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31
Jul
How to holiday in London and save money
by Harley

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

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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E: mail@chsrentals.com
T: +44 20 8355 3192

 

31
Mar
How to find your London vacation apartment
by Harley

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
W: chsrentals.com
E: mail@chsrentals.com
T: +44 20 8355 3192
3
Mar
Ten reasons to come to London this summer, with Coach House Rentals
by Harley

 

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
W: chsrentals.com
E: mail@chsrentals.com
T: +44 20 8355 3192

 

30
Dec
The Best Bed and Breakfast in London
by Harley

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!

 

23
Nov
Christmas and New Year’s Eve in London
by Harley

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Christmas and New Year’s Eve in London

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.

It’s not too late to secure great accommodation, we still have a little availability but it’s going fast. Here’s a selection of what’s still available today, but it might not be tomorrow…..

Currently available over both Christmas and New Year:

Ref: ETW: sleeps 4, 2 bed, 1 bath £125 (US$160) / night. Great value, modern 7/8th floor flat with private balcony and views over Battersea Park.

Ref: LSS4: sleeps 2/3, 1 bed, 1 bath, £185 (US$235) / night. Spacious quality apartment in excellent Chelsea location.

Ref: LAU: sleeps 5, 2 bed, 1 bath, £285 (US$365) / night. Pretty mock Georgian house in the heart of Kensington.

Available up to Dec 27:

Ref: VAU: sleeps 5, 2 bed, 2 bath, £225 (US$285) / night. Modern Pimlico apartment boasting views across the London skyline.

Ref: ADM: sleeps 4, 2 bed, 2 bath, £295 (US$375) / night. Perfectly located Mayfair apartment.

Available up to Dec 29:

Ref: CPM: sleeps 3, 2 bed, 1 bath, £140 (US$180) / night. Comfortable apartment in a quiet attractive private mews.

And remember that when you book with Coach House Rentals you get our full concierge service.

Coach House Rentals
20 November 2018
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E: mail@chsrentals.com
T: +44 20 8355 3192

25
Oct
November Happenings in London
by Harley

November in London sees Christmas lights beginning to twinkle, cosy scarves and jumpers re-emerging from the wardrobe and the capital’s skies lit by spectacular fireworks displays for Britain’s Bonfire Night.

Bonfires are lit and there are fireworks displays all over London (and the UK) to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot, an attempt to blow up James I and his Parliament on 1605. The plot’s most famous conspirator, Guy Fawkes, (“The Guy”) is burned as an effigy. Although the official anniversary is on the 5th, bonfires and firework displays start up to 2 weeks before and go on for a week after the actual date. More details and history. In central London one of the biggest event is the bonfire and fireworks in Battersea Park. It’s an all ticket event – available here.

The Regent Street Motor Show. Two days earlier, on November 3, the Regent Street Motor Show returns to the capital, for the largest free motor show in the UK. Head down to Regent Street between 10.30am and 4.00pm as hundreds of vehicles, showcasing 125 years of motoring history, go on display in the famous shopping street – free of normal traffic for the day. Be wowed by a huge collection of impressive cars, motorbikes and classic automobiles dating from pre 1905 to the present day and beyond. Find out about the latest low-emission technologies, and enjoy exciting music and dance performances during the show.

The Lord Mayor’s Show. Saturday November 10. The Lord Mayor’s Show has floated, rolled, trotted, marched and occasionally fought its way through 798 years of London history, surviving the black death and the blitz to arrive in the 21st century as one of the world’s best-loved pageants. Over the centuries the Mayor’s journey became one of London’s favourite rituals. It moved from river barges to horseback and then into the magnificent State Coach, and around it grew a splendidly rowdy and joyful mediaeval festival known as the Lord Mayor’s Show.

The London Jazz Festival, November 16 – 25, is the capital’s biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience. Presenting 2,500 artists across 60 venues, more than 250 shows take place in London’s best concert halls and arts centres, including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott’s and more.

London Christmas Lights, November 6 – January 6 2019. You know that Christmas really is on its way when Oxford Street is transformed by glittering lights and enchanted shoppers. This year, a competition was launched for new design ideas from designers and architects from all over the world to ensure that the 2018 display is the most spectacular to date. With 40 million visitors expected to come and see the vibrant display, we can’t wait to see how they look.

 

Coach House Rentals
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E: mail@chsrentals.com
T: +44 20 8355 3192
25
Jun
London’s Hidden Gems and $100 discount
by Harley

London’s Hidden Gems

London is not just about the major sites: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye etc. etc. there are also many hidden gems. If you experience one or two of these your visit to London will feel much more rewarding and satisfying.

Visit London has put together a very good starter list.

Stay with us and SAVE money.

For all bookings made between Monday 25 June and Monday 16 July for arrival dates before Monday 17 September, we’re offering a discount of $100 (£75). To claim your discount quote the discount code DISC100 when you make your booking.

 

Coach House Rentals
W: chsrentals.com
E: mail@chsrentals.com
T: +44 20 8355 3192
18
May
Royal Wedding Special
by Harley

Royal Wedding Special

The wedding of Prince Harry (very British) and Miss Meghan Markle (very American) will create yet another strong bond between our two great countries. Many visitors to London – especially from the States – will want to experience things and places with a royal connection.

Visit London – the Official Visitor Guide has put together some useful ideas.

Top royal London attractions
Sample the lives of the kings and queens of England with a visit to these top royal London attractions.

Where the royals shop: Royal Warrant holders in London
Get a taste of royal London by shopping at the same places as the Queen, with these London Royal Warrant holders. Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition for those who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s London
Explore London like Meghan and Harry with a pick of London spots connected to the royal couple.

More royal London
More royal things to do and see.

Stay in London, save money AND be treated like royalty!

At the Coach House, our London B&B, we still have some availability in June and August, and, if you’re interested, we’ll tell you about our experience at a Buckingham Palace garden party and our several encounters with the royals.

Alternatively stay in one of our vacation rentals, much nicer than a hotel and fully supported by our friendly concierge service.

Coach House Rentals
W: chsrentals.com
E: mail@chsrentals.com
T: +44 20 8355 3192

 

18
Apr
London’s Top Ten Attractions
by Harley

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
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 (V&A)
3,000 years of fashion and design.

6. Science museum
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
Contemporary art on a spectacular scale.

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

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

1. Top attraction at the number one spot is
The British Museum
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. It’s pretty booked up in July but still has some availability in June and August. View the short video.