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Silvia

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, german

Fine Elegant Kensington Flat, historic period building, high ceilings&windows

34 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Kensington & Chelsea Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Spacious,comfortable,beautifully furnished in sought after central location

Overview: Our fine elegant Kensington apartment is on the raised ground floor within a period building with private garden square. This is a sought after central location close to the Gloucester Road Underground Station. We have shops, pubs and restaurants nearby and are within walking distance to many important landmarks, i.e. Hyde Park, The Museum Row and Kensington Palace; as well as Kensington High Street, Harrods/Sloane Street and the Kings Road in Chelsea. The immediate neighbourhood of the Gloucester and Brompton Roads are well appreciated and known within this borough, with a cosmopolitan mix of residents and visitors alike.

Details: Our apartment offers spacious proportions, with plenty of character, gorgeous period features, marble fireplace (decorative), impressive high ceilings and large bay windows. It is our second home, nicely furnished and decorated, very well kept and fully equipped. Our Living / Dining Room awaits you with an inviting ambiance and a sense of space. Interactive TV, iPod/phone stereo docking and high speed wifi. We have a large bedroom and a small study / single bed room. A modern bathroom with walk-in shower, underfloor heating and a washer-dryer. In addition we have an en-suite powder room at the master bedroom. A fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, hob, oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee machine, fridge, freezer. Everything you need to eat in and relax at home if you wish.

Neighbourhood: We are in a period building in South Kensington in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of the most sought after areas in London. Mostly professionals, local and expats, live in this neighbourhood. We are ideally placed only five minutes’ walk from Gloucester Road Underground with direct access to Heathrow airport. Many shops, restaurants, bars and pubs, supermarkets and gourmet grocers are in the immediate vicinity.

Location: You can walk in between 10-25 mins to the various important landmarks such as the famous museum row with the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Royal College of Music and Royal College of Art. As well as High Street Kensington, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, the Diana Memorial Fountain, Serpentine Gallery and Lake (for boating), the Royal Albert Hall and famous Harrods with surrounding designer shops of Sloane Street.

It is also very convenient for public transport access only a 3-5 mins walk to bus stops and Gloucester underground station. You can hail a taxi at your doorstep . From Gloucester station, you can get straight to the Theatre District, Green Park, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Westminster with the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. This location is really convenient for getting everywhere in London. Easy and direct access to Heathrow airport via underground or the M4 and M25 motorway.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Silvia (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german

About Silvia

We are a canadian/german family and this is our holiday home in London. We live and work in Singapore and our families are in Toronto and Frankfurt, our friends are living all over and that is why London makes a good middle ground for meeting up with everyone. We spend many memorable times together here in London, we all enjoy tremendously what this city has to offer. We have been holiday renting via VRBO/HomeAway since early 2012 and hope our visitors will find the same enjoyment and can make happy memories in staying at our place in London.

Silvia purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Silvia chose Kensington & Chelsea

We like this neighbourhood and the period buildings with their private garden squares. We loved this flat and knew this was it the minute we walked in - the proportions, big windows, high ceilings, period features, a gentleman owner who had kept it immaculate - the sale was agreed in a day. We had been coming to stay in Kensington&Chelsea since the 1990'ies and have friends who live in this neighborhood or else own a second home here. And we wanted to be able to spend more time in London. We feel familiar, safe and comfortable and we like the convenient location and we like to walk - which we never do much in Singapore. I like to walk up to High Street Kensington or down to the Kings Road to meet friends for a coffee or lunch and a bit of shopping. Or just pop around the corner to a cafe or a pub to meet for a coffee or drink on short notice. I'll have a walk to visit my favourite, the Victoria & Albert Museum, just by myself. If I feel like going for a power walk or son/husband feel like a jog, we are at the Hyde Park in a few mins. In summer we take a picnic and sit on the sun chairs watching everyone enjoying a relaxing time, and there's always something going on in the Park. This neighbourhood is very cosmopolitan and the South Kensington weekend market is a piece of little Paris - oh the food! I think London is a walking city and being in this location you never miss a car. If we need to get anywhere beyond walking distance the tube is 4 mins away or a taxi available outside the front door. But, our flat is our second home, it certainly has the ambience and comfort to also enjoy just staying in, relaxing and have the world go by. We feel it really offers us a reprieve from the tropics and busy daily life in Singapore.

What makes this apartment unique

We love the generous sense of space, the high ceilings, period fire place, stuccoed ceilings, chandeliers, window to the quiet court yard in the bed room. Being able to open the double doors between lounge and bedroom to open up the space, it is a comfortable and inviting space and has a good ambiance. Our art work and decorative pieces had been with us many years or were additions from more recent travels, so it feels like our second home, not just a pied-a-terre. We have enough space to share a social week end with entertaining friends or enjoy some quiet, relaxation time after a busy day bustling about in the galleries, museums etc. We love the 'holiday size' of the apartment, big enough not to feel too crowded with four people, but small enough not to worry too much about all the household chores to keep it tidy and clean.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hallo

We had a wonderful time in your apartment. And the apartment was in perfect order we enyoyed both the wine and the flowers thanks!!!



BEST REGARDS
Feb 2016
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Fine Elegant Kensington Flat, historic period building, high ceilings&windows
average rating of 4.970588 based on 45 reviews
5

Wonderful apartment & location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fantastic week at Silvia's apartment. It was our first visit to London, the apartment was conveniently located near a Tube station and the apartment itself was gorgeous. We are a family of 4 with 2 teen daughters...renting an apartment instead of 2 hotel rooms was a much better choice. Silvia was wonderful to work with, and made sure we had everything we needed. We will definitely stay here on our next visit to London!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Newcastle Australia
5

Fantastic and Fabulous

  • 5 of 5

My husband, son and I spent an amazing week in Silvia's beautiful apartment. The apartment is in a great spot with Earls Court and Gloucester Road tube stations within a 5 minute walk. It's a perfect spot to walk to the parks, Kensington High Street and the amazing museums of Kensington. There are plenty of nice restaurants to choose from in South Ken as well as a Waitrose and Sainsburys.

Silvia's apartment is in a very secure building. We were met on time by the greeter who arrived bearing wine and chocolates (yum!) and showed us how everything in the apartment worked. The apartment is spotlessly clean and comfortable and has so many touches to make you feel like you are staying in a home and not a rental apartment. It is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day exploring. The kitchen has all the appliances needed to prepare a meal as well as condiments etc. If you want to eat out, it's an easy walk to local restaurants and pubs. There are loads of London books in the apartment as well as Silvia's own tips and recommendations.

We have stayed in apartments in South Ken before, but this one was exceptional and we would not bother looking at others were we to return.

Thank you Silvia for sharing your beautiful apartment with us and for your prompt and easy communication throughout the process.

We hope we will be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nico, thank you very much for your fantastic review. I am always so pleased when my guests enjoyed their stay as much as you did. Since it is a second home for us I hoped we set it up so that our guests feel the same comfort as we do. Glad too that you liked our neighbourhood and what it has to offer. The convenience of all that there is to discover nearby and getting easily to venues elsewhere in London. Our neighbourhood restaurants, pubs, cafes as well as the supermarkets and public transport is a big plus for us too, especially in winter and not having a car, getting around is never a problem. So thanks again and please do come and stay again. Best Regards Silvia
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5

Peaceful Comfort

  • 5 of 5

A wonderfully comfortable flat in a perfectly peaceful location. Having lived in London and now returning frequently for business and pleasure, we have had many holiday rental experiences. Silvia’s flat was neat and tidy with everything we needed to feel right at home. All our favourite London locations were either an enjoyable walk, convenient tube or taxi ride away. There aren’t many holiday rentals we’d definitely book again but this lovely little flat ticked far too many boxes and hence we’d love to return. Thank you Silvia for making it such a pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your most wonderful review. I am so pleased you found our home so very agreeable and happy too, when it is appreciated as much as we do ourselves. It makes a stay in London the more memorable when after a days activities one returns home with ease and then is able to relax and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere. I very much hope to be able to hist you again in the future, Best Regards Silvia
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
5

Plush & perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The flat is plush, quiet, and welcoming and truly convenient for short or extended London stays. Many opportunities for dining in or dining out, exploring small cafes and local shops, bookstores and parks. Close to transportation and easy walking to many popular destinations.

The flat is stocked with everything you could possibly need with wonderful guidebooks and a detailed binder full of Silvia’s recommended restaurants, shops and museums. Thank you for sharing it with us! We would love to return.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lisa, thank you so much for taking the time to write your review, it is much appreciated. I am very pleased you had a good stay and found our home in London, as well as our neighbourhood, a great place to stay. Take care and best Regards Silvia
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Wonderful upscale base to explore London

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely accurate description/pictures of this upscale flat that seemed to have been renovated not that long ago. I had considered staying at hotel when I came to London to visit my daughter who was spending semester in London but thought it would be better to have a more home-like situation. This was perfect. The owner had everything- from wine stopper to electrical adapter for our electrical devices ( phone chargers). It was not a stripped down apt- there were spices, plastic bags, Reynolds wrap, toilet paper etc.

I actually bought an Oyster card for the week zone 1 and 2. Never used a cab- even to Heathrow since tube/ double deckers so easy:used Gloucester road stop. Went to all the classic tourist spots. Walked to Harrods. Last night in London my daughter and I discovered bar across from Gloucester road tube- I think it was Hereford Arms- classic English pub! The Waistcoate ( ? sp)and Sainsbury grocery stores within 2 blocks or so. We didn't have any issues during our week so didn't need to contact owner or manager. Would absolutely stay again. ( I loved the heated bathroom floor!- You don't get that at the Ritz or 5 star hotel of your choice.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marion, thank you so much for your very kind review. I am so pleased you enjoyed our home - I try very hard to make guests like you feel comfortable. Please come and stay again on your next visit! Best Regards Silvia
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Memphis, Tennessee USA
5

Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

This flat is beautifully furnished, eminently comfortable, scrupulously clean and superbly located. It is airy and spacious with a charming view of a Victorian church. The Gloucester Road tube station and a Waitrose market are minutes away, as are several pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. Every need has been anticipated and Silvia and her staff are delightful-they even had special welcome gifts for us upon arrival!

I truly cannot come up with a single negative, except that it is not available when we return to London in December, so plan ahead and book early because you simply will not find a lovelier, safer, more convenient place to stay!

Silvia, thank you for everything you did to make our holiday so wonderful, and please, please e-mail me if by some chance the flat becomes available in late December!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review, I really appreciate your words and am so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to be hosting you again - keep an eye on the calendar! Regards Silvia
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Map

Nearest Airport
14 Miles
London Heathrow, London City
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Hereford Arms, Stanford Arms, various Hotelbars
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Dover
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Various
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Victoria Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
M4
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Olives, Black&Blue many more
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Brighton
Car: not necessary

The apartment is in central London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 5 mins walk to Gloucester Underground with direct access to Heathrow airport - 35mins. Various Bus stops are within 3-5 mins walk. Taxis available directly at front door. Direct access to M4 motorway airport 20 mins.

We are within walking distance to the famous Museum Row on Cromwell Road -- including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Geographic Society. Also to the Kensington Palace and Hyde Park. Minutes away from many shops and restaurants on the Gloucester Road and Old Brompton Road. Walking distance to High Street Kensington and Kings Road Chelsea, Knightsbridge with Harrods and the fashion boutiques of Sloane Street.

Any other major attractions are easily accessible from this central London location! You can hop on a double decker bus or take the tube to the theatre district in the Westend, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Tate Galleries, The National Gallery, The British Museum and so on – door to door 20-30mins on public transport.

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Rates & Availability

South Kensington Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
May 1 2016 - Oct 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
$458
 
 
Low Season
Oct 16 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$360
 
 
Mid Season
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
$406
 
 
Christmas Season
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
$458
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$458
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Laundry $131
Refundable damage deposit $458

YOU MAY OPT TO PAY VIA PAYPAL.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER within 7 days of arrival. Enquire for long stay / monthly rates.
Our greeter will meet you at the flat. Our usual check in time is 3pm and check out time 10am. Unless there is no guest change over.
Included: WIFI - interactive TV - bed linen and towels - utilities (included below 1 month stay)
CHILDREN under 12 years of age not recommended, check with owner. NO PETS.
Inquiries for longer stays welcome.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Kensington & Chelsea Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 88 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - shower , walk in shower, underfloor and towelrail heating
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , en-suite to bedroom
  • Modern bathroom with large walk in shower, underfloor heating, heater-towel-rail, built in washer-dryer. Plus en-suite powder room (WC) at master bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Study / Single Bed Room - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Our Superking size bed can convert to 2 single beds
  • 1. Master Bedroom: 1 super king bed or 2 single beds 2. Single bed / study room: 1 single lounger / bed 3. Living Area: 1 sofa bed / double bed size
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 10 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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