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23
Oct
You CAN afford a Christmas / New Year’s Eve trip to London
by Harley Nott

Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a great time to be in London, for adults and children alike. There’s so much happening: candle-lit carol services, the Christmas lights, the shows, the pantomimes, ice skating, festive meals, wonderful shop window displays, the sales, the list goes on……. You can get a flavour of it here.

With the British pound at near historic lows, NOW is the time to get the most bangs for your bucks.

Good quality London hotels are seriously expensive BUT YOU CAN MAKE MASSIVE SAVINGS by staying in a vacation rental rather than a hotel, especially for a party of more than 2, you also save £££ by not having to have every meal out. With a vacation rental you get much more space, there’s no need to dress up or “put on a face” to go out of your room and, as an added bonus, you get to experience the city like a local.

Rather than chance an Airbnb, at Coach House Rentals we’ve been looking after our guests since 2001. You’ll find us in several London guide books: Frommers, Rick Steves, National Geographic and Marco Polo.

We still have some availability over the festive period but it’s going fast. Here’s a selection of what’s still available today, but it might not be tomorrow…..

Ref: ETW: sleeps 4, 2 bed, 1 bath, £125 (US$155) / night. Great value, modern 7/8th floor flat with private balcony and view of Battersea Park.

Ref: CPM: sleeps 3, 2 bed, 1 bath, £140 / (US$175) / night. Comfortable apartment in quiet attractive private mews.

Ref: CVN: sleeps 4, 2 bed, 1 bath, £165 / (US$205) / night. Ground floor flat in grand London house, moments from Hyde Park – available from 28 Dec.

Ref: PRX: sleeps 6, 2 bed, 2 bath, £195 / (US$240) / night. Traditional style apartment in Parson’s Green – available from 28 Dec.

Ref: TKR: sleeps 4, 2 bed, 1 bath, £215 / (US$265) / night. Comfortable, modern apartment in excellent Chelsea location.

Ref: LAU: sleeps 5, 2 bed, 1 bath, £285 / (US$355) / night. Pretty mock Georgian house in the heart of Kensington.

Ref: HEM: sleeps 6, 3 bed, 2½ bath, £330 / (US$410) / night. 3 bedroom house in a quiet part of Shepherd’s Bush, a little gem.

Ref: THD: sleeps 8, 4 bed, 4 bath, £500 / (US$620) / night. Spacious modern open-plan house in picturesque old London.

These are really nice properties, not crummy hotel rooms that you’d be paying at least twice as much for! Read the reviews on each property page. What’s more, unlike Airbnb, we’ll also look after you with our full concierge service.

We only have a small number of these great London rentals, when they’re gone they’re gone, so you need to move fast if you don’t want to miss out.

London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks

This spectacular event takes place on the River Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Get ready for one of the most spectacular celebrations of its kind in the world. Set against the capital’s unique skyline, if you are in London over New Year’s it really is something not to miss. The first batch of tickets went on sale at the end of September and quickly sold out. A second batch will be available at the end of November. Register now for updates and a reminder the day before these tickets go on sale.

Coach House Rentals
23 October 2019
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18
Sep
A Date For Your Diary
by Harley Nott

London New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2019 tickets will go on sale at 12-noon (UK time) on Friday 27 September.

If you want to come to this incredible event, put the date in your diary. Remember, you must have a ticket if you want to be there on the night.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and welcome 2020 with a bang at London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks. This spectacular event takes place on the River Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Get ready for one of the most spectacular celebrations of its kind in the world. Set against the capital’s unique skyline, if you are in London over New Year’s it really is something not to miss. Register now for updates and a reminder the day before tickets go on sale.

Somewhere to Stay

And if you’re planning on being in London over the festive period you’ll need somewhere to stay, and a vacation rental is so much nicer than a hotel. Why?

* With a vacation rental you get more space
* There’s no need to dress up or “put on a face” to go out of your room
* It’s cheaper – especially for a party of 3 or more people and for a group
* It’s more practical, preparing some of your own meals (Christmas dinner?) or getting takeaways is cheaper than always eating in restaurants. You can buy and sample the local specialities
* To summarise – you get to “live like a local”.

Book Now. Others have already started booking their London accommodation for Christmas / New Year.

Rather than chance an Airbnb, at Coach House Rentals we’ve been looking after our guests since 2001. You’ll find us in several London guide books: Frommers, Rick Steves, National Geographic, Marco Polo, and you get our full concierge service.

At the moment we still have lots of availability over the festive period, but it will start to go quickly from here on in. If you want first pick and to be sure of getting your preferred rental – start thinking about it now, and you’re bound to appreciate our concierge service.

One other thing, with all this Brexit nonsense, the US$ has never been so strong against the British pound – so now is a great time to visit London.

Coach House Rentals
18 September 2019
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31
Jul
How to holiday in London and save money
by Harley Nott

How to holiday in London and save money

1. With a Pound costing just US$1.22 London has never been as cheap for overseas visitors.

Now is the time to come to get more bang for your bucks.

2. Stay in a vacation rental rather than a hotel because:

* With a vacation rental you get more space
* There’s no need to dress up or “put on a face” to go out of your room
* It’s cheaper – especially for a party of 3 or more people and for a group
* It’s more practical, preparing some of your own meals or getting take-aways is cheaper than always eating in restaurants, foodies can buy and sample the local specialities.

Rather than chance an Airbnb, at Coach House Rentals we’ve been looking after our guests since 2001. You’ll find us in several London guide books: Frommers, Rick Steves, National Geographic, Marco Polo, and you get our full concierge service.

3. Make full use of the FREE attractions.

Unlike the museums and art galleries of most capital cities, in London most are FREE! Here are the top ten:

Tate Modern
Sitting grandly on the banks of the Thames is Tate Modern, Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art. Its unique shape is due to it previously being a power station. The gallery’s restaurants offer fabulous views across the city. Some exhibitions require tickets.

British Museum
The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times, from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Some exhibitions require tickets.

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28
Apr
London’s Top Ten Attractions
by Harley Nott

London’s Top Ten Attractions

London with all its history and culture is waiting to be revealed, and many of the top ten attractions are FREE.

You can also save £££ by staying in a vacation rental rather than a hotel. Rather than chance an Airbnb, Coach House Rentals still has some summer availability. We’ve been looking after our guests since 2001, you’ll find us in several London guide books: Frommers, Rick Steves, National Geographic, Marco Polo, and we look after you with our full concierge service.

Here’s the list:

10. Madame Tussauds
Rub shoulders with royalty, film stars and sporting legends.

9. National Maritime Museum at Greenwich – FREE!
Explore Britain’s naval past, visit the Royal Observatory and stand astride the Prime Meridian.

8. Tower of London / Crown Jewels
Discover 1,000 years of history – gaze at the fabulous crown jewels.

7. Victoria and Albert Museum (The V&A) – FREE!
3,000 years of fashion and design.

6. Science museum – FREE!
Steam trains to Space Rockets.

5. London Eye
More visitors than the Taj Mahal or the Great Pyramids – great views up to 25 miles.

4. Tate Modern – FREE!
Contemporary art on a spectacular scale.

3. National History Museum – FREE!
Come face to face with animals from the past and present. Watch out for the dinosaurs!

2. National Gallery – FREE!
Over 2,000 of the world’s finest paintings

1. Top attraction at the number one spot is
The British Museum – FREE!
Over 2 million years of human history

And if you’re looking for a truly English experience, a chance to meet and get to know some locals and are happy with 3/4 star comfort –The Coach House is the place to stay, great value for money and it still has some availability this summer. View the short video.

Coach House Rentals
26 April 2019
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31
Mar
How to find your London vacation apartment
by Harley Nott

How to find your London vacation apartment

A vacation rental in London? There’s just too much choice!

The problem. Airbnb list over 50,000 London rentals, HomeAway claim over 9,000. How can you possibly filter them and choose the right one for you? Even if you do there’s the nagging doubt that you might not get what seems to be on offer.

The solution. Use a small, specialist company like Coach House Rentals. With just some 50 hand-picked central London properties, a list of satisfied guests as long as your arm (just view our testimonials) and the services of our reservation team to help you choose what’s right for you – we take the hassle and frustration out of choosing and booking.

And it doesn’t end there. We’ll arrange a car to collect you at the airport, we’ll be at your rental when you arrive to greet you, hand over the keys, explain how everything works and answer any questions. And while you’re here we provide a 24/7 help line to call if you have any problems.

Our famed Concierge Service now starts from the moment you book your rental – previously it was from when you arrived in London. Now we’ll give you help planning and organising your London trip as well as help and support while you are here. You don’t get all that with Airbnb or HomeAway!

Great value. With the current exchange rate of $/£1.30, London is excellent value compared to past years. So realise that dream – go to our web site and choose your London rental today.

Coach House Rentals
30 March 2019
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3
Mar
Ten reasons to come to London this summer, with Coach House Rentals
by Harley Nott

 

Ten reasons to come to London this summer, with Coach House Rentals

1. Exchange rate. At US$/£1.30 the current exchange rate means you get lots of £££ for your dollars.

2. Why use Coach House Rentals? Because we’ve been looking after our guests since 2001. We have many thousands of satisfied customers – read the testimonials with each property listing. Many have agreed to act as a reference – you just have to ask and we’ll put you in touch.

3. Excellent value for money. We haven’t increased our prices for 3 years, so our London vacation rentals are great value for money, especially for a party of 3 or more.

4. “Live like a local” in a hand-picked real home. You get a whole apartment or house to yourself (no sharing) and much more space and freedom to do what you want than in a cramped hotel room.

5. Flexible renting. Any day to any day with a minimum stay of 5, not 7, nights.

6. Real people to help you choose. You don’t need to rely just on a web listing. If you can’t find the answer to your question on our faqs, we are here to respond to your emailed queries or you can talk to us on the phone.

7. Safe and secure booking process. When you enter your card details on our secure https payments page, the information goes directly to our in-house servers before being manually processed. There is no risk of being scammed – as does sometimes happen when using the mass market listing sites.

8. Personal Service. We can arrange a car to meet you at the airport. When you arrive at your rental all will be ready for you, we’ll be there to check you in, hand over the keys, show you how everything works and answer any questions you may have.

9. 24/7 help line in case of any further questions or problems.

10. Concierge Service. Our famed Concierge Service now starts from the moment you book your rental – previously it was from when you arrived in London. Now we’ll give you help planning and organising your London trip as well as help and support while you are here.

The spring and summer is booking up fast so book now to get the vacation rental of your choice. Join the many 1,000’s of satisfied guests we’ve looked after since 2001.

Coach House Rentals
01 March 2019
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T: +44 20 8355 3192

 

5
Feb
We will help you plan your London holiday
by Harley Nott

We will help you plan your London holiday

Our famed Concierge Service now starts from the moment you book your rental – previously it was from when you arrived in London.

Now we’ll give you help planning and organising your London trip as well as help and support while you are here.

You will probably have a London guide book but these web pages might help in your initial planning:

What’s on in London – some 40 events spread throughout the year, most of them unique to London and available to London visitors, with links to relevant web site and details of how to book/be involved. These range from the quiescently British:  The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) to the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle a free event for all ages.

Suggested Iineraries for stays of 3, 4 5 and more days stay.

Useful London Links –  with sections on: Getting Around, London Guides, Major Attractions,  Sightseeing Tours, What’s On, Other Useful Links (currency converter, babysitting services)

151 Things to do In London, a miscellany of interesting things to do and see, with links to relevant web pages.

Our Blog – with many and varied articles such as: Interesting London Walks, London’s Top 10 tourist Attractions, London for Free, Eating out in London, Famous London Restaurants, Historic London Pubs, London Bus Routes For Sightseeing. The 180 blog posts are searchable if you are looking for something in particular.

If you need further help contact us: concierge@chsrentals.com

We can advise on:

  • Itinerary planning. Tell us what are your interests are. We’ll give you suggestions on what to do and see.
  • Itinerary advice. Are you getting the most out of your visit? Are you trying to do too much? How will what you propose work out in practice.
  • Fine Dining. Tell us what you’re interested in and we’ll recommend restaurants.
  • Sports fixtures. We’ll advise on how to get tickets.
  • Active London for runners / swimmers / skaters / walkers. What would you like to do? We’ll tell you how.
  • Music. Classical, jazz, rock etc. We know what’s on and where.
  • Services. Babysitters/childcare, limo, private guide. We can point you in the right direction.
  • London thrills. Climb the O2, go white water rafting, abseil the Orbit, go ice climbing.
  • Children. We know what they like and where it is.
  • Limited mobility. We’ll make suggestions about how to get about.
  • Other advice. Historic pubs, smart bars, clubs.

We only have a limited number of great London vacation rental properties and demand this year has been strong, when they’re gone they’re gone so you need to move fast if you don’t want to miss out.

Coach House Rentals
06 February 2019
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T: +44 20 8355 3192

 

18
Jan
An Affordable Family Holiday to London
by Harley Nott
Our property ref. WML (see below)

An affordable family holiday to London.

Impossible? Not if you stay in one of our rentals.

Read on ……

1. At GBP/USD 1.27 London is very good value compared to Paris or the rest of Europe.

2. If you stay in a vacation rental, rather than in a hotel, it works out much cheaper especially for 3 or more people travelling together.

A vacation rental is also better because:

• preparing some of your own meals or getting take-aways is much more cost effective than always eating in restaurants,

• with a vacation rental you get more space

• there’s no need to dress up or “put on a face” to go out of your room.

And, as an added bonus, you have an authentic London experience, living in like a local.

Here are some of our best value properties.

Property THD. Spacious modern open-plan house in picturesque old London – sleeps 8 (3 doubles, 1 twin, 4 bathrooms) £385 (USD490) / night, or £48 (USD61) per person per night.

Property WML. Large family house in trendy Pimlico – sleeps 8 (2 doubles, 2 twins, 3 bathrooms) £280 (USD355) / night, that’s £35 (USD44) per person per night.

Property VAU. Modern Pimlico apartment boasting views across the London skyline, with aircon – sleeps 5 (1 double, 1 single, 1 double sofa-bed, 2 bathrooms) £225 (USD285) / night, £45 (USD57) per person per night.

Property SGW. Modern 9th floor, riverside apartment with great views, with aircon throughout – sleeps 4 (2 doubles, 2 bathrooms) £240 (USD305) / night, £60 (USD76) per person per night.

Property SGS. Spacious, bright and airy apartment in convenient Pimlico location – sleeps 5 (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single, 2 bathrooms) £210 (USD267) / night, £42 (USD53) per person per night.

Property BSH. Classic “English style” flat close to the river in Fulham – sleeps 4 (2 doubles, 1 bathroom) £135 (USD170) / night or £34 (USD43) per person per night.

Property ETW. Great value, modern 7/8th floor flat with private balcony and view of Battersea Park – sleeps 4 (2 doubles, 1 bathroom) £125 (USD159) / night, £31 (USD40) per person per night.

These are quality properties, not cramped hotel rooms that you’d be paying at least twice as much for.

What’s more, unlike Airbnb, we look after you with a full concierge service as well. We’ve been in business and looking after our London guests since 2001, read the reviews on the property pages.

And don’t forget our B&B, The Coach House, your own little cottage with your own private entrance, all to yourself (no other guests) set in a charming garden, just 20 minutes by tube (every 3 mins) from the centre of London and a delicious breakfast in “the big house” served by your hosts. Sleeps 5 (1 family room, 1 twin, 2 bathrooms + your own kitchen) £125 (USD159) /night for 2, £210 (USD267) /night for 5.

We only have a limited number of these great London rentals, when they’re gone, they’re gone so you need to move fast if you don’t want to miss out.

Coach House Rentals
17 January 2019
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T: +44 20 8355 3192
30
Dec
The Best Bed and Breakfast in London
by Harley Nott

The Best Bed and Breakfast in London?

Are you thinking of a trip to London next year?

If you are looking for an authentic English experience, a chance to meet and get to know some locals and are happy with 3/4 star comfort check out The Coach House.

What makes this authentic English experience so special?

  1. You have your own little cottage with your own private entrance, all to yourself (no other guests) set in a charming garden.
  2. You’re served a delicious breakfast every day in “the big house” by your hosts – saving money by just needing a light snack for lunch.
  3. You have real “contact with the natives”. Your hosts, Harley and Meena while serving you breakfast, are there to chat, answer any questions about London, UK – or anything else and give you an insight into their lives. They also like to hear about you!
  4. It’s excellent value for money – for 5 people it works out at £42 / US$55 per person per night. In January and February with low-season rates it is even cheaper!

The Coach House is mentioned in several London guide books and has great Trip Advisor reviews. It already has several bookings for spring and summer 2019, there’s only one Coach House, so check availability and book now if you want to stay.

Warning. Don’t book if you are looking for 5 star hotel-style accommodation, The Coach House is not for you.

But if you’re looking for a truly English experience, a chance to meet and get to know some locals and are happy with 3/4 star comfort –The Coach House is the place to stay. View our short video.

We also manage some 45 London vacation rentals, houses and apartments for 2 to 8 people and we’re looking for more.

So if you know of someone with an under-used property in central London tell them about us. We’ll give you £500 (US$635) as a thank-you, on completion of our first let!

 

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