Chalkeys - Two Bedroom Apartment
Review Submitted: 11 July 2012
Date of Stay: June 2012
Note there are two apartments, this review is for the larger 2 bedroom apartment.
What a WONDERFUL place to stay. All the conveniences you need in a quiet neighborhood. Nina and her husband are lovely people.
I highly encourage you to skip hotels and stay in rental apartments - it really makes the experience more authentic. The home is huge - two levels with two bedrooms and two lower rooms, dining and living room.
That the kitchen is small (and on the second floor) is a minor inconvenience. No big deal. HOWEVER note the stairs are extremely steep and this would not be an appropriate choice for a family with a toddler or a very elderly person.
The neighborhood is safe and clean and friendly with a "foo foo" sort of pub just down the street and grocery stores are an easy walk. While the home is technically in London, it's some distance from attractions, which I see as a positive -after a day of visiting the city you can retreat to a quiet neighborhood. Train service is frequent and inexpensive.
Clean, comfortable and quiet. I highly recommend.
Owner's Response: We were delighted that Scott and his family enjoyed his stay with us at the Old Bakery London and that he recommends the self-catering experience. We aim to offer high-quality, comfortable accommodation (we have a 4**** rating) at a price that is affordable.
To clarify our location in London:
Like all large capital cities, London has a central district which consists mainly of commercial and public buildings. In London this is called "The West End" and "City". The "West End" is where you will find the theatres, national museums, and the major department stores; "The City" is the financial district around the Bank of England and St Paul's Cathedral, and was the site of the original City of London in the Middle Ages. London expanded into the "West End" in the 1700s and expanded again in the 1850s-1890s when the railways brought areas such a Winchmore Hill within 20 minutes travel of the centre. Winchmore Hill railway station opened in 1871.
There are very few residential streets in the central London area and only the most affluent can live there. Houses often cost many millions of pounds. Today's "Greater London" (so called to distinguish it from the " City of London") extends 4 miles beyond Winchmore Hill. Winchmore Hill is in the London Borough of Enfield and is a very popular residential area because of its excellent transport links to "the City" and "West End". Winchmore Hill is in the London postcode of N21. So, our location inside London is rather more than a "techicality"!
Why stay in Winchmore Hill rather than The West End? Why choose self-catering?
The central London area has very many hotels, of course, but they are expensive and their rates exceed what many travellers wish to pay. A reasonable quality hotel is likely to cost at least £125 per night for a double bedroom, making it £1750 per week for a family of four, or two couples - and many central London 4**** hotels charge £300- £400 per room, per night!.
A self-catering apartment enables you to save money on breakfast and other meals, as well as offering you a private living room where you can relax without the formality of hotel lounges. As long as you are close to a commuter station (we are 2 minutes walk from Winchmore Hill station) you will be able to reach the central sites without difficulty.
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