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TRAVELLING SOLO? HOME WITHIN A HOME, with Private Kitchen, in West Kensington

Bedrooms 1
Space 204 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Single Bedroom, Private Kitchen, Private Bathroom, WiFi, Garden view & access

With its own FULLY FITTED KITCHEN for your sole use, a private bathroom, this 1 bedroom flatlet within our own home is perfect for the independent single tourist, business traveller or mature student visitor wishing to be in the heart of London. It has easy access to the underground [“the tube”] at West Kensington [4 minutes’ walk] and Baron’s Court [8 minutes’ walk]. The Olympia Exhibition Centre is a 3 minute walk away. Kensington High Street? 8 minutes on foot, by bus 3 minutes.

Buses are many and within a 2 – 4 minute walk from here.

THE SPACE – Generally:

Located on a quiet residential West Kensington street, our well-appointed flatlet is perfect for the independent traveller or business visitor and offers all the comforts of home, office facilities too if needed [see below]. It is accessed via a shared [with us] front entrance door and has its own door within our quarters and so is completely private.

The flatlet [18.70 sq. m/201 sq. ft] comprises a single bedroom [overlooking the pretty garden], private bathroom and fully fitted kitchen for your exclusive use. The rooms will be professionally cleaned, the linens changed, once a week during your stay. The flatlet is served by BT Infinity fibre optic Wi-Fi and has its own landline telephone.

THE FLATLET – In Detail:

SINGLE BEDROOM - with fitted wardrobes, hangers, a hair dryer, a laptop friendly desk and chair, landline ‘phone, a side chair, alarm clock and a Smart TV. [Bed 3ft/91cm wide.]

Generous bedding, linen and towels are provided with a choice of summer or winter weight duvets. Non-feather pillows can be provided – just let me know at time of booking.

THE KITCHEN - contains fitted units, a breakfast bar, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, ‘fridge, sink, toaster, kettle, cafetiere [French press], combined washer/dryer, cutlery, utensils, china, glass, pots, pans – an electric mixer if you wish to bake a cake! – and all the usual kitchen paraphernalia [tea, coffee, salt, pepper, oil, herbs and spices etc.,] that you have at home in your kitchen.

THE PRIVATE BATHROOM – fitted with hand basin, lavatory, bath and hand-shower. Drying rack for those items you do not wish to put into the tumble drier.

Shampoo, conditioner, soaps, tissues, cotton buds and cotton pads are also provided for your use so no need to pack those..

GARDEN – there is direct access from your kitchen to the pretty, brick paved garden which you are free to use; it has a table, chairs, an external power supply and garden lighting. I am very happy if guests wish to entertain business colleagues or friends there but, being considerate of the neighbours, no loud music out there, please.


An iron and ironing board, FM radio, central heating for the winter, a fan if the summer weather gets hot and a convector heater if those nights are chilly. US & EU to UK electric plug convertors, an umbrella and other useful bits and pieces.

Carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarms are also installed, together with a fire extinguisher and a ‘simple to use’ burglar alarm which covers the flatlet and our personal quarters. A Gas Safety inspection is undertaken annually, a copy of which is within the flatlet.

EDIBLES on Arrival:

In order that you do not need to go shopping immediately upon arrival, I will provide you with milk, eggs, cheddar cheese, bread, butter, yoghourts, cereals, OJ, bottled water and fruit, marmalade and jam, tea, ground and instant coffee too. Pasta and a pasta sauce, tinned tuna, crisp breads and other dry goods are also supplied so you can make yourself a quick supper if you have been working late or have been tramping around museums and have had no time to shop.

If you have any dietary preferences [i.e., you prefer gluten free bread, or regarding the type of milk you prefer], then do let me know.


A good, comfy Intex inflatable bed is available for the occasional weekend or over-night visitor if you are a long-stay guest [2 weeks+] but only with our prior approval.

There will be a nominal charge for this additional guest, the laundry and cleaning.


As I run my business from here, I have a printer, scanner, office stationery, stamps etc and will be pleased to help you with anything you may require for your business or travel purposes.


We have a one of these. See photo on listing. Whilst he just loves people he is not allowed into your quarters so you may only see him in the garden via the bedroom window or as you come and go through our shared front door/stairs to your quarters.

Clearly, if you are allergic to cats, then this is not the accommodation for you as there will be “fur on the breeze”.


No smoking is allowed in your rooms though you may do so in the garden.


We have no ‘house rules’ per se, excepting mutual respect and consideration for each other.


This part of West Kensington is predominantly residential and so is very quiet. Public transport of all types is within just a few minutes’ distance. I have lived in West Ken for 30+ years and walking here, day or night, has never been a concern. North End Road market is close by [4 minute bus ride, 10 minute walk]; Kensington High Street is on our doorstep [3 minute bus ride, 8 minute walk] as is the Westfield Shopping Mall [6 minutes by tube; Westfield has cinemas, restaurants, bars as well as great shops].

There is too much around here to put in writing now so – come and explore!


Getting around London [or within the UK] is very easy from here as we are SO central. You will find a broad range of travel books, maps, transportation literature in your quarters to help you during your visit. Do buy yourself a “Visitor's Oyster Card” for London’s public transport travel as soon as you arrive at London Heathrow - or you can do this on line [via “Transport for London”] before your arrival. Alternatively, if you have a 'contactless' credit or debit card, this works the same as the Visitor's Oyster card on all London’s public transport.


There are several racks of “bikes to hire” in the neighbourhood, all within walking distance. Ask me and I’ll give you detail of their locations.


Our maisonette comprises 2 [combined] flats; we live on the raised ground floor, your flatlet and my office [I work from home as an interior designer] is on a level with the garden. We have been letting the flatlet for over 25 years and whilst your privacy will be fully respected, I am around during the weekdays [we are usually away at weekends] to answer any questions, advise on ‘what to see’ in London and the UK, or to just have a chat if you wish!

We love having guests here to stay and will make you feel ‘at home’ [or leave you alone] as much or as little as you wish.


Reaching us from London Heathrow Airport is simple. Take the train from LHR to Baron’s Court [Piccadilly line] and then change platforms and take the District Line train for the one stop journey to West Kensington. There is then only a 4 minute walk to us.

[Also see “Getting Around” above.]


We'll be as flexible as we can regarding check-in and check-out times, subject other guest's bookings of course.


Please note that there are 6 steps to walk up from the street to the main front door and then 12 down to access the garden floor; consequently, the accommodation may not suit those who are frail or infirm.


Seems obvious to say, but please ensure you have adequate insurance to cover both your travel plans and your personal belongings.

More Details

Trish Walker
Member since: 2017
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
7 April, 2018

About Trish Walker

I am an interior designer and have run my practice for some 30 years, handling the design, project management [and everything else from the ground up] for high end residential properties in Central London and the South East of England. I Can describe myself as a 'baby boomer’, who has an eclectic taste in music from Tchaikovsky, Dvorak to Techno, Dance and everything in between and beyond too. I have latterly discovered the joys of gardening! I enjoy the theatre as does my partner, Kim. He is an accomplished amateur actor, director, producer of some long experience whilst running his own business too. He is a fluent French speaker. We love having guests come stay so we can enjoy, and learn from them as much as we hope they will appreciate us and what we can tell them about our lovely London. Having a Resident Feline is a must for me. For Kim? Good food and wine in the 'fridge is Kim’s preference so he, as self-appointed Chef of the household and enamoured of Good Food, can cook a decent supper.

Trish Walker purchased this apartment in 1989

Why Trish Walker chose West Kensington

If you are travelling on your own – whether for business, as a tourist or a mature student – then our West Kensington, very central London accommodation gives you The Best of all Worlds. Total independence – to cook, sleep, bathe, spend time in the garden, to come and go as you wish whilst knowing there are friendly faces [me and my partner, Kim] who will help you, give advice and chat, as much or as little as you wish and with complete personal safety too. Much better than staying in an impersonal hotel, or in a flat on your own, I’d say. I have been enjoying hosting Guests here for over 25 years so know all the “bells and whistles” to make your stay with us a memorable one.

What makes this apartment unique

Your own "home within a home" here gives you, as a single traveller, total independence with the comfort of knowing that your Hosts are born and bred Londoners and that we are here to advise and support you during your visit without encroaching on your own personal space [that, of course, works both ways ...].

What could be better when visiting the wonderful City of London than to have your own Kitchen, Private Bathroom and Bedroom, in such a good location for the sights, for transport, free and easy access to come and go as you wish and all with the comfort of knowing that you will be safe and supported?


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in West Kensington in London

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 204 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 1
  • Max. adults: 1
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • town
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 1
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling


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TRAVELLING SOLO? HOME WITHIN A HOME, with Private Kitchen, in West Kensington
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Best stay ever

  • 5 of 5

Trish and kim are amazing hosts! Highly recommended they are very helpful on everything and the room is clean and spacious

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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I recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Little flat that is perfect for one person! It is close to the District line (green), so quite convenient to travel around London. Trish was very nice and provided the fridge with a bit a food before I arrived. Because of work schedule and weather, I couldn't enjoy the terrasse/garden, but it looked lovely. Quiet and cosy, I recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Daphne came to stay with us whilst she was working in London for 3 weeks. Charming, bright of eye, it was such a pleasure to meet her, to chat with her. She left her rooms here in immaculate condition even stripping the bedding before she left – certainly not a House Rule but much appreciated and an illustration of the care and respect she paid to her quarters. It is a privilege for me to recommend Daphne to all Hosts. Should you receive a request from her to stay, do accept it without hesitation. We hope very much that she will come and stay with us again one day soon.
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  • 5 of 5

Our son Maxime stayed 10 days with Trish and Kim and everything was made for him to feel at home from welcoming foods to all kind of assistance.

Maxime told us they were the warmest hosts.

Should the occasion renew itself he would definitely wish to stay with them again.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Annie, Maxime's Mother, made the booking for him and he was a total delight to meet, to host. He left his quarters in immaculate condition and was so very good to get to know. We miss him! Should any Home Away Host receive an enquiry to book either from his Mother, Annie, or from Maxime direct then do not hesitate to say "Yes, please!". You will not be disappointed, I assure you.
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Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
The Cumberland Arms
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
West Kensington underground station
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Best Mangal 2, 66 North End Road, W14
Car: not necessary

In London on Business?

We are 3 minutes walk from the Olympia Exhibition Centre;

As I run my own interior design practice from our home, feel free to ask for the printing of documents, borrow stationery, use the scanner etc. Need to hire a venue for business meetings? Do ask and we will do what we can to help.


Visit Kensington, Knightsbridge, Chelsea, the wonderful museums at South Kensington, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, Theatreland, St Paul's and the City of London - far too many places to mention and all just minutes away by tube or by bus.

A River Trip

Greenwich is fantastic to visit. Lots to see there. On a sunny day it’s a blissful day out.

It is one of the Unesco Heritage sites and you will see London from the river which is wonderful to do. You can see The ‘Cutty Sark’ there too, the famous tea clipper. The Royal observatory etc.

http://www.visitgreenwich.org.uk/ http://www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark

Boats go from Embankment Pier (Embankment tube station) which is on the District line from West Kensingtron, change at Earl’s Court, . You can get to Greenwich by Tube and DLR as well, of course. http://www.thamesclippers.com/route-time-table/book-now


Hampton Court

A ‘Must see’. Residence of King Henry VIII [and certain of his ‘living’ wives ...] . I suggest you take the train there [details on website I believe] and, if you have time, the river boat back.


Windsor, and the Royal Castle

Also very good to see. Outside London - a day trip - you will need to take a train but it is generally in the direction of Heathrow Airport so not far to travel. Travel info on website.


A rare event is at Buckingham Palace – viewing the State Rooms. it is wonderful. We are trying to make time to go there once again ourselves this year!


An unusual one ...... The Roof Gardens

99 Kensington High Street. An unusual place to go on a sunny day is the secret garden on top of what used to be a large department store on Kensington High St. There is a fully planted garden, great views, good restaurant for coffee etc. In the summer, it has flamingos wandering about. No, that is not a typo. Buses from Olympia Exhibition Centre [No 28, 9 and 10] or a 10/15 minute walk.


Theatres ... what’s good to see; best I can do is to send you a link to what is on in London’s theatreland. https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/

This is the link specifically to musicals.


I recommend: The Book of Mormon; Kinky Boots; The Lion King; Mamma Mia!; Wicked - and many more!

Eating out

How about “Sticky Fingers” on Kensington High Street? OK, so you might come from the Land of the Burger, but this is such fun to visit as it is owned by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones [your Parents may know who they were, if you don’t!], and so is decorated with acres of their memorabilia – and it serves good burgers too! http://www.stickyfingers.co.uk/undefined

Another restaurant I can recommend in Kensington is found on Kensington Church Street. Owned by a very good friend of ours, Ffiona [with 2 ‘f’s]. If you would like to go, let me know so I can give her a call in advance to let you know you are coming so that she can give you the worst .. oops .. best seat in the restaurant and keep an eye on you. She is a delight, totally potty, I have known her for 20 or so years and she serves the best of British home cooking. http://www.ffionas.com/

.... and SHOPPING!

Harrods, Selfridges ...... Bond Street if you want the big names. Oxford Street generally if you want value and Primark if you want it so cheap you can wear it once and throw it away!

The 'largest in Europe' mall is: Westfield Shopping Centre http://uk.westfield.com/london/

From Olympia underground station it is two stops on to Shepherd’s Bush - 8 mins. When you come out at SB, you will be confronted by the enormous shopping mall of Westfield. So it is really very easy to carry back oodles of carrier bags 

DO please ask if there is anything else we can recommend, help you with ...

Best, Trish (and Kim)


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Cleaning fee £30

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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