|Minimum Stay||4 - 6 nights|
Chalkley's (4**** Gold Award) is a 2-bedroom apartment sleeping 4 (2- guest option available) in the most historic part of the Old Bakery London. Beautiful brick fireplaces, beamed ceilings, antique furniture and comfy beds make for a delightful holiday home, with the benefit of contemporary bathrooms and kitchen.
Chalkley's consists of well-furnished living room, (WiFi & cable TV); dining room (seats 6) with 17th century fireplace; contemporary, well-equipped kitchen - washing machine, oven, microwave, hob and fridge-freezer; 2 spacious double bedrooms - bedroom 1 with king-size double & en-suite shower room. Bedroom 2 with two (3ft/ 90cms wide) single beds & bathroom. Towels & 400-thread egyptian cotton bed-linen are provided. There is collection of books for your enjoyment. This is a unique place to stay.
The kitchen is up a short flight (9 steps) of stairs. (Photo available) Baskets provided for carrying crockery; an additional kettle, toaster coffee-maker in the dining room
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
We loved our stay in in charming Chalkley's cottage. The art, books and travel guides all enhanced our visit. The kitchen was well equipped for our needs also. There were good pubs and restaurants nearby as well as groceries and the Deli. The cottage was a wonderful retreat after busy days sight-seeing. Thanks so much
To stay at a historic house that is over 350 years old was a dream since I was a child, so we discide to stay at the old bakery. It was a fanstastic place with history in every corner of the house it seams you could listen to all the stories from former inhabitants. The beds are perfect, the two bath rooms are brand new and the kitchen includes everything you need. But mind your head at the lintel of every door the people in former time where a little bit smaler.
In a distance of 7 min. walk you'll find one super pub, 4 restaurants and the Larder a fine place for an english breakfast where we started our day.
3 minutes walk to the station Winchemore Hill to start the daily tour to London City within 30 minutes you are at the Oxfort street or Piccadily Circus. Trains are running from 4 am to 12 pm or you stay at the Piccadily line up to Southegate 24 hours a day and catch a cab to the old backery.
A super place to stay. Thank you very much Nina and Bruce it was an honour to stay at the old backery we are looking forward to come back to your beautifull house. Best regards Stefan and family
Wir hatten eine tolle zeit in the old bakery. Alles hat perfekt funktioniert und war so wie in der beschreibung. Als wir angekommen sind hat uns nina sehr herzlich begrüßt und uns direkt nahrungsmittel zur verfügung gestellt also war der service auch besser als man es erwartet hat. Wenn sie einen städtereise nach london planen und eine unterkunft suchen würde ich ihnen the old bakery empfehlen.
This location was wonderful! Granted, it may take you a bit longer to get places than if you are staying right in the heart of London, but you really will feel as if you've moved into a neighborhood and you're making new friends! The girls at the Deli on the Green (a 30 second walk) became good friends and we started most morning with coffee and a roll before setting out. Most nights we grabbed takeaway and ate in front of the telly. There's a small store which stocks just about everything AND it has a cash machine and that's a 60 second walk. We got to know Paul at the wonderful jewelry store, Mistress Appleby's and found gorgeous pieces!
Nina is a gracious and knowledgeable host and had sent us so much great information prior to our visit that we knew how to get from Heathrow on the tube, that we needed to buy our National Rail tickets to Bath and Cardiff in advance to save tons of money, and she has a great library of guidebooks. Everything was clean and well-kept and we knew we could count on Nina to handle any issues. (When she went out of town, she had her son step in--very reassuring!) You can LIVE in history!
A few suggestions:
Take one suitcase---seriously, ONE! Even our one suitcase apiece and carry-on, got pretty heavy by the end of the Heathrow to Southgate to Winchmore trip. When you have easy access to a laundry, you don't need a ton of clothes! London dresses much more comfortably than Paris, so jeans, minimal jewelry and a tote bag for your umbrella, really comfortable shoes and layers will handle everything
Do not bother with taking the train from Winchmore Hill Station. You're going to have to change anyway, so just take the W9 bus (it's on the same side of the street as the Old Bakery, the bench on the Green) a short 10-minute ride to Southgate Station and take the Piccadilly Line wherever you need to go.
BELIEVE NINA WHEN SHE TELLS YOU ABOUT THOSE STAIRS!!! If you have ANY mobility issues, arthritic knees, balance, anything, then you will not enjoy navigating them. The privilege of living in such an amazing historic place means that the original architecture has been preserved as much as possible and that includes the original stairs.
Use the laundromat around the corner. Pat will do your laundry and, in our case, delivered it back to Nina and Bruce because we were out all day. It's not worth it to wash in the machine upstairs and haul wet stuff to the dryer-- it only cost 5 pounds to have Pat do it all.
Nina was nice and helpful. The location was great for the train and food. The downstairs was cozy. The stairs were insane, too steep. All sources of water was upstairs, kitchen and baths. The water pressure for hot was like a dribble. The noise for the pump to the toilet and bath was awful. The one bath had only a tub. The handheld shower attachment barely worked. Floor in the double bedroom was so slanted you had the feeling you were falling out of bed. Only got clean towels the first day. Would have thought if we were staying a week we would've got fresh ones sometime. Attractive building but the inconveniences out weighs the good.
Although our stay at the Old Bakery was short, 4 nights only, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all in our group. The property was very clean, Nina was very friendly and helpful in recommending places to visit. Winchmore Hill is a tidy, pretty place. The close proximity to the Train Station was defiantly a plus, only 2 mins. away. We wish we had a longer stay to take in more of he surrounding area, hopefully another time.
We had a lovely stay and loved the area a lot! This property is right around the corner from the subway and restaurants, grocery store and deli. Nina gave us Milk, butter and a delicious loaf of bread fresh from the deli! Also fresh flowers on the table too! We used the washing machine which came in hand and their is a laundry mat with a dryer a few feet away in which we used once. We had a fun stay
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