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Gary Gunas

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french

A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.

53 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Overview

London Apartment Rental Photos and Description

SUMMER! The minimum booking is now just 5 nights -- and now 1/3 off in August !

Stylish living in a quiet flat on a lovely garden square. Civilised and pretty.

When booking August dates, this website will quote you full price, but I will manually change that to reflect our special 1/3 off sale!!

We're in London's historic Gibson Square, which is an oasis of calm just off of Islington's lively Upper Street, where you'll find literally dozens of upscale bars, restaurants and shops. Our neighbourhood is friendly, safe and immaculate, making the flat a perfect fit for a woman traveling alone, for a professional here on assignment working late hours -- for anyone, in fact, who appreciates a civilized lifestyle. We're convenient to public transport running quickly to all the sights and tourist attractions you'll want to visit in this great city. The flat is on the first floor of a Regency terraced town house (2nd floor American). Travel back in time with us -- all sides of the Square, and the park inside it, look just as they did when George III was busy losing the Colonies. This quiet, elegant, comfortable holiday rental flat features very high ceilings, cornice mouldings, and a brand new first-class renovation. The fully-equipped kitchen is a dream!

Perfect WiFi, and Sky Satellite TV including the extra-cost Sports and Movies options. Pay-per-view sports and feature films are available as well. Sleeps just 2.

Those Wonderful Double-Decker Buses: Several key buses stop just three minutes from the house, giving convenient scenic access to all the museums, tourist sights, markets and historic neighbourhoods you'll want to see on your vacation, cheaper and often quicker than the Tube. Unlike in most cities, here the bus is your friend, with its dedicated express lanes and incredibly low cost -- just £1.50 (or less) with the Oyster Card you'll get the day you arrive! (And NOW, if you have a Chip&Pin-enabled credit card, you can use that as your Oyster Card!) Take the splendid double-decker #4 red bus to Sadlers Wells, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Fleet Street, Oxford Street shopping, Covent Garden and the West End theatres, and finally to Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames to the South Bank (National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, the London Eye), Imax, Waterloo Station, and the Old Vic. (All that in barely half an hour’s ride!) Several other buses from this neighbourhood have similarly-stunning itineraries

The Tube, and the Rail System: It's just a 7-minute walk to the Angel Islington tube station (Northern Line, Zone 1) for quick connections throughout London – just 1 stop to the King's Cross / St Pancras transport hub for further tube connections, the Eurostar to Paris, and mainline trains to Scotland, the North of England, and Gatwick and Luton Airports. And yes, King's Cross does have a brick wall bearing the sign 'Platform 9 3/4'. It's a 10-minute walk to the Highbury & Islington tube station (Victoria Line) connecting to the Stansted (Airport) Express, and looping through Central London to Victoria Station with connections to all lines. Arsenal's Emirates football stadium is at Highbury, as are National Rail's overground North London and Northern City Lines. Canary Wharf, the Financial District and the 2012 Olympics site.

We prefer to book full-weeks only, beginning and ending on Saturdays, and that is how the HomeAway reservation system will handle your enquiries. HOWEVER, please note that we frequently make exceptions, and so PLEASE ENQUIRE if your needs don't conform to that kind of schedule, even if HomeAway won't take the booking on the automated system !!

Our regular rate is just £1,155 per week (£175 per night for shorter stays) -- with never a holiday mark-up -- a tiny fraction of the cost of an equivalent five-star hotel suite.

2016 is selling fast -- a sure sign that we're doing something right! (Just check out our super reviews, below.) But a few summer weeks are still available, and the autumn is pretty wide open!

For larger parties, this property can often be paired with our two-bedroom flat in the same building: www.HomeAway.co.uk/p417134.

Your Holiday Rental Flat in London: Contact us now to book your London vacation! We're convenient to all the tourist sights, and you can enjoy fine dining, theatres, museums and shopping, while living in a stylish, cosy, classic period flat. Enjoy your London city break out on the town, or take a night off, cook at home and hunker down for some uniquely English delights on SKY TV. Check out our great reviews, and for a map highlighting our favourite shops, restaurants, markets and scenic neighbourhood walks, just click on the link to our personal website:

www.GibsonSquareProperties.com

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gary Gunas (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

About Gary Gunas

Now retired, my partner and I now live our life-long dream of having four sweet homes and living in whichever strikes our fancy at a given time. Since the stock market crash of 2008, to cover the bills, all the properties are rented on HomeAway whenever we're not in them. Managing the rentals has turned into quite a pleasant, though very time consuming, new profession for us, wherein we meet (or at least correspond with) the loveliest people from all over the planet. We've had over 300 guests in the past eight years, and not a single bad experience. Phew! And we have great local staff for each property, so each home is always up to our own high standards for comfort, cleanliness and beauty.

Before retiring in 2005, I spent more than 30 years working on Broadway and in London's West End -- first managing, then producing, big musicals (mostly) plus handfuls of plays and concerts. I was part of the original productions of GODSPELL, DREAMGIRLS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and many dozens more, and producer of original Broadway productions of The Who's TOMMY and JEKYLL & HYDE, to name a few. Broadway concerts include Bette Midler, Michael Crawford, Frank Sinatra and even a very elderly Josephine Baker (a New Year's Eve concert, at the Palace, of course), whose chateau is just down the road from our house in France.

My partner Bill Rosenfield was for many years what Time Magazine wrote of him: 'RCA Victor's Man about Broadway'. He produced more than 60 Original Cast Recordings -- just pick one up at home if you have one -- if it's from the 1990's or early 2000's, his name is probably on it: CHICAGO, TOMMY, RAGTIME, CABARET, on and on. Billy's now retired from that and actively engaged in his one true passion: writing plays. This new career is just budding, but already showing great progress. He does most of his writing in a cute little shed at the bottom of the garden behind our London flat.

See all our homes at GibsonSquareProperties.com

Gary Gunas purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Gary Gunas chose London

We love the Regency (late Georgian) architecture that is so prevalent in this part of town -- simple terraced houses from about 1810 with strict symmetry and Palladio's cube-and-a-half proportions which somehow create a great sense of calm, order and sophistication. Our house, on a perfectly-preserved square containing nothing but its original homes, features large windows and big open sky -- plus that pristine little park right across from us, with something in bloom every month of the year. And we greatly appreciate that very 'London' phenomenon, which is that all we hear is birdsong here, notwithstanding the fact that we're a 90-second walk to the very busy Upper Street, abounding with life and energy -- more restaurants, bars and real estate agencies than one can count!.

What makes this apartment unique

Immerse yourself in real life here -- our neighbourhood isn't the least bit touristy, just a breath of energized fresh air among real Londoners. Google 'Islington' and just see what comes up!

Reviews

4.9
based on 53 traveler reviews

A superb studio with a view, flooded with light. Calm, luxurious and romantic.
average rating of 4.8679247 based on 53 reviews
4

Lovely flat in North London, beautifully presented

  • 4 of 5

We had a very enjoyable and relaxing few days in this lovely flat in North London, with easy access to local buses and the tube, and a wide variety of places to eat in the streets around. The apartment is beautifully maintained and spotlessly presented. We are certainly looking forward to another stay here next time were are in London. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Excellent

  • 5 of 5

Islington is an ideal location, Gibson Square is beautiful, the studio flat is perfect and Gary and Billy are splendid, helpful and non-interfering hosts.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Great stay in gorgeous Gibson Square!

  • 5 of 5

I had a wonderful stay at Gary and Bill’s lovely, bright studio apartment, which I found to be exactly as described. It was a great location to use as a base for my many day trips around the UK in the course of my visit, and a wonderfully private and quiet retreat to come home to. So easy to jump on a bus to the West End or elsewhere, and the Tube was only minutes away when subterranean travel seemed the better option. The bathtub was the perfect place to soak away the fatigue of the day’s travels, or after a night at the theatre and/or dinner out (or at home for that matter, with ingredients picked up at the great choice of local grocery stores) - and mornings with the sun peeking through the slightly open shutters and those glorious windows (appreciated all the more with a freshly brewed espresso in hand) made me want to get out and do it all again! The apartment is very well-equipped and offers a good internet connection, furnishings are stylish and comfortable, and the convenience of an efficient washing machine cannot be overstated! I will certainly keep this Gibson Square pied-a-terre in mind for future visits, and will recommend it without hesitation to like-minded travellers.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Another fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

We have vacationed in three properties owned by Gary and Bill, and have always been extremely pleased. This stay was no exception; as usual, everything was exquisite. How wonderful it is to walk into a property equipped with absolutely everything one needs, and more; many listings state ‘all you need to bring are clothes’, but this one lives up to (and exceeds) that statement without question. From the ease of possession, to the detailed instructions on absolutely everything, to the elegant and tasteful décor, we could not have asked for anything better. These folks have set an EXTREMELY high bar by which to measure vacation rental properties.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Very clean and beautifully decorated studio flat! Close to public transit, grocery, and pubs.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience in this Islington studio flat. Very comfortable, clean, and well-organized. The neighborhood has enough going on that we could have a nice afternoon/evening by walking around, but also close enough to public transit to get to various sites around London in around 20 minutes. Gary and Bill do a great job giving their guests highly detailed information about the apartment, neighborhood, and city in a welcome binder. Would highly recommend this studio for anyone looking for a relaxing, quiet base for your London adventures!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

The studio apartment on Gibson Square is a wonderful place to stay. It is comfortable, clean, safe and very well appointed. The space is the perfect combination of old world charm and modern convenience.

The apartment is set on a quiet street in a bustling London neighbourhood. There are many nice restaurants, pubs and shops within a short walk. The nearby Angel Tube Station makes all the tourist attractions of London easily accessible.

Gary is very warm and welcoming and provides great information about the apartment and the neighbourhood. I have already recommended the apartment to friends and will certainly return in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Just around the corner.
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Kings Cross and St Pancras
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Just around the corner.
Car: not necessary

Ideally situated to explore London for a great city break, Islington itself is a hip, sophisticated destination on the northern edge of Central London, politically and aspirationally resembling Manhattan's upscale Upper West Side. The renowned Almeida Theatre and Kings Head Theatre Pub are just steps away, as are all the main supermarkets, plus endless boutiques and really fine food and antique shops. Stroll, bike or jog along Regents Canal. Easy transport links, fine restaurants, gay friendly. You can even walk (22 mins) to the Eurostar terminal and day trip to Paris in luxury for £59 return. Local celebrities include James McAvoy, Lily Allen, Dido and, formerly, Vladimir Lenin, Heath Ledger and Sir Walter Raleigh. Gibson Square alone boasts an Oscar-nominated film composer, a Booker Prize-winning author, a renowned stage director, a nationally known comic and a Member of Parliament. Former neighbour Tony Blair formed New Labour with Gordon Brown in one of our Upper Street restaurants

Other Activities: Theatre, theatre, theatre. (Or theater, theater, theater!) Museums, fashion, cuisine -- everything that London has to offer!

Golf: No golf here in central London, of course, but many of the nation's legendary courses are within an easy day-trip from the many train hubs easily accessible from our flat.

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Rates & Availability

Islington Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$230
$1,516
$5,908
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $656

We normally rent from Saturday-to-Saturday only, but for extended stays we offer different arrival and/or departure days, if required. We have booked many such stays, which have left the calendar with several 3- and 4-day openings. In such a case, we're happy, of course, to fill in the voids with shorter bookings, at just £140 per night!

There are no other charges whatsoever unless you decide to rent premium Movies or Sporting Events on our Sky Satellite TV system. And, if it takes Maria longer than 2 hours to clean the place after your departure, overtime will be deducted from your deposit at the rate of £15 per hour (but please note that this has NEVER yet happened!).

Extra days, when available, are simply 1/7th of the base weekly rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

London Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • The Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Brand New
  • Fluffy towels, and ample storage for all your toiletries. Just re-done, this stunning room features glossy white tile walls, state of the art fixtures and great water pressure (which can be pretty hard to find in this town). The hot water is virtually limitless. The claw-foot free standing tub features elegant chrome Euro-style fittings, but there's also an overhead rain head for a proper shower should you be so inclined. (A few older guests have commented that the height of the tub can make stepping into it a little clumsy; it's a standard 24" high -- 60 cm from the floor). The garden view from the tub is stunning, enhanced by a large mirror which reflects the big bright sky out back. (And yes, there are shower curtains and blinds, too, so your complete privacy is assured.)
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • The Main Room - 1 queen
  • Wake up to a bright, bright sun as it rises over your park -- or shut it out with those in-built period shutters: 10 feet tall and carved from English oak centuries ago, they swing shut at the press of a finger. The little balconies which face the park are planted with lavender, sage and surfinas -- all in a warm deep blue. There are great reading lights at each side of the bed, plus down spots in the ceiling and of course that chandelier. Most lights are on dimmers so you can set the mood as precisely as a stage designer would , and enjoy the romance of living in this warm and inviting space. Note: If you need a two-bedroom space, please see our other ad: HomeAway.co.uk/p417134.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Notes:
There's a washer/dryer for your laundry -- a feature lacking in many London holiday lets. It's hidden in a kitchen cabinet, next to the half-height fridge-freezer. Enjoy a flat-screen 14:9 Sony TV with SKY subscription, including the extra Movies and Sports options. WiFi broadband, of course. Lots of gourmet cookbooks here, and plenty of novels and guidebooks to read. All downlights, and the chandelier, are dimmable to create a serene, elegant setting whenever you want it. The window boxes are automatically irrigated, so no worries there! Note: There is no landline telephone in the flat, but we are happy to lend you a UK-based mobile phone should you need one. Just top it back up at the end of your stay, paying for what you've used. No charges of any kind for the WiFi, of course!

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