|Space||800 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
Live like a true Greenwich Londoner and enjoy quiet village life in the big bustling city.
Explorers' Rest is a much-loved and charming two-bed Victorian house (circa 1890) that sleeps six in one comfy double bed and one comfy double bunk bed. Two additional single mattresses are also provided for use on the floor, if needed. A baby's cot is also supplied, along with a high chair and security gate for the stairs. Well-behaved pets are warmly welcomed.
Explorers' Rest has been lovingly prepared to help you relax and unwind after your long days exploring the city. Equipped as a full family home, Explorers' Rest should have everything you need to be as comfortable in London as you would be at home.
It is located in London's leafy borough of Royal Greenwich, meaning both central London and the countryside are within easy reach by car or public transport.
After a fun day of exploring, come home to a quiet Victorian neighbourhood and close the door on London's hustle and bustle. It's time to relax! Enjoy a BBQ picnic in your own private garden, unwind with a candlelit soak in the tub, stroll through the many parks in all directions, cozy up by the working fireplaces, enjoy a book from one of the bookshelves, or enjoy a film from the extensive DVD collection.
Our neighbours are quiet and friendly. Shops are conveniently just around the corner. The play area at the end of the street is a favorite with children. Parks stretch for miles in all directions. But best of all, public transport to all of London's tourist spots is right on your doorstep, literally a 30 second walk from the front door.
You do not need a car if you stay here. There is a bus stop around the corner and we are just 5-10 minutes by bus from a major transport hub that will take you quickly in all directions using either the train, bus, boat or DLR (tube that runs above ground).
However, if you do have a car, you'll enjoy FREE PARKING just outside the front door, which is quite difficult to find in London.
FAQ - GROCERIES:
There's a little Costcutter (and bakery and butchery) on the corner, less than a minute away by foot. There's also a Co-op a five minute walk away along the park. For even more selection, there's an enormous Tesco Extra 6-10 mins away by bus in the transport hub of Woolwich Arsenal that my guests use to travel into the center of London.
FAQ - GETTING INTO THE CENTER OF LONDON:
Simply get the bus (291) around the corner. It's about 30 seconds away on foot and comes every 10 minutes. Along the park by the Co-op there are also two other buses that pass (51 and 53), also arriving every 10 minutes.
All three of these buses go to the transport hub of Woolwich Arsenal in 6-10 mins and drop you off in front of the train/DLR station. Here, you can get the train or DLR. The train is fast but uneventful and the DLR is like the Tube, but it travels above ground (often above the buildings) so you can see the city as you travel. In both instances, you'll be in the center of London in 20-30 mins, depending on which station you want. Without changing, you can reach these stations:
ON THE TRAIN:
- WATERLOO (for the London Eye, Aquarium, Southbank, Big Ben, Westminster, Big Ben, #10 Downing, Imperial War Museum, Tate Modern, Southbank Center)
- CHARING CROSS (for Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Soho, West End, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, National Gallery, Oxford Street, Embankment, the Savoy Hotel)
- CANNON STREET (for London Bridge, St. Paul's, the Shard, Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Borough Market, HMS Belfast)
ON THE DLR:
- BANK (for St. Paul's Cathedral, Leadenhall Market, Spittalfields Market, Brick Lane, Fleet Street, financial district, heart of the city mile)
- TOWER GATEWAY (for Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St. Katherine's Dock, Butler's Wharf)
In addition to the above, one of the buses (53) that pass my house goes all the way to Westminster / Horse Guards Parade - but I don't recommend it for normal travel (only for the experience) - for it takes about an hour due to the traffic and all the stops. From Woolwich Arsenal, you can also get the Thames Clipper boat service, which is a definite must on a nice day. There are also a host of buses that you can get in Woolwich Arsenal that will take you all over in various directions.
VISITING THE COUNTRYSIDE / COAST / FRANCE:
There are some brilliant coastal areas to check out - all within 60-90 min: Southend-on-sea, Margate, Herne Bay, Ramsgate, Broadstairs (home of Charles Dickens) and Brighton. You can do a day trip and cover most of these in one (very full) day - or relax in just one if you're looking to unwind.
The Kent countryside (and beyond) is also full of fun places to explore and slightly closer than the coast at 20-90 min away. My recommendations are: Cambridge, Rochester, Canterbury, Rye, Sandwich (perfectly forgotten in time), Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Chilham (absolutely adorable and tiny).
Windsor, Winchester and Oxford are a bit further away (about two hours), but doable and worth it if you're keen on any of them.
France is also very easy to access from here for a day or weekend trip via the Eurostar train, the ferry or the Eurotunnel (crossings are a little over an hour from the Explorers' Rest). Full details will be in your welcome package.
My name is Krista and I'm in my mid-thirties. I am Canadian but have been living in the UK since September 2002. In August 2005 I put an offer in on my house, Explorers' Rest, and received the keys in January 2006.
I walked into my new home, sat down and cried. At the age of 27 and on a young teacher's salary, the only house I could afford in the area I wanted to live was one that needed a lot of work to bring it back to life. And I had no idea how to use a drill, a hammer, or even plaster a hole in a wall!
I spent the next five years fixing up my home to the cute, cozy little city haven that it is now. I got help from friends and paid for the services of experts to do the technical work. My blood, sweat and tears have brought this beautiful old home back to life and I have loved every minute of my time here!
When you arrive at my house, I hope you'll immediately feel the love I pour into it, and I hope you'll be as happy here as I am. You'll be able to enjoy the photo album I've left to show you the before, during, and after photos of the renovations.
A few years ago I moved in with husband. His name is Erik and he is a South African IT Specialist, also living in the UK for over ten years. When I moved into his flat, I wasn't sure what to do with my beloved house. Because we love traveling and renting other people's homes, I decided to try renting mine in the same way. Within days of listing my home, I was inundated with bookings and I've been loving it ever since!
If you'd like to know more about me, you can check out a site about pursuing your dreams that I'm very proud to say is mine and in its early stages of life: wodara.org
Krista Beauvais purchased this house in 2006
Greenwich is a very special part of the city. We have easy access to London's chaotic hustle and bustle, but we don't have to live in it.
After a full day, we get to come home to parks and foxes and birds, quiet gardens, 300 miles of walking and biking trails through the parks that fill this special part of London, and quaint Victorian houses in small, friendly neighbourhoods.
I supply a lot of information at the house to be sure that you're aware of all Greenwich has to offer. There is enough just here that you could easily fill a week without ever going into the downtown tourist centre of London.
I love London's touristic centre, but there is always a sense of relief that washes over me at the end of the day when I get to retreat to my quiet little Greenwich haven.
I keep my prices as low as I can afford and still pay my bills. I truly hope you'll feel that you're getting a lot of value for your money.
My home is my hobby and I love shopping for little decorations and items that will make your stay more comfortable. I love leaving little items for you when you arrive. And I love chatting back and forth with you to help you make your holiday special.
Because my house is not right in the middle of the tourist centre, there are no planes flying overhead and so it's easy to sleep well here because it's so quiet. My garden is private and very quiet. In the spring and summer, it's lovely for relaxing and having a private picnic on the grass.
There is also free parking outside my front door, shops less than a minute's walk away, parks in all directions, and a bus stop just around the corner so it's incredibly easy to get around without a car.
Also, the bathtub and the fireplaces in my home are special and essential for relaxing on a holiday!
London can be rainy and there will be the odd day that you don't want to go anywhere! For this reason, I've stocked my house with books,CDs and DVDs and you should therefore always have some entertainment so the rainy days don't seem so rainy.
Finally, I think that each room in my house has a feel-good energy that will truly help you to rest after your days of exciting exploration.
The original comment is in the Guest Book at the property.
Thank you for the use of your wonderful home, it is so well equiped and full of home comforts, you really have thought of everything. We had a very special week here as we met and spent time getting to know our new adopted children, we will remember it fondly for the memories it has helped us create with our new family.
Jo and Tim x
This was our second stop on our 3 week tour of Ireland and the UK in March 2016.
First off - Krista is simply AMAZING. She is a very genuine and caring person, and gladly helped us with our questions (we had SO many questions as this was our first time in London.) When we arrived she had a welcome basket with homemade treats, maps/brochures to EVERYTHING we would want to see and even a birthday banner and balloons (we were there on my birthday) and Easter surprise (my 4 year old LOVED the little Easter egg hunt she set up.) She is very meticulous about everything in the home; we had everything we needed to cook and had info about ANYTHING we could think of (near by stores, good eats, bus/train/underground maps etc.) You can tell that this home is a labor or love, it is beautifully decorated, updated and modern yet homey (toys, movies, reusable grocery bags, Oyster cards, not to mention a beautiful yard (British viewers, read: garden) If you get a chance, read the info/photo book about the history of the house and all they've done to it, it's very interesting. The house is just around the corner from a bus stop which was perfect for us - we used public transportation religiously! We never had to wait more than 10 minutes for a bus, train, or the underground (except when the Jubilee line went down... now that was an adventure.) It's close enough to the city center to not feel out of the loop but far enough away that it was a quiet retreat after a long day of sight-seeing. My only regret is that we didn't have a chance to meet Krista and her husband as we were overwhelmed with sight-seeing and had so many early (2am) days. We absolutely loved staying there, and if we ever got the chance to go back to London we would love to stay there again!
We were on a month long odyssey of a trip and we started at Krista's place. It remains our favourite place. It is true it is a bit of hike from downtown London but the return "home" after the frenetic pace of central London helps you keep your sanity. We weren't there for one hour before my son said: "I don't know what it is but it really feels like home".
The kitchen had everything I needed to cook decent meals and it saved us loads of money on meals.
Krista clearly is very serious and thorough about ensuring your family has a great stay. We cannot recommend it highly enough. Trust us, you won't regret it.
The house is well maintained and you can tell the owners put a lot of thought into making it comfortable for visitors. The special touches like a welcome basket with a note as well as taking the time to spread Easter eggs over the house (since it was Easter time) for the kids was very lovely.
Just a note to those wanting to travel to London centre for the tourist attractions, this place is quite far away. It took us 2.5 hours just to get there from the airport (the Piccadilly line was closed and it was rush hour). It also took us a minimum of 53 minutes to get anywhere near London centre. With three exhausted kids after a day of sightseeing this was a bit frustrating. Downtown Royal Greenwich is also a 20 minute bus ride. The reviews about it being so close to everything is definitely misleading.
There are no words to describe how wonderful staying in this house was. Krista is an absolute GEM!! She is beyond helpful, beyond warm, beyond inviting, beyond everything!
Her house was just perfect! Very clean, and peaceful after a long day of exploring the wonders of England. Krista is so detailed, she has notes for everything; how to work the radiator, the shower, the front door, labels for every product in the kitchen, the pantry, the bathroom, etc.
Bottom line is - you will not go wrong with staying in this beautiful house. After meeting Krista and her husband, I feel I've made lifelong friends. I will definitely be staying here again on my next trip!
*If you're lucky, you might see a fox in the garden*
I stayed at Explorers' Rest for two weeks starting at the end of January 2015. Let me first say, that I travel A LOT! I stay in hotels, bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals all over the U.S. and the world, so I've experienced the ups and downs of travel accommodations. For my first trip to England, I wanted to live like a local and not a tourist, but I wanted to also feel like I was living trendy and comfortably. Explorers' Rest embodies exactly what I wanted! The house is nestled in the friendly neighborhood of Plumbstead Commons inside Greenwich. The neighbors and locals are the nicest people, and you almost immediately feel like you're a treasured neighbor when you pass them on the street. The house itself, is efficiently arranged and meticulously designed. Within hours of staying, you fall right into the feeling that you've been living there for years and the house becomes more of a home to you then just some stay. It's eclectic for sure, but I imagine that anyone from a businessman to a family would find it ideal. Finally, and most importantly, is the owner, Krista. I've stayed at VRBOs before, and have had wonderful owners, but Krista treats you like a long-time friend! She arranges notes and directions for you all over the house to help you acquaint yourself with the surroundings. Not only that, but she's AMAZINGLY quick on the draw when it comes to e-mail correspondence, even going as far as to keep you up-to-date with the local news (while I was there, the buses and rail systems went on strike and she would tell me via e-mail from Sweden before I even knew myself!). My girlfriend joined me for the second week of my travel in the UK, and she too fell in love with the design and layout! So, if you're like me, and you're sitting there weighing your options on where you should stay (like I was) and you just can't make up your mind...let me help you...CHOOSE THIS ONE! I promise you, the only thing you'll have to worry about is dealing with your disappointment for leaving it at the end of your stay. Cheers!
We had a lovely stay at Explorers Rest. It is a very well appointed house with everything you could need and lots of advice/instructions available from the owner. All our dealings with Krista were business like but very friendly and always prompt. We loved our stay.
RARE LONDON LUXURY: FREE PARKING!
There is free parking just outside my front door, on a quiet residential street with no through-traffic. Even if you arrive with a car, I highly advise that you use public transport if you're going any closer to the centre of the city than Blackheath Village or Downtown Greenwich.
Explorers' Rest is situated in the quiet, leafy, Victorian residential area of Plumstead Common inside the borough of Royal Greenwich. Most houses in the area are similar in age to mine, about 100-120 years old. They are also terraced in style, meaning they are in a long line, all side by side, with bay windows and chimney pots on the top.
The locals are a mix of working class (blue collar) and middle class (white collar) so you'll have lawyers, police officers, teachers, nurses, and builders all living side by side. It's a predominantly white British neighbourhood, whereas Plumstead down the hill is predominantly Indian and Woolwich Arsenal, also down the hill, is predominantly African.
Three bus routes pass my house (291,51,53) and they all take you into Woolwich Arsenal, the major transport hub for Southeast London, in 7-10 minutes.
One bus that passes my house (53) takes you all the way to Westminster / Big Ben / London Eye / Buckingham Palace.
From Woolwich Arsenal, you can get the train, DLR (overground tube), or boat to any London attraction you could possibly want to enjoy in 20-30 minutes, depending on which area you're going to. During Monday to Friday, there are free newspapers available on the trains that you can enjoy on the journey.
AROUND MY HOUSE
My house is ideally situated for people who want to easily access the tourist attractions of London via public transport, but would prefer to live like a local in a safe, quiet neighbourhood with a private garden, parks in all directions, shops and bus stops around the corner, and a handy play area for children a minute's walk away.
Bus 53 comes past my house and will take you to the top of Greenwich Park, where you'll find the Observatory and Meridian line for Greenwich Mean Time. Down the hill from this, through the park, you'll find yourself in the heart of downtown Royal Greenwich and surrounded by beautiful Royal historical sites and buildings, including the Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College, now Greenwich University.
Our location is also ideal for exploring the Kent countryside in the Southeast of England. I provide train maps and lots of tourist information to help you decide if you'd like to have a day out of the city to explore something that can only be found in the countryside. Also from Woolwich Arsenal, you can get trains to these locations outside the city.
If you're using my home as your European base for a few weeks or more, you'll be pleased to know that City Airport is just 20 minutes from my front door on public transport. From here, you can fly all over Europe if you fancy a quick city escape to explore some other parts of Europe.
Likewise, it's very easy to rent a car and drive over to France on the ferry or through the Eurotunnel to do some shopping for French products or to explore a bit of France or Belgium for a couple of days.
FOR GOLF ENTHUSIASTS
Shooters Hill Golf Club is the nearest at 1.5 miles away. Golf was first played here in 1903 and is full of history as a Prisoner of War camp for some 1000 German and Italian prisoners (www.shgc.uk.com/).
Three other courses are all about four miles away. Firstly, Royal Blackheath Golf Club, believed to be the oldest golf club in the world, dating to 1608, with 36 holes over 110 acres.
Secondly, Eltham Warren Golf Club (18 holes), founded in 1890, and one of England’s oldest nine hole courses.
Finally, Bexleyheath Golf Club, founded in 1909 and sure to given even the expert golfer some impressive challenges. All warmly welcome visitors.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017 (EARLY BIRD)
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$385.12|
The £50 weekly cleaning fee is included in the prices above.
Payment is due in British Pounds. 30% is due at the time of booking to secure your dates. The 70% balance (plus a £300 fully-refundable security deposit) is then due 30 days before arrival.
Normal check-in is 5:00pm onward and check-out is by 11:00am. Please request changes if needed.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.