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Charming, Spacious, Beautiful, Notting Hill Bolt-Hole

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Gorgeous Notting Hill duplex/maisonette, full of Notting Hill charm.

A colourful, stylish, character-packed maisonette (duplex) brimming with originality. This is no bland holiday rental, nor a super-pristine show apartment - this is an authentic, quirky Notting Hill home that has been featured in magazines.

Situated just off Portobello Road, moments from the iconic blue door that appeared in the film 'Notting Hill' (for a millisecond!). Positioned on the 2nd and 3rd floors, with floor to ceiling windows in several rooms, it is flooded with natural light and has far-reaching views over the neighbourhood.

The oak-floored sitting room and large kitchen (the latter with a roof terrace leading off it) are on the lower floor, while upstairs there are two double bedrooms with crisp white linen and lots of pillows and fresh towels, with an open plan study and a colourful bathroom with bath-tub and shower.

The flat is two floors up from the street with no lift so it might not be suitable for those who find stairs difficult and I'm afraid it's probably not suitable for very small children. Ask me if you have questions about this. The flat is not super-modern, as in wet-rooms or coloured mood lighting but it functions perfectly nonetheless. It's a much-loved home with the quirks and idiosyncracies that all homes develop.

It's perfect for 2 couples, or a couple of friends. It's a lovely flat to stay in on your own too. I have lived here for years and love the combination of being right in the middle of all the excitement and bustle of Portobello, but at the same time feeling tucked away above it in a quiet, spacious, atmospheric apartment.

More Details

Si Gray
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Si Gray

I've worked in fashion for more years than I care to remember and I travel quite a bit. I spent a decade or so living in Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa and Spain before moving back to the UK several years ago. I've been working towards a PhD for the last few years, and do some freelance writing alongside that.


Notting Hill Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


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(18 traveler reviews)

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Charming, Spacious, Beautiful, Notting Hill Bolt-Hole
average rating of 4.5 based on 18 reviews

We just loved to stay in this charming apartment

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 couples staying in the apartment for 4 nights, and we just loved it :o)

Every morning we enjoyed breakfast on the balcony, and there is plenty of room in the kitchen for 4 people dining.

Entrance floor of the apartment includes a small hall, a cosy kitchen, and a nice livingroom.

Upstairs there is another nice livingroom, 2 double bedrooms and a bathroom.

Perfect location just around the corner from Portobello road and market.

Simon was very friendly, and available if any questions.

Next time I go to London I will stay in Simons charming and spacious apartment.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vintage style in Notting Hill

  • 5 of 5

We loved the hominess and space of this flat. It’s decorated with artistic flair that reflects the vintage finds of the nearby Portobello Market. There are two comfortable bedrooms and two separate sitting areas, so we could relax without tripping over one another. The location is bustling during the day, especially on weekends, but quiet at night.

There are a couple of things that are worth considering as you plan your visit. They didn’t interfere with our enjoyment at all, but I think it’s important to be prepared.

There are three flights of steep stairs to access the flat. The street door opens to the stairs leading up to the main entry door on the third floor. There is another set of stairs connecting the living level with the bedrooms.

For what it’s worth, there is no television. I didn’t even notice until we had been there a week, but it might be important. There is WiFi available.

This comfortable flat is a perfect way to settle into this wonderful city. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, great space, would stay again.

  • 5 of 5

Great location (two doors from portobello road), cool bohemian vibe, lots of natural sunlight, back patio, plenty of living space, lots of books for the jet lagged traveler too!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect antidote to all those bland, soulless apartments that abound. Si’s place is a home from home with plenty of character & quirkiness. It’s extremely spacious, warm, comfortable, clean, well equipped. The beds were great with good quality crisp white linen. We loved relaxing in the sitting room after heading back from an evening out.

Would definitely be keen to return.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming flat in great location

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 3 spent a week in Simon's flat over New Year and had a mostly enjoyable time. The flat is easy to find although I did have trouble getting thru to Si on the phone initially we found the place but the intercom buzzer didn't work. The flat is on the 2nd floor and it is a bit of a struggle up the narrow stairs with heavy suitcases. The flat was very warm and inviting and had everything we needed for our stay except there were a couple of issues with the stovetop not working or the washing machine which was a bit of a drag as we were into the third week of our holiday and needed some clothes washed. Our first night and morning was a bit difficult as we had no hot water or heating. There was a problem with the boiler not lighting which did get fixed that afternoon thankfully and we didn't have a problem for the rest of our stay. Simon was very accommodating and left us a blowup mattress for our other daughter to come and stay a few nights with us. Overall we really enjoyed our stay in the flat and access to public transport was really good. The number seven bus goes from just across the road all the way to Oxford Circus which was handy. It was great being just on Portobello Road for the markets and many shops and restaurants. We would love to stay at Simon's place again in the future although it would be good if a few things were fixed up i.e. the front door which is really hard to open and shut, the intercom and the hot tap in the kitchen which kept coming off. Overall we had a good time and would recommend.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, quirky charming flat with sensationally comfortable beds.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. So far it has been my son's favourite place. The beds were extremely comfortable. Si was very helpful with directions and instructions. Only problem i had was trying to work the washing machine. Maybe some instructions would be helpful. Overall a lovely flat and great location and host.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit $254.97

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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