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Member since: 2002
Speaks English

Mary Poppins Penthouse flat, Views all Across London

81 Reviews
People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Camden & Covent Garden - Elthorne Court

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

My calendar is always up-to-date. So take your pick, and enjoy a mid-winter break in one of the most exciting cities in the world! The air is fresh and crisp, the sky is blue, and the sun shines brightly. The views across the rooftops from the flat down to the Thames are spectacular!

I have just purchased a new microwave oven and toaster, and some smaller things like a new tub mat and lamp shades. These might seem like insignificant purchases, but I mention them to let you know that upkeep in the flat is ongoing. My theory is that if guests see that I care about the flat, so, too, will they. I have never been proven wrong - people take care of this flat as though it is their own. I am so grateful for this!

Live like a Londoner in a stylish and comfortable flat at the top of a Victorian mansion block in a real London neighbourhood. From every window you can see the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral, Canary Wharf, and the Houses of Parliament. Run downstairs for a paper, and breakfast over The Times or Guardian as you imagine Mary Poppins sweeping past, watch Londoners rushing to work in the street below, check the skyline for weather conditions (it can rain in London on a moment's notice), lazily planning your day's excursion using the myriad of guide books and maps on hand in the flat.

And please do not neglect to think about a day-trip to Paris - the brand new St. Pancras International station, home to the longest champagne bar in Europe, is 5 short stops away from the flat. Take an early-morning train, be in Paris by mid-morning, have lunch and dinner there, and be back by nightfall. And the flat is 2 minutes from the tube when you arrive back in your neighbourhood.

The flat is like a theatre set in so many ways, and is the kind of place where you can play any dramatic role you like. A painter spent a month there recently, capturing the London skyline with her brush, a writer found his creative juices to be flowing when he put fingers to keyboard and turned out an article which has been accepted for publication. A Los Angeles film producer found it to be the perfect place in which to woo potential investors, romantics continue to love the sensuality of the flat, and families refer to it simply as 'The Mary Poppins Flat' - you will see why when you view the photos.

Guest book comments have been: 'After a week of travelling, we finally arrived here - it was such a surprise! Serene, comfortable, well appointed, and most of all, very, very thoughtfully presented & created. We loved our stay here & will remember it ....; The flat is amazing, it's very comfortable and made us feel right at home....; Everything was bright and full of light, very relaxing ....; .'

Comfortable, queen-size bedroom, top floor apartment. Ideal for a family of four, two couples, corporate travelers, visiting academics, or those working in London on a short-term basis. We can arrange to have a cab meet you at the airport for much less than a black cab will cost you. Once you arrive, you are on top of the world and can relax with a complimentary basket of nourishing snacks before setting out into one of the most exciting cities in the world!

The apartment occupies one third of the top floor of a Victorian 'mansion block' only two minutes from one of the most convenient tube lines, the Northern Line. The station is Archway in Zone Two, and is just four stops from the major hub Euston Station, and just seven stops from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus and West End theatres in the heart of London - only 12 minutes by tube. Location, location, location... featured prominently in the choice of this flat purchase.

But location was not everything. The feeling of peace and tranquility upon opening the front door is overpowering in this flat. For one thing, it is on the fifth (top) floor of an absolutely gorgeous building, and is completely quiet. Apartment has Wireless High-Speed Internet, and a wonderful sound system which works with your MP3 player, iPod, or the music on your computer.

The light wooden floors and partly open-plan style give it a London loft feel. Combine this with ultra-modern dome-shaped windows, wonderful natural light by day, beautiful lighting at night, light-coloured decor, and comfortable furniture, and you have the perfect setting for relaxation following a busy day of either work or pleasure.

The bed is American queen-size (British king-size) and oh-so-comfortable, and the sofa-bed in the living room is a generous double. There are ample closets, and a wonderful power shower, and bathtub in which to relax. Cooking in the well-equipped kitchen (including microwave) is easy, efficient, and fun.

There is a huge grocery store directly across the street, a wine store downstairs, dry cleaner across the street, and several restaurants and pubs in the area, including Dick Whittington's pub.

Legend has it that Dick Whittington, a poor country boy, came to London with his cat seeking his fortune in 1350. When he reached Highgate Hill, he lost heart and turned to go back home. Then he heard the bells of London ringing out saying 'Turn again, Dick Whittington, three times Lord Mayor of London.'

He came back to London, became a Mercer, and did indeed become London's Lord Mayor three times. Just up the street is a statue of Dick and his cat, on the grounds of the Whittington Hospital in the beautiful green space of Whittington Park.

Keywords: Apartment, Flat, Condo

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Owner
Member since: 2002
Speaks English

About The Owner

I am a Canadian academic who loves London - my area is eighteenth-century British history. I bought the flat so that I could live there and research during one of my sabbaticals. It has been a little bit of heaven now and then for my family and me to be able to stay there. However, more often than not, we cannot be there, and it is a pleasure to be able to communicate with so many wonderful people to help them set up their visits, and to share my Mary Poppins flat with others.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2004

Why The Owner chose Camden & Covent Garden

This was the perfect flat for me - it is only 4 stops from King's Cross/British Library, is only 1 1/2 minutes from the tube station, is in a real London neighbourhood with an art college beside it, and when the real estate agent opened the door to the flat for the first time, I stared in wonder at the incredible views - never had I seen such a sight. And to this day, when I turn the key in the door and open it, I smile at the beauty of the flat and am in awe of the view. The flat has a wonderfully peaceful, serene feel, and is in an aesthetically pleasing Victorian mansion block.

What makes this apartment unique

I love lifting my head slightly off the pillow in the morning to check out the colour of the sky, and the glow of the sun on the rooftops or the pounding of the rain on the windows. I love dressing quickly and running downstairs to purchase a London Times at the newsstand below, I love running back upstairs to make my coffee, sipping it at the kitchen table while I watch the Londoners below moving briskly toward the tube as they head into work. I love finishing breakfast and loading the half-size, but excellent quality dishwasher. I love joining the throng of Londoners on the tube as I make my way to the theatre, museums, libraries and archives. I love the sights and sounds of the city as experienced in the flat; I love the restaurants on the same block as the flat – 2 of them (Mediterranean and Italian) brand new and always busy, and all the amenities in the neighbourhood. I also love living next door to one of the campuses of London's noted art college - Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts. They moved there only a year ago, and contribute so much to the vibrant neighbourhood. I also love the new street market just across the street on Saturdays, where food and antique vendors come from all across England. Pick up your fresh cheese, artisan breads, pastries, locally-grown vegetables, and the like. Yes, this is a great neighbourhood in which to live.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I am the property owner, and am adding this comment just to get us started. I

have rented my properties in London and Canada through vrbo for several

years, but have never had a guest book. I am beginning to think that this is

important, though, and so, with the writer's permission, am providing the first

entry.



The following comment is from a female from Los Angeles who spent four

weeks in the flat recently.



"I had a magical time in London and did not want to leave. As I told you and

Naomi, the flat was a lovely, comforting place. I had the feeling that someone

had been very happy there. I don't see how they could not have been. I am

truly so glad I was able to stay in it."



D. H., Los Angeles
Apr 2006
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Reviews

4.9
based on 81 holidaymaker reviews

Mary Poppins Penthouse flat, Views all Across London
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 82 reviews
5

Spacious, clean and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

The flat was excellent for our stay in London. It was clean, very spacious and close to the tube. It was a welcome oasis at the end of our busy days of sightseeing. Loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not impressed

  • 1 of 5

Construction started outside our room door at 7am....enough said!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback, which I appreciate. This is a tall, Victorian building, and the property managers maintain it well. They erected scaffolding a couple of months ago in order to carry our various works, and happily, the scaffolding is coming down within the next week - late-May. The workers have been carrying out their work between 8 or 9 and 5, and are not there on the weekends. I have been in the flat myself during the last 3 weeks, and have had it painted and refurbished while I am here - this is the silver lining, I suppose. So the scaffolding will be gone, and the flat is refreshed and renewed. Please drop me a line if you have any questions. Thank you. Lynn Sorge Owner, the Mary Poppins Flat
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East Setauket, NY USA
5

Perfect flat for a perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our time in this flat and would highly recommend it! We were so happy with the accommodations and this truly added to our ver special trip to London- the first time there for my teenagers. The flat was beautiful- the photos were true to life- and actually quite charming- loved all the big windows, wonderful morning light and memorable views of London. My teenagers thought it perfect and were so thrilled to be staying in a flat in a fun part of London- vs staying in a hotel. There were four of us- myself and 3 teenagers and there was ample room for everyone, and the kitchen was the perfect size with everything needed, (including a french press!) to make a quick breakfast or snack before heading out for sightseeing. The location was also good- literally a 5 minute walk from the Archway underground stop, and on the Northern line, which gave us easy access to central London. Lynn was so helpful from the very beginning, answering all of my (many) questions ahead of time and was also very helpful and valuable in giving us a lot of information for our arrival, such as buying the right underground pass and options for traveling to the flat from the airport etc. She was even so gracious to let us check in super early as our flight got in at 7am- and there were treats in the flat for us on arrival! There is also a great grocery store directly across the street- Sainsburys- carrying everything!- at very cheap prices and they are open until 11pm. There is also an internet cafe across the street that we used to print up train and theater tickets we ordered, which was very convenient. We had joked ahead of time about the # of stairs and walk up- and it really wasn't as bad as we were expecting- and I thought great exercise. We hope to return London next year and would definitely stay here again. Thanks Lynn!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing flat with everything you could possibly need

  • 5 of 5

right on the northern line, you are 15 minutes from kings cross, 20 minutes to London bridge and 2 minutes from a tube station. Great grocery directly across the street and plenty of quaint restaurants in area.

Lynn left us a lovely starter package to ensure our arrival didn't require an immediate trip for groceries. Although we only ate breakfast in the flat, there was everything you'd need if you chose to cook dinners.

Comfortable bed, bright views and plenty of tourist brochures to help guide you. A perfect place for those wanting more space than a hotel offers and a unique view.

The stairs up to the 6th floor were not an issue for us as we are both fit and the view was so worth it. Just take your time

Would recommend this flat for my friends and will definitely be back. London was amazing!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Room With A View

  • 5 of 5

This flat was perfect for our visit to London. This is the second time we have rented an apartment for vacation. We love the convenience of having a kitchen to have coffee and breakfast in the morning. There is a Sainsbury market right across the street and we stopped in daily for provisions and of course a bottle of wine! We ate at two of the restaurants in the neighborhood, Harman's and the recently opened Hot Wok Kitchen. We had very good meals at both.

It is a short walk to the Archway tube stop and the Northern Line is conveniently connected to all the lines you will need on your visit. We also made sure to take several trips on the red double deckers which give you a new perspective on the sights. Make sure to take a train trip to Windsor Castle, well worth the trip!

Many thanks to Lynn for helpful information such as using Hercules mini cabs for pickup at the airport. We were so pleased that we called them for pickup at the apartment to bring us to the aiport. We we also very greatful for our "starter goodies" which included milk, juice, bread and fruit.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

famiglia con 2 bambini

  • 5 of 5

La casa è completa di tutto e si trova vicino alla fermata della metropolitana e dei bus.

Ci siamo trovati bene e anche gli altri inquilini erano silenziosi.

Di fronte c'è un supermercato aperto a tutte le ore e il quartiere è molto trafficato ma anche tranquillo.

La consegna delle chiavi è stata veloce e in casa ci sono cartine della città e istruzioni sul funzionamento degli elettrodomestici.

Lynn è molto disponibile e gentile sempre pronto ad assisterci via mail ci ha dato un grande aiuto a prenotare il minicab alle 3 del mattino per l'aeroporto.

E' stata una bella vacanza

da consigliare

Giovanni Roberta

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Professional theatre in the West End cannot be surpassed, the Opera at Covent Garden is fantastic, and Premier League professional Football (American and Canadian soccer) games are held throughout London on a regular basis. All this is so easy to access from the flat.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Dartmouth Park, Camden & Covent Garden

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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3 night minimum stay
£382
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£635
£1,585
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £125
cleaning fee £85

There is a Cleaning Fee of an extra £85, and a refundable security deposit of £125.

We accept PayPal which includes Visa, or you can do a wire transfer. There is an additional charge of 4% to cover PayPal fees. But ... many banks now offer international online transfers, which are totally free to the sender - very convenient. Special rates for return visitors, and for stays longer than 2 weeks. Check-in 3pm, check-out 10am.

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 Camden & Covent Garden in London

Property Type:
  • apartment
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) Extremely comfortable, American-designed and built bed with best-quality mattress. The British bed size for this bed is king., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Comfortable bed (Not the kind with a bar in your back!), and 2 single duvets for those who do not really want to sleep with brother/sister/friend - you can wrap yourself in it and feel you are sleeping by yourself. This is the European way!
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Notes:
Secured Wireless Broadband High-Speed Internet Connection, Wireless Sound System for MP3 Player, IPod or to listen to music on your Computer - please bring your own laptop and MP3 Player/IPod, Fireplace (non-working), Modern Flat Screen TV, Iron, Ironing Board, Hairdryer, Washer/Dryer, Dishwasher

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