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Elizabeth Montague-Black

Member since: 2009
Speaks English

New 2:2 close zone two tube & DLR. Views! WiFi! Parking! Garden! +++

39 Reviews
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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in London - 2:2 in zone 2! Close tube/DLR

Stunning top floor 2 bed, 2 bath flat with many extras, close to zone 2 tube.

This flat is brand-new in a gated luxury development in Bow, E3, just three min from a DLR station and five min from a tube - zone two so quite central. It is in the top floor with reliable mirrored lift and has a beautiful open-plan living area with leather sofa and matching double sofa bed, a glass dining table and chairs for six and the most gorgeous kitchen I have ever seen in a holiday let. Really deep Corian worktops, top-of-the-range AEG appliances including a dishwasher and washer-dryer, masses of cupboard space and swanky extra touches like recycling bins and the coolest sockets you will ever see!

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Elizabeth Montague-Black (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the manager

I am sending this to Elizabeth to post for me as I have been unable to fathom out the review system on HomeAway and Elizabeth told me that so many other people have told her this. Ridiculous! Anyway we had a top-notch stay in this charming flat. Spotlessly clean, warmly welcoming with tea and cake and the radio playing and decorated with real care and attention. Very well-located for the tube, Docklands Railway (no time at all to Stratford for fantastic Westfield Centre - literally go on train and sat down and got up again!) and we took the bus down to Spitalfields Market which has Brick Lane (trendiest bit of London) and also Petticoat Lane AND Columbia Road (the coolest Sunday morning flower market ever - real London) right by it. The flat is handy for the supermarkets and some pubs and cafes used by locals too but we spent most of the time in the E1 and West End. Covent Garden was easy and fast to reach by tube and we loved it there too although it is more touristy than Spitalfields.



We could not fault the flat although the hot water to the shower in the family bathroom seemed overly complex but this is not the fault of the flat or the owners who have provided a photographic explanation with the notes and guide books etc. There are also films and books and games. Really, everything has already been thought-of for you. Genuinely caring manager in Elizabeth. And the best bit probably (except her) is that we were quoted an all-inclusive price which did include everything unlike the prices from all the other owners and managers we contacted initially.



Everything including a driver to collect us and take us to the flat!! was included so we could budget and stick to it! I am sorry I could not leave this review online but it is a genuine review from genuinely grateful guests. We hope to return and send our best regards from Napier in the meantime. Etta Lomax and kids.
Sep 2012
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Reviews

4.9
based on 39 holidaymaker reviews

New 2:2 close zone two tube & DLR. Views! WiFi! Parking! Garden! +++
average rating of 4.8717947 based on 40 reviews
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Suitable for two people, good location but beware of rude manager

  • 2 of 5

Bedrooms are small, in fact in the twin bed room you cannot turn around. The kitchen is very well equipped with plenty of utensils and china. Dining area is cramped, and my wife and I kept stubbing our toes on the table. TV area with two pullout sofa beds is fine, but the apartment would be very cramped with more than two people. When we arrived only the double bed was made up, but we needed 2 beds. There was extreme reluctance to comply with our wishes. There was also reluctance to provide fresh towels and linens for the second week. The ensuite bathroom shower was partially blocked, the sink tap gave only hot water, and the toilet had to be jiggled multiple times to refill the tank. Everything worked in the second bathroom and there was plenty of hot water.

Our contact for any problems was wonderful. He is Mike Kemp.

However the person who manages everything for the owner is something else. I am referring to Elizabeth Montague Black. She is about the rudest person I have encountered. She thinks that once you have paid your money, that she is in total control, you have no say and cannot complain about anything. And Americans beware, you are "boorish". Somewhere along the line Elizabeth has forgotten who the customer is, and what he or she has paid for. If I were the apartment owner I would not tolerate the discusting way she responds to renters. I would fire her. I would have rated the apartment higher if Elizabeth had not been so rude to me

Location close to supermarket and tube is excellent. No noise from tenants in adjacent apartments. No noise from outside when windows are closed.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Modern Comfortable Flat

  • 4 of 5

The flat is modern with very nice kitchen. Beds are comfortable and we enjoyed our stay. Supermarket is nearby and also there is a bus that goes to Tottenham Court Road station at the other end of Oxford Street. The flat was clean and we were given the keys of the flat at agreed upon time. I do not have hesitation in recommending the property to others.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, convenient and well managed

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was very comfortable to stay in, very new and modern, with all the conveniences you would expect in an apartment. Most importantly, it was clean, warm (in winter) and quiet (by Central London standards).

The management team were extremely helpful. They were responsive to my questions and requests. I did have a problem with the hot water, but they fixed it on the same day (presumably at considerable expense to the owner). Personally, I had a quite a few questions, and Mike was always happy to respond.

It is worth noting that there are very few restaurants in the immediate area, but it is a 4 minute light rail ride (10-15 minute journey in total) to Westfield, which is a major shopping centre with an international food court. It's also very easy to get into the city and international rail connections.

Protip: Do yourself a favour and order your groceries (and staples) online in advance, and get them delivered after your arrival. I used ocado.com. The kitchen is good, and the fridge is a decent size. You will need to be a little organised if you want to have breakfast before going out. Alternatively there is a decent supermarket just up the road, but delivery is so convenient!

I was in London for business, and I found that the apartment was incredibly comfortable to work in. The WiFi was fast and reliable, and there was plenty of space to work on the dining table. I also really enjoyed popping out to Carmelite Cafe (5 minute walk) for a decent "Italian style" coffee (sorry America - you don't know how to make coffee).

Another tip: The optional "Meet & Greet" service comes highly recommended. The apartment is a long way from the airport, and it is worth the additional convenience.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Most Honorable- Refund received after cancelation

  • 5 of 5

It is not often that you find a property owner like Elizabeth who is willing to bend the rules to accommodate and please her clients upon cancelation. Unfortunately, we never had the pleasure of staying here because our business trip got canceled. Upon notification, Elizabeth took immediate action to find someone to lease her place so that she could get much of our deposit back to us as possible, which is almost unheard of in today's let market. She was able to rebook her unit and quickly refunded almost all of our deposit back to us. We were so incredibly grateful to her and surprised that such an honorable and decent person would do this for us. We had no expectations of getting any refund back, but we certainly were very impressed by her kindness and decency. Elizabeth has exceptional communication skills as well which we appreciated along the way. Though we did not have the pleasure yet to stay in her unit, we would most definitely rebook and we would highly recommend doing business with her as well. We thank you for making this transaction pleasurable and so easy. Thank you again for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lisa and family

  • 5 of 5

The apt. was perfect for our family of four travelling. It was conventionally located near the tube, groceries, pub etc. Having the use if the Oyster cards was also very helpful. Rooms were comfortable and spacious for our needs and the kitchen was perfect for making breakfast before we headed out for they day. I can't give a review without making mention of Mike. He was of great assistance when my mum needed medical attention and we were all truly grateful. Thanks Mike!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another great stay in this property!

  • 5 of 5

This is the third time we have stayed in the apartment, and we will certainly stay there the next time we come to London. The apartment is extremely convenient for transportation, groceries, and local pubs. We highly recommend this apartment!

The rooms are clean and comfortable and the kitchen is very well kitted out. The manager and cleaner are both very helpful and friendly, and helped to make our stay quite enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
4 Miles
City Airport
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Bow Bells (very famous London pub)
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Woolwich Ferry
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Wanstead
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Bow Church DLR
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
A12
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Many local pubs
Nearest Ski
55 Miles
Snozone, Milton Keynes
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Southend
Car: not necessary

Bow is a characterful area in the East End of London which has seen radical changes in the last few years. Now classed as part of 'Docklands' and, more recently, the Gateway to the Olympics, this is your opportunity to stay in the real London but still less than half-an-hour on the tube (station less than five minutes walk away and the DLR is even nearer) to the centre of the West End. The flat is in a brand-new gated development of luxury flats on the edge of the beautiful Bow Conservation area. They have spotless, spacious communal areas and fast mirrored lifts along with a lovely raised communal garden and this flat even has allocated parking. It is on the top floor with only two other flats (all owned by us) so is perfect for large groups or families travelling together. Views are over London and the Olympic stadium from the large windows with Juliet balcony in the main room.

Bow is a very historical part of the East End of London with traditional pubs including the famous Bow Bells just around the corner. There are also green spaces including the gothic Tower Hamlets Cemetery - sounds spooky but it's a gorgeous unspoilt wilderness and also very famous, being one of the original Victorian 'Magnificent Seven' cemeteries. These days Bow is better known for being very close to Stratford - just one stop taking four minutes! - so has incredibly easy access to the brand new Westfield Shopping Centre and, of course, the Olympics stadium! In the other direction and also very easily accessible by either DLR or the tube is the rest of London. You can be anywhere in the City or West End within half an hour and a few minutes more to Harrods and 'Museum Mile'. Virtually everywhere is either a direct journey or has one change.

Particularly close is the very trendy (and also historically important) area that includes the wonderful markets Brick Lane, Spitalfields, Petticoat Lane and Columbia Road. As well as these world-famous street markets there are the 'Indian' restaurants of Brick Lane, the wonderfully-preserved Huguenot houses of Spitalfields and, of course, the spectacular Hawksmoor masterpiece Christ Church.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Canary Wharf and Docklands, London

Rental Basis:
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Manager accepts payment in:
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3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
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£850
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Secure parking is available at 10 GBP per night or 50 GBP per week and this has to be booked upon reservation. It is payable in cash because we rent the space on your behalf and pay the local owner in cash.

We require full payment within 90 days of the stay and this is then unrefundable in the case of a cancellation but we do our utmost to rebook the time and return as much of your payment as we can.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in London in England

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 6
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Lift
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The flat boasts two bathrooms which is still quite unusual for London. The first is the family bathroom off the hall and has a wonderful quality white suite with chrome fitments and illuminated vanity unit. The en-suite is a shower room, again top quality with expansive tiling and expensive fittings.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofabed in living room
  • The main bedroom has a good quality king size bed, a fitted wardrobe and a gorgeous en-suite shower room. The second bedroom is very small but does have enough room for two standard single beds - just! One of the beds can go under the other if you only require a bedroom for one person and this gives more room of course. The living room has two top-of-the-range leather sofa beds with sprung mattresses so the flat sleeps six in comfort.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
Outside:
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
PLEASE NOTE that our specialist holiday let insurance does not allow us to rent the flat to people under 25 years of age. We will require sight of the principal guest's ID and full names of everyone staying before confirming the booking. We do not allow parties and should any parties or other antisocial behaviour take place to the extent that there are complaints to the owners or the authorities then we reserve the right to terminate the reservation with immediate effect and with no refund of monies paid. We are sorry that we have to impose this new condition after many years of holiday letting but after a case of recent appalling behaviour we have to protect the property and the owners.

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