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Spacious flat in a perfect position in the heart of South Kensington

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Everything you need for the perfect London stay is within very easy reach

The apartment is situated on the third floor with no lift. The walk is worth it as the flat is stylish, comfortable, light and peaceful and has wonderful views down Queens Gate. It is situated in the heart of South Kensington within five minutes walk from "South Ken" Underground Station. Fully furnished with antique pictures and furniture in the traditional English style, its situation is perfect for a family of four or two couples wanting to explore the museums, parks, shops and restaurants of this safe and vibrant and truly international area of London, with some of the capital's top attractions situated only minutes walk away.

A further few stops on the tube takes you to theatre land and the other world famous attractions of London's west end. After a busy day site seeing or shopping, the Apartment is an oasis to return to. There are two spacious bedrooms one with double bed, over looking a quite mews and the second bedroom as twin beds, ideal for children. There is a top class Supermarket on the doorstep if you are wishing to eat in or the choice of dozens of restaurants and cafes in the street below. South Kensington has a French feel and many French nationals have made it their home ,with its many on street cafes were you can sit and watch the world go by. We have a strict policy of maximum 4 persons staying at the flat. It is No Smoking and it is illegal to smoke on the stairs.

More Details

Property Manager
Sue Stanford-Tuck
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About Sue Stanford-Tuck

The owners are a professional couple with adult children and young grandchildren. They live in southern England and travel regularly to Greece (where they have a holiday home) and elsewhere.

Sue Stanford-Tuck purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Sue Stanford-Tuck chose Kensington & Chelsea

The apartment was purchased as a base in London from which to work and enjoy the facilities offered by the UK's capital city. The owners now visit London less frequently and are happy to let the apartment out on short or long lets.

What makes this apartment unique

The apartment is very convenient for many museums, attractions and restaurants and is close to all transport links.

Amenities

Kensington Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom is well equipped with a steel bath, mixer taps and shower over the bath with shower screen, basin, WC, and heated towel rail and full width mirror with spotlighting.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: One bedroom has double bed and one has twin beds Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom is very spacious with a double bed (5ft wide English King size) Second bedroom also very spacious with full size twin beds. Both are very light with full length curtains and blackout blinds and have fans, hair dryers and large cupboards.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: This flat is ideal for a family of four or two couples wanting to stay in the most sought after area of London. With its English style it offers chance to stay in a truly comfortable English setting and live the English dream during your stay. This is a NO SMOKING flat and it is illegal to smoke in any area of the building. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels will be supplied and the property would be cleaned with a linen change once a week. There may be separate arrangements for longer lets. Other: The apartment entrance leads in to an entrance hall and from there to the other rooms. Apart from the bathroom and kitchen which have Amtico flooring, the flat is carpeted throughout.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Spacious flat in a perfect position in the heart of South Kensington
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 33 reviews
5

Well positioned, beautiful and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This flat was like living in home away from home. Very comfortable and able to accomodate 4 people easily. The flat was on the third floor which does not have a lift/elevator therefore be aware. The stairs were not problematic for us. The flat had ingredients for cooking, toiletries in the bathroom, wonderful works of art. It is very well situated to the tube station and a short walk from the wonderful museums and Harrods. The grocers are within minutes as are restaurants and bottle shops. The flat was very clean and, as mentioned before, very comfortable. Communication with Sue was prompt. We would highly recommend this flat and would stay again. 3👍?😊?. Thanks Sue and Debbie.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Excellent Location and Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

We've rented several properties in Europe, always with good results, and this flat met our expectations. The description and photos are accurate; accommodations are comfortable. It is obvious the owners have put much effort into providing a well thought out vacation rental. The neighborhood is lively, and we expected that in a city apartment. Even though London was quite warm during our stay, the flat stayed cool when we used the provided fans. There were no surprises. Location couldn't have been better for our needs. Owners were responsive when we had a question.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you and we are so pleased you found the flat exactly as we had described. We like to think despite the stairs it is value for the money in such a great location. Hope you will return.
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4

Outstanding South Kensington location, just a few drawbacks

  • 4 of 5

Pros:

1. Outstanding location -- near the South Kensington Tube station, restaurants, Victoria and Albert museum, etc. There are two small grocery stores within a 3 minute walk.

2. The owner was very accommodating with requests, and very helpful.

3. It's great having a washer and dryer in the unit.

4. There is a very handy book of guidelines for the unit, but more importantly, instructions on how to use the dishwasher, washer and dryer.

5. Cable TV with Netflix on Channel 204 -- you can log in and watch most of your favorites (there may be some difference in availability in that not everything offered in the US is offered in the UK). (Just don't forget to log out when you leave...)

6. The master bedroom was very quiet and had the bed was quite comfortable.

7. The kitchen is very serviceable, with a full collection of plates, glasses, pots and pans, and a dishwasher. It is a tad small.

Cons:

1. The biggest issue for us was the street noise -- the street is very, very busy, and you get a great deal of noise in both the living room and the smaller bedroom (the one with two twin beds). It was distracting to try to relax or watch TV in the living room due to the noise. The windows really need to be replaced -- dual pane windows would make a major difference to the livability of this flat.

2. The WiFi is a little wonky -- you'll often lose Internet connection for no reason. When we first got there, we couldn't connect at all. A reboot of the router fixed that, but we'd often have to reboot a couple times a day just to maintain Internet connectivity.

3. The living room couch cushions really need to be replaced. When you sit down they flatten to about 2" in height.

4. This is a very minor thing, but just for the American guests, the shower doesn't have a full door or curtain. It's a kind of folding glass door that covers less than 50% of the length of the tub. Bottom line, you'll generally end up with a fair amount of water on the floor.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were amused by your review and would like to comment on a few of your criticisms. The WiFi we apologise for and wish you had told us. Obviously its quality is out of our control and if we dont know there is something wrong, we cant do anything about it. It only took a call to Virgin and checking all the wire connections were in correctly and it is now working to its usual high quality. Noise and Windows: If you rent a flat in the heart of vibrant London expect noise or go to the suburbs and spend most of the day travelling. To replace the windows with double glazing would mean replacing the frames, Planning from the council with Architect fees, scaffolding front and back. Rough price £200.000.00. This would probably put the flat out of your renting budget and many other people who love to be in the heart of London in one of the best areas. The kitchen is large by London standards for a small flat. and has two windows many don't have windows. The sofa cushions. We in England do not like foam and synthetic cushions they are considered down market. The cushions are feather and we all plump up our sofas everyday after sitting on them. Yes, we probably are quirky but like to keep up standards, and that's why you Americans like visiting. I am sorry you found so much at fault. In three years of renting I have never had comments like this. Perhaps you should look at it that you stayed in a two bedroom flat, albeit just two of you, in the best area of London for an incredibly cheap price. (4 Persons for less than £50.00 a night.) let me know if you find something cheaper and better.
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5

Fantastic spot

  • 5 of 5

This is a great location. We really enjoyed the restaurants within walking distance and our easy access to the underground system nearby. Everything was exactly as it was described with no unpleasant surprises.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location Location

  • 4 of 5

We loved the location, so handy to everything and easy to get to from Heathrow or the Eurostar on the train. Buses to most places if you didn't want to take the train. Lots of great cafes nearby. The apartment is on the 3rd floor so be prepared for the walk up, that said we were only up and down once a day as we were out doing stuff. Once in the apartment it was roomy, well equipped and comfortable. The beds were great as well. The bathroom is small but functional, probably only 1 person at a time getting ready in it but that is not unusual in apartments in London. The only downside, and given we live in a very quiet area - it probably wouldn't be noticed by other people, was it would be better with double glazing or if that is not allowed the panel insert thing that can be put in the frame to make it a bit quieter for a sleep-in. All in all would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at this apartment (week before Easter) for 5 nights. The apartment is perfectly located, about a 5 minute walk from the South Kensington Tube Station (and there's a great ice cream place right across the street from the tube station!). There's also a bike stand right outside which made it easy to go for a bike round to the park one evening. A grocery store is located right next door and is open early and late, making it perfect for us. The beds were comfortable. We have two teenagers and they slept well in the two twins. Thanks for a great stay! As others have shared, that last flight of stairs is an adventure, but all of the other perks (especially location), made this a perfect flat as a launch pad for our adventures.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
London Heathrow
Nearest Train
2 Miles
London Victoria
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
M4
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Dozens of resturants
Car: not necessary

Travel:

Heathrow is 30-40 minutes by road. Gatwick 1 hour. 1hr 45 minutes to Channel tunnel. Car hire not necessary in London as there are regular buses and taxis and the Underground Station is 200 metres away. Piccadilly line tube to South Kensington is best way from Heathrow. Remember to buy an Oyster card for all your Tube and Bus travel during your stay. From Gatwick Airport. Take the Gatwick express, they sell tickets in the baggage hall which saves time. You arrive at Victoria and then take District or Circle line two stops to South Kensington. About 5-6 min walk to flat.

Distances:

8 Minutes walk to the famous South Kensington Museums, 5 minutes to Underground. 20 minute walk to Harrods and Kings Road. Hyde Park 15 minutes. Dozens of restaurants and cafes within the South Kensington area.

Further Details:

A small Waitrose is in the same block providing high class groceries on the next corner is an excellent Italian coffee shop. Christies South Ken Auction Galleries. Numerous restaurants serving every type of English or ethnic food. Farmers market in Bute Street at weekends. There is an excellent fish shop and green grocer in Bute Street.

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Rates & Availability

Kensington Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$246
$1,721
$7,115
 
 
Low Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$226
$1,585
$6,597
 
 
High Season
Dec 1 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
$246
$1,721
$7,115
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$226
$1,585
$6,597
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $323.4
Cleaning charge $103.49

Booking Notes:
50% non refundable deposit to confirm booking. Full payment 45 days prior to arrival. £250.00 damage deposit must be included with the second balance payment. Returned at end of rental if no damage.
CANCELLATION POLICY
1. More than 30 days prior to arrival 50% of total rental cost.
2. 20 to 30 days 25% return.
3. 10 to 20 days 10% return.
4. Less than 10 days no return

This is a NO SMOKING apartment. It is illegal to smoke on the stairs.

Changeover Day:
Any day

Notes on prices:
There will be a cleaning charge of £80.00 per week. For rentals longer than a week the sheets and towels will be changed and flat cleaned. for an extra charge. Payment can be by bank transfer or PayPal or Secure Payment which will have a £25.00 fee to cover charges.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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