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Enchanting oasis of tranquility. Luxurious & close to centre. Wifi

Bedrooms 1
Space 350 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, ensuite bathroom, eat in kitchen and glorious garden. Very peaceful.

In a secluded secret garden, this outstandingly elegant garden house has all you could desire for a London holiday. Free fibre-optic wifi 160 mbps. Washer-dryer. Furnished with fine Georgian antique furniture, it is a very unique and personal space.

This small flat is completely private and self contained. It is however attached to a studio which my daughter and I use occasionally as an art studio.

Check in is normally from 3.30 pm and check out by 11.00am. You can arrive, by arrangement, from midday to leave your bags or sit in the garden whilst the cleaner prepares the apartment.

Close to the centre and transport links. A wonderful romantic location for a holiday.

The bedroom is spacious enough to include a sofa, all overlooking the tranquillity of the garden and pond.

The kitchen is filled with unusual details, and includes a dining area to seat five.

The paved area by the pond has exclusive use, but the main grassed area is shared with the main house, although it is very rare for anyone to use it. The lower floor of the main house has it's own private patio area, screened by plants from your view. This flat shares the access through the garden door.

The small flat is very luxurious, with a high quality king sized bed (US queen size, 5 foot wide), and charming antique furniture.

We are only 4 or 5 minutes walk from the Caledonian Road tube on the Piccadilly line. This is by far the most convenient underground line for access to the major museums and galleries of London and a direct line to Heathrow Airport (one hour). Here's a little chart:

2 stops to Russell square: British Museum.

4 stops to Covent Garden: National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House (Courtauld Gallery), Sir John Soane Museum, Theatre area.

6 stops to Piccadilly Circus: Royal Academy. Shopping in Bond Street etc..

7 stops to Green Park: Spencer House, Princess Diana's family's 18th c House (quite amazing, only open Sunday afternoons, so book in advance). The Ritz hotel for tea, and across Green Park to Buckingham Palace.

10 stops to South Kensington: V&A, Science, and Natural History Museum. Hyde park.

However for Tate Modern, or Britain, you have to change lines.

It takes about 2 minutes per stop.

There's also a bus stop 200 metres from the flat.

There are many local restaurants, and bars. The nearest is Shillibeers, about 200 metres away, and great for informal eating, drinking and dancing.

Here is a quote from a review posted a few years ago when the property was last used as a holiday location:

“A Country idyll in London - near perfect.”

'What a great place- I can't recommend enough! We could hardly bear to leave.

We booked Hartham Road for a birthday weekend for my partner. We had wanted to take a cottage in the country but one of our friends had to be in London so we thought we would try and find a piece of the country in London.

So what a bit of luck to find an an extraordinary artists studio converted, by a labour of love, into a cottage built in a C-Shape around a delightful Arcadian garden [complete with pond, folly and sculpture].

The house has a wonderful cosy back bedroom, clean and well appointed bathroom, an eat in kitchen [with great china] and a lovely window seat .

It is also incredibly peaceful. Sat in the studio or garden you would have no clue you were five minutes from Caledonian Road Tube. It would be the ideal balm to a day seeing the sites in London G and T's on the terrace, cosy dinner in the kitchen and drift away in the bedroom.

It is one of those places so good you only want to recommend to your really good friends - so shh- don't tell anyone unless they are really special.'

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Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Andrew WILLIAMS

I am an artist living in London and the Cotswolds. I have 28 year old twins, Raphy and Milla, who along with me, look after this holiday flat.

My twins and I occasionally use the main room as an art studio, and so may have a chance to get to know visitors. This room is private and so not part of the rental, and the holiday flat is also completely self contained and private.

Andrew WILLIAMS purchased this apartment in 1993

Why Andrew WILLIAMS chose Holloway

I hope it speaks for itself. If this was a suite in a hotel, you would pay much more, although I doubt you would ever find anything like this. I have tried to arrange for every comfort from having a TV that can be watched either from the sofa or in bed, to providing goose down pillows on a very luxurious bed. Of course the main benefit is the tranquillity of the location overlooking a pond and garden. I have not seen any other properties in London that even faintly resemble the unique charms of this hideaway.

The eating area is very cosy and you can invite friends to dine with you inside, or eat out on the terrace. There is a fridge with a freezer box, and a washer dryer.

Also there is plenty of storage space, so if you plan a long stay you will find this flat very easy to live in.

What makes this apartment unique

Luxury, comfort, peace and beauty characterise this unique location. The flat is filled with many unusual antique objects collected over a lifetime from ancient Indian sculpture and miniatures, to some of my rather quirky early paintings. The antique furniture is mostly English 18th century.

The peaceful garden is a haven after a day spent in the city.

Wifi speeds are up to 160 mbps. Out of London I am lucky to get 10 mbps. I know how important this can be for business visitors.

There is a smart TV, so you will be able to watch your local home news if you select the appropriate link. Netflix is also available on the TV.

There is a washer dryer useful for longer stays. An iron and ironing board stored in the studio off the kitchen.

The Piccadilly line station, Caledonian Road is only a few minutes away. This is the best line for many main tourist destinations. You can be in Covent Garden in about 8 minutes (2 minutes per stop). Although we are not right in the centre, we have much easier access to all the main galleries and museums than Kensington, Chelsea or Notting Hill.


Holloway Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Very high quality king (US queen) size bed. 150cm wide.
  • The bedroom has a kingsize bed (US queen size) with a mattress from Heals, one of the best makers in the UK. There is a seating area and TV. Fibre optic Wifi with speed of 160 mbps. Plus guest access to Netflix on the TV. Ample storage and laundry facilities.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Patio
  • Yard
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
THE MAIN ROOM OF THE STUDIO IS USED BY ME and my son and daughter AS AN ART STUDIO, SO WILL OCCASIONALLY BE USED DURING WORKING HOURS. We are always very respectful of your privacy, and will not disturb you unless called upon. The garden has a private patio but the central lawn is shared with the garden flat of the main house, which also has it's own private terraced area.


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Enchanting oasis of tranquility. Luxurious & close to centre. Wifi
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Mesa, AZ

A Piece of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place! Clean, quaint and a comfortable bed. A piece of heaven just a hop, skip and jump outside London. So glad we stayed there instead of directly in London!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When you stay here it does feel like you’re not in London as the reviewer suggests, but we are only a few minutes on the underground from the centre, in the borough of Islington.
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Comfortable and convenient. Owner is gracious and understanding.

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the stay, quiet neighborhood, close to the tube and grocery stores. We had everything thing we needed. The garden is a great place for morning coffee or a light supper. Felt safe and secure, would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent, convenient, the pictures were accurate...we would come back again

  • 5 of 5

Clean and met the description on line. Everything worked except the washing machine but that may have been a misunderstanding on our part. The walk to the tube was easy and groceries were close by the flat. We would book again when in London.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm pleased that you enjoyed the apartment. The washing machine does work. I'm sorry that you found it difficult to use. There is a second machine and separate dryer that was also available for your use.
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Wonderful and enchanting space. You wouldn’t ever know you were in London!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect Islington location just a few minutes walk from Caledonian Road turn on the Piccadilly which gets you straight into central London (and Heathrow) without having to change. Couldn’t have been more convenient! The place itself was a haven and very beautifully done up. Will certainly book it again next time I’m in town!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Toronto Canada

Absolutely gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

Had a most wonderful time!

Thank you!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week in London staying in this flat. It was very easy to get to the Underground on the Piccadilly line. The flat was very comfortable, great kitchen, full bathroom and there were flowers and a cake there to welcome us. Communication with Mr. Williams was easy and he was very quick to respond to any request. I would highly recommend this Home Away.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
The Depot.
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $53.08

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LARGE ROOM (NO PHOTOS SHOWN), IS USED PRIVATELY BY MY FAMILY AS AN ART STUDIO. This property is not suitable for events, parties or anything noisy, as it is in a residential area.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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