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This beautifully furnished, fully equipped apartment is perfect for one couple, two couples, or a family. It is in the heart of Little Venice, a unique 'upscale' residential neighborhood in central/west London, minutes by tube from all the cultural and historical sights, entertainment, and other attractions you come to London for. Our rates may be flexible, depending on time of year. So if you are interested in the apartment, please contact us, Bob and Maxine Seller, by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 716-381-8000, east coast US time.
From the apartment the nearest tube (Warwick Avenue station on the Bakerloo line) is only one block away, and there are eight bus lines within five minutes walk. Piccadilly is 12 minutes away by tube. You can get anywhere from here!
Occupying the entire first floor (one level above the street) of a handsome 'listed' Victorian house, the apartment is modern, bright, and airy with 12 foot ceilings, a balcony, huge windows, generous closet space, and interesting artwork and craft items throughout. Two double bedrooms and a new really comfortable sofa bed in the living room sleep a maximum of six with the convenience of an en suite bathroom in each bedroom and a hall powder room.
The larger bedroom has a queen size bed and a storage wall with two large closets and shelf space. There is an electric alarm clock, two reading lamps, and black out shades for the huge windows The en suite bathroom for this larger bedroom has a shower and a tub. The smaller bedroom has a desk, which some renters use as a dresser, and a storage wall with one closet and a bank of shelves for extra linens and household supplies. There's also some shelf space for renters. The wi fi connection is in this bedroom. The bedroom has a trundle bed--a hidden bed slides out and pops up to turn the sofa into a double bed. Or the pop up bed can be separated into twin beds. (You can see how this works in our photo section.) The en suite bathroom in this smaller bedroom has a shower but no tub.
The living room has a very comfortable sofa that seats three and opens to sleep two. The room also has two leather tub chairs and a giant floor to ceiling window. Outside the window is a balcony with flower boxes. The dining area is at one end of the living room The table seats four with a self storing leaf that opens to seat six. There's a convenient pass-through to the kitchen. Near the table is a book case with a collection of paper back novels--if you take one, please leave one. In the bookcase, too, is a collection of maps and guide books on London and on the British Isles. Use them, but please leave them for the next guests.
Amenities in this well equipped apartment include cable TV, stereo with CD player, wi fi wirelesss computer connection, washer/dryer, dishwasher, four burner gas range and convection electric oven, microwave, family size refrigerator and separate freezer, garbage disposal (rare in London apartments), electric coffee and tea makers, toaster, hair dryer, a generous supply of dishes, kitchen utensils, and linens, elevator, secure entry, and free local phone calls. There is a secure, buzz-in entrance hall.
One of the best features of this apartment is its location in Little Venice, which the London Walks brochure describes as the prettiest and most romantic neighborhood in London. It is a quiet, tree filled neighborhood with flowers most of the year. One block from your doorstep is the lovely Regents Canal with its flower decked longboats (including an art gallery and a puppet theatre) and 19th century towpath. Walk the towpath or take a water taxi to the London Zoo or Camden Market.
Enjoy the charm and convenience of the local shops: a small supermarket, a bakery, 2 delis with great take-out food , a pharmacy, wine shop, several hair dresser, and many boutiques, even a specialty shop for animal lovers. Bring your pet a toy from London.
Of course you can cook in and enjoy our modern kitchen. But if you'd rather eat out, you have many choices within a few blocks walk. Neighborhood pubs, cafes, and restaurants offer excellent Indian, French, Thai, Middle Eastern, Persian, Burmese, English, and American food. Need a break? Take a short walk to Lords Cricket Club, or Regents Park with its boating lake and magnificent gardens, or to Paddington Recreation Park, with a gym, 12 tennis courts, a rose garden, and two children's playgrounds.
This fully equipped and beautifully located apartment is perfect for the vacationer who wants to see and do everything London has to offer, while living in a real neighborhood like a Londoner--a very lucky Londoner because Little Venice is a highly desirable residential area. This unique apartment is not a commercial rental property. It is privately owned. We are the owners, it is our second home, and we look forward to telling you more about it.
We are both professors, recently retired after many years at the University at Buffalo. Bob, an MD, was professor in the School of Medicine. I (Maxine) am a historian. We live in Buffalo, New York (no jokes about snow, please) But we spend at least three months each year in London, in that very pretty and convenient apartment you see on our websiie. We know the apartment is comfortable and up to American standards because it's our second home.
After spending two sabbaticals in London, 1988 and 1995, we fell in love with the city. We bought an apartment here because any time of year there's an endless choice of things to see and do. London is a perfect visitor's city. It's easy to get around by public transportation, and everyone (almost) speaks English. We enjoy the world class music, dance, art, museums, and theatre here. For a change of pace we explore parks, craft shows, street festivals, open air markets, and restaurants offering every kind of food you can imagine. The surrounding countryside is lovely for walking, and Oxford, Cambridge,York, Canterbury, and Stratford-on-Avon are easy day trips.
As retirees, we have time to take advantage of being here. We enjoy hosting our friends and our family (three sons, two daughters in law, and five grandchildren. Samuel Johnson once said, 'If you're tired of London, you're tired of life.' We agree.
Maxine Seller purchased this apartment in 1994
Our apartment is in a unique, upscale neighbohood in central London, a few minutes from a tube stop and many busses, but it is also in a very pretty residential area. So we have the best of both worlds---trees, flowers, local shops, and the Regents canal a few minutes walk away, and just a short tube or bus ride to all the 'downtown' city activities and attractions we enjoy so much.
Our location is unique--both urban and residential--beautiful, quiet, yet close to all the action of a great city.
The apartment is unique also in being both traditional and modern. It is in a 'listed' Victorian house (Mary Poppins could be upstairs!) the outside of which can't be altered. However, an architect bought it, gutted the inside, and made it into four modern apartments. He had just started when we bought it--so we could have it just the way we wanted. Therefore, unlike many London flats, we have lots of closets, bright light, an elevator, two and a half bathrooms, a dishwasher, a big freezer, our own laundry (not shared) even a garbage disposal-- Our location is London but our comforts are U.S. This is great for us and for our renters.
Another unique benefit is our location. We are in central London, so close to transportation and so close to 'downtown' that you won't waste your time on long journeys getting to the places you want to see.
Unlike commercial properties, this is our second home. We are here twice a year for at lest 6 weeks. So our apartment is not decorated like a rental flat. It has leather chairs, a really comfortable sofa bed, and art work and craft items that we picked out because we liked them.
Finally, unlike many other neighborhoods in inner London, which are dreary, or noisy, or both, our neighborhood is quiet, safe, and beautiful. There are flowers most of the year. Property values are rising-- as reflected in the shops and boutiques. At the same time, it's a diverse, interesting neighborhood where people of all kinds seem to get along fine. That is perhaps the most valuable of the many 'unique benefits' of our property--it's a great place to live, as an owner or as a guest.
How we enjoyed this beautiful apartment! We were so comfortable in its light-filled rooms (those windows!). The owners are lovely & organized & provided every necessity. The neighborhood is gorgeous, peaceful and filled with charming cafes. Subway & bus access is outstanding. Ideal for a family or a spacious retreat. Apartment offers opportunity for gathering together and private down time. 2.5 bathrooms. Highly recommend & hope to return.
This is a quiet and wonderful apartment for people who like getting out and about during the day, but coming back to a peaceful flat and neighborhood at night. I stayed for a full month (ask the owners about a long-term rental discount) and enjoyed settling into life in London. I cooked at home or ate in the neighborhood, I walked about, and generally lived my life. It was a great apartment to write in as it is surrounded by pretty greenery -- and the master bedroom is so quiet as it is in the back of the house. And only 11 - 13 minutes to the uproar of Piccadilly Square!
My husband and I stayed here with our two teenagers (13 yo boy and 14 yo girl). It was perfect for us. Plenty of space for everyone to spread out and 3 bathrooms - unheard of in England! While the flat isn't right in the middle of the touristy areas (a pro or a con depending on your needs) it is right by the tube and is easily accessible. We found a number of wonderful breakfast places within a few blocks and it was a great hub for our week in London. The owners were also lovely to work with - very nice and went out of their way to return a few items that the kids left behind. I highly recommend it.
This is a warm and wonderful apartment for a family... comfortable, spacious, well-equipped. All was as described by the helpful owners. We loved the neighborhood shops and super easy access to the tube, and would look forward to staying here again.
Our family (2 adults, 3 teenagers) stayed in this flat for a week in February. It perfectly met our needs. It was a quick walk to the tube station and only a few minutes to central London. The neighborhood was lovely and the shops and restaurants had everything we needed. The flat itself was well equipped and after long days of sightseeing was the perfect place for us to comfortably flop. We had so much more room and comfort than we would have had at a hotel and the price was substantially better. The flat was properly cleaned and well maintained. The listing photos are accurate except the flat is larger than it appears. The owners were lovely and easy to deal with. They made many helpful suggestions that added to the enjoyment of our really special family trip. I would (and have) recommend this flat to friends and family.
If you are looking for convenience and accessibility then this is a great place for you! The flat is within walking distance of the underground, shops, cafe’s, restaurants and a small grocery store. If you are looking for “luxury” like the description says then this is not the place for you. Maybe as American’s we use the term differently. However, when I hear the word “luxury” I think of high end finishes and décor. The paint and décor look as though they have not been updated in quite some time (possibly years), except for the flat screen TV. The carpet is in dire need of a good cleaning and the Chinese menu covering the spare bathroom ceiling vent hardly says “luxury” to me. Also the toaster is hard wired into the bookshelf in the living room which made it difficult to use – very odd and probably dangerous - I think a better description of this flat would be “equipped” because it does have basically everything you would need for a rental unit and “convenient” it is in a very good location.
Locally, go to Regents Park for playgrounds, summer theatre, a boating lake, and wonderful gardens. Walk the canal towpath to the famous London Zoo and, just beyond it, to Camden Market, a giant upscale flea market and shopping area--funky jewelry, second hand books, antique toys, leather jackets,vintage clothes, etc--and lots of ethnic food. Teens love it. So do adults. if you don't want to walk, there's a water taxi. Near Little Venice you can visit a floating art gallery and puppet theatre. You can also feed the local ducks and swans. Also local is Paddington Recreation Park, with a gym, two playgrounds, a track, 12 tennis courts, and loads of room for children to run. We go there to play with the local dogs when we miss our own. Lord's Cricket Club is also a short walk away.
We consider all of London 'our area' because public transportation is so good. London's many theatres, galleries, and museums are within easy reach. Some of our favorites are the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert (new directors--wonderful special exhibitions), the Museum of Natural History (adults as well as children) Tate Modern (go to St Paul's tube station and walk across the Millennium Bridge for great views), Tate Britain, the Jewish Museum, Somerset House, and the Theatre Museum. Don't forget the National Gallery (free) and the National Portrait Gallery, (also free) with a lot more than traditional portraits. There's even a cartoon museum. Something for everyone.
We love London theatre. The National Theatre (south Bank) is world class. The West End is like Broadway. Also try the off-West End theatres and the unique 'fringe' theatres scattered all over London. A website 'LondonTheatre.co. uk lists what's on and what's opening and closing soon, with reviews. It's good to look at that before you come to London and get tickets ahead of time for popular shows. If you are a 'senior,' ask for 'concessions' on any tickets. (Seniors are called OAP's--Old Age Pensioners!)
If you are a music lover, as we are, London is full of music, in large places like Royal Festival Hall, in modest local churches, and everything in-between. You'll find classical music, country, jazz, and a lot of African and Asian music that you won't find easily in the US. There's opera in the original language and in English and wonderful dance of all kinds at Sadler's Wells and other venues.
There are lots of festivals in London, no matter what time of year--film festivals, craft festivals, ethnic festivals, and, in summer, street parties and outdoor events of all kinds. We love the food, the music, and the photo ops. Many are in neighborhood parks. Get on a bus or tube and seek them out. You'll meet nice people and see different parts of London.
I'm not a big palace person, but the Royal Stables are fun to visit. The Tower of London is great if you are a history buff, also Parliament, and St Paul's . Go by boat to Greenwich for the nautical museum, the prime meridian (we're all on Greenwich time'), and street market. Like gardens? Go to Kew.
Walk London! The books in our apartment have suggestions for walks in London and nearby countryside. There are organized 2 hour 'London Walks,' often led by unemployed actors, with themes-- Jewish East End, Dickens, Shakespeare , Harry Potter ,, a Churchill War Rooms walk (our favorite). Shakespeare fan or not, go to the reconstructed Globe theatre on the South Bank for the tour and adjacent exhibition. You can record a part in a famous play and compare your rendition of Hamlet to that of Lawrence Olivier.
There's so much to do in London that if you have a week or less, stay in town. If you are here longer, try a day trip to Oxford or Cambridge (more beautiful and less frenetic), York (great cathedral, Viking remains), Avebury (like Stone Henge only you can get closer), and Stratford-on-Avon. Our favorite outing is Churchill's summer home, Chartwell--great house, gardens, and historical documents.
If London is part of a longer trip, (2 weeks +) go further. Take a train, then rent a car at your destination. Our favorite 3-4 day trip is south and west to Devon and Cornwall (charming inns, thatched roofs, fishing villages, wild horses, beautiful cliff walks by the sea). Or go north to the Lake District for rugged hills and challenging hiking.
There are endless things to do in and around London. You probably have plans. But if you want, Bob and I will be happy to talk with you about what would be especially interesting and fun for you and your family.
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
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|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
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One half of rent is due at time of reservation. The rest, plus damage deposit and cleaning fee (if staying less than 7 days) is due one month before arrival. Send personal or bank check to Robert H Seller, MD, 812 Forest Ave, Buffalo NY 14209.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.