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Huge Historic Townhouse in the Heart of London within 20 Min Walk To Westminster

Overview

Property

Updated: 07-Dec-2016
Stunning Historic 6/7 bedroom London Townhouse Built 1740 in city centre. 2 Min Walk To Imperial War Museum.

INSIDE: It boasts 5 reception rooms with 8 sets of french doors opening on to the mature garden. 6/7 bedrooms with great beds and loads of light, including an amazing vaulted ceilinged master bedroom featuring two sofas and and 12ft high canopy super king bed along with a luxurious marble en suite with a polished roll top bath. It has a bespoke chef's kitchen (150cm double oven with 8 hobs) with cooking area and 3 sofa lounge area looking over the garden, plus an additional separate second kitchen / utility. It is one of the biggest and oldest (reputed to have the oldest door chain in Kennington) private houses in Kennington with some beautiful original features and a layout where you can all group together or have your own space depending on our your needs. Ideal for a large family group, friends travelling together or people who love space. FACILITIES: The house has a house wide audio system so you can pipe music round the house or not, also you can stream worldwide radio and music, as well as having a partners desk in the study, super fast wifi network and numerous TVs. OUTSIDE: We are set back off the road with a front garden with mature trees and are also are lucky enough to have a huge secret triangular garden at the rear of the house (74ft x 150ft) with mature trees, rambling climbers and a croquet lawn, not to mention outdoor furniture and a wisteria clad archway. You can even hear Big Ben chime in the garden whilst the house itself shields street noise. THE AREA: We love the area too - The neighbourhood is one of London's best kept secrets and they regularly shoot films on Georgian square behind us. Too central to be a suburb it is a real authentic old part of central London littered with history, and where so much of it got destroyed in WWII - our house luckily survived. Kennington is in a bubble of land on the south side of the River Thames so in 5-20mins on foot you can get to so many places. We are are just 15 mins walk to Westminster, Tate Britain, and 25 mins walk National Galleries, Covent Garden, South Bank, and Theatreland - plus there's the West End with cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants accessible by foot or taxi. We are even right next to (1min walk) to the Imperial War Museum and park. The bus network virtually goes everywhere form the Imperial war Museum and Lambeth North Tube or Waterloo are the nearest underground stations.

  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We love Historic buildings and love London. Our fundamental belief is a house should be a home for whoever is enjoying it. Having just finished restoring this amazing house we have hopefully made it like a home from home for friends, family and guests who rent the house. It is furnished to be lived in (comfy sofas and beds) with modern luxury (house sound system, TVs, networked WiFi etc) but also has some amazing period charm (restored architectural details) and decent but robust and useable furniture.

Speaks English
Damian Llambias
huntsham court
EX167NA huntsham devon United Kingdom
VAT Reg No229434696

Guestbook comments from the owner

"An amazing one of a kind house - pretty as a dolls house and big enough for a whole family to spread out in! Would recommend it in a second and can't wait to come back. You won't believe how central you are (we saved a fortune on taxis)." Keya J.

"So, so central. So so, comfortable. Thank you so so much! We walked everywhere and when we got back in everyday had oodles of space to chillax in." Susan S.

"Beautiful decor and a real home from home. We felt so special knowing the prettiest house on the street was all ours! A real hidden gem." James J.
Jan 2015
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12 Reviews

4.9
based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

5

Beautiful house in a great area.

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent five nights in this beautiful house in late October. Both Damian and the house manager, Anna, were extremely helpful with information and check in. They even helped by placing a grocery order and getting the food stocked in for us. We had 10 adults in the house but never felt crowded. The spaces to gather are large and the garden is lovely. Truly a much better way to see London than in hotel rooms!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

The house is magnificent. We were 13 and everyone had his own privacy when wanted. The garden in the middle of London is a huge bonus.

Location is excellent.

The whole booking procedure and communication with the owner was pleasant.

The house manager was very helpful.

However, the house is not air-conditioned and was very hot during the days. That should be considered when booking a summer vacation.

There were also some maintenance problems that should be taken care of.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. In response to the concerns raised. Air-con - we are a grade 2 listed heritage property and as such have strict limitations on what we can do. We do provide a large variable speed fan in each bedroom and also each bedroom has windows, which can be opened for fresh air. Maintenance - I believe the concerns were about the WiFi network and coverage. Since this reviewer's stay we have invested over £2000 on faster broadband and better WiFi network throughout the property to upgrade the system and give clients better coverage through the house and garden. Many thanks.
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5

Central London luxury in this charming and characterful townhouse - a rare gem!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot rate this house highly enough. We booked to stay here based on two reasons.

Firstly, the property is located close to the centre and we were keen to visit the cultural highlights of the capital city. The house did not disappoint in this respect, and being so close to the Imperial War Museum (literally round the corner) it was rather lovely to start our day with a coffee here, or on the Southbank. We sometimes took the tube (to South Kensington, or to the City) but mainly enjoyed walking to Westminster and up to Trafalgar Square, beyond to Covent Garden. We felt like we were truly in the city and could enjoy the ambience and atmosphere of London life. We were able to come back to the house, relax and spread out. It has all mod cons, internet, sonos etc. It is an amazingly large and quiet property, considering it is in the centre of London.

Secondly the very look of the property intrigued and excited us. Once again the house was as we imagined, if not better. London is full of terraced houses but this particular Georgian house is detached. The interior retains many period features, fireplaces, cornices but also combines this with luxury contemporary living. The master bedroom and separate master bathroom are to die for, with high ceilings, chandelier and (bathroom) free standing bath. Infact, whoever restored and dressed this property has an eye for detail and has managed to conserve the original beauty of the style, updated with contemporary artwork and furnishings. We found everything in good order, fresh clean linen, mirrors and table tops sparkling. I must also mention the wonderful and tranquil garden. Honestly, you wouldn't know you were in London, it is lush and green and full of singing birds!

I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone. Thank you to the owners for a truly memorable London vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time! We were a large group who had everything at our disposal in this beautifully decorated home. The area was great, grocery shopping was around the corner and just outside the door. We walked to see all the London sites simply because we could (it was pretty close to everything). 2nd day we used the hop on hop off bus to see the rest or what we missed. The property came with everything: full kitchen where we cooked nightly, bathrooms, bedrooms and laundry. It also came with a manual with a lot of information to make our stay easier. It had a lot of suggestions as to where to go, eat, how to get around... Parents really enjoyed our private time upstairs and outdoor in the beautiful gardens. The kids enjoyed the downstairs to themselves. There was plenty of room. Both Anne and Damian were helpful.

If we get to London again, we would certainly stay here!

J

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic and just as advertised

  • 5 of 5

We had nine adult family members and everyone enjoyed the property. The owner and owner representative was very helpful and made moving in and leaving seamless. The property was beautiful and clean. Location made getting into the city very easy. We all would stay there again. Excellent

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Outstanding and highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

Great Central London location-walk to all the important sights. Basic grocery supplies immediately adjacent; restaurants and pubs close by; house is marvelously equipped; bedrooms are private and we slept 11 comfortably; open and spacious kitchen, family and dining rooms. If you have a group of up to 12 people, this is the place for you. Owner and manager very pleasant and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

THE HOUSE: It is a unique historic town house - stunning to look at, huge inside, and in a brilliant location for enjoying London - it was love at first sight - we were the first people to buy it since it was originally built by the original owners in 1740. THE LOCATION: Kennington is true historic part of Central London and it's architectural pedigree whilst also being a modern part of London living community, with loads of restaurants and bars (recommend playing boule on Cleaver Square on a Wednesday). Best of both and central!

Activity and Interests

Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Ideally located for Museums and Cultural trips to London and people and families who love the theatre, London history but also want a combination of historic architecture of special interest and large living space to enjoy.

Coast/Beach:

London's busy all the time so if you fancy escaping for a day trip it is about 50-90 min depending on your destination train journey to the South Coast - best places we think are Brighton, or South End on Sea.

Travel:

Heathrow (30mins from Paddington station), Gatwick (30min from Victoria station). Great Public transport just outside the house by underground/metro, bus, taxis. 5-20 min taxi ride gets you almost anywhere in central London from Harrods to Borough Market, V&A museum, Tate Museums, West End, Theatreland, Soho and Covent Garden. Amazing location. Also just 15min walk to Waterloo station for speed trains to the south coast. Car not needed. Nearest Underground station is Lambeth North 5mins walk

Distances:

These are all by foot! (Taxis/buses even faster): Imperial War Museum (2min walk). The Thames River bank (10min walk). Parliament / Westminster / Imax / Old Vic Theatre / South bank / Tate Britain (15min walk). Covent Garden / Theatreland / Borough Market (25mins walk).

Further Details:

We love the area - The neighbourhood is one of London's best kept secrets and they regularly shoot films on Georgian square behind us (Women in Black II was the latest). Too central to be a suburb it is a real authentic old part of central London littered with history, and where so much of it got destroyed in WWII - our house luckily survived. Kennington is in a bubble of land on the south side of the River Thames.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
2017
2 Jan 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£2,760
for 3 nights
From
£920
From
£970
Fri,Sat,Sun
£6,440
 
 
Christmas 2017
24 Dec 2017 - 26 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£3,600
for 3 nights
From
£1,200
 
 
new year 2017
30 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£3,600
for 3 nights
From
£1,200
 
 
2018
2 Jan 2018 - 23 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£2,940
for 3 nights
From
£980
From
£1,040
Fri,Sat,Sun
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000
Tax Rate 20.0%

Booking Notes:
Refundable security deposit: £1000 due at least 7 days prior to check in.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day. Typical check in 4pm / check out 11am.

Notes on prices:
Minimum 3 night rental. Early or late check out available by special arrangement. Listed prices subject to change and long stay discounts available.

The owners booking from must be read, understood and signed at the time of booking. Pets are allowed only by explicit prior written permission at the time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

Outside - You can walk to so many great museums restaurants, the river, or theatres... or just sit int eh garden playing croquet listening to Big Ben chime. Inside - The house is genuinely both being gorgeous to look and so comfortable to live in. Space to be together but also space to take time out from each other.

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • city centre
  • town

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • equestrian events
  • ice skating
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 4600 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 (end suite to Bed 1) has walk in shower, polished steel roll top bath, double vanity. Bathroom 2 (family bathroom) with shower over huge bath. Bathroom 3 (en suite to Bed 5) is shower room. Bathroom 4: Separate guest toilet.

Bedrooms

  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 7 / Sitting Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Double sofa bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed, Can also be a slim twin instead of a king bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Huge bedroom with vaulted ceiling, tv, sofas and chandelier
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 6ft wide suppressing bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Either 6ft wide suppressing or can be a twin
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Can either be a slim twin or 5ft king bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed, king size 5ft wide bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 (6/7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom1: Huge master bedroom with super king canopy bed and sofas. Bedroom 2: King bed looking over garden. Bedroom 3: Super-king bed. Bedroom 4: Twin or super king. Bedroom 5: King or slim twin. Bedroom 6: King size bed which can be slip to be a slim twin. Bedroom 7 / Sitting Room: If you don;t need 5 reception rooms then the sitting room has a sofa bed so the house can be used as a 7 bedroom house, sharing the shower room with bedroom 5.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Garden

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The house was built in 1740 and extended but he Victorians in 1860 and recently refurbished in 2014/15 - as such the house has lots of stairs. It is also in very central London (you can hear big ben in the garden), so. like a brownstone in New York, you can hear the hubbub of the city typical of any property not in the suburbs. Outside: Front garden: Sets the house back of the road and also has planting to screen the road to create privacy. Rear Garden: If one of the biggest in Kennington in triangular shape 74ft x 150ft garden with lawn, flower beds and patios with garden furniture and faces South East. There is also the Imperial War Museum park next door and The archbishop of Canterbury's Park 5 mins away both with play areas, tennis courts and outdoor gym kits. Utility Room: Kitchen 2 / Utility room: washing machine, dryer, oven, hob, microwave & table, ironing board, iron, air drying space - own separate entrance. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fluffy white towels, crisp white bedding included. Maid service can be arranged at additional cost. Other: 2 stairwells. Side entrance. House is over 4 floors and totals 4600sq of living space.

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