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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

London Convenience Without London Prices + Free Wifi

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Beckenham Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4).

Quick and easy travel to London without the expense and congestion of a central location! Our home away from home is a clean, roomy and comfortable two-bedroom flat with separate living and dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, and free high speed wireless internet. There is a new flat screen HD TV that receives over 100 channels, and a 'multi-region' DVD player that will play your DVDs, no matter where they are from. Our DVD collection includes many movies with an English theme.

We are located in a quiet SE London suburb, facing a lovely park and surrounded by Victorian houses. An easy three minute walk leads to the rail station, where frequent trains take you to Victoria Station in central London in just 18 minutes. From Victoria there are extensive Underground links to virtually anywhere in the city. An inexpensive “day travelcard” pays for the round trip train ride to London and also allows unlimited travel on the Underground and on all buses.

A short walk from the flat brings you to grocery stores, restaurants, and pubs.

Why is the price so low?

Apartments like this in the city center typically rent for substantially more than what we are charging. So why is ours so much less? Though we actually prefer living a bit outside the hassle of central London, many tourists want to be right in the thick of things. So our fees are considerably less in part to make up for the 18-minute train ride to the city. Secondly, the decor and furnishings are traditionally British, not upscale and touristy. And the common areas aren't plush--the stairs aren’t carpeted, there is no elevator, and at the entrance you'll be greeted by recycle bins rather than a doorman! When we travel in Europe we always seek 'value apartments' like ours--we’re looking to rent our flat to like-minded people who appreciate a clean, comfortable and very well-equipped place to stay as a base for exploring London but don't require upscale, luxurious accommodations.

We're one floor up

Note that the flat is on the 'first floor,' that is, one floor up from the ground level. There is no elevator so you must be prepared to walk up a flight of stairs with your luggage.

We maintain a strict no-smoking policy..

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About The Owner

We lived in London for five years before moving to Seattle, Washington, USA. We like to travel back to London at least once a year--this flat is our cherished second home, not an 'investment property.' While at the flat we often rendezvous with family from Germany and love to have our grown kids come too. While we're not there we like to make it available to others at a very favorable rate.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1995

Why The Owner chose Bromley

Beckenham, Bromley is a quiet, safe suburb near to downtown London. It's a real community that's not at all touristy, so it's a nice antidote to the bustle of central London. Because it's so close to a rail station, with frequent service directly to central London, it has all the benefits of a convenient location with less noise and expense than living right in the city.

What makes this apartment unique

We love being in a small vibrant multi-cultural community with a park directly across the street and grocery stores, ATMs, pubs and restaurants within easy reach. With only a three-minute walk to the train station it couldn't be more convenient!

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)
London Convenience Without London Prices + Free Wifi
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
5

We love this place!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful site for visitors to London! We stayed here for two months in 2015 and also in 2013. We love this very quiet, comfortable flat in a pleasant residential suburb, with a small park right across the street. There is a train station a 5-minute walk from the flat, where you can catch a train to central London, a 20-minute ride. The owners provide a very helpful guide with, along with instructions for how everything in the flat works, numerous suggestions for local restaurants and nearby shopping. We have always found the owners easy and delightful to deal with. We are certainly looking forward to staying here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great owners. Wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed in this cozy two bedroom flat with my two sons for close to 8 weeks beginning In late October of 2015. We could not have imagined staying in a more peaceful and secure offering for our London adventure. The flat is just a three minute walk to Kent House Station where every 15 minutes a train brings you to Victoria Station in just 20 minutes. New Beckenham Station is just a 9 minute walk and brings you to London Bridge. The flat delivers all the comforts of home in a very traditional English fashion, and the owner is remarkably attentive. It's quite quiet and welcoming once inside. The owner doesn't live nearby, but has a very responsible nearby contact who was prompt in her assistance at getting us into the flat. There was also a very detailed information document with all of the pertinent need to know items clearly and concisely described. I can't say enough about how happy we were with this flat. We bought our groceries in nearby Penge at just an 8 minute walk. The flat was a wonderful place to rest after a day exploring London. There is a good sized flat screen TV with plenty of channels, and the kitchen is very well stocked. We won't hesitate to stay here again when we return. It was perfect for us. The owner couldn't have been more professional and courteous. I highly recommend this flat for all who wish to see London with ease, but without the excessive cost of being downtown.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A so good place

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4, with 2 kids and we spent a wonderful week in this apartment. Everything was in line with the announcement. The apartment is quiet, very well equipped, with clear and precise instructions, very clean and the owner is very nice and helping. The train station is nearby and access to London very easy. Everything was perfect. We highly recommend this apartment and we'll come back for another stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orange County
5

Lovely stay - easy access to the city

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for ten days and really enjoyed the flat. The four of us fit perfectly with plenty of room to spare. Arrangements were very easily coordinated with the owners, and we really felt we received good value for our money. If you are planning a visit to London, this flat, with access to a train about a block away, provides a lovely home-base. We fixed our own breakfasts, traveled into London or around SE and NE England, had a later lunch at a pub, and then went back "home" to relax and have a drink. We couldn't have been happier with our visit. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Warmly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

During our time in London we stayed two weeks at this beautiful apartment and I can warmly recommend it to any vacationer who is planning to visit London.

First of all, it was very tidy and clean. You could not find any dirt or dust in the kitchen, bathroom, beedrom etc.

Secondly, the location of the flat is just awesome. It is located in an quiet and safe area so you won't wake up due to traffic noise or loud partys. It is also very close to the Kent House Station which will get you to London Victoria Station in no time from where you can travel to most of the sights by tube. Lots of grocery stores and restaurants are very close as well.

Another good aspect about the location is that there are lots of free parking spots so if you are renting a car as we did you should definitly pick this apartment since parking spots in London are very rare (and expensive).

Furthermore, you get a so called "Flat Guide" which contains lots of information about how things work in the apartment but which also offers wise advises especially for people who have never been to London before.

The size of the flat is remarkable, too because it offers enough space for four person with its large beds, kitchen and living room.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience staying in this flat especially since the owner is such an friendly and kind person who always stayed in touch with us and informed us about all important things. You will rarely find such a clean, budget, well-located as well as big apartment in London again.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kingsport, Tennessee
5

Enjoyable Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in London and the flat on Ringwold Close was a great place to stay. Every morning we made sandwiches for our lunches in the kitchen and then walked about 750 feet to the Kent House Rail Station to take the 20 minute train ride into London.

The owner responded promptly, courteously, and honestly to all of our questions. Everything about the flat and the area was as described in the HomeAway write-up and in the "Flat Guide" which we received by e-mail. We were able to wash, dry, and iron our clothes without leaving the flat. The Wi-Fi connection was constant and reliable. Wardrobes for hanging clothes and drawers for folded items in each bedroom meant that we did not have to keep our suitcases out and open. Towels and wash clothes were provided.

On several occasions we walked to the nearby convenience store and the full-sized grocery store. We enjoyed the food and drink at the Moon and Stars pub, which is only about one half mile (0.82 kilometers) from the flat. Note that this pub is quite large and has an area for families to come in and have a meal.

We have already decided that we must visit England again in the future. Hopefully, we will be able to rent this flat again.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Gatwick airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
The Moon and Stars
Nearest Golf
0.4 Miles
Nearest Train
0.2 Miles
Kent House Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Car: not necessary

There is a large, lovely park directly across the street (see photo). Although our typical guests are focused on London, the nearby towns offer lots of vibrant, multicultural shopping and other activities. The Beckenham-Penge High Street is a 5-minute walk away. A convenience grocery store with extended hours is close by, and a large grocery store is a ten-minute walk. There are many local restaurants; almost all of them will deliver to the flat for no charge (we have an extensive collection of menus available for review, including many very good Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants). A public swimming pool is within walking distance. If you have a car, there is safe off-street parking. It's a short drive to the beautiful Kent and Surrey countryside where you can explore stately homes, castles, and country pubs. The homes of Winston Churchill (Chartwell House) and Charles Darwin (in the village of Downe) are within easy reach.

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Rates & Availability

Beckenham Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer high season
Jun 1 - Aug 30
7 night minimum stay
$1,120
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,015
 

Additional information about rental rates

setup and cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $100

We require a minimum stay of seven nights, but welcome stays of any length beyond a week. The charge is $145/night regular season and $160/night for the high (summer) season. Rate breaks are gladly offered for long stays.

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Amenities

Beckenham Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Town
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (1) Comfortable double bed in bedroom 1., Twin or Single Beds (1) Two comfortable extra long twin beds in bedroom 2.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming

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