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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 - Chalkley's

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

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Overview

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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.

More Details

Details for Chalkley's 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms

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

Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • 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

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
Jul 2015
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)
Chalkley's
average rating of 4.576923 based on 37 reviews
5

Perfektes Haus für einen Urlaub in London

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you to our guests from Germany for their kind review. ( I have used Google to translate the review into English below for those of you who find it difficult to follow German.) We try of offer all our guests a good welcome; many of them have had a very long journey and arrive here tired. So, we try to put some basic food into the fridge (e.g bread, milk, butter). The Deli on the Green is just across the road but sometimes it helps if you do not have to go straight out to the shops as soon as you arrive! TRANSLATION OF THE REVIEW Perfect house for a holiday in London ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ We had a great time in the Old Bakery . Everything worked perfectly and was just like in the description . When we arrived Nina was incredibly welcoming and provided some foodstuffs. So the service was even better than you expected. If you are planning a city trip to London and are looking for accommodation I would recommend the Old Bakery .
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Perfect location for us, a chance to live in history!

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique but difficult.

  • 2 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are saddened that, despite liking our location and the "cozy" living and dining room, these guests (4 adults from the USA) were not content with the accommodation. We do, in fact, make certain that we describe the accommodation accurately in all our advertising. Chalkley's is within a Listed Historic Building, built between 1595AD (i.e. during Shakespeare's lifetime) and 1720AD. Historic buildings have quirks and minor inconveniences, but they reward us with their charm and beauty. Our guests says they enjoy the unique nature of this historic building. The Stairs: As clearly stated in the description, the stairs are, indeed, a bit steeper than many contemporary staircases, but are far from being "insane"! There are only 10 steps which are, in fact, less steep than those in the early 20th century cottages nearby. The facilities: As advertised, Bedroom One has an en-suite shower, basin and toilet and Bedroom Two has a bath-tub, basin and toilet i.e. NO shower! Linen provided: We provide 2 towels per guest. These are changed weekly. This is the industry standard in self-catering accommodation. However, if a guest requests more towels we happily provide them. These guests did not make any such request, even when we met them during their stay. We cannot respond if no requests are made. The kitchen is, as described, up the 10 steps of the stairs on the upper floor. However, a full additional set of toaster, kettle, water filter, coffee maker, crockery and cutlery is provided in the dining room and baskets are provided to facilitate carrying things from the dining room to the kitchen. We live on-site and enjoy the charm of this historic building ourselves. My first sight of the dining room in Chalkley's was all the impetus I needed to buy the Old Bakery in 1978, and I have enjoyed taking care of The Old Bakery every since.
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The property was very clean and comfortable. Friendly owners and close to the Station.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We will be delighted to welcome these guests again. There are so many interesting places to visit in London. Nina
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4

A fun stay

  • 4 of 5

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

Thanks Nina

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that this charming group of 4 adults (2 couple) enjoyed their stay in our larger apartment, "Chalkley's". I will tell Kay at the Deli that they particularly enjoyed the loaf of bread. We always put fresh flowers on the dining table because that is what I like for myself. The lady at the laundry-mat will do a service wash for our guests if they want. She is very helpful.
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St. Louis
4

Quaint, comfortable

  • 4 of 5

This is a cozy, 2 bed, 2 bath home in the heart of Winchmore Hill. It was close to the train and the high street. We had some issues with the wifi which were eventually addressed. It's a great option for small families.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad that this delightful family had a good stay. We were upset that we could not solve the temporary internet problem immediately for them and so gave them a discount as a gesture of apology. Unfortunately the internet connection failure happened over a 3 day national holiday and after that the internet provider diagnosed the problem incorrectly. So, we had to call in a private engineer to solve it. Meanwhile we logged the guests into our private email service which worked for them, but because of the distance from the router the connection was slower than the designated one in the apartment. We always do what we can to sort out any problems fast, but this one was a bit intractable. Nina Anstee
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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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spring / summer 2016
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
$170
From
$196
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,178
 
 
Autumn 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 19 2016
4 night minimum stay
$164
From
$190
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,112
 
 
Xmas/ New year 2016-17
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 2 2017
6 night minimum stay
$196
$1,243
 
 
Jan & Feb 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
$131
$785
 
 
Early Spring 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$164
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$1,112
 
 
Spring- Summer 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$170
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4 night minimum stay
$170
From
$190
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,178
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $131

This apartment can be rented as a one-bedroom / 2 guests apartment. The rental rate is then reduced by 5% -15%, depending on the season. Returning guests, and friends and family to whom they have recommended us, are offered a 5% discount
Cleaning: We include in the rent 2-hours' cleaning time after guests' departure. If extra time is required we reserve the right to charge £30 for 1 extra hr.

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Amenities

London Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • Both bathrooms are en-suite and have high-quality fittings and marble-tiled floors. Egyptian cotton towels are provided and laundered for you. Bathroom 2 - en-suite to bedroom 2 has a bath with a hand-held shower attachment for hair-washing etc but please note that it does not have a full shower above the bath. Bathroom 1 - has a toilet and shower enclosure.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1: King-sized bed with traditional-style iron bedstead & high quality (John Lewis) mattress, a built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers/ dressing table, bed-side tables, easy chair, table, french toile curtains. A romantic room. It has an en-suite shower-room with marble floor. Bed-linen is Egyptian, 400-thread, white cotton with a Mohair throw. The floor is polished wood with an indian rug. Characterful, original, Victorian fireplace (non-working). Bedroom 2: This room has two traditional-style iron bedsteads in 3ft./ 90 cms widths. Mattresses are high-quality. A charming high-ceilinged, very spacious room with antique furniture including chest of drawers, small wardrobe and a chair. This room has an en-suite bathroom. Bedlinen is Egyptian, 400-thread white cotton with patchwork throws. The floor is polished wood with afgan rug. Characterful, original, Victorian fireplace (non-working). Hotel quality Egyptian cotton bedlinen and towels are supplied.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • 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:
'Chalkley's' is named after the family of bakers who ran the bakery for 4 generations. You will see photographs of the Chalkley family (and their horse!) in the dining room. This apartment is in a part of the earliest part of the Old Bakery, which was originally a farmhouse built in around 1600AD. At some point in its history this farmhouse was joined to the later (circa 1800) adjacent bakery building The Old Bakery is one of the few remaining buildings of this age and as such is preserved and legally protected as a house of historic importance. Please note that the staircase in Chalkley's is typical of a house of this age and is therefore steeper and narrower than a modern staircase (but it only has nine steps!). So this apartment may not be suitable if you have very significant difficulty with stairs. Please ask if you are concerned. The kitchen is up these stairs but bakers' baskets are provided for carrying crockery etc. Extra kettle, toaster and coffee maker in the dining rm.

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