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Magical one bedroom artist's cottage set in secret garden, in the heart of central London. The flat comprises an entire floor of a 19th century cottage that has been lovingly transformed into total oasis. Walk in and you’re transported to another planet – and yet it’s hard to believe you are 6 minutes from Islington station and 12 minutes from Oxford Circus in one of London's most exclusive neighborhoods! High design furnishings, contemporary art, high quality finishes and an incredible energy (that photos cant capture) all await.
Located on the ground floor, the flat itself is generous and spacious – a 500 square foot one bedroom + living room, furnished with the highest quality everything! I work in art and design so my house reflects my passion. Serge Mouille and Poul Henningsen lamps, Le Crueset accents, Tolix Chairs by Xavier Pauchard, and of course the famous Eames plastic chair in hunter green with dark maple base and accessories from Soho Home (from the Soho House group). There is also quite possibly the most comfortable King Size bed you have ever slept in anywhere, bespoke design and reclaimed furniture mixed with high quality antique accents, as well as a nice selection of contemporary art which come from my personal collection. I also provide quality toiletries and soaps which should welcome you after a long day of sightseeing around London, and a few delicious scented candles you can light before you take a lazy bath in the oversized tub.
The first thing you’ll notice is the absolute abundance of light that comes in from the giant 2 meter windows that dominate the entire flat – its absolutely flooded with light, this is not a place for vampires!! Look out through the period sash windows onto one of the most beautiful gardens in all of London – wild and full of incredible trees, vines, shrubs, and flowers, and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a fox! Indeed there are so many windows and they are so big, you almost feel that you are living among the gardens or in the countryside. Even rainy London days are made beautiful curled up on the sofa or wrapped up in the warmest sheets looking out as the birds huddle underneath the outside the bedroom. In the morning there is nothing more glorious than hearing the sound of birds gently starting your day.
The guests have access to the whole home.
Interaction with Guests:
My home is in the hands of GuestReady, a property management team who work hard to make sure your stay is smooth and comfortable! They will be available 24/7 should you have any questions or requests during your stay.
The cottage in Canonbury is directly on the famous Canonbury Square which dates back to the 16th Century, in one of London’s most exclusive and serene neighborhoods, (and the poshest part of Islington). Set in a small triangle covering a handful of streets, the magical Canonbury Conservation Area is a neighborhood for those lucky enough to find a place here, and its impossibly difficult to find a place here because most of the properties are single detached houses and almost no one ever moves. Its incredibly leafy, the houses are all mostly terraced or detached villas, all with magnificent gardens and a special pastoral charm which is totally enchanting and other-worldly.
Notable neighbors include Emma Watson (just a few doors down on Canonbury Place), and Keira Knightley around the corner on Alwyne Road who can be spotted regularly at our local coffee shop The Place and Shrijji newsagents. For a more historical slant, Canonbury Square was famously home to George Orwell – his home at 27a Canonbury Square inspired the setting of 1984, as well as Evelyn Waugh, author of Bridehead revisited. For a more political experience you can also visit Boris Johnson who’s townhouse is just down the road – I’ll leave the address out though :)
Canonbury is of course a mini-neighborhood of hugely popular Angel and Islington – historically home of progressive artists, writers, and thinkers – and the flat is only a 60 second walk from the famous Upper street with its world famous design shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, bakeries, and cafes (even a gluten free bakery!) so you won’t be struggling to find an amazing brunch shop or do some fantastic gift shopping. Sefton is one of London’s best men’s high fashion boutiques, and 5 minutes further down the road is Angel with a shopping center with everything you might need from Muji to movie theaters, as well as Camden Antiques Passage which has some of London’s most amazing second hand and antique shops. Speaking of which, the area is home to amazing independent cinemas and of course the world famous Almeida Theatre. For a quintessential London experience, Islington is home to some of London’s best gastro pubs: The Drapers Arms, The Pig and Butcher, and The Marquees Tavern are all less than a 5-10 minute walk away. You’re also 3 doors down from one of my favorite London gems, the Estorick collection of modern Italian art which includes a fantastic garden café to unwind before you explore its magnificent collection of Futurist and Italian Arte Povera art. You can also stroll down the road to the beautiful Regents Canal and have an amazing Sunday walk, stopping at one of the amazing pubs like the Narrowboat for a pint or bite.
In terms of location, the cottage in Islington can’t be beat, its one of the most well connected spots in London. Highbury and Islington station is only a 6-minute walk away from the flat. Hop on the Victoria Line (one of the fastest lines), and you are only 12 minutes from Oxford Circus station, or just one stop away from Kings Cross that will take you anywhere you fancy. That’s 20 minutes door to door to the very heartbeat of London. London is weirdly connected, and even places that are half as far from Oxford Circus usually take double the time to get there – so this is a dream.
Highbury and Islington station is also the interchange for the amazing Overground, which can take you direct to all the most hipster spots you can imagine: Dalston, Shoreditch, Stoke Newington, London Fields, Broadway Market, Spitalfields Market, Columbia Flower Market all begin just 2 stops away heading east. Or, you can take the Overground west, direct to Hampstead Heath, one of London’s most glorious parks, or stay on the same line and end up in Richmond Park, an even bigger park where you can get lost, rent bikes, and see wild deer! Again, there are so many places in London that are much closer to Richmond Park but take longer to travel to because they are not connected by public transport – being 6 minutes from the big Overground interchange is an incredible gift and puts all of London at your fingertips!
Other Things to Note:
Please note we do charge a £30 late check in fee between 10PM and 12AM and £50 between 12AM and 7AM. If you require additional cleans/ linens during your stay for a fee, please contact us.
• Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
• No smoking
• No pets
• No parties or events
• Check-in time is flexible
* Check in: from 15:00h to 22:00h
* Check out: from 8:00h to 11:00h
* Not accepted: Any kind of pet
* Security deposit: £ 500.00-After completing the reservation the security deposit amount will be blocked in your credit card.
* Extra cost (optional):
Late check in - 50.00 GBP - Single payment
* Extra cost already included:
Cleaning included in the price
Cancellation policy varies with the check-in dates. Please select the checkin/checkout date to see the cancellation policy for those dates.
CuddlyNest service fee is non-refundable. Service fee splitted by host will also be charged from guest.
Cleaning: $93.24 (Single payment) On Booking
Late check in: $65.27 (Single payment) On Arrival