Roamers Return Greenwich g'den
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This attractive 1 bedroom apartment is on the ground floor of a Victorian house located in Royal Greenwich, the greenest borough in London. The apartment has been completely refurbished and offers a comfortable and tasteful haven to put your feet up after a busy day exploring London. Street parking is free, there is a little garden and the road itself – a side street off the High Street - is friendly and quiet.
We, the owners of Roamers Return, enjoy visiting other cities and the apartment has been decorated and furnished with personal knowledge of what helps to make a holiday special. The attractive lounge has comfortable seating for 4. There is a dining table with chairs for 4 in the bay window and a gorgeous old cast iron fireplace with working gas fire to cosy up in front of when it's cold outside. A TV and a music centre where you can also play your iPod music are provided as well as a good selection of books, games and tourist information. The lounge has an easily convertible double sofabed. The bedroom has a lovely comfortable king sized bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and blackout blind. The kitchen is a good size and well equipped for cooking if you feel in the mood. There is a tall fridge freezer and washer/dryer as well as kettle, toaster, toasted sandwich maker and microwave. The bathroom has all the essentials; new bathroom suite with shower over the bath, heated towel rail and plenty of fresh towels. The apartment is centrally heated throughout. Thoughtfully chosen pictures and decorative touches abound. Oyster cards are provided on loan so you can charge them and start roaming straight away!
We have a similar newly refurbished apartment upstairs - www.holidaylettings.co.uk/307976 - which is decorated to a similar standard and colour scheme as the garden apartment and sleeps 4. It has a larger lounge, bedroom and bathroom but does not have access to the garden area. It may be possible to let both apartments together for a larger party.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Southend on sea (Essex) - 34 miles 52 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London City Airport - 4 miles, Nearest railway: Plumstead - 200 yards|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details outdoors|
Outside, you'll find a small private terraced area with garden table and chairs for 4, with roses and fuschia, lavender, scented flowers and climbing plants, a pleasant place to end the day with a glass of something cool when the weather's hot.
There is a barbeque, with cooking tools provided, on which to burn your sausages!
There is a small step up to the bathroom, which is the only change of level within the apartment, making it suitable for people with restricted mobility.
The South East England region
Royal Greenwich is a borough in the south east of the city, so is ideally placed both for visits to the capital's many tourist attractions and to the rolling countryside in Kent - which is known as 'The Garden of England' for its prolific fruit and food production - and the Kent coast, which is about an hour's drive away. It is a very leafy borough - see the map above -steeped in history with many places of local interest. Within a short walk are The Royal Arsenal, Woolwich Firepower Museum and Heritage Centre, all of which catalogue and celebrate Woolwich's past military and ordnance production role. A short ride away is historic Greenwich Park with the Royal Observatory and Greenwich Mean Time line at the top of the hill overseeing a panoramic view over Greenwich Naval College, the river, Docklands and the City of London.
A few minutes' journey from the apartment up Shooters Hill you can find Oxleas Woods, parts of which are at least 8000 years old, dating back to the last Ice Age and reckoned by ecologists to be one of the most important woodlands for wildlife in the whole of London. Shooters Hill is on the long straight road from Kent to London where long ago Dick Turpin and other highwaymen darted out of the surrounding woodland brandishing pistols and persuaded travellers to part with their valuables, which gave the road its name. Right by Oxleas wood is Severndroog castle, a Gothic style folly built by his widow to honour a sea captain and which is said, on a fine day, to have views over 7 counties. The Green Chain Walk, which crosses Oxleas woods, connects many miles of woodland in south London and strolling one or two sections of it with a picnic is a fabulous way to spend a day. Also close at hand in this area is Woodlands Farm, a working farm with animals and crops which is regularly open to the public.
Another easy journey from the apartment is Eltham Palace, originally Henry V111's childhood home with its moat and rebuilt sleek Art Deco entrance which is well worth a visit. The ancient remains of Lesnes Abbey are also on the Green Chain Walk. Dating back to 1170, the Abbey was probably built as penance for the murder of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury cathedral. Augustian monks lived and reflected in the abbey but it was not well funded and fell into disrepair, ultimately falling foul of Henry V111's dissolution of the monasteries.
There are several golf courses and horse riding a short distance away, tennis courts at walking distance and the Waterfront at Woolwich offers sessions of most sports indoors at a reasonable price as well as swimming and water slides. Shopping opportunities abound including giant shopping malls at Bluewater and Gallions Reach orThurrock, across the Thames.
London is a vast, sprawling, vibrant and iconic city. Visitors new to the capital will naturally want to see the famous sights: Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and so on. However, there is so much more to London than the famous sights and we would encourage visitors to see the small scale miracles that make London what it is: tiny, hidden ancient buildings such as the pretty Trinity Hospital on the river path at Greenwich, built in 1616, pocket handkerchief public gardens and allotments tucked away in densely urban settings, the little working synagogue that sits right in the middle of a predominantly muslim area in east London, the alleys and old riverside pubs out towards Bermondsey. The bathing ponds on Hampstead Heath, the rather beautiful old cemeteries, such as Nunhead and Highgate, where Marx is buried. And the shining glass buildings emerging impossibly from amongst their historic neighbours, where it defies belief that there would be enough space for another building. Old and new London jostling along side by side. The delicious street food, farmers' markets and restaurants, reflecting London's enormously diverse population, are now a source of some pride in a country with a mixed reputation for our food!
All this is a short journey away: the 53 bus which you can catch just round the corner goes all the way to Horseguards Parade, next to Trafalgar Square in about 40 minutes, with no need to change and it runs all night too. For the price of a day's travelcard, sitting on the top deck you have a very affordable sightseeing tour!!! All the other buses at the stop round the corner from the apartment go to Woolwich, a major travel hub. From there, you can catch the overground, Docklands Light Railway, or Thames Clipper up the river. From Plumstead station, just a 5 minute walk away and in Zone 4, you can catch a train for London Bridge, Waterloo, Cannon Street or Charing Cross.
Travel times from Woolwich are roughly:
4 minutes to City Airport
10 minutes to Greenwich for Greenwich Park, the Royal Observatory and Blackheath
15 minutes to the O2
20 minutes to London Bridge forTower Bridge, the Clink
25 minutes to Waterloo for the London Eye, Southbank, National Film Theatre, Tower of London
30 minutes to Charing Cross for Trafalgar Square, Soho, Leicester Square, Oxford Street
From these original routes you can also make easy connections with the extensive tube network.
Royal Greenwich really does offer the best of both worlds: central London is easily accessible but you can come home to a quieter, greener, less busy place with your own little patio garden and free parking.
Central London/Zone 2
All the usual amenities are at your doorstep: shops, restaurants, post office, bank with cashpoint, pharmacy, car hire, cab company and several pubs are all within a 5 minute walk.
Less than 10 minutes’ walk takes you to the nearest of the many green spaces, Winn’s Common, and Plumstead Common is also close by. This was the scene of an 'Enclosures' dispute in 1853, when local residents gathered to protest the proposed development of housing on the Common, which would take away their ancient rights to graze their animals and collect turf. Their ringleader was briefly imprisoned but released after 17 days and this episode lead to an Act of Parliament - the Plumstead Common Act - which preserved around 100 acres of Plumstead's common land forever.
Around 15 minutes’ walk will take you to the Thames riverside path and another 15 minutes’ walk will see you in Woolwich, with a great view of the eternally absorbing free Woolwich car ferries manoevering past each other to cross the river with their loads. You can ride across on the ferry as a pedestrian too just for fun and stroll in the Royal Victoria Gardens the other side.
Woolwich was home to the Royal Arsenal for decades and following the decline of heavy industry both here and throughout England, much work has been done to regenerate the area. The area of the old Artillery now offers upmarket housing, some overlooking the river. The town centre has been reinvigorated with new civic buildings and large stores. The central square has been completely redesigned, complete with water feature and giant TV for communal partaking of big events, such as the Olympics and important sporting and ceremonial events and is very popular with the local people. The Arsenal football team started here in the Earl of Derby pub near Plumstead station, now a Nepalese restaurant, but moved north of the river about 100 years ago.
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12 Nov 2013
I stayed with a friend at Roamer's Return in Plumstead for 2 weeks. The apartment was very cosy and well furnished and stocked. The owner, Lynne, really knows her stuff as far as renting to hol… More
Thanks very much for taking the trouble to send in a review, and for your suggestions and compliments too. Yes, Plumstead is a bit further out, but it's a trade off, isn't it? I don't charge central London prices and offer a really clean, spacious and comfortable place to stay. I don't think 20 minutes to London Bridge is much of a journey anyway, given the size of London! That's a Londoner talking!
11 Nov 2013
"Beautifully decorated and maintained flat"
Very much enjoyed my stay in Lynne's "Roamer's Return" flat in Plumstead (Greenwich). Lynne's done an excellent job re-doing and furnishing this lovely spacious flat. Quality … More
Thanks very much for your lovely review. We enjoyed making the apartment a 'home from home' so very pleased that's how you experienced it. We really like Plumstead - we've lived here nearly 25 years now - as a safe and friendly place with a huge array of different people. It has good transport links to central London but also the green-ness of being a bit out of London too.
26 Oct 2013
This little retreat was a great find for our vacation!! We spent the days going into London, and most evenings were spent quietly at the flat, watching movies. This is a great location, quiet street… More
Thanks so much for taking the trouble to send in this lovely review. I'm glad you loved our 'little retreat' and it was a great pleasure to have you to visit.
4 Aug 2013
"Be carefully!!! Lynne at Sleepstreet doesn't return damage deposit !!"
Be carefully!!! Lynne at Sleepstreet doesn't return damage deposit !! I was in flat between 1.06 to 8.06.13. Deposit was £150. On the eve of my departure -7.06 I called her and asked … More
I will happily return your deposit once you have paid the £200+ I spent in having repaired the damage to two doors and locks and breakages you caused during your stay, which was witnessed by and caused considerable nuisance to the guests in the other apartment amongst other people. In over 14 years letting my apartments, I have never before had to retain a deposit. I take trouble in my description to tell people where the apartment is, including the nearest station and zone, journey times and there is also a map. Holiday Lettings classifies London lettings by the London borough and the apartments are in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, which is large enough to span several transport zones. Most residents are not Nigerian immigrants. You spent approximately double on your Oyster card for zones 1-4 than you should have for a week's travelcard. I expect this was down to user error. In my information, I am clearly suggesting the 53 bus to Horse Guards Parade as something of a sightseeing tour. If you want to get to central London fast, you obviously catch the train, not the bus that goes all round the houses.
21 Jul 2013
"FANTASTIC PLACE IN S.E. LONDON"
This fantastic place is a perfect house if you are planning to visit London and ought to fell the city like a Londoner. The house is very charming, very fresh and clean, it's a beautiful Victorian House, which has been well renovated and finely decorated, the back garden is just superb to relax and drink some summer Pimms. Located in a quite neighbourhood in Plumstead, Souteast London, with plenty of amenities nearby, local supermarket, fish and chips shops and kebab shops, not far from the house is located a green park called Plumstead common where you can relax and enjoy the birds singing.
The train station is a 5 min walk and will take you directly to central London – Charing Cross Station in over 30 minutes, the trains are very frequent and reliable every 5 or 10 minutes. This is what makes London such a unique city compared to most of the other European capitals, in 20 or 30 minutes you could be out in places like Plumstead that seems sometimes like a countryside village so close and so far of this fantastic cosmopolitan city!
We have spent over a week and are planning already the next holiday to come back, we had a very good time.
To finish Lynne the owner of the place was very friendly and helpful!
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We enjoyed having you enormously, it is always so pleasing when guests 'get' what you have on offer - in our case a comfortable home from home, away from the smoke and with loads of green space close by but really well connected to central London. I hope you will both return soon!
30 Apr 2013
Stayed for 18 nights in April 2013 with my husband. Nice and cosy flat, clean, stylish, very English, I loved it! Very well equipped kitchen (even with salt and pepper and olive oil), enough to make a culinary masterpiece with all dainties from Borough Market, and there are lots of supermarkets nearby. Very good broadband internet and stable Wi-Fi. Excellent access to public transport net – 25 min to London Bridge by train, bus stops just across the street. And special thanks for Oyster cards – they were extremely useful! Lynne was very helpful and great to deal with, she answered e-mails at once, and it was a pleasure to find some essentials like mineral water, tea and milk upon arrival! I strongly recommend Roamers Return to stay at whilst visiting London and definitely will be staying here on my next journey to England. Daria and Eugeny, Russia
It's so lovely to be able to offer holiday accommodation to people like this couple who are so appreciative of the little touches and look after the flat so carefully. I try to make sure there are some basics so that guests don't have to go out shopping straight away and I also leave some staples in the cupboard that other guests have bought. Do come back and see us again!
12 Apr 2013
"Very handy, very cosmopolitan"
Our son who lives in London booked this property for us. We found it a great place to stay, although more than walking some distance to Greenwich. The Unit was well appointed with all you could need for a pleasant stay. Mine host, Lynne was very accommodating and keen to make sure all was well for our time there. Access to public transport was excellent with bus and train stops nearby. We are frequent travellers to London from Australia, and subject to availability, we will definitely stay there on future trips. Richard G.
It was great to receive your positive review, thanks so much for taking the trouble to send it in. Greenwich is both a London Borough ( a Royal Borough, no less!) and a town and although we sometimes walk along the river to Greenwich town centre, it's true it's not a quick stroll. Do come back and visit again and I'll tell you what the neighbours are up to!
7 Apr 2013
"Beautiful Accomodation !"
I have been for 1 week together with my wife and my two small daughters in this nice flat. My expectations were met at 100%. The flat was well equipped and it's available also the internet broadband, very useful to plan your daily itineraries in the city. It's tidy and clean and many things are brand new. I came by car by Germany and I parked in front of the house. The street is quiet and Train and buses for the center London (20-25 minutes ca. by train) are available and close to the accomodation. There are some Supermarkets at walking distance. I met also Lynne and She was very gentle and offer her help in case of any need during our staying. I definitively suggest this location if You want to visit London.
Thank you so much for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed the free parking right outside the flat and the good internet connection - so many people use technology to plan their holidays it's an absolute must these days. Would be lovely to welcome you back.
6 Mar 2013
Roamers return was fabulous! Lynne was extremely helpful and great to deal with. The house was spotless, homely and so cosy. I would definately stay again next time I'm in England. Good location, quiet street and handy to shops, train station and only 20 minutes into central London. . Thanks again!
What a lovely review! Thanks so much for taking the time to send it in. We think it's a 'good location, quiet street and handy to shops, train station and only 20 minutes into central London' so it's great to hear you agree. Come back soon!
20 Feb 2013
Stayed for 16 nights in January 2013. Was a convenient place to stay easy to get into the city itself. The owner was very friendly and considerate and although I didn't meet her she did stay in touch via email.
It was nice and cosy and everything was lovely and clean!
Thanks so much for your positive comments. If I can, I try to meet my guests but can't always manage this. So glad you found the flat clean and convenient for visits to the centre.
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