Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Enfield - The Old Bakery
Chalkley's (2 bedrs -sleeps 4), The Stables ( 1 bedr- sleeps 2) 4**** rated
INTRODUCING THE OLD BAKERY: This 17th Century building is a Grade II listed historic house and stands at the heart of the delightful Winchmore Hill conservation area. Fast trains to the centre are just 2 minutes walk away & take you in 25 minutes to the West End, theatreland, shops, tourist sites and museums, and the Eurostar terminal. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops are nearby on Winchmore Hill Green, which retains the charm of past times, yet is very much part of modern London.
We offer family-run accommodation with a friendly welcome. The apartments are 4 ****star-rated by Visit Britain. Bedlinen & towels are supplied. WiFi is free.
OUR TWO APARTMENTS:
'CHALKLEY'S' (sleeps 4), is a cottage style apartment (on 2 floors) in the historic 17th Century bakehouse - a charming holiday home with impressive beams and fireplaces. Your home-from-home, is elegantly furnished with antique furniture, original paintings and comfy beds. Our guests say that the experience of staying in this charming home is a highlight of their stay in London. 'Chalkley's' accomodates 4 guests and so is ideal for a family of four or for two couples. There are two double, en-suite bedrooms, an elegant living room, spacious dining room & kitchen. Modern kitchen facilities make it ideal for self-catering holidays. The nearby 'Deli-on-the-Green' and 'The Larder' make food buying a pleasure rather than a chore . The apartment can be rented in a one bedroom format, suitable for 2 guests (sharing a bedroom), at a discounted rent.
The apartment is named after the Chalkley family who ran the Bakery for four generations.
This cosy, romantic cottage is situated in the secluded walled garden of The Old Bakery, with direct gated access to the street and to Winchmore Hill Green. It consists of a living/dining room, kitchen, shower-room and double bedroom in the eaves. The Stables have their own patio area where out guests enjoy breakfasts among the flowers and romantic evening drinks. .
Winchmore Hill is a delightful and safe area of London, popular with Londoners because of its excellent, fast train links to the West End and City centre. It was in 1871, when the railway came to Winchmore Hill, that a sleepy village became a commuter suburb of London and prosperous City workers built new homes in streets around the ancient village Green. The Old Bakery is close to the station, just two minutes' walk. The nearby shops, 'Deli-on-the-Green' and 'The Larder', make food buying a pleasure rather than a chore. If you wish to eat out, there are high quality restaurants, cafes and pubs nearby. There is also a large supermarket a short walk from the Old Bakery.
Self-catering accommodation at The Old Bakery offers you a more relaxing and more economical option to hotels. At The Old Bakery, you have your own home-from-home where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings before and after your day's site-seeing in the centre of London.
This is a family-run business. We pride ourselves on our personal service and friendly welcome to all our guests. We enjoy sharing the beauty of this historic building with you.
The village origins of Winchmore Hill (first mentioned in the history books in the 14th century as a village on the route to the Royal Hunting Forest) still reveal themselves in the historic buildings around The Green, and in a friendly community atmosphere, unusual in a capital City like London.
The Old Bakery is believed to have begun life in about 1595AD as a village hall with central huge fireplace and vaulted ceiling, before becoming, first, a farmhouse, then, in 1822AD, the village Bakehouse, and finally a private home . The Bakery was run for many years by Quakers and Winchmore Hill was an historic a centre of early Quakerism. The nearby Quaker Meeting House is still in use, surrounded by a beautiful garden.
Details for holiday apartment The Stables, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom
- wheelchair inaccessible
- non smoking only
- Low Allergen Environment
- pets not allowed
My first husband, Clive, and I brought the Bakery in 1978. Restoring and preserving its historic fabric became a labour of love. Originally we used the whole of the Old Bakery as a family home. Clive was a classical musician and both our children were studying instruments. So it was well used for rehearsal and practice. My children, Karen and Stephen, are both professional musicians. Stephen plays the cello and Karen the violin. In 1986, Clive died and soon my children became adults and had homes and, eventually, families of their own. I decided to divide the house into two parts, thus creating 'Chalkley's' apartment. I converted the Stables to a guest house about ten years ago,
For many years, I worked in Fundraising and raised funds for historic buildings including Worcester College Oxford, The King Charles Court at Royal Greenwich and (my final project) St Paul's Cathedral. I then re-trained as a Psychotherapist and have private practice in Winchmore Hill.
My second husband, Bruce, is a scientist working on Environmental issues.
Bruce has three adult children and we now have ten grandchildren between us! The eldest is Zachary aged 18 and the youngest is baby Gabriel who was born in April 2013. My son, Stephen and his French wife Amelie (also a musician) have 3 year old twins Elliot and Ariane whom I often look after, which is a real joy.
Our children and grandchildren frequently gather here for meals. When there is a birthday to celebrate it is usually a case of 'Let's go to Mum's'. Fortunately, Bruce is an excellent and enthusiastic cook. The photo above is of the family gathering for Zachary's 18th birthday. I am the one wearing a flowery jacket and holding Elliot, aged 3 years. In order round the table, Amelie (back to camera) me, Nat, Zach, Karen, Gabriel (not the baby Gabriel but his older cousin!) Martin (a friend from New York) and Stephen holding Ariane (Elliot's twin sister).
Winchmore Hill is a wonderful place to live. It combines fast access to the centre of London with pleasant surroundings, good independently-run shops and restaurants, and a thriving and friendly community. These last qualities are rare in large capital cities.I frequently join local friends at the Deli-on-the-Green for morning coffee, when we talk over local issues, discuss the latest news or have friendly disagreements about politics. In the warmer weather I love to walk in beautiful Grovelands Park. The Park was once the grounds of 18th century Grovelands House (designed by John Adams) but was bought by the far-sighted local Council 100 years ago as a amenity for the neighbourhood.
At weekends Bruce and I usually go to the theatre, a concert, or to the National Film Theatre. The great thing about Winchmore Hill is that it is easy to pop into the centre - for a bit of Oxford Street shopping, or to visit Borough Food Market, for example - while also enjoying a great neighbourhood.
When I first saw The Old Bakery, the fireplace in Chalkley's dining room brought back childhood memories of my grandfather reading by his newspaper by the fireside in his Tudor period house. I love The Old Bakery's spaciousness, its charm, its excentricities and its warm family atmosphere.
When we bought The Old Bakery we spent a lot of time finding the original features hidden beneath inappropriate 'modernisations'. I have taken pride in conserving the building's historic fabric and bringing The Old Bakery's facilities up to high contemporary standards without compromising its character and atmosphere. About ten years ago, I transformed The Stables ( where the baker's horses lived until the1940s) into a delightful one bedroom cottage (also available as a holiday apartment).