About the property
- Cottage430 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 6 nights
THE STABLES sleeps 2. Historic setting
INTRODUCING THE OLD BAKERY:
This 17th Century, listed historic house 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, theatre-land, shops, tourist sites and museums, and the Eurostar International 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 STABLES COTTAGE: This cosy, romantic cottage is situated in the secluded walled garden of The Old Bakery, with direct, gated access to the street and to Winchmore Hill Green. The Stables cottage 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. We maintain The Stables to a 4**** standard. Egyptian cotton bed-linen & towels are supplied. WiFi is free.
Please note that we also have a larger apartment, CHALKLEY'S, which sleeps 4. The reference for this apartment on Home Away is 8549335.
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.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, french, French by email - Mr Anstee speaks French
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 14, 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 Cottage in 1978
Why Nina Anstee chose London Borough of Enfield
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 Cottage 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: 11:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
We thoroughly enjoyed our few days at The Stables, which was the perfect place to come back to after a busy (and in our case hot) day in the city. So convenient for the station, shops and pubs/restaurants - and enjoying a relaxing glass of wine in the evening in the garden was the icing on the cake. Will certainly recommend and book again for our next London city break. Thank you, Nina.
Jan & Joachim, Saarbrücken, Germany
We enjoyed welcoming this delightful couple from Germany. The garden is at its best between May and August, but we try to make sure there are always flowers to look at and birds to admire as they feed on the bird-table, even in the Winter. Nina
Great location, great hosts
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Stables. The hosts were great with plenty recommendations for local restaurants, coffee shops etc. would give it 5 starts but some rooms were a tad dirty (eg dusty, cob webs etc) and the double bed was a smaller than you're used to. Overall great stay though and would highly recommend it!
I am really sorry that these guests found part of The Stables a bit dusty. That is not up to the standard we expect and aim for. The accommodation is cleaned throughout between each guest and our cleaner is usually very careful. I will, of course, check it out and see if we need to make some changes to the cleaning routine.
The bed in the Stables is a small double-size. I.e NOT a king-size. So it is, indeed, smaller than the size many people are now accustomed to. Our other, larger apartment, "Chalkley's", has a king-size bed. The bedroom in the Stables is in the eaves of the building and so space is more restricted. We state this in the description of the Stables and its facilities, where the bed is listed as a "small double". We are sorry that these guests were expecting a larger bed.
We are glad that the guests enjoyed their stay generally and hope that they will visit again, but perhaps choose the other apartment, Chalkley's.
The little cottage was as described and Nina was a gracious and helpful hostess. Easy access to the London Overground and Tube system and an Oyster card made it simple to see the sights. The cottage was equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay. Would go back in a heartbeat.
Thank you to this guest for the kind review. We were delighted to welcome her to the Old Bakery and hope she will return soon.
The Oyster card system has, indeed, made paying for travel within London easier and cheaper. We recommend that all guests get an Oyster card. They can be purchased in advance on line, or bought on arrival and then they can be topped up at the Newsagent shop on the corner, or at the local station. Nina
Great stay at The Stables
We enjoyed a lovely stay at The Stables. Nina was a wonderful host that generously let us check-in early (our flight arrived early morning) and provided us with helpful tips about The Stables and Winchmore Hills and travel to/from London. The Stables is a very charming cottage - perfect for the 2 of us and very clean and well maintained with all the facilities that are necessary - perfect. It is a 2 minute walk to the train to London or connections to the Tube and Heathrow (super easy to get around - Oyster card). Check out the nightly specials at the King's Head Pub (or fish and chips) - very friendly pub a short walk away. Enjoyed 2 bike tours of London, hiring bikes for the day in Hyde Park, 2 plays, Wimbledon, Abbey Road, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Bath/Stonehenge and a champagne ride on the Eye. Would recommend this holiday and a stay at the Stables to everyone. Thanks Nina!!
We enjoyed having these guests to stay. I didn't know about the Champagne ride option on the London Eye and will add it to our list of suggestions of things to do, as it sounds lovely. I agree about the nightly specials at the King's Head Pub. They really are good and the restaurant is very pleasant.
As wonderful as always
This was my third stay at the Old Bakery, and it definately won't be my last!
The Stables have everything you need for your stay in London, from a well equipped kitchen to a very nice and comfy living room.
I especially like that the apartment is located very close to the local train station - central London is only half an hour away. This makes the property ideal as starting point for a lot of trips, not only to London but also to several locations all over England. During my stay I visited the beautiful city of York and Bletchley Park - home of the Enigma codebreakers. Both locations could be reached quite easily with only a few short interchanges.
The apartment has also the advantage of being located in a very quiet neighborhood. During the night there is barely any traffic and you can sleep very well.
All in all, a very nice property with very helpful and friendly owners. I surely will return soon!
We will look forward to welcoming this delightful guest again soon. We take great pleasure in welcoming regular guests. This guest has inspired me to visit the Bletchley Park, the WWII Enigma Codebreakers museum. There are very many interesting places in an around London which tourists, and even Londoners, rarely get to.
Caring Hosts and Comfortable Dwelling
I had been backpacking through Scotland and Ireland for three weeks by the time we ended up at "The Stables" at the Old Bakery. While visiting London, we had decided to stay in one place for the four days we were there and this little hole in the wall was absolutely perfect. The village like setting made it feel very relaxed, even though we were a short train ride from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
The approach to the property was the first clue we were in for something unexpected. Down a narrow driveway between two houses we came to a black wooden wall with a door, raised a foot from the bottom and low so we had to duck our heads to step through. Beyond this is a delightful secret garden, complete with a pond and a resident tortoise! The garden path (charmingly illuminated at night) led to the door our the converted stable building, our home for the next four days.
Our host explained how everything worked and even took us out to the street to give us a 'lay of the land' , indicating where we could get excellent meals, provisions or just a bit of shopping. We were especially glad to have the use of the washing machine as living out of a backpack ... well, lets just say laundry was appreciated.
We found the place very cozy and comfortable. Just watch your head on the low ceiling in the sleeping loft.
On our third day I took sick. Our hosts were amazing as they helped my wife look after me, providing so much support and gentle care. They are truly wonderful people! In case I would not be able to travel the next day, Nina went so far to find alternate accommodations should we need them (they were already booked).
The location was very easy to get to, close to the train station. The choice of restaurants nearby was very good and the food at the two we ate at was excellent. If we travel to London again in the near future, we will try to get in here again. It was a wonderful experience.
We were glad that these guests found the Stables relaxing and enjoyed the accommodation and the garden - and had a chat to our tortoise! It is horrible to get ill while you are away from home and we were concerned and did our best to help, of course. Fortunately, the guest who was sick recovered quickly and was well enough to travel on to the next destination in their tour.
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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