up the calendar -- a sure sign that we're doing something right! (Just check out our reviews, below.) Full weeks are available beginning 19 August.

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

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm

Gary Gunas

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2009
Speaks french, english
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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.

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Gary Gunas purchased this apartment in 2007

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.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 26 traveler reviews

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A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
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A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
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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
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A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
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Islington London
5

BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN, OASIS!

  • 5 of 5
Wonderful owners with excellent communication made us feel so welcome. Very informative and helpful. The flat is spotless with all modern amenities, very close to all public transport and dining options. Beautiful and safe neighborhood for myself and my mother. We were so happy to "come home" every night. I hope we can rent from them again!
  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
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Islington London
Toronto
5

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE!

I didn't want to leave!
  • 5 of 5
Seriously, I would like to live in this flat. And I felt as if that's what I did for just over a week, as opposed to just "staying" somewhere. The flat itself is so beautiful and so comfortably equipped that I would not change a thing about it. It was bigger than I expected it to be (something that rarely happens) and looked as good (or better) than the photographs. Clearly, everything has been carefully chosen and the owners care about comfort as well as aesthetics.

The location is great and I loved the neighbourhood. I shopped at the nearby Sunday morning farmers' market, Borough Market (one bus will take you there), and the supermarkets that are just a short walk away and actually did some cooking in the kitchen. So often, kitchen facilities are not conducive to anything more than reheating food or putting take away on a plate but I was quite happy to do more than that in this kitchen.

The underground station is not far away and, even better, many of the buses that stop nearby will take you where you want to go. One of the great pleasures of London is walking and I did a lot of that, too.

I really loved the way the space was flooded with light each morning when I opened the shutters. (Yes, this was the case even when the London skies were grey.) And I also loved the fact that there were many ways to light the flat. I really appreciated the choice of lamps and the dimmers.

I was happy to find that there was a radio - seems like a small thing but it's something I listen to at home in the mornings and often miss when I travel. The bookshelf was equipped with a great selection of books likely to be of interest to visitors to London. I've added some to my list of books I need to get since I didn't have time to read them during my stay!

The information binder in the flat was invaluable and it was great to have the manuals for each appliance at hand. There is no way I would have figured some of this stuff out without instructions! Btw, that's not a comment on the appliances :) Gary was also really helpful and it was great to know that I could always get a quick answer to any question I might have.

In short - I loved this place and would love to return some day.
  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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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

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC LOCATION.

  • 5 of 5
Absolutely fantastic location in a very quiet and "English" neighborhood next to a small park. Tastefully decorated. Good details like wood shutters throughout the height of the window. Well equipped kitchen. Lovely bathroom with freestanding bath. Good and useful information regarding the local area from the landlord.
  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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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
Seattle
5

DELIGHTFUL STUDIO FLAT

  • 5 of 5
Even more beautiful than the photos, Gary's Islington flat was a delightful place to call home. Every detail was considered - from the bedding and towels to the kitchen accessories, lighting, and tv. The main room is tastefully decorated with lovely artwork, furniture and books - so it feels like a real home, not a sterile hotel room. The view of the gardens from the windows is full of light. There's a great instructional notebook with descriptions of how everything works, neighborhood recommendations and tons of helpful information. It was such a comfortable, romantic and luxurious place, I would recommend it highly to anyone.
  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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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

"JUST LIKE IT SAYS ON THE TIN"

"Just like it says on the tin"
  • 5 of 5
I can't gush more about this flat, it didn't disappoint at all as a home base to explore London. It looked just like in the photos, and Gary's "welcome to the neighborhood" information was just the thing to get acclimated to the area quickly. I took his advice and made a reservation at the Pig and Butcher for my first night in London. OMG. The best. My only regret was that I didn't get the chance to try Ottolenghi. That will have to be for next time.

The price was less than a hotel stay for the same amount of time, and the bonus of having a kitchen and washer/dryer clinched the deal. I want a combination washer/dryer! What convenience to not have to be there to move wet clothes to the dryer, and to do laundry on my last day while I'm out doing some last-minute sightseeing and shopping so I don't have to do laundry when I get home? Nice!

I've already recommended this place to all my friends and family, and I want to come back!
  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Kings Cross and St Pancras
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Just around the corner.
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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Availability & Rates

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Islington Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
May 24 2014 - Sep 5 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£980
 
 
Autumn/Winter
Sep 6 2014 - Dec 19 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£875
 
 
Holidays 2014
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£910
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £500.00
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:
  • Romantic
  • Luxury
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Mobile Phone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
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
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • 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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