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Luxury historic family house in the heart of London (Westminster

Overview

Property

Updated: 21-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Four storeys, 7 bedrooms, short walk to top tourist attractions

Live like a Londoner and share a postcode with the Queen! This spectacular family house, a classic London townhouse built in 1846 and quietly situated in a friendly and beautiful London terrace 10 minutes' WALK from Buckingham Palace, boasts 7 bedrooms, a sitting room, a kitchen-dining room (seats 12), a conservatory-study, 3 bathrooms + 2 separate WCs & free unlimited wi-fi throughout. With the rooms laid out on four main floors (and some mezzanines), the house works well for extended families. There are 4 x large double beds (150cm, 5'6' wide), 1 x smaller double bed (135 cm, 4"6" wide), 3 x single beds and 2 x fold-out bed-chairs. Maximum permitted occupancy is 12 people plus infants (2 x cots provided). The main rooms have ornate ceilings, marble fireplaces, chandeliers & working window-shutters yet the house is fitted with with every modern convenience: washing machine/dryer, microwave, dishwasher, hair-dryers, irons, SMART TVs in four rooms (with internet access, Netflix etc.), gas-log open fire, digital radio/sound systems with iPad, iPhone/MP3 'docks', linen/towels, books, toys, DVDs, 2 x highchairs and other baby equipment. Cozy and warm in winter, high quality fans keeps the top floors comfortable in the very hottest summer (though mostly, this being London, they're not needed). Outside there’s a suntrap terrace leading from the kitchen, plus a delightful patio garden wreathed in jasmine and wisteria. You also have key-access to an exclusive nearby ‘gated’ London garden square - a real 'secret garden' with wonderful plants and shrubs, a children’s play area and tennis courts. A great sports centre with public-access gym and swimming pools is a two minute walk from the house, as are a wide range of grocery stores and other local shops, banks, a post-office, beauty salons and so on..

We keep the house in immaculate condition, constantly re-painting to remove scuff marks and renewing furniture and accessories regularly. Guests frequently comment on our level of cleanliness and attention to detail. A welcome pack of groceries greets you on arrival.

We pride ourselves on the fact that the house is imaginatively decorated and laid out in such a way that there are great opportunities for privacy, as well as for all members of the household to meet together sociably.

The location of this wonderful house is unbeatable. Although it is situated in the very heart of London, it is quietly positioned. The area is very safe and well served in every possible way. The neighbouring streets are full of great local shops (including supermarkets - open all hours - and specialist delicatessans), cafes and restaurants. At one end of the street is a local food market; at the other, under two minutes' walk from the house, is Pimlico Underground ('Tube') Station and terrific local bus routes. From the house it is just a short stroll to Victoria Station, Tate Britain, the Thames, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, St James’ Park, Battersea Park, Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Several theatres, too, are within easy walking distance, and it is only a short tube/bus/taxi ride (or you can walk) to Hyde Park, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, the West End, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, the National Gallery, the National Theatre, the National Film Theatre, the Festival Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, the London Aquarium and other main London attractions. There are easy transport links to all London airports and mainline stations, and London and regional bus tours. For those who like to run or jog, there are great routes along the River Thames and through the beautiful local streets and parks.

This spectacular house is brilliantly located for special annual London events, including - within WALKING distance - all Royal Family celebrations, the Chelsea Flower Show , the London Marathon (finishing line), the New Year's Day Parade, the Lord Mayor's Procession & Show, the Russian Winter Festival, outdoor skating ,the Chinese New Year celebrations, Trooping of the Colour, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Thames Festival, the Chelsea Antiques Fair, the State Opening of Parliament, the London Film Festival, Guy Fawkes Night, the main New Year Celebrations, Christmas Lighting Celebrations and Westminster Abbey for Christmas Carols and all Royal Family celebrations.

Within a short tube/bus ride you'll reach the London International Boat Show, the Olympia Fine Art & Antique Fair, Wimbledon, the Holiday and Travel Show, Party in the Park, the Proms at the Albert Hall, the Covent Garden Festival of Street Theatre, the Notting Hill Carnival - and many others major cultural and sporting events. Wimbledon is an easy tube-ride away, as is Wembley Stadium.

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About the Owner

Adrienne Burgess
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2017

About Adrienne Burgess

We are a couple who have worked mainly in the theatre and the arts, although Adrienne is now a writer/researcher specialising in fatherhood and Martin coaches in communications.

Adrienne Burgess purchased this house in 1985

Why Adrienne Burgess chose Westminster and West End

We purchased our central London home in 1985 and lived there until 2002. The moment we opened the door we loved it. It felt then, and feels now, as if only happy things have happened here - which can't possibly be true, since it's almost 170 years since it was built! We wanted to live right in the heart of London, and you can't get much closer to the heart than this. We also wanted a spacious house, with high ceilings and a sense of generations upon generations of people living there before us. And that is exactly what we got! We raised our family here, working from home, so the house has always been busy and full of children. When we left it, and downshifted to another part of London, we rejoiced that we didn't have to sell it, and that other people could now enjoy it too.

What makes this house unique

The remarkable thing about 'Pimlico' (the area in the London Borough of Westminster in which our house is), is that it is quite like a village, and yet it is right in the heart of perhaps the greatest city in the world. Neighbours know each other; our quiet street contains many family houses and has an active residents' association, the people in the shops are friendly, and yet it's cosmopolitan and fast-paced. In Pimlico you can be peaceful, yet never feel that life is passing you by.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We have travelled from Australia and New Zealand for our daughter’s wedding – three generations. We had a wonderful time. The weather was great and the wedding went off without a hitch. The house of course made it all so easy. Just right for all our family and so wonderfully well equipped! We loved Pimlico (the local area – Owner) – so handy to everything!
Mar 2014
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Guestbook comments from the manager

We have travelled from Australia and New Zealand for our daughter’s wedding – three generations. We had a wonderful time. The weather was great and the wedding went off without a hitch. The house of course made it all so easy. Just right for all our family and so wonderfully well equipped! We loved Pimlico (the local area – Owner) – so handy to everything!
Mar 2014
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47 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(47 traveller reviews)

5

Truly a home away from home. Every little detail was perfection!

  • 5 of 5

This is a must if you plan to rent a spot in London. So conveniently located, beautiful in every way! So detail oriented. We were even welcomed with a basket filled with jams, toast, wine, pasta and sauce. So clean as well. Just a perfect stay!!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for your lovely review! We are so glad you enjoyed the house and appreciated all the 'little things'. We love our guests to be comfortable. Please come again soon!
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5

Exceptional house

  • 5 of 5

"We really enjoyed the house and had a great time. The house is completely equipied and very comfortable and I am sure going to recommend it to an one who asks me where to stay in London"

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to these lovely guests - fathers and sons who regularly take vacations together. So happy we could help them - and they left the house SO clean and tidy! Thank you!
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Bethesda MD
5

Perfect home in central London

  • 5 of 5

This home is the very reason why we choose home away. We arrived late on New Years Eve. The home was warm and a basket of bread, pasta, coffee, wine and jams was waiting in the kitchen, along with milk and cereal for the next day. It was the nicest touch to welcome us after a long flight. We walked to the Vauxhall bridge and watched the fireworks at midnight, then went home and cooked dinner and cuddled in the living room by the fireplace. It was a perfect way to welcome the new year. The beds are comfortable and neighbourhood is perfect. Walk to the Tate Britain, the palace, Big Ben, etc. This is a really special home.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that everything was warm and lovely for you when you arrived so late. We were a bit worried because we knew you had children and thought they'd be tired and cold after their long journey. It's amazing that they were still awake enough to see in the New Year watching the fireworks on the Thames. We used to love to do that when we were raising our family in the house. We always felt so privileged! Have a great 2017 and thank you for being our guests!
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Chula Vista
5

Wonderful Multi Bedroom House In A Terrific Location

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed our three-night stay in September 2016. Our group of five had an expectation for a clean wonderful house in a terrific location. This is exactly what we received. Walking distance to tube, places to eat & drink, and small store. Lots of space for everyone to relax. Owners made it easy to get keys. She gave us wonderful directions guides to local businesses & attractions. We would definitely stay here again! Mahalo Adrienne!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that the house met your expectations and that you had such lovely weekend! Mahalo!
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5

Fantastic Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We booked Adrienne's place a day before we were set to arrive from the US after months of planning our vacation. The other VRBO property we booked tried to put us in another smaller apartment at the last minute after they claimed they had damage done to the one we rented.

I can attest that this property in Pimlico, which is owner operated, was wonderful! Adrienne was very accommodating on short notice. Her home is lovely and very clean. The beds were comfortable and we had plenty of space to stretch out between the multiple levels. It is a stones throw from the Pimlico Tube station. There was a basket of goodies waiting for us and milk in the fridge. There were helpful instructions for everything from location of grocery stores to how to get around in London. We felt very safe in this neighborhood and we were able to walk to the river and the attractions. For everything else, we used the tube. I highly recommend this property. It was a happy ending to a very stressful beginning of our vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so delighted that we could help you at such short notice (a benefit to us all!) and so very happy that you enjoyed the house and the neighbourhood so much. We hope to welcome you back another time!
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5

Family haven in London

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic home. An amazing location with plenty of space. But it was the attention to detail and the attentive and super helpful customer service from the owners that makes it so special.

There were toys and high chairs available for kids and multiple sitting areas so we could all have some space. The owners have also compiled comprehensive help sheets which were great. If you have children or just want to stay close into London I highly recommend this property. Just be aware there are 4 flights of stairs ( which is normal but in case of mobility issues) and essentially only 2 showers in the 3 bathrooms.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your terrific review. We are so glad that you, and particularly your children, enjoyed the house so much. Our children and their friends always loved it (nooks and crannies to hide in, among other things!) and it is so good to know that the rooms, landings and Christopher-Robin-stairs still echo from time to time with children's footsteps and laughter. It is probably 170 years now (the house was build in 1846) since children first romped through it. What a thought!
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Location

From the Owner

We purchased our central London home in 1985 and lived there until 2002. The moment we opened the door we loved it. It felt then, and feels now, as if only happy things have happened here - which can't possibly be true, since it's almost 170 years since it was built! We wanted to live right in the heart of London, and you can't get much closer to the heart than this. We also wanted a spacious house, with high ceilings and a sense of generations upon generations of people living there before us. And that is exactly what we got! We raised our family here, working from home, so the house has always been busy and full of children. When we left it, and downshifted to another part of London, we rejoiced that we didn't have to sell it, and that other people could now enjoy it too.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Heathrow/Gatwick at 14 Miles Nearest Barpub : Pimlico Tram at 150 Metres Nearest Ferry : Dover at 66 Miles Nearest Train : Pimlico Underground (tube station) at 100 Metres Nearest Motorway : A3 at 3 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Thai Cafe at 100 Metres Car: not necessary

With its amazing CENTRAL Zone 1 London location (SW1V2ND - Google it!), this quietly situated family house is brilliantly positioned for a see-all London visit. It’s a minute's WALK from shops, supermarkets, restaurants, outdoor food-market, Pimlico Tube (underground) & 24-hour taxis, buses, car clubs, bike hire. It’s a 10-min WALK to the River Thames, Buckingham Palace, Tate Britain, Lambeth Palace, Westminster Cathedral, theatres, cinema, St James Park, Victoria Station & Victoria Coach Station (from which there are easy rail/coach links to Heathrow, Gatwick & Europe). It’s a 20-min WALK to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the King's Road/Chelsea. Short tube/bus rides take you direct to Harrods, the major Museums, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, the West End, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, the National Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, the Festival Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre & National Film Theatre, Hayward Gallery, IMAX, Waterloo Station, Tate Modern.

Local activities include: shopping, restaurants, historic monuments, art galleries, theatres, cinemas, river boats.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring
20 Apr 2017 - 22 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,988
for 4 nights
From
£497
From
£597
Fri,Sat,Sun
£3,497
 
 
Late Spring/Early Summer
23 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,641
for 3 nights
From
£547
From
£647
Fri,Sat,Sun
£3,997
 
 
Early Summer
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
£3,535
for 5 nights
From
£697
From
£747
Fri,Sat,Sun
£4,997
 
 
Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£4,335
for 5 nights
From
£847
From
£947
Fri,Sat,Sun
£5,997
 
 
Autumn
9 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£3,335
for 5 nights
From
£647
From
£747
Fri,Sat,Sun
£4,497
 
 
Autumn/Winter
1 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
£2,835
for 5 nights
From
£547
From
£647
Fri,Sat,Sun
£3,997
 
 
Xmas/New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£4,585
for 5 nights
From
£897
From
£997
Fri,Sat,Sun
£6,497
 
 
Winter
10 Jan 2018 - 15 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
£3,535
for 5 nights
From
£697
From
£747
Fri,Sat,Sun
£4,997
 
 
Spring 2018
16 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
£2,188
for 4 nights
From
£547
From
£647
Fri,Sat,Sun
£3,997
 
 
Early Summer 2018
1 May 2018 - 26 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
£2,788
for 4 nights
From
£697
From
£747
Fri,Sat,Sun
£4,997
 
 
Summer 2018
27 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
£3,588
for 4 nights
From
£897
From
£997
Fri,Sat,Sun
£6,497
 
 
Autumn/Winter 2018
7 Sep 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
£2,588
for 4 nights
From
£647
From
£747
Fri,Sat,Sun
£4,497
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£3,235
for 5 nights
From
£647
£4,497
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Tax Rate 20.0%

VAT receipt available on request.
To reserve dates, full non-refundable payment due if within six weeks of arrival date: 50% on booking, then 50% 45 days before arrival. Payment via UK Cheque, electronic bank transfer or credit cards via PayPal.
Returnable security deposit of £250 taken on booking.
Beds, except for the two (very comfortable) sofa chairs, made up.
Rates are subject to change until reservation. Generally the property is let for 4 nights minimum stay but if there is a vacancy for a shorter stay between lets we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

From the Owner

The remarkable thing about 'Pimlico' (the area in the London Borough of Westminster in which our house is), is that it is quite like a village, and yet it is right in the heart of perhaps the greatest city in the world. Neighbours know each other; our quiet street contains many family houses and has an active residents' association, the people in the shops are friendly, and yet it's cosmopolitan and fast-paced. In Pimlico you can be peaceful, yet never feel that life is passing you by.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Location Type

  • city centre

Attractions

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

Leisure Activities

  • sight seeing

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 2000 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Handbasin here too
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Handbasin here too
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Handbasin here too
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Bidet, Handbasin here too
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Handbasin here too
  • The bathrooms and cloakrooms are beautifully fitted. Almost all have outside windows. All are newly tiled and maintained, with high quality fittings The showers are powerful (many of our guests have praised them!) and there is plenty of hot water. The top floor bathroom has roof lights as well as a window, so you can lie back at look at the stars! There is a WC on every floor, or on the half-landing, so easy access for all guests.

Bedrooms

  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, room behind main sitting room
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 Double Bed, bathroom and separate WC adjacent
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed, WC and bathroom (with WC) very close
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 2 Cot, ensuite
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Bathroom with WC adjacent
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • The beautifully decorated bedrooms are all quietly situated, and have loads of hanging and other storage space. The bedroom floors are all well carpeted, and the beds very comfortable, with mattress and pillow protectors as well as lovely linen and bedspreads. Pillows, duvets etc. are of high quality. There are bedside lamps and dimmer switches - and three of the bedrooms have TVs. A small kitchenette leads off one of the lower ground floor bedrooms - perfect for early-morning-coffee.

Outside

  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Conservatory
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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