An historic cottage - living room, dining room, kitchen & two en-suite bedrooms
- english, french, French by email - Mr Anstee speaks French
About Nina Anstee
During my career I ran Conservation Campaigns for several famous historic buildings including St Paul's Cathedral, The King Charles Building in Greenwich and Worcester College Oxford (a college of the University). Later I had a private practice as a Psychotherapist from which I retired in 2017. My adult children, Steve and Karen, are both classical musicians ('Cellist and Violinist) , following in the footsteps of their father, who died at a young age. My second husband, Bruce , is a scientist with particular interest in Environmental Sustainability. Between us we have 12 grand-children and so we are kept busy in retirement. We spend a time during the year in South West France where we have a little house in a quiet and beautiful valley.
Nina Anstee purchased this Cottage in 1978
Why Nina Anstee chose Winchmore Hill
I bought the Old Bakery because I fell in love with its history and its charm. The Old Bakery began its life as a farm house in 17th Century; much later that house was linked to the Bakehouse which stood next door. Baking ceased there in 1960. At first, we used the whole building as a family home but as the children grew up and had homes and families of their own we separated "The Cottage" from "The Bakehouse" again and it became an ideal, self contained holiday home for our guests from around the world. We also converted the old Stables to a smaller holiday home suitable for 2.
What makes this Cottage unique
This is a unique building. Its importance is recognized by its Listed Historic Building status. We love it for its beauty and its atmosphere. Winchmore Hill Conservation Area is also delightful place to live. It has excellent transport links to the centre of London so that we can endulge our love of theatre and music and make frequent visits to art galleries and museum. But it is also an exceptionally friendly residential area where you are greeted in the cafes and shops and where people look out for each other.
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My family had a great time at The Old Bakery. It's within easy (2 minutes) walking distance of Winchmore Hill station, which made getting to and from the center of London a breeze. The apartment itself was nice and had everything we needed. And Nina goes above and beyond when it comes to providing resources and information! My only complaint (and its really not that big of a deal) is that the head of the bed in the master bedroom is quite a bit lower than the foot because the floors are uneven/ at a tilt due to age. Otherwise, everything was great.
Wow! A great location to stay while visiting the London area. Located within a short walk to the train station that takes you into central London.
The cottage is truly comfortable with all of the necessary amenities that will will need for a perfect stay.
The Winchmore Hill area has shops, pubs, restaurants, all within walking distance.
If you are looking for a place to stay that has historic character then this is for you.
Perfect English Cottage
My stay at The Old Bakery was everything I imagined it would be. The house is authentic and cozy. It is well furnished with everything one would require for a comfortable stay. It is ideally located for easy access to the Underground and the National Rail Service. My host, Nina Anstee, and her husband Bruce, were very helpful with any questions I had. It was a wonderful experience staying at The Old Bakery. I highly recommend it.
We are delighted that you enjoyed The Old Bakery and Winchmore Hill. Thanks for staying. Nina
Warm and cosy, well equipped helpful host, immaculately clean.
Everything you may need. Good location for public transport. Relatively easy to park. Restaurants, shops and park all in your doorstep. Quiet area. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and felt very much at home. Thank you to Nina!
We will look forward to welcoming these guests again. It was a pleasure to meet them.
Perfect for family
Chaulkly's is simply lovely. Impeckably furnished, very neat, and functionable. The pictures you see is exactly what you get. Winchmore Hill was a great area ( lovely restaurants, Sandam, King's Head Pub and Deli on the Green were our favorites. It's location is 30- 45 minutes from London attractions. However the transportation either National rail Service or underground are great. (Southgate Station is usually the quickest to get in town.) Sainsbury is the best grocery around.
Everyone in Britain is friendly. ( and helpful to re-route if one of the train lines goes down). So pleased with this vacation. It was worth the 6 month wait. Thank you to Nina for being lovely.
I am delighted that this family enjoyed their time in Chalkley's and in Winchmore Hill. I will tell the restaurants, Samdan, the King's Head and The Deli, that they had a good review. It will please them.
I think these guests must have been unlucky with the trains from Winchmore Hill. Perhaps there were problems on the line while they were here. As Winchmore Hill station is only 2 minutes walk from the house it is very convenient, and it takes you to (for example) Oxford Circus (main central shopping area) or Leicester Square (theatreland) in 25 - 30 minutes. We always use this route into the centre ourselves. The number of trains reduces on Sundays, which can make it less convenient, and so on Sundays we would sometimes use the Piccadilly line at Southgate as an alternative.
Sainsbury's is indeed probably the best and certainly the biggest supermarket near here and is about a 5 minutes walk. However, the Deli on The Green, just over the road from the Old Bakery, sells most grocery and green grocery items you need. We also have a butcher on the Green and a wonderful Sunday market. So if you do not want to go to a big supermarket during your holiday you do not need to.
Very impressive gem of a place, situated in beautiful Winchmore Hill. We truly felt at home straight away we stepped inside. I would definitely recommend staying in this beautiful place - it is just wonderful and nearby to Winchmore Station taking you into the bustling capital city.