|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
With its own front door, the self-contained 65-sq-metre (700-sq-ft) Garden Apartment consists of two double bedrooms (one with a UK king and one with UK double bed), a sitting room, kitchen and shower room. It has free fibre optic wi fi, stereo, tv, dvd player, i-pod dock, hairdryer and safe.
The fully equipped kitchen has a dishwasher, fridge, kettle, oven, microwave and espresso/filter coffee machine along with iron and ironing board.
The sitting room features a leather sofa bed that can accommodate two additional guests. It has a private outside space and direct access to the 200-sq-metre (2200-sq-ft) southwest facing garden that comes complete with sun terraces, pond and chickens!
Hello, my name's Nicholas, I love to travel (who doesn't?) and I am lucky enough to make my living out of it – by being a travel editor and writer and renting out two holiday apartments in the house I share with my Civil Partner Ben and our dog Barney.
I love gardening too and if you stay you'll probably see me weeding or maybe tending the chickens who live in an 'eglu' at the bottom of the garden.
I love London, so if you've got a question about the capital, don't hesitate to ask. I love foreign langages too, and can speak good Spanish, OK German (and partner Ben is Austrian, so we have that covered) and a bit of French.
Nicholas Kynaston purchased this apartment in 2006
The moment we saw the house, we fell in love with it. It is one of the oldest in area, having been built in 1790 as the vicarage for the nearby church of Saint Andrews. Stockwell is central but not touristy and it takes around 8 minutes on the tube to get to the main tourist sites. It's a multicultural neighbourhood that we are proud to live in. The trendy area of Brixton is just a five minute walk away as is the district of Clapham, a gourmet's paradise with over 20 restaurants lining the High Street.
If you are looking for a property that is cosy but stylish and want a 30 metre (100 ft) sub-tropcical garden with palm tees and bamboos to rest in after a hard day's sightseeing in London then this is the place for you. You'll get to meet our adorable dog Barney there, a 10 year old labradoodle who loves playing and see our two Cotswold Legbar chickens, Inka and Maya who live at the bottom of the garden. Hopefully they'll be the mood for laying eggs while you're there and we'll be able to give you some of their unique blue shelled eggs for breakfast!
We were thrilled to arrive at this apartment after a very long travel day. Nic greeted us and had the house warm and cozy. They even had a Christmas tree which was a festive touch. It really made it feel like home.
Before we came Nic emailed me a very detailed explanation of all the ways to get to the apartment from Heathrow. It was our first time in London and I appreciated his thorough information. He also gave us great insight for the best ways to see the city. All his information was spot on and we had a fantastic week in the city. We appreciated coming back to our apartment after a full day of fun. There is a grocery store directly across the street so it was easy to have everything we wanted or needed.
The apartment has plenty of heaters and is well insulated. We turned them all off while out and about and then had them on lowest setting for maximum comfort. So no need to worry about comfort. There is a very nice garden out back but since it was December we didn't sit or eat out there but I would in warmer months. The kitchen is very nice and fully equipped. The bedrooms have nice sized beds with luscious comforters and spacious wardrobes. The living room is comfortable with a nice large television where we watched the NYE fireworks!
The tube is just a short walk and it is a 10 minute ride to the city. We also used Uber because after a long day I preferred to be dropped at the door. Ha ha. Also, a few days the tube was packed!
I give Griffin house and it's owners the highest recommendation. This was my FIRST experience with VRBO and I was so pleased it was better than I expected. Thank you Nic and Ben for creating this wonderful space.
We stayed in the lovely garden apartment at Griffin House for four nights. Ben & Nick were excellent hosts & we found it a very relaxing place to stay. Not only was there a beauttiful garden & a comfortable apartment, but on arrival we even found milk, coffee & fruit had been supplied. I am already missing the place (& the interesting politcal chats I had with Ben) & if I could live in London this would be the place I would chose!
The three of us, two adults and a teenager, stayed at Nic and Ben's basement apartment in thier beautifully restored Gregorian town house for six nights in March 2016. The two-bedroom flat is spacious, especially by London standards, and furnished with taste. The kitchen was equipped with everything you need to cook a good meal and there's a microwave for the hasty. Not your average Ikea-style-the-plates-and-forkes-are-numbered kind of place.
There is a stunning garden out the back, one that shows Nic's green fingers, quite unexpectedly in this city location.
The house is 5' walking disance from Stockwell tube and a little further from Clapham North tube (on a quieter route) that take you downtown in another 10' on the Northern or the Victoria line. A decent pub, the Landor, is down the road or you can head for the Brixton market and the shipping container village in 10' where you can Ghanaan food for instance. A Cost cutter super market is across the street, the old post office bakery, a cooperative that offers delicious organic bread and pastries , more, nearby.
Ben and Nic offered their help generously, from advice on local sights, restaurants and museums to interesting local history and politics, adaptors, print outs up to information on the best airport transfers.
We recommend the flat and it's hosts to you warmly if you are visiting London and are looking for a convenient, spacious and homely place the stay.
Gemütliche Keller Wohnung. Alles vorhanden was man benötigt. Ausstattung echt Top. Nur der Geruch war etwas unangenehm, Keller Wohnung halt , aber nach dem Lüften war es okay. Die Vermieter sind sehr nett und im Sommer kann man einen traumhaften Garten mit benutzen. Also definitiv weiter zu empfehlen. Die Anbindungen mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln ist auch sehr super!
We are located in Stockwell, an up-and-coming area of London and to reach the West End and City of London, takes just 10 minutes from our local tube (metro) station. We are opposite a small supermarket and have l great local pub as well as an organic bakery and sewing cafe in the area.