|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
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.'
I am an artist living in London and the Cotswolds. I have 27 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
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. 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.
Luxury, comfort, peace and beauty characterise this unique location. The flat is filled with many unusual antique objects collected over a lifetime.
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 5 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.
The Piccadilly line station, Caledonian Road is only a few minutes away. This is the best line for many main tourist destinations.
I would highly recommend this property to anyone that would like to have a comfortable, safe and cozy place to stay. The flat had every amenity one would need and the owner is a delight to work with. He was prompt with his replies if I had any questions and as a single traveller for most of my stay I couldn't have asked for anything more. Access to the Tube was a very short walk and this particular Tube line was so central I really did not require any other lines to get me to central sights and museums. I would highly recommend this flat for any season of the year and hope to return again. it was perfect!
I stumbled on this amazing property by chance for my partners 60th birthday weekend and was not disappointed.Andy made the whole booking process easy and the directions couldn't have been simpler with very easy access to the Caledonian tube station.Everything was as described and the garden was romantic and peaceful.The property was clean and well maintained with very good WIFI! Andy was always at the end of the phone if we needed him and when we arrived he was there to greet us and offer us a cup of tea!We loved this place and will be returning, as there was so much of London we didn't manage to do and this is the perfect base for you to do it from.Thank you Andy and see you next year .Rowena Moore
The owners have made a perfect relaxing retreat for visitors of all ages. They left a bouquet of roses to welcome us with fruit and wine in the fridge. They didn't even know we had just gotten engaged and were overjoyed to celebrate.
We came in very late, which wasn't a problem at all. They even welcomed us the next morning and shared some of their art!
The garden is immaculate and serene. We want out to have tea in the pm only to be serenaded by the neighbor who is a blues musician. LOVED it!
Everything about this place is charming, romantic, inspiring, and lovely!
We call this our teaser trip because it was so short. Now we are looking forward to going back and booking this place again!
The flat itself is charming; it is attractively decorated and very comfortable. All manner of housekeeping and toiletry items were provided, which is especially helpful for the international traveler. The bed is wonderfully comfortable, complete with duvet and down pillows. The kitchen was very well equipped, also. The small enclosed garden is what first attracted me, and it was a delightful place to sit and read. The Caledonian Road underground station on the Piccadilly line is an easy 8 - 10 minute walk from the flat.
My only concern was with the neighborhood, which, while safe, has few shops and no restaurants. The one neighborhood pub, Shillibeer's happened to be closed at least four times during my two week stay. While there are small convenience stores near the underground station, the closest supermarket is a 15 - 20 minute walk away, as are any restaurants.
Lovely apartment with large well-appointed kitchen and bathroom, very comfortable bed and sofa and delightful furnishings, and an absolutely glorious garden. A quiet haven to return to after a day in busy London.
Very relaxing atmosphere. Just what we needed. Andrew and Camila were always responsive to any request. We very much enjoyed their holiday garden retreat. Loved the garden statues and bubbling pond that protected its creatures within. A local black cat weaved in and out of the wisteria and topiaries.
It is a short walk along tree lined streets to get to the Underground and local grocery amenities are plentiful. The bed I would like to box up and take home and we do have a very nice bed at home. You kind of sink into it and I was relictant to remove myself from its velvety softness. Very comfortable and clean apartment. The combo washer/dryer takes a very long time to cycle but we were ever so pleased to have laundry facilities. Love the antiques and creaky floor. Andrew's artwork transported us to a time of mysticism and gentility. He has a very unique style that reminds me of the culture that would have celebrated Stonehenge. We will have fond memories of Hartham Road.
To view more photos see my blog: http://harthamstudio.blogspot.co.uk/
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.