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TWO ELEGANT BEDROOMS ON A TRANQUIL GEORGIAN GARDEN SQUARE IN LONDON

Gary Gunas

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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 7 nights

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TWO ELEGANT BEDROOMS ON A TRANQUIL GEORGIAN GARDEN SQUARE IN LONDON

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Special Offer: Christmas week for just £999 !!! 20 December - 3 January

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Islington - Quiet, Pretty Gibson Square

LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION SALE !! Christmas week for just £999, normally £2375 !

2015 is filling up quickly, so book now!

We're in London's historic Gibson Square, which is an oasis of calm just off of Islington's lively Upper Street, where you'll find literally dozens of upscale bars, restaurants and shops. We're convenient to the major bus and tube lines running quickly to all the sights and tourist attractions you'll want to visit in this great city. The flat is on the Ground and Lower Ground floors of a Regency terraced town house. Travel back in time with us: all sides of the Square, and the park inside it, look just as they did when George III was busy losing the Colonies. This quiet, cozy, comfortable holiday rental flat features high ceilings in the principal rooms, cornice mouldings, and the original butler-buffed wood floors. The furnishings feature elegant Georgian mahogany, polished English silver and brass, and Colefax & Fowler fabrics. The kitchen is very well-equipped for cooking the gourmet treats to be found in the abundant local markets. Children over 12 welcome. Superfast WiFi and Sky TV featuring the Premium Sports and Movies channels.

The Bus: Several key buses stop just three minutes from the house, giving convenient scenic access to all the museums, tourist sights, markets and historic neighbourhoods you'll want to see on your vacation, cheaper and often quicker than the tube. Unlike in most cities, here the bus is your friend, with its dedicated express lanes and incredibly low cost -- just £1.30 with the Oyster Card that you'll get the day you arrive.!

Take the splendid double-decker #4 red bus to Sadlers Wells, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Fleet Street, Oxford Street shopping, Covent Garden and the West End theatres, and finally Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames to the South Bank (National Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, British Film Institute, Hayward Gallery, the London Eye), Imax, Waterloo Station, and the Old Vic. (All that in barely half an hour’s ride!) Other buses from this neighborhood have similarly-stunning itineraries

The Tube and Rail System: It's just a 7-minute walk to the Angel Islington tube station (Northern Line, Zone 1) for quick connections throughout London – just 1 stop to the King's Cross / St Pancras transport hub for further tube connections, the Eurostar to Paris, and mainline trains to Scotland, the North of England, and Gatwick and Luton Airports. And yes, King's Cross does have a brick wall bearing the sign 'Platform 9 3/4'.

It's a 10-minute walk to the Highbury & Islington tube station (Victoria Line) connecting to the Stansted (Airport) Express, and looping through Central London to Victoria Station with connections to all lines. Arsenal's Emirates football stadium is at Highbury, as are National Rail's overground North London and Northern City Lines. Canary Wharf, the Financial District and the 2012 Olympics heritage sites are quickly accessed from here as well.

Heathrow Airport, by the way, is best accessed by the 15-minute Heathrow Express train, which you get from Paddington Station, less than 20 minutes away.

Your Holiday Rental Flat in London: Contact us now to book your London vacation! We're convenient to all the tourist sights, and you can enjoy fine dining, theatres, museums and shopping, while living in a stylish, cozy, classic period flat. Enjoy your London city break out on the town, or take a night off at the BBQ in our pretty garden then hunker down for some uniquely English delights on Sky TV. Check out our great reviews, and for a map highlighting our favourite shops, restaurants, markets and scenic neighbourhood walks, just click on the link to our personal website. Find out why so many celebs, including the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, live right here in Islington!

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Gary Gunas (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2009
Call Owner
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Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 December, 2014

About Gary Gunas

Recently retired, my partner and I now live our life-long dream of having four sweet homes and living in whichever strikes our fancy at a given time. Since the stock market crash of 2008, to cover the bills, all the properties are rented on HomeAway whenever we're not in them. Managing the rentals has turned into quite a pleasant, though very time consuming, new profession for us, wherein we meet (or at least correspond with) the loveliest people from all over the planet. We've had nearly 300 guests in the past six years, and not a single bad experience. Phew! And we have great local staff for each property, so each home is always up to our own high standards for comfort, cleanliness and beauty.

Before retiring in 2005, I spent more than 30 years working on Broadway and in London's West End -- first managing, then producing, big musicals (mostly) plus handfuls of plays and concerts. I was part of the original productions of GODSPELL, DREAMGIRLS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and many dozens more, and producer of The Who's TOMMY and JEKYLL & HYDE, to name a few. Broadway concerts include Bette Midler, Michael Crawford, Frank Sinatra and even a very elderly Josephine Baker (a New Year's Eve concert, at the Palace, of course), whose chateau is just down the road from our house in France.

My partner Bill Rosenfield was for many years what Time Magazine wrote of him: 'RCA Victor's Man about Broadway'. He produced more than 60 Original Cast Recordings -- just pick one up at home if you have one -- if it's from the 1990's or early 2000's, his name is probably on it: CHICAGO, TOMMY, RAGTIME, CABARET, on and on. Billy's now retired from that and actively engaged in his one true passion: writing plays. This new career is just budding, but already showing great progress. He does most of his writing in a cute little shed at the bottom of the garden behind our London flat.

See all our homes at GibsonSquareProperties.com

Gary Gunas purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Gary Gunas chose Islington

We love the Regency (late Georgian) architecture that is so prevalent in this part of town -- simple terraced houses with strict symmetry and Palladio's cube-and-a-half proportions which somehow create a great sense of calm, order and sophistication. Our house, on a perfectly-preserved square containing nothing but its original homes, features large windows and big open sky -- plus that pristine little park right across the square, with something in bloom every month of the year. And we greatly appreciate that very 'London' phenomenon, which is that all we hear is birdsong here, notwithstanding the fact that we're a 90-second walk to the very busy Upper Street, abounding with life and energy.

What makes this apartment unique

Immerse yourself in real life here -- our neighbourhood isn't the least bit touristy, just a breath of energized fresh air among real Londoners. Google 'Islington' and just see what comes up!

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

5
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Two Elegant Bedrooms on a Tranquil Georgian Garden Square in London
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
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Two Elegant Bedrooms on a Tranquil Georgian Garden Square in London
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p417134
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
5

July 17/09 to July 24/09 - GREAT PLACE TO STAY

  • 5 out of 5
THE FLAT IS BEATIFUL!!!! We couldn't have asked for a nicer or cleaner place. When renting from the internet you just never know what you are getting until you actually get there. We thank Gary for being so honest with his photos and descriptions. There were no bad surprises...just great ones!

We totally enjoyed the area, the closeness of the tube and the great restaurants, shops, bakeries and pubs. Even when we needed groceries it they were just steps away.

When I get a chance to go back to England I contact Gary first about staying at this beautiful property.

Thanks again Gary for a great place to stay and making us feel so welcome and comfortable.
  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2009
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Two Elegant Bedrooms on a Tranquil Georgian Garden Square in London
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p417134
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
5

FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE! 👍👍

  • 5 out of 5
Our recent stay at 24 Gibson Square ( garden flat) was superb. Gary and Billy sent us very clear instructions on how to let ourselves in, where everything was in flat, how to use appliances, internet etc. The flat was spotless and absolutely beautiful. Very well appointed. We were even able to sit out back in the wonderful garden. We were very comfortable and it really felt like home. Very well situated in a great neighbourhood. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to our family and friends, and we look forward to our next stay here.
  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Two Elegant Bedrooms on a Tranquil Georgian Garden Square in London
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p417134
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
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5

Ditto!

  • 5 out of 5
Every thing you read in the reviews is true. The luxury towels, the garden, the extra converters & multi-outlet US plug (there was four of us and we all needed to charge something), all of it made our visit very personal and comfortable. This is the first time I have ever been excited about writing a review. The flat's only fault was it SPOILED me. I have stayed in a few VRBO places and none has ever come close to this one.

If the flat is not available during your stay, I would recommend changing your trip dates to when it will be available. : )) Well worth it.
  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Two Elegant Bedrooms on a Tranquil Georgian Garden Square in London
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p417134
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
Texas
5

Ditto!

  • 5 out of 5
Every thing you read in the reviews is true. The luxury towels, the garden, the extra converters & multi-outlet US plug (there was four of us and we all needed to charge something), all of it made our visit very personal and comfortable. This is the first time I have ever been excited about writing a review. The flat's only fault was it SPOILED me. I have stayed in a few VRBO places and none has ever come close to this one.

If the flat is not available during your stay, I would recommend changing your trip dates to when it will be available. : )) Well worth it.
  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Two Elegant Bedrooms on a Tranquil Georgian Garden Square in London
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p417134
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
5

Our Olympic Home

  • 5 out of 5
We very much enjoyed our stay here. The rental came with a very detailed manual of how to make yourself at home. The location was quite convenient for our travels and we would surely rent again the next time we are in London. We were not disappointed in our rental and the apartment was very nicely furnished and very functional.
  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Two Elegant Bedrooms on a Tranquil Georgian Garden Square in London
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p417134
+44 -(0) 7850 519 931
Islington London
5

The Perfect Location for a London Break

  • 5 out of 5
I don't think i will be able do this place justice with words but i will certainly try !

I have 3 women in my life (wife & 2 daughters) with extremely high standards - This apartment was loved by all 3 and ofcourse myself.

The listing was entirely accurate and i would highly recommend a stay here - i would have no hesitation in returning and would like to do so in the future.

The property was clean & highly maintained.

It is in the perfect location - many really good restaurants within walking distance and very good transport links to the many London tourist attractions.

The information provided to help during your stay is second to none.

My one criticism - i didnt stay long enough !

Gary, thank-you for all the hospitality/help

David, Kara, Jessica & Emily Low
  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Kings Cross / St. Pancras (Eurostar)
Car: not necessary

Ideally situated to explore London for a great city break, Islington itself is a hip, sophisticated destination on the northern edge of Central London, politically and aspirationally resembling Manhattan's upscale Upper West Side. The renowned Almeida Theatre and Kings Head Theatre Pub are just steps away, as are all the main supermarkets, plus endless boutiques and really fine food and antique shops. Stroll or jog along Regents Canal. Easy transport links, fine restaurants, gay friendly. You can even walk to the Eurostar terminal and day trip to Paris in luxury for £59 return !!

Local celebrities include James McAvoy, Lily Allen, Dido and, formerly, Vladimir Lenin, Heath Ledger and Sir Walter Raleigh. Gibson Square alone boasts an Oscar-nominated film composer, a Booker Prize-winning author, a renowned stage director, a nationally known comic and a Member of Parliament. Former neighbour Tony Blair formed New Labour with Gordon Brown in one of the Upper Street restaurants

Other Activities: Theater, theater, theater (or theatre, theatre, theatre!). Antiques, casinos, flea markets, designer clothes, you name it. HEY, it's London !!!

Golf: No golf here in central London, of course, but many of the nation's legendary courses are within an easy day-trip from the many train hubs easily accessible from our flat.

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Rates & Availability

From £1,595 Weekly

Rental rates for this holiday apartment in Islington, London

Special Offer: Christmas week for just £999 !!!

Special Offer From:
Dates 20-Dec-2014 to 03-Jan-2015

Normally £2395 per week during the holidays, it's now just £999 for the weeks running Saturday 20 December to Saturday 27 December! Enjoy the holidays in our classic, Regency-period Gibson Square, right on the park. It's 1830 here in the Square, and super-quiet, while just two blocks away it's a bustling 2015 !! Grab this last-minute cancellation while you can!!

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Autumn 2014
6 Sep 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,295
for 7 nights
£1,295
 
 
The Holidays
20 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,375
for 7 nights
£2,375
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,595
for 7 nights
£1,595
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500
Notes There are no other charges whatsoever unless you decide to run up a large phone bill, or rent premium Movies or Sporting Events on our Sky Satellite TV system.
We are happy to accept Dollars or Euros as well as Sterling. Credit cards accepted, via PayPal. This is strictly a no-smoking, no-pets house, please!

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Islington in London

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 0
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 862 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • city centre
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fax
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Italian marble counter, fluffy towels, ample storage behind the mirrors, and -- the secret to a happy marriage -- two sinks. There's no tub, but there's a proper tiled shower with a fixed head and excellent water pressure (which can be pretty hard to find in this town). There's a full laundry room behind the bathroom, with an American-style separate drier, and so -- unlike many London flats -- this one won't have you draping damp clothes all over the house all week! How sophisticated is that?! And yes, the WiFi broadband reaches here too.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Super Comfort, Fine Linens
    Guest Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Super Comfort, Fine Linens
  • Both bedrooms are compact, quiet and private. The stylish Master Bedroom (8' x 13.5') faces east so it's very sunny in the morning. (It has a blackout shade for jet-laggers.) Two large closets with over 10' of hanging rods and 5 feet of shelving, plus a 4-drawer chest of drawers. Two large under-bed drawers, too. Lovely designer fabrics, cozy classic English ambiance. The charming Guest Bedroom (8.5' x 12') has several running feet of deep open bookshelves rather than a bureau. Its closet is in the hall just outside, with 5' of rod. Both sophisticated bedrooms feature period oil paintings, antiques, luxury wool carpet, designer fabrics, dimmable lighting and fine linens. Tranquil, elegant nights guaranteed! NOTE: The Victoria Line tube runs deep below Gibson Square. On exceptionally quiet days you can hear a low rumble way down below in the bedrock. We find it a charming 'white noise', and think you will too. The trains shut down late at night, of course.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • roller blading
  • tennis
Notes:
Featuring a sophisticated Denon stereo/home cinema audio system, a flat-screen 14:9 Samsung TV, a CD/DVD player and an iPod port ready to go. Lots of good movies and TV-show boxed sets, plus Sky+ (TIVO-style) satellite recordable TV with the extra Movies and Sports options. The computer provided is a Dell PC, with an Epson Printer-Scanner-Copier-FAX. WiFi broadband. American voltage converter and plug adapters. It's all hidden in a cupboard by the fireplace. Lots of gourmet cookbooks here, and plenty of novels and guidebooks to read. All downlights, and the sconces and the chandelier, are dimmable to create a calm, elegant setting when you want it. The garden and window boxes are all automatically irrigated, and there's a gas BBQ on the cool York stone terrace outside the kitchen. DISCLAIMERS: As with all houses of this type and period, the rooms aren't huge. Also, a slightly pinched internal staircase makes the house unsuitable for anyone who's troubled by stairs.

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