Kensington High Street (Ref: KHS)
Elegant family accommodation in prime Kensington location.
This apartment offers a combination of practical day-to-day living and English “country house” style, albeit with a certain faded elegance. The owners have a young family and use this place as their “London pad” when they’re not in their country house. Its position is unbeatable: Holland Park is 2 minutes away, Kensington Gardens / Hyde Park is 5 minutes, Kensington High Street with its smart shops is 2 minutes, the tube station (Kensington High Street – District and Circle lines) is 3 minutes and it’s also well served with buses.
The flat is on the first floor (no lift) of an elegant 1850’s building with high ceilings and fine features. It’s ideal for a family, accommodating 5 in two double bedrooms and a single. There are three bathrooms – one with bath and two with showers.
The front door opens onto a spacious wooden-floored hallway and, entering through big wooden double doors, the first room on the left is the large (19ft x 18ft, 5.8m x 5.5m) kitchen and dining room. This wooden-floored room is presented in minimalist style with just two principle features – a large maple-wood table that comfortably seats 10 and a brushed-steel island containing the oven, hob, sink, drawers, storage units etc. There’s also a dishwasher and washer/dryer.
This room doubles as a family room so there are also a couple of easy-chairs. Two double glass doors give masses of light and lead out to a balcony (narrow but wide enough to sit out on) that runs the length of the flat.
The next room is the drawing room (19ft x 18ft, 5.8m x 5.5m) and, in complete contrast, is presented in classic elegant English “country house” style, albeit with a certain faded elegance: large gilt mirrors, original art on the walls, carpets and rugs covering the floor, antique furniture etc.etc.
A concession to modernity is the TV with DVD player, stereo system and telephone! There’s also wi-fi broadband internet access – bring your own laptop. Again the two double glass doors which open onto to the balcony give an amazing amount of light.
The main double bedroom (12ft6 x 10ft2, 3.8m x 3.1m) has a canopied 5ft bed and, effectively, it’s own bathroom (bath, basin, loo) though it’s not en-suite.
The other two bedrooms – a double (5ft wide bed) and a single each have their own bathroom (shower, basin and loo).
Close to two of the best-loved London parks and just off Kensington High Street, this area is one of the smartest parts of London. Kensington Church Street, renowned for its antique shops and boutiques is a 2 minute stroll and Kensington Palace (the home of Princess Diana) is within 10 minutes. Notting Hill is one stop away on the tube. The area is full of charming shops, pubs, excellent cafés (see picture) and restaurants.
7 nights or more £290 per night, 5 or 6 nights £310 per night.
This is a No Smoking property but smoking is allowed on the balcony.