|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Share a postcode with the Queen! This spectacular family house, a classic London townhouse built in 1846 and quietly situated in a friendly and beautiful London terrace just 10 minutes' WALK from Buckingham Palace, boasts 6 bedrooms (great beds!), 2 sitting rooms (one with additional fold-out bed-chairs), a kitchen-dining room, a conservatory-study, 4 bath/shower/WCs (great showers!) & free unlimited wi-fi throughout. The lower ground floor (just one flight of stairs down) has its own kitchenette & walk-in shower, and can be separated off – perhaps for an older couple. Being laid out and housed on four floors (and some mezzanine floors), the house works well for extended families. There are 5 single beds, 2 king beds (150cm, 5'6' wide), 1 double bed & 2 bed-chairs (in the second sitting room). The main rooms have ornate ceilings, marble fireplaces, chandeliers & working window-shutters yet the house is fitted with with every modern convenience: washing machine/dryer, microwaves, dishwasher, hair-dryers, irons, SMART TVs (internet access, Netflix), gas-log open fire, digital radio/sound systems with iPad, iPhone/MP3 'docks', linen/towels, books, toys, DVDs, 2 x cots and 2 x highchairs. Cozy and warm in winter, an efficient air-cooling system keeps the top floors cool in summer. Outside there’s a suntrap terrace leading from the kitchen, plus a delightful patio garden wreathed in jasmine and wisteria. You also have key-access to an exclusive nearby ‘gated’ London garden square - a real 'secret garden' with wonderful plants and shrubs, a children’s play area and tennis courts. A great sports centre with public-access gym and swimming pools is a two minute walk from the house.
We keep the house in immaculate condition, constantly re-painting to remove scuff marks and renewing furniture and accessories regularly. Guests frequently comment on our level of cleanliness and attention to detail. A welcome pack of groceries greets you on arrival.
We pride ourselves on the fact that the house is imaginatively decorated and laid out in such a way that there are great opportunities for privacy, as well as for all members of the household to meet together sociably.
The location of this wonderful house is unbeatable. Although it is situated in the very heart of London, it is quietly positioned. The area is very safe and well served in every possible way. The neighbouring streets are full of great local shops (including supermarkets - open all hours - and specialist delicatessans), cafes and restaurants. At one end of the street is a local food market; at the other, under two minutes' walk from the house, Pimlico Underground ('Tube') Station and terrific local bus routes. From the house it is just a short stroll to Victoria Station, Tate Britain, the Thames, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, St James’ Park, Battersea Park, Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Several theatres, too, are within easy walking distance, and it is only a short tube/bus/taxi ride (or you can walk) to Hyde Park, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, the West End, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, the National Gallery, the National Theatre, the National Film Theatre, the Festival Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, the London Aquarium and other main London attractions. There are easy transport links to all London airports and mainline stations, and London and regional bus tours. For those who like to run or jog, there are great routes along the River Thames and through the beautiful local streets and parks. A Sports Centre with gym and public swimming pools is under five minutes walk from the house.
This spectacular house is brilliantly located for special annual London events, including - within WALKING distance - all Royal Family celebrations, the Chelsea Flower Show , the London Marathon (finishing line), the New Year's Day Parade, the Lord Mayor's Procession & Show, the Russian Winter Festival, outdoor skating ,the Chinese New Year celebrations, Trooping of the Colour, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Thames Festival, the Chelsea Antiques Fair, the State Opening of Parliament, the London Film Festival, Guy Fawkes Night, the main New Year Celebrations, Christmas Lighting Celebrations and Westminster Abbey for Christmas Carols and all Royal Family celebrations.
Within a short tube/bus ride you'll reach the London International Boat Show, the Olympia Fine Art & Antique Fair, Wimbledon, the Holiday and Travel Show, Party in the Park, the Proms at the Albert Hall, the Covent Garden Festival of Street Theatre, the Notting Hill Carnival - and many others!
We are a couple who have worked mainly in the theatre and the arts, although Adrienne is now a writer/researcher specialising in fatherhood and Martin coaches in communications.
Adrienne Burgess purchased this house in 1985
We purchased our central London home in 1985 and lived there until 2002. The moment we opened the door we loved it. It felt then, and feels now, as if only happy things have happened here - which can't possibly be true, since it's more than 150 years since it was built! We wanted to live right in the heart of London, and you can't get much closer to the heart than this. We also wanted a spacious house, with high ceilings and a sense of generations upon generations of people living there before us. And that is exactly what we got! We raised our family here, working from home, so the house has always been busy and full of children. When we left it, and downshifted to another part of London, we rejoiced that we didn't have to sell it, and that other people could now enjoy it too.
The remarkable thing about 'Pimlico' (the area in the London Borough of Westminster in which our house is), is that it is quite like a village, and yet it is right in the heart of perhaps the greatest city in the world. Neighbours know each other; our quiet street contains many family houses and has an active residents' association, the people in the shops are friendly, and yet it's cosmopolitan and fast-paced. In Pimlico you can be peaceful, yet never feel that life is passing you by.
We have travelled from Australia and New Zealand for our daughter’s wedding – three generations. We had a wonderful time. The weather was great and the wedding went off without a hitch. The house of course made it all so easy. Just right for all our family and so wonderfully well equipped! We loved Pimlico (the local area – Owner) – so handy to everything!
This home is the very reason why we choose home away. We arrived late on New Years Eve. The home was warm and a basket of bread, pasta, coffee, wine and jams was waiting in the kitchen, along with milk and cereal for the next day. It was the nicest touch to welcome us after a long flight. We walked to the Vauxhall bridge and watched the fireworks at midnight, then went home and cooked dinner and cuddled in the living room by the fireplace. It was a perfect way to welcome the new year. The beds are comfortable and neighbourhood is perfect. Walk to the Tate Britain, the palace, Big Ben, etc. This is a really special home.
My family enjoyed our three-night stay in September 2016. Our group of five had an expectation for a clean wonderful house in a terrific location. This is exactly what we received. Walking distance to tube, places to eat & drink, and small store. Lots of space for everyone to relax. Owners made it easy to get keys. She gave us wonderful directions guides to local businesses & attractions. We would definitely stay here again! Mahalo Adrienne!
We booked Adrienne's place a day before we were set to arrive from the US after months of planning our vacation. The other VRBO property we booked tried to put us in another smaller apartment at the last minute after they claimed they had damage done to the one we rented.
I can attest that this property in Pimlico, which is owner operated, was wonderful! Adrienne was very accommodating on short notice. Her home is lovely and very clean. The beds were comfortable and we had plenty of space to stretch out between the multiple levels. It is a stones throw from the Pimlico Tube station. There was a basket of goodies waiting for us and milk in the fridge. There were helpful instructions for everything from location of grocery stores to how to get around in London. We felt very safe in this neighborhood and we were able to walk to the river and the attractions. For everything else, we used the tube. I highly recommend this property. It was a happy ending to a very stressful beginning of our vacation.
What a fantastic home. An amazing location with plenty of space. But it was the attention to detail and the attentive and super helpful customer service from the owners that makes it so special.
There were toys and high chairs available for kids and multiple sitting areas so we could all have some space. The owners have also compiled comprehensive help sheets which were great. If you have children or just want to stay close into London I highly recommend this property. Just be aware there are 4 flights of stairs ( which is normal but in case of mobility issues) and essentially only 2 showers in the 3 bathrooms.
Some friends and I stayed for a group relaxing weekend and reunion.
The place is incredible and everyone I dealt with throughout the booking process were SO incredibly friendly and helpful.
A fantastic location and wonderful house which now holds many happy memories.
The property was a perfect place to explore London from. The street was very charming and the area was lovely with a small market that ran daily down the street. Our family had a wonderful time in London and it was nice to come together at the end of each day and eat breakfast together in this cozy house. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful place with us.
With its amazing CENTRAL Zone 1 London location (SW1V2ND - Google it!), this quietly situated family house is brilliantly positioned for a see-all London visit. It’s a minute's WALK from shops, supermarkets, restaurants, outdoor food-market, Pimlico Tube (underground) & 24-hour taxis, buses, car clubs, bike hire. It’s a 10-min WALK to the River Thames, Buckingham Palace, Tate Britain, Lambeth Palace, Westminster Cathedral, theatres, cinema, St James Park, Victoria Station & Victoria Coach Station (from which there are easy rail/coach links to Heathrow, Gatwick & Europe). It’s a 20-min WALK to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the King's Road/Chelsea. Short tube/bus rides take you direct to Harrods, the major Museums, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, the West End, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, the National Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, the Festival Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre & National Film Theatre, Hayward Gallery, IMAX, Waterloo Station, Tate Modern.
Local activities include: shopping, restaurants, historic monuments, art galleries, theatres, cinemas, river boats.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
VAT receipt available on request.
To reserve dates, full non-refundable payment due if within six weeks of arrival date: 50% on booking, then 50% 45 days before arrival. Payment via UK Cheque, electronic bank transfer or credit cards via PayPal.
Returnable security deposit of £250 taken on booking.
Beds, except for the two (very comfortable) sofa chairs, made up.
Rates are subject to change until reservation. Generally the property is let for 4 nights minimum stay but if there is a vacancy for a shorter stay between lets we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.