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Maria Barry

Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian

Central London (Sleeps up to 12) Only 15mins from HRW!

47 Reviews
People12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday apartment in Westminster and West End - Paddington Maisonette - 123

One of two adjoining properties - Large Groups can Rent Both!

Apartment is located above a Security Showroom directly across from St. Mary's Hospital (where Prince George was recently born!) and only a one minute walk from Paddington Station.

There are several flights of stairs to climb after entering through the front door so access to disabled or elderly may be limited.

Upon entering the apartment you will be greeted by the tiled terracotta floors, huge skylight and exposed brick wall of the living/dining room. A compact, but well equipped kitchen also awaits you. This has recently been renovated.

There is also a small rooftop patio for barbequing or sunbathing (weather permitting). SMOKING is confined to this area!

Also on the first floor of the maisonette is a bathroom with shower and a large bedroom comprising 4 single beds. Of special interest is the ornate gas fireplace. The large picture windows look out onto busy, cosmopolitan Praed Street.

Up one flight of stairs you will find three additional bedrooms, the bathroom and a utility closet, where washer and dryer are located. Two of the bedrooms are medium sized and furnished with double beds, while the third is much smaller and features bunk beds. Most bedrooms are provided with clock radios and hairdryers. Floors on the upper level are hardwood except for the bathroom which features black and white tiling.

Recessed lighting is featured throughout the apartment. There is central heating but no air conditioning although in the case of a heat wave we will provide fans.

Our housekeeper, Maria S., is available on request for extra cleaning (at your own expense). She lives very nearby so can be called if any problems should arise.

If you are part of a large group you can also rent our next door property which has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and can accommodate up to 8 persons.

Keywords: 2 Story Maisonette

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Maria Barry (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian

About Maria Barry

The property has been in our family for over 60 years. My father started the business on the ground floor as a bicycle (and scooter) repair shop. He later expanded into cutting keys and eventually into a fully fledged locksmith firm. Today my 3 brothers and one sister continue the tradition! My role, since my older brother and his family moved out, is to keep the upstairs flats rented out as frequently as possible. The family is of Italian/Irish/Scottish decent. (We also have a property in Barga, Tuscany (Italy) listed with VRBO.

Maria Barry purchased this apartment in 1946

Why Maria Barry chose Westminster and West End

Its proximity to many London sights and the easy access from Heathrow makes the location an ideal one!

What makes this apartment unique

The fact that there is almost always someone in the downstairs Security Showroom whom you can go to with problems and/or queries is definetely a bonus!

Reviews

4.8
based on 47 holidaymaker reviews

Central London (Sleeps up to 12) Only 15mins from HRW!
average rating of 4.7659574 based on 47 reviews
Irvine, CA
5

Nice sized, clean apartment convenient to Paddington Station

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed at this apartment with two families with a total of 4 adults and 5 teenage children. The apartment is on the third floor of a building on Praed Street and just a few minutes walk from Paddington rail and Underground Station. The first floor of the apartment had a large bedroom with four single beds and a bathroom with shower. The first floor also had a room with large kitchen table and two sofas and a TV and a small kitchen. The second level had two rooms with double beds and 1 bedroom with a bunk bed (two beds). It also had another bathroom and shower.

The apartment was clean and a very comfortable space for my large group. It was very convenient to get anywhere in London and was a great base for traveling the city. The owner communicated very well with me prior to arrival and when I was making the arrangements. The housekeeper Maria was very nice, extremely accessible and was always available to come over when we called.

Overall I was very pleased with this apartment. It is difficult to find an apartment for such a large group in central London and this property worked out great. Only things to be aware of are that it is on the third floor so you need to bring your bags up quite a few stairs and there is no air conditioning. But these were not a problem for us. I would certainly stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, Washington
4

Nice housing for a large group in a convenient location

  • 4 of 5

Pros:

Good location near Paddington Station (includes rail and four lines of the Underground). The 15 minute train ride to/from Heathrow on the Heathrow Express was a huge plus. Also relatively close to the Lancaster Gate station for the Central Underground line. Easy walk to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.

The kitchen was small, but well equipped. Laundry facilities were good and the hot water for showers seemed to be unending. The common area was a nice size with 2 couches and a large table.

Lots of restaurants nearby - Pride of Paddington and Ask Italian were great for our large family group. Noor Jahan was excellent. We enjoyed an adult only dinner out at The Victoria. Close to the Tesco Express which had a decent selection for groceries.

Good availability from the caretaker.

Cons:

Three of the four bedrooms face a busy street with lots of traffic. We ended up using White Noise apps on our phones to help cover it when sleeping. There was also random jack-hammering one night at 11:30 pm that woke us up.

They need curtains in some of the bedrooms, especially for summer travelers. The window coverings were basically transparent at night. We ended up hanging jackets on the window in an attempt to block some of the light.

Other notes:

This is mentioned in the property description, but just want to re-iterate that you climb 3 flights of stairs to get to the apartment. At the end of a long day of walking, this was harder for some members of the group.

They don't provide washcloths, which is fairly common for European travel, but worth noting.

There was a panhandler that set up camp right in front of the entrance every afternoon. He was not aggressive.

Under the amenities section, it mentions a bathtub, but there are only 2 showers.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfectly located flat in the heart of London!

  • 5 of 5

Spacious and full of light, our stay was wonderful! Maria was so accommodating and responsive before and during our stay. Good size bedrooms, open living spaces and two full bathrooms allowed everyone to be very comfortable. Across the street from many bus lines and only two blocks away from the Paddington Underground and Central train station, we could easily connect to all the sites of the city. Close to coffee shops, restaurants and grocery stores, the neighborhood had everything that we needed!

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Couldn't have been better

  • 4 of 5

Although finding the front door the first time was a challenge, that may have well been a first timer to London issue. once that was figured out everything was nice and easy. Maria was wonderful and the flat was clean, well set up and comfortable.

everything was clean and simple, the water was hot and had great pressure in the showers.

yes, there are stairs and yes, there was a little street noise - but going in knowing and expecting that it was still perfect.

the underground is an incredibly short walk away, but there are lots of good food options right downstairs, in fact there is everything you could want in a day with in just a short walk. Mimo's for breakfast, Sawyer Arms or Dicken's for a pub, Le Gourmet for Shawerma and Noor Jahan for a great curry.

you cant go wrong here.

I would absolutely stay here again if my travels bring me back to London.

thank you -

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My family of seven stayed here for six nights in November. Maria was great about communicating with us in advance on the apartment facilities, directions and how to get the keys. When we arrived, the housekeeper (also named Maria) was friendly and helpful and showed us around the flat. Everything was in good working order.

The kitchen is small but well equipped. The only thing we couldn't find was a cutting board. (Not a big problem!) We appreciated the coffee and tea that was provided as well as the cooking basics (salt, pepper & sugar).

The location is fantastic! We flew into Heathrow and took the Heathrow Express train to Paddington station. We easily found the flat and were inside the flat within 30 minutes of our departure from Heathrow. There are lots of great restaurants nearby (Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Fish & Chips, Pubs, Coffee shops, and more!) There are also several pharmacies and a few grocery stores. Everything you need! (My daughters were especially thrilled that the flat is directly across from St. Mary's Hospital where Prince George & Princess Charlotte were born!)

We highly recommend this flat for all visitors. It is spacious, clean, well equipped, well priced and convenient. What more could you ask?

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for three nights early November (Myself, girlfriend, 3yr old girl and grandparents). The apartment was immaculate, comfortable and well equipped for our needs. Maria the cleaning lady who met us on arrival was friendly and couldn't do enough for us.

As for the location, you couldn't be better placed! 5min walk from Paddington station and plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance. The Bakerloo line on the underground will get you pretty much every you want to go and Hyde park is a 10min walk away.

I will be staying here again!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Car: not necessary

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Paddington , Westminster and West End

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer 2016
16 May 2016 - 15 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,080
for 3 nights
From
£360
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn 2016
16 Sep 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£900
for 3 nights
From
£300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £60 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2016/17
16 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,260
for 3 nights
From
£420
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£900
for 3 nights
From
£300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £60 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200

We especially welcome families with children. Please advise childrens ages as we offer 50% discount to under 16s and babies 2 years old or under stay for free!
IF YOUR GROUP CONSISTS OF LESS THAN 6 PERSONS WE RETAIN THE OPTION OF DECLINING THE BOOKING OR ASKING THAT YOU ONLY USE THE UPSTAIRS 3 BEDROOMS!
If you have a large group, you can also rent our next door property (3 bedrooms/2 baths). Sleeps up to 8! See this property at www.vrbo.com/486661
Due to an unfortunate recent incident we will not tolerate any PARTIES in our property. Only guests registered are allowed to be in the property after midnight and in order not to disturb neighbours the playing of loud music is also forbidden. Thank you for your consideration.
Ask for special combined price!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Westminster and West End in London

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs bathroom features bath tub with shower attachments, while the downstairs (new) bathroom features only a shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 4 - 4 Single Bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , In living room!
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Bunk Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Double Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1), Single Beds (4) Baby Cribs (2), Sleep Sofa (1) One of the couches in living room is convertible into a bed which can sleep 2 extra persons, if necessary. Don't forget: In cases of large groups we also have another property (right nextdoor)! It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and can accommodate up to 8 persons. See it at www.vrbo.com/486661
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced

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