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Nina Anstee

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, French by email - Mr Anstee speaks French

The Old Bakery London (N21) 2 apartments in an historic setting - THE STABLES

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

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Two apartments: CHALKLEY'S sleeps 4 & THE STABLES sleeps 2. Historic setting

INTRODUCING THE OLD BAKERY: This 17th Century building is a Grade II listed historic house and stands at the heart of the delightful Winchmore Hill Conservation Area. Fast trains to the centre are just 2 minutes walk away & take you in 25 minutes to the West End, theatreland, shops, tourist sites and museums, and the Eurostar terminal. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops are nearby on Winchmore Hill Green, which retains the charm of past times, yet is very much part of modern London.

We offer family-run accommodation with a friendly welcome. The apartments are high quality. Chalkley's apartment has a 4**** Gold Award from Visit Britain. We maintain The Stables to the 4**** standard. Egyptian cotton bed-linen & towels are supplied. WiFi is free. Breakfast coffee and are tea are provided free of charge. We also supply the ingredients of a continental breakfast ( please enquire).

OUR TWO APARTMENTS:

'CHALKLEY'S', sleeps 4, consists of living room, dining room, kitchen, and two double en-suite bedrooms and has a "Gold Award" from Visit England. It is a cottage style apartment on 2 floors in the historic 17th Century bakehouse; a charming holiday home with impressive beams and fireplaces. Your home-from-home is elegantly furnished designer fabrics, antique furniture, original paintings and comfy beds. Our guests say this charming home is a highlight of their stay in London. Ideal for a family of four or for two couples. The apartment can be rented in a one bedroom format, suitable for 2 guests (sharing a bedroom), at a discounted rent. It is named after the Chalkley family who ran the Bakery for four generations.

THE STABLES:

This cosy, romantic cottage (sleeps 2 - living/dining room, kitchen, shower-room and double bedroom) is situated in the secluded walled garden of The Old Bakery, with direct gated access to the street and to Winchmore Hill Green. It consists of a living/dining room, kitchen, shower-room and double bedroom in the eaves. The Stables have their own patio area where out guests enjoy breakfasts among the flowers and romantic evening drinks. .

WINCHMORE HILL is a delightful and safe area of London, popular with Londoners because of its excellent, fast train links to the West End and City centre. It was in 1871, when the railway came to Winchmore Hill, that a sleepy village became a commuter suburb of London and prosperous City workers built new homes in streets around the ancient village Green. The Old Bakery is close to the station, just two minutes' walk. The nearby shops, 'Deli-on-the-Green' and 'The Larder', make food buying a pleasure rather than a chore. If you wish to eat out, there are high quality restaurants, cafes and pubs nearby. There is also a large supermarket a short walk from the Old Bakery.

Accommodation at The Old Bakery offers you a more relaxing and more economical option to hotels. At The Old Bakery, you have a relaxing home-from-home where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings before and after your day's site-seeing in the centre of London. You benefit from the flexibility to choose to eat out in one the excellent restaurants on The Green, or to bring home a "take out" and eat it at your dining table, or to cook your meal for yourself in the kitchen.

This is a family-run business. We pride ourselves on our personal service and friendly welcome to all our guests. We enjoy sharing the beauty of this historic building with you.

THE CONSERVATION AREA: The village origins of Winchmore Hill (first mentioned in the history books in the 14th century as a village on the route to the Royal Hunting Forest) still reveal themselves in the historic buildings around The Green, and in a friendly community atmosphere, unusual in a capital City like London.

OUR HISTORY:

The Old Bakery is believed to have begun life in about 1595AD as a village hall with central huge fireplace and vaulted ceiling, before becoming, first, a farmhouse, then, in 1822AD, the village Bakehouse, and finally a private home . The Bakery was run for many years by Quakers and Winchmore Hill was an historic a centre of early Quakerism (The Society of Friends). The nearby Quaker Meeting House is still in use, surrounded by a beautiful garden.

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Details for THE STABLES 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

The Stables is a romantic apartment situated in the walled garden of The Old Bakery London (with direct access to the street). Stylishly furnished and equipped, it is an ideal London holiday venue for a couple or single visitor. A hugely popular hideway holiday home. The Stables comprises: beamed living room with flagstone floor; small, well equipped kitchen (combination oven/microwave, hob, washing machine, fridge/freezer); shower room / toilet; a double bedroom in the eaves (please note restricted height). WiFi (free), TV, DVD and CD player, & a selection of books. In Summer, enjoy peaceful breakfasts or romantic evening drinks in the Stables' seating area within the Old Bakery's secluded and beautiful garden. The cottage is shielded from the street by high walls. Towels & 400-thread Egyptian cotton bedlinen provided. Free WiFi. N.B. The bedroom accessed by a ladder-style staircase (see photos) which is may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Nina Anstee (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, French by email - Mr Anstee speaks French

About Nina Anstee

I brought the Bakery in 1978. Restoring and preserving its historic fabric became a labour of love. Originally we used the whole of the Old Bakery as a family home. My first husband was a classical musician and both our children were studying instruments. So it was well used for rehearsal and practice. My children, Karen and Stephen, are both professional musicians. Stephen plays the cello and Karen the violin. In 1986, Clive died in 1986 and soon my children became adults and had homes and, eventually, families of their own. I decided to divide the house into two parts, thus creating 'Chalkley's' apartment. I converted the Stables to a guest house about ten years ago. My second husband, Bruce, and I met in 1991. We have 10 grandchildren between us!

For many years, I worked in Fundraising and raised funds for historic buildings including Worcester College Oxford, The King Charles Court at Royal Greenwich and (my final project) St Paul's Cathedral. I then re-trained as a Psychotherapist and have private practice in Winchmore Hill.

My second husband, Bruce, is a scientist working on Environmental issues.

Bruce has three adult children and we now have 12 grandchildren between us! The eldest is Zachary aged 20 and the youngest is baby Ethan born in 2015. My son, Stephen and his French wife Amelie (also a musician) have 4 year old twins Elliot and Ariane whom I often look after, which is a real joy.

Our children and grandchildren frequently gather here for meals. When there is a birthday to celebrate it is usually a case of 'Let's go to Mum's'. Fortunately, Bruce is an excellent and enthusiastic cook. The photo above is of the family gathering for Zachary's 18th birthday. I am the one wearing a flowery jacket and holding Elliot, aged 3 years. In order round the table, Amelie (back to camera) me, Nat, Zach, Karen, Gabriel (not the baby Gabriel but his older cousin!) Martin (a friend from New York) and Stephen holding Ariane (Elliot's twin sister).

Nina Anstee purchased this apartment in 1978

Why Nina Anstee chose England

Winchmore Hill is a wonderful place to live. It combines fast access to the centre of London with pleasant surroundings, good independently-run shops and restaurants, and a thriving and friendly community. These last qualities are rare in large capital cities.I frequently join local friends at the Deli-on-the-Green for morning coffee, when we talk over local issues, discuss the latest news or have friendly disagreements about politics. In the warmer weather I love to walk in beautiful Grovelands Park. The Park was once the grounds of 18th century Grovelands House (designed by John Adams) but was bought by the far-sighted local Council 100 years ago as a amenity for the neighbourhood.

At weekends Bruce and I usually go to the theatre, a concert, or to the National Film Theatre. The great thing about Winchmore Hill is that it is easy to pop into the centre - for a bit of Oxford Street shopping, or to visit Borough Food Market, for example - while also enjoying a great neighbourhood.

What makes this apartment unique

When I first saw The Old Bakery, the fireplace in Chalkley's dining room brought back childhood memories of my grandfather reading by his newspaper by the fireside in his Tudor period house. I love The Old Bakery's spaciousness, its charm, its excentricities and its warm family atmosphere.

When we bought The Old Bakery we spent a lot of time finding the original features hidden beneath inappropriate 'modernisations'. I have taken pride in conserving the building's historic fabric and bringing The Old Bakery's facilities up to high contemporary standards without compromising its character and atmosphere. About ten years ago, I transformed The Stables ( where the baker's horses lived until the1940s) into a delightful one bedroom cottage (also available as a holiday apartment).

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fantastic place to stay. Go everything needed and more. Brilliant place to explore London.
Aug 2014
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Reviews

4.8
based on 51 traveler reviews

THE STABLES
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 52 reviews
Boulder, Colorado, USA
5

Best decision I made

  • 5 of 5

Rather than staying somewhere in the center of London, I decided to stay out and away from the center in a suburb of London, Winchmore Hill. It was a good decision because, at the end of a busy, crowded day in London, it felt really good to take the train out to Winchmore Hill where a feeling of tranquility descended on me and refreshed me for another busy day of touring London. Nina was an excellent landlady for the Stable apartment I stayed in. She was quick to respond when I got mixed up on the directions for how to use the shower, even coming to the apartment to be sure I got to have my shower. She also recommended an excellent Turkish restaurant in the village. Nina also had some food on hand for breakfast that I never expected. It was really nice not to have to run out to a store on my first morning to either eat out or purchase food to bring back to the apartment. I was very comfortable in this lodging. A special addition to the lovely English garden outside the apartment was a garden tortoise who was often right outside his little house beside the gate. I swear he was trying to greet me each day! I highly recommend a stay at The Old Bakery. Judy Barton

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank to to Judy for this lovely review. Winchmore Hill is a popular suburb with Londoners working in the central area because it has retained a relatively peaceful environment while still having fast transport to the financial and commercial centre. Our south-facing garden is shielded behind high walls and is a little haven. I am delighted that our guest enjoyed being greeted by Octavius, our tortoise, each morning. We have had Octavius since June 8th 1979, hence the name. He very regular habits during the warmer months but dislikes the rain and will take a quick look and then retreat into his house until it stops. Nina
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5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

The flat is absolutely charming! It was small, but suited our needs perfectly. Be aware, however, that you have to use a ladder to get to and from the bedroom in the loft. It's worth it though; the bed is super comfy. Be sure to eat at the King's Head pub if you stay at the Old Bakery. The menu changes daily, but if you're lucky enough to see the hamburger on the menu, grab it! It's the best burger I've ever eaten. I highly recommend this property and would most certainly stay here again if I'm lucky enough to visit London again.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marietta, Ga
5

The Stables was perfect.

  • 5 of 5

The Stables was the perfect home base for our stay in London. We loved the cottage-like feel, the beautiful walled garden (all abloom!), everything was clean and very well-maintained. Winchmore Hill was lovely with bus stop, train station, pubs, restaurants, a cute little deli, shops, bank, post-office, all just steps away from the Old Bakery. We were sorry to miss the Sunday famer’s market. (I should mention, should you need a taxi, the one Nina recommends is wonderful. Very courteous and friendly.)

Nina was a wonderful host, from her tour of The Stables when we checked in to her letting us back in to retrieve a cell phone after we’d checked out. We especially appreciated her phone call when we missed an email prompt requesting our final payment. I was appalled and embarrassed; Nina was nothing but gracious.

We’d stay here again without hesitation and will definitely be recommending The Old Bakery and the Stables to others.

One caution: When booking, do pay attention to the Stables recommended check-in hours. Our flight into London arrived hours beyond that and we wound up having to pay for another hotel room for what would have been our first night at The Stables. No one’s fault but mine, but thought I’d mention it as a warning to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, I am so glad that this couple really enjoyed their stay in The Stables and that they took pleasure in our walled garden. May and June are an especially good time for flowers in our walled garden as the Wysteria is in bloom, followed by roses, geraniums and clematis. The high walls make the garden unusually sheltered and warm. Our Sunday farmers' market is a wonderful addition to Winchmore Hill life. What a pity these guests were not here on Sunday. I will tell the taxi service that they got a excellent review! ARRIVAL TIMES: flights from the USA often arrive either very early in the morning (about 7.30am) or quite late in the evening. This can be a bit difficult for all concerned. Our standard check-in time is between 2pm and 5pm but we can offer some flexibility on this. Early flights: If the apartment is not occupied the night before your arrival we can usually get things ready for you the night before. But, of course, if guests leave that same morning we need time to clean and prepare things for your arrival. However, we may be able to take your luggage in earlier and you can wait in The Deli over coffee. Evening arrivals: In the evening, as long as we have not booked tickets at the theatre, we can usually extend the check-in period to 9pm. However, if your flight is scheduled to arrive in Heathrow after 8pm that gets more difficult. Getting through Immigration and Customs can take up to 1.5 hours. So please check with me before booking a flight with a late arrival.
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Cosy

  • 4 of 5

Very cosy and clean. Perfect for two people. The amenities and bed were comfortable. It also has a small kitchen for those that want to eat in. Short walk to the train station and easy transfer to the tube. I would stay there again.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Delightful accommodation, excellent stay

  • 5 of 5

This was my second stay in the Stables, another memorable week in London. The property is furnished with style and attention to detail and has excellent facilities and quality fittings. Everything was so comfortable, especially the bedroom under the eaves. I found that the Stables was a great place to relax after a busy day out and about in London and the good railway service meant that there was no difficulty getting back into central London for evening theatre and returning after the show. Good shops and restaurants are close -- I loved the Sunday market by Winchmore Hill station. Yes, I loved my stay and can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to have returning visitors. It shows us that we are getting things right and providing a comfortable and relaxing home from home for our guests. The Sunday Market by the Station is a relatively new initiative for Winchmore Hill, as it has only been going for a couple of years. We love it. The stall holders bring fresh meats and eggs from farms not far outside London; there is cheese from artisan cheese makers and a huge range of breads and cakes baked in North London. On top that that, the coffee stall and market café make a great place to have breakfast in the warmer months. A pleasing addition to wonderful Winchmore Hill Green.
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Visiting family

  • 5 of 5

A perfect, stunning place. An absolute delight both inside and out. Everything provided for a very relaxing stay with the busting city of London not far away if needed. The owner was a wonderful lady who explained everything in detail, and was extremely helpful. The stables is just so gorgeous and the gardens absolutely perfect. I would award this gorgeous place a million stars if I could. Many thanks for everything, keep up the good work.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always delighted that guests enjoy The Stables. This year the garden is just beginning to look more colourful as Spring has been rather cold, after an unusually warm Winter. The plants don't seem to know what to do! When the weather is favourable our guests in The Stables often like to have their morning coffee outside and watch the birds on the bird feeders. .
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Map

Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Heathrow
Nearest Train
300 Metres
winchmore hill
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
M25
Car: not necessary

Winchmore Hill is a pleasant residential area of London from which trains take you to the West End's theatres, museums, galleries and shops in just 25-30 minutes. The City (St Paul's Cathedral, The Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe, Tate Modern) is equally accessible by train.

The Old Bakery (a working bakery known as Chalkley's Bakehouse until 1945), is one of a group of 17Th century buildings near the 'village' Green, which is a historic Conservation Area. The Green has charming pubs, restaurants and traditional tea-rooms, as well excellent food shopping.

In the 1660s, Winchmore Hill became one of the earliest Quaker communities, founded by George Chalkley. His son, Thomas, emigrated to America and became a famous preacher. The Quaker Meeting House and the Old School House are nearby.

The university City of Cambridge can be reached by train in 1 hour 15 minutes, and beautiful Hatfield House (where Queen Elizabeth I lived before becoming Queen) in 45 minutes.

Other Activities: museums, galleries, theatres, sight-seeing, historic buildings

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Rates & Availability

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Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring/ Summer 2016
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
$118
$788
 
 
Autumn 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
4 night minimum stay
$118
$788
 
 
xmas/ new year 2016-17
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
$158
$985
 
 
Jan-Feb2017
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
$92
$525
 
 
Early Spring 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$105
$657
 
 
Spring & Summer 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$118
$788
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$118
$788
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $66

Rates for stays of over 2 weeks may be negotiable at certain times of the year. .
A 2-hour clean at the end of a guest's stay is included in the rent. In the rare circumstances that this is not sufficient time to clean after a guest's departure we reserve the right to deduct an additional hour's cleaning cost (£25) from their security deposit. There is an obligation on guests to abide by the Local Authority's rubbish/ trash re-cycling policy when disposing of rubbish/ trash. Information on this is provided in the kitchen. If trash is incorrectly placed in the bins a charge of £20 may be made for re-sorting and rinsing guests' rubbish.

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Amenities

England Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Good quality egyptian cotton towels are provided. The shower-room (electric shower) has a slate floor with a thick cotton bath mat. There is a heated towel rail, white basin and mirrored cabinets. The shower-room is downstairs
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • The bedroom is in the eaves of the building and has sloping ceilings. It is comfortable, cosy and romantic - airy but not large. There are a good selection of books and a radio by the bed. The window looks out over cottage gardens. The bed is a standard-size double. Bedlinen is 400-thread Egyptian cotton.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Excellent visitor information about central London attractions and about the local area is provided. Visitors also enjoy the varied selection of books. Wireless internet access is free. The Stables stand in the delightful walled garden of the Old Bakery. During the Spring and Summer months our garden is full of flowers, including clematis In May-Sept and roses round your door in June! Our guests appreciate the peaceful atmosphere after a busy day's sight-seeing. The garden provides a pleasant and secluded place to sit on summer evenings. Many birds come to our feeders. A high gate gives direct access to the street, while providing excellent security and privacy. Please note the bedroom is accessed via a ladder-staircase and that this is unlikely to be suitable for persons with limited mobility. Please email or ring us to discuss the suitability to your needs.

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