About the property
- Apartment861 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
THE STABLES sleeps 2. Historic setting
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
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, French, French by email - Mr Anstee speaks French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
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 Winchmore Hill
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).
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 5:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
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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
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.