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Spacious Characterful Apartment In a Cobbled Mews In The Heart Of Central London

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 30 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, large sitting room + kitchen, beautifully furnished

Here is the perfect budget apartment, right in the centre of London, offering a high standard of comfort in an attractive interior, but for an affordable price. It's on the direct Tube train line from Heathrow, so is ideal for many tourists. If you are looking for an interesting place to stay in London, which has character and comfort, and which is extremely well equipped, then this is for you. It offers excellent value for money for large families and groups who want to be really central. It is just around the corner from the British Museum, and within easy walking distance of London's tourist sites, such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Theatreland and the London Eye..

The apartment is our London home, but we clear it of all our things and rent it when we don't need it

It oozes with history and character. It is located in one of London's historic, cobbled 'mews' streets, where the horse-drawn carriages of the wealthy Bloomsbury intellectuals would draw up. Charles Dickens lived just around the corner.

The mews still has the original cobblestones while the properties along its length are built from the mellow London brick, characteristic of the 1800's. You can easily imagine yourself living in a wealthy neighbourhood from a Dickens novel. Not surprisingly these houses and flats are now highly desirable residences, with potted plants on the cobbles outside the doors and pretty flowering window-boxes in the summer. Our apartment is on the first floor ( one floor up from the ground floor) of one of these very attractive 200-year-old buildings. Because this is a mews, there is no through-traffic, so our apartment is relatively peaceful and quiet for a residence in the very centre of London.

Even though this apartment is in the "budget category" the interior has been nicely furnished. We have a beautiful original oak floor throughout, with attractive beds, high quality mattresses, and lovely furnishings and bedding. Our traditional sash windows (typical of London) let in loads of light and add to the character of the apartment. Although they are not new, there are two adequate bathrooms (with showers) and again, although it's not new, there is a functional and well equipped kitchen.

Best of all, our apartment is just two minutes away (really) from the nearest Tube station - and that's on the direct Tube line from Heathrow. So if you are arriving at Heathrow you can quickly reach your accommodation without having to change trains or heave your luggage around. A real bonus!

The apartment is also very convenient for arrivals at St Pancras train station. Our local Tube station is just one stop away from St Pancras (for the Eurostar trains to/from Europe or the Thameslink trains to/from Gatwick and Luton airports), or it's a very easy walk from St Pancras to the apartment down a straight road.

Bloomsbury is also the perfect central area from which to explore London. Please do Google it. You can easily walk to so many tourist sights, and because the Tube station is so close it's really convenient. Our apartment is particularly close to Covent Garden (for the shops and restaurants) and to Theatreland if you fancy a London show. The British Museum is just a short walk. Nowhere is far away, so even if you take a taxi back it will be a short journey and therefore it will not be expensive. There are very few budget category apartments in this very central area.

The apartment has three full-size double bedrooms, and the beds have high-quality mattresses, comforters and linens so that you really feel you're staying in a good hotel. There is a double bed, a king-size bed (US=queen) and a super-king-size bed (US= kingsize). Alternatively we can arrange one of the bedrooms to have two single beds. If there are 7 or 8 guests we can offer one or two folding beds, each suitable for a child or very small adult (less than 10 stones / 140 pounds / 63 kilos). The folding beds can be available if there are six guests or fewer for a small extra charge - please enquire. The three bedrooms are very similar in size, space and attractiveness, so no one will feel they have 'pulled the short straw' !

The shower rooms each have a shower cubicle, sink, mirrored toiletries cupboard and WC. We provide clothes airers (to use with the washing machine) and we will give you plenty of soft egyptian cotton towels,

There is a spacious sitting room with coffee table, dining table big enough for 8, satellite TV, and superfast wifi which is free.

The kitchen is just off the sitting room, offering all you would need for self-catering.... a hob, oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, toaster and kettle. We have provided lovely glassware and attractive white crockery.

The flat is well heated with gas central heating.

The character of the accommodation is really highlighted by the lovely old oak flooring throughout, which gives a warm homely feel.

The apartment is on the first floor. Please note, in the UK this means it is one level up from the ground floor. It has its own front door at street level, leading to stairs (about 12) up to the first floor, and then another door into the sitting room, making it very safe. The whole apartment is on the same level.

Best of all the location of the apartment is hard to beat. It really is right in the heart of the centre of London, so you can walk to most of the places you'll want to visit, and you are surrounded by an area filled with interesting cafe's and restaurants.

The other big difference between our apartment and many others are the personal touches we offer. We are not a rental company, just an English couple who adore London and enjoy introducing others to all it has to offer. We have lovingly furnished and decorated the apartment to this very high standard because we really want our guests to have a fantastic time - happy guests mean more to us than high profits. So unlike some apartments, you will not find cheap beds, cheap mattresses, hard pillows...or any of the other horrors you can find with the squeeze-every-penny-of-profit apartment rental companies. We pride ourselves on giving a very friendly, helpful and professional service. We want you to feel you made exactly the right choice!

Overall we are happy to offer you a super three-bedroom budget apartment in a fantastic location, at a very fair price, which is ideal for visitors to London who want to be able to walk to most of the tourist sights and activities. We hope it will give you plenty of fond memories of London to take home.

More Details

Owner
Jan
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About Jan

Hello. I'm really pleased you like the look of my apartment enough to want to know about the owner. Until recently, I have had a really busy life as the MD of a research company, but now I just do occasional research projects.

I have always been a bit pernickety about detail. At home I'm one of those people who arranges the glassware in neat rows, shines the cooker every time it has been used, and has to place the cushions in exactly the right place on the sofa - you know the sort! So I think I'm quite well qualified to run a rental like this.

My philosophy is not to squeeze every last drop of profit out of renting my apartment, but rather to get satisfaction from seeing people arrive and like what they see, and then at the end to hear how comfortable they have been and what a great time they've had. That is so much more pleasurable than a few extra pounds in the bank.

So I do hope I get the chance to meet you...

Jan purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Jan chose Camden & Covent Garden

When we were choosing a London base we looked at loads of properties in London before we saw this one, but the minute we stepped inside we knew this was absolutely right. It's bright and airy, really well laid out, with loads of space. Above all, it has a lovely feeling of character and cosiness.

What makes this apartment unique

The location couldn't be better....

* it's truly right in the centre of London, near to just about everything

* The Tube station is right around the corner, no more than a 2 minute walk

* It's on the Piccadilly line, so you can travel in directly from Heathrow, without any changes, and be at the apartment very quickly

* St Pancras train station (for trains to Europe or Gatwick airport) is just up the road, either a walk or one stop on the Tube

* It's in a quiet cobbled mews with a real historic feel

* There is a shopping centre round the corner, with two good supermarkets plus lots of cafe's and restaurants

* London's best restaurant districts - Lambs Conduit St and Covent Garden - are really close

* Theatreland is really close

* It has good bedrooms of roughly equal size, so no one pulls the 'short straw'

Amenities

Bloomsbury Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Plus sink with mirrored toiletries cupboard and towel rails
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Plus mirrored toiletries cupboard and towel rail
  • We also provide dressing gowns.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • The bedrooms are fairly equal in size and comfort and all are furnished with high-quality bedding, new double wardrobes, and bedside tables with lamps. The Red Room has a king-size bed, the Cream Room has a double bed, and the Blue Room can either have a king-size or we can arrange it as two singles. There are also two folding beds with mattresses which can sleep an extra child/ 2 children (or very small adults under 10 stones / 140 pounds / 63 kilos). One folding bed can be put in the Blue Room and one in the Cream room. Or you can use the sitting room for the folding beds. Please note there is an extra charge if there are 7 or 8 of you which will be shown on the invoice, but this also applies if you want to use a folding bed when there are six or fewer. Please enquire. The Cream Room and the Red Room have lovely big sash windows fitted with wooden blinds as well as curtains. The Blue Room has a Velux (roof) window.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(59 traveler reviews)

Spacious Characterful Apartment In a Cobbled Mews In The Heart Of Central London
average rating of 4.915254 based on 59 reviews
Chicago, Il, USA
5

Charming flat

  • 5 of 5

What more could you wish for? Comfortable beds, a well stocked kitchen, good showers, a quiet street, an attentive responsive owner, and a pub 1/2 a block away! Great location - steps to tube stop, Eurostar, shopping mall, restaurants and supermarket. All in all a great find for traveling retirees.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou so much!
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5

Spacious Bloomsbury Apartment in Excellent Location!

  • 5 of 5

We would ABSOLUTELY stay here again (and will)! The apartment itself is spacious (six of us were quite comfortable), charming, quiet, and very well appointed. The beds were comfortable and extras like hair dryers, outlet adapters, fans, travel guides, and of course, the washer/dryer made our trip very comfortable. However, the real beauty of this place is the fantastic location. Easy walking to grocery stores, pubs, restaurants, the Tube and bus routes, and sites such as the British Museum and the West End theatres. The apartment is just around the corner from the Russell Square tube station, which provides direct access to Heathrow, and a 10-minute walk to St Pancras if you are taking the EuroStar to Paris. Jan is a friendly and helpful host and was easily available to us when we had a couple of questions. Highly recommend this lovely apartment!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou so much. I would love to welcome you back...
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5

Girlfriends in London, loved the apartment. Fantastic location, quiet street, comfortable beds .

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need is here. Plenty of room for friends or family to be comfortable.

Jan is very responsive with any questions.

I always want a quiet, comfy room and this apartment has that. Bathrooms are clean and it's great to have two.

We appreciate the little extras in the kitchen like tea, sugar, coffee etc.

I have stayed in many VRBO's and ​would reccomend this one.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm really happy to have hosted you. Glad you all had such a good time. What a fun bunch you are!
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4

Superb location makes for a great stay

  • 4 of 5

We are a family of five with tween and teen children and an elderly mother. We stayed eight nights during March. This was our second flat rental in London. The nearby Brunswick Mall was a great conevenience. Russell Square offers plenty of restaurants, cafes, cultural sites and shops. (Example: Check out the London Library.) The flat was comfortable for its size though without a dish washer. Jan greeted us there and answered all of our questions. We appreciated the bath robes, travel guides and welcome sweets. During four nornings trucks collected rubbish right outside the flat.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this review and your kind comments. It is a budget category apartment and it is absolutely clear in the description that it has no dishwasher. I'm really sorry you found this to be an inconvenience. For anyone who wishes to have a dishwasher it is easy to select that in the HomeAway filter, and then only properties which have dishwashers will be shown. They will mainly be " luxury category" apartments and you will pay twice or three times as much. In central London the rubbish is collected three times a week in the morning and of course the collection trucks have to drive down every single street to do so. We are lucky because the collection is usually between 8-8.30am which is quite late as they start their rounds at night and finish at about 9 am. For most of our guests this is not a problem as they are usually up or at least awake.
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4

Best location!!!!

  • 4 of 5

This is the perfect spot for spending time in London visiting friends/family or as a first time go. Well equipped kitchen. Comfortable bedrooms. Excellent location!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Very nice apartment. Found Jan to be very helpful.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Heathrow
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
traditional local pub
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
St Pancras
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
very good choice
Car: not necessary

Our apartment is perfectly located in Bloomsbury, right in the very heart of the centre of London, so most of the sights can be reached on foot. The British Museum is just up the road, and all around you have interesting shops, cafes and restaurants ideal for a tourist visit.

This area is London at its best, with beautiful Georgian houses often arranged around a central square of garden. Some of these gardens are exquisitely planted with flower borders, trees and lawns...and best of all they are open and free to visitors.

Bloomsbury is right next to Covent Garden, Theatreland and the shopping district around Oxford Street. Hence some of the capitals most exclusive boutique hotels are to be found here.

Here are some of the places you might want to visit, with the time it will take you to walk to them...(we have walked most of these ourselves to check they are accurate) Of course, you could also take a Tube or a taxi, but by giving you the walking times you can see we are genuinely right in the middle of London....

Nearest Tube station - 2 mins walk

University of London - 3 mins walk

Coram's Fields (great children's playground) - 3 mins walk

Dickens Museum - 3 mins walk

British Museum - 8 mins walk

Covent Garden - 10 mins walk

Theatreland - 10-15 mins walk

Oxford Street (shopping) - 10 mins walk

St Pancras International - 12 mins walk

Soho - 14 mins walk

Leicester Square - 14 mins walk

Piccadilly - 15 mins walk

Trafalgar Square - 15 mins walk

Chinatown - 15 mins walk

Mayfair - 15 mins walk

Cabinet Rooms (Winston Churchill) - 20 mins walk

Buckingham Palace - 22 mins walk

Big Ben - 23 mins walk

Houses of Parliament - 24 mins walk

Westminster Abbey - 25 mins walk

St Paul's Cathedral - 28 mins walk

London Eye - 30 mins walk

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Rates & Availability

Bloomsbury Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
April 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$296
$1,779
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
May 2017
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$425
$2,836
$8,507
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
June 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$322
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
July 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$387
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
August 2017
Aug 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
$387
$2,578
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
September 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 27 2017
6 night minimum stay
$387
$2,578
$9,022
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
October 2017
Sep 28 2017 - Oct 31 2017
6 night minimum stay
$387
$2,578
$8,507
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
November 2017
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
$374
$2,320
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 26 2017
6 night minimum stay
$451
$3,093
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
December 2017
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 18 2017
4 night minimum stay
$374
$2,449
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2017
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
$425
$2,707
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $39 per night, per additional guest
 
January 2018
Jan 3 2018 - Jan 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
$335
$2,062
$7,733
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
February 2018
Feb 1 2018 - Feb 28 2018
5 night minimum stay
$335
$2,062
$7,733
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
March 2018
Mar 1 2018 - Mar 27 2018
6 night minimum stay
$387
$2,449
$9,022
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter 2018
Mar 28 2018 - Apr 6 2018
6 night minimum stay
$451
$2,836
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
April 2018
Apr 7 2018 - Apr 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
$425
$2,578
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
May 2018
May 1 2018 - May 31 2018
6 night minimum stay
$425
$2,578
$10,311
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
June 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
$451
$2,836
$10,311
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
July 2018
Jul 1 2018 - Jul 31 2018
6 night minimum stay
$451
$2,836
$10,311
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
August 2018
Aug 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
6 night minimum stay
$451
$2,836
$10,311
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
September 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
6 night minimum stay
$425
$2,578
$10,311
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
October 2018
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
6 night minimum stay
$425
$2,578
$10,311
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay
$7,733
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $116
Refundable damage deposit $128.89

We provide a personal service - happy to help with queries before and during your trip.
We meet you when you arrive - check in (or bag drop) is from 11.15am. Earlier check-in may be possible at no extra charge, subject to previous guests' departure time
Very late arrivals can be met at a small extra charge - please enquire

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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