Live like a true Greenwich Londoner and experience the best of both worlds!
Built circa 1890, Explorers' Rest is a much-loved and charming two-bed Victorian house that sleeps four in two comfy double beds. An additional mattress is provided for a fifth guest. A baby's cot is also supplied, along with a high chair and security gate for the stairs. Well-behaved pets are warmly welcome.
Twice used as a film location, Explorers' Rest promises to do what its name suggests: to help you relax and unwind after your long days exploring the city. Equipped as a full family home, Explorers' Rest should have everything you need to be as comfortable in London as you would be at home.
Located in London's leafy borough of Royal Greenwich, both central London and the countryside are within easy reach by car or public transport.
After a fun day of exploring, come home to a quiet Victorian neighbourhood and close the door on London's hustle and bustle. It's time to relax! Enjoy a BBQ picnic in your own private garden, unwind with a candlelit soak in the tub, stroll through the many parks in all directions, cozy up by the working fireplaces, enjoy a book from one of the bookshelves, or enjoy a film from the extensive DVD collection.
Our neighbours are quiet and friendly. Shops are conveniently just around the corner. The play area at the end of the street is a favorite with children. Parks stretch for miles in all directions. But best of all, public transport to all of London's tourist spots is right on your doorstep, literally a 30 second walk from the front door.
You do not need a car if you stay here. There is a bus stop around the corner and we are just 10 minutes by bus from a major transport hub that will take you quickly in all directions using either the train, bus, boat or DLR (tube that runs above ground).
However, if you do have a car, you'll enjoy FREE PARKING just outside the front door, which is quite difficult to find in London.
You can find more reviews on Trip Advisor and I'm happy to answer any questions you have.
GETTING TO LONDON'S TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:
We're in zone 4 of London's 6 transport zones on the bus/tube/train/boat lines into the heart of the tourist areas so getting around is very easy. Three buses just around the corner from the house go 1.5 miles to the transport hub of Woolwich Arsenal in about 10 minutes. From here travel times are roughly:
- 4 mins (City Airport)
- 6 mins (Charlton Football Stadium)
- 10 mins (Greenwich Park/Uni/Museums/Observatory, Blackheath)
- 15 mins (o2 Arena, Canary Wharf, Docklands Museum)
- 20 mins (Olympic Village, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Westfield shopping centre)
- 25 mins (Waterloo, London Eye, Westminster, Tower of London)
- 30 mins (Charing Cross for Oxford Street, Soho, Leicester Square, Picadilly Circus, Covent Garden)
Alternatively, bus 53 goes from the house all the way to the London Eye/Westminster in about 40 minutes - and runs all night. There is an endless list of happenings in London so I'll give you a handy welcome pack and lots of tourist info to help make sense of it all.
GETTING HERE FROM THE AIRPORTS:
FROM CITY AIRPORT: Just hop on the DLR (overland tube) and it's 4 minutes to Woolwich Arsenal station.
FROM HEATHROW, STANSTEAD OR GATWICK: I recommend getting a driver if you want the most stress-free start to your holiday - costs approximately £60 - which I can organise for you. However, if you want to use public transport, it's very easy to get to and from all of the airports.
FROM HEATHROW: Takes about 1hr 40mins on public transport. Get the Picadilly Line to Green Park and change to the Jubilee line to North Greenwich. From there you can get a bus.
FROM STANSTEAD: Takes about 1hr 15mins on public transport. Get the Standstead Express into Liverpool Street. Get the Central line (tube) one stop to Bank and get the DLR 25 minutes to Woolwich Arsenal station.
FROM GATWICK: Takes about 1 hr 15mins on public transport. Simply get the Gatwick Express to London Bridge station. Get the train to Woolwich Arsenal station.
VISITING THE COUNTRYSIDE / COAST / FRANCE:
There are some brilliant coastal areas to check out - all within 60-90 min: Southend-on-sea, Margate, Herne Bay, Ramsgate, Broadstairs (home of Charles Dickens) and Brighton. You can do a day trip and cover most of these in one (very full) day - or relax in just one if you're looking to unwind.
The Kent countryside (and beyond) is also full of fun places to explore and slightly closer than the coast at 20-90 min away. My recommendations are: Cambridge, Rochester, Canterbury, Rye, Sandwich (perfectly forgotten in time), Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Chilham (absolutely adorable and tiny).
Windsor, Winchester and Oxford are a bit further away (about two hours), but doable and worth it if you're keen on any of them.
France is also very easy to access from here for a day or weekend trip via the Eurostar train, the ferry or the Eurotunnel (crossings are a little over an hour from the Explorers' Rest). Full details will be in your welcome package.
My name is Krista and I'm in my mid-thirties. I am Canadian but have been living in the UK since September 2002. In August 2005 I put an offer in on my house, Explorers' Rest, and received the keys in January 2006.
I walked into my new home, sat down and cried. At the age of 27 and on a young teacher's salary, the only house I could afford in the area I wanted to live was one that needed a lot of work to bring it back to life. And I had no idea how to use a drill, a hammer, or even plaster a hole in a wall!
I spent the next five years fixing up my home to the cute, cozy little city haven that it is now. I got help from friends and paid for the services of experts to do the technical work. My blood, sweat and tears have brought this beautiful old home back to life and I have loved every minute of my time here!
When you arrive at my house, I hope you'll immediately feel the love I pour into it, and I hope you'll be as happy here as I am. You'll be able to enjoy the photo album I've left to show you the before, during, and after photos of the renovations.
A few years ago I moved in with husband. His name is Erik and he is a South African IT Specialist, also living in the UK for over ten years. When I moved into his flat, I wasn't sure what to do with my beloved house. Because we love traveling and renting other people's homes, I decided to try renting mine in the same way. Within days of listing my home, I was inundated with bookings and I've been loving it ever since!
If you'd like to know more about me, you can check out a site about pursuing your dreams that I'm very proud to say is mine and in its early stages of life: wodara.org
Greenwich is a very special part of the city. We have easy access to London's chaotic hustle and bustle, but we don't have to live in it.
After a full day, we get to come home to parks and foxes and birds, quiet gardens, 300 miles of walking and biking trails through the parks that fill this special part of London, and quaint Victorian houses in small, friendly neighbourhoods.
I supply a lot of information at the house to be sure that you're aware of all Greenwich has to offer. There is enough just here that you could easily fill a week without ever going into the downtown tourist centre of London.
I love London's touristic centre, but there is always a sense of relief that washes over me at the end of the day when I get to retreat to my quiet little Greenwich haven.
I keep my prices as low as I can afford and still pay my bills and I truly hope you'll feel that you're getting a lot for what you're paying.
My home is my hobby and I love shopping for little decorations and items that will make your stay more comfortable. I love leaving little items for you when you arrive. And I love chatting back and forth with you to help you make your holiday special.
Because my house is not right in the middle of the tourist centre, there are no planes flying overhead and so it's easy to sleep well here because it's so quiet. My garden is private and very quiet. In the spring and summer, it's lovely for relaxing and having a private picnic on the grass.
There is also free parking outside my front door, shops less than a minute's walk away, parks in all directions, and a bus stop just around the corner so it's incredibly easy to get around without a car.
Also, the bathtub and the fireplaces in my home are special and essential for relaxing on a holiday!
London can be rainy and there will be the odd day that you don't want to go anywhere! For this reason, I've stocked my house with books,CDs and DVDs and you should therefore always have some entertainment so the rainy days don't seem so rainy.
Finally, I think that each room in my house has a feel-good energy that will truly help you to rest after your days of exciting exploration.