Chalkley's at The Old Bakery
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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Offering comfort, convenience and charm this unique, characterful, cottage-style apartment on 2 floors has beautiful brick fireplaces, beamed ceilings and high-quality furnishings. An atmospheric holiday home, renovated to a high standard, it benefits from elegant, contemporary, en-suite bathrooms/ shower-rooms and a well-equipped modern kitchen. This is a ideal place to relax after a busy day's sight-seeing. Suitable for 2 couples, or a family of four. It is In one of the most pleasant residential areas of London. The Winchmore Hill Conservation Area, is centred on "The Green" , where you will find two excellent delis, traditional tea shops, varied restaurants, good pubs, and antique and gift shops.
Winchmore Hill station is just 2 minutes' walk from The Old Bakery giving fast access to the centre.
'Chalkley's' is named after the family who ran the bakery here for 4 generations. It consists of a comfortably furnished living room with Wifi and Cable TV; dining room (seats 6) with large fireplace and beautiful, 17th century, exposed brick wall; modern, well-equipped kitchen (1st floor) with washing machine, oven, hob and fridge-freezer; two picturesque double bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities. One has a king-size double bed and the other has two single beds.
This is a family-run business. We offer you all the privacy you need but with the security of knowing that, as we live on-site, we are available to provide advice if needed.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Heathrow 40 km, Nearest railway: Winchmore Hill 200 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
Bedroom One has a king-size double bed, polished wood floor with rugs, and a marble-floored en-suite shower room/toilet. Bedroom Two is a high-ceilinged room with polished wood floor and Moroccan rug, two single beds and an en-suite marble-floored bathroom (bath,over-bath shower, basin and toilet). Egyptian cotton (400 thread) bedlinen and towels are provided and laundered for you weekly. Both bedrooms are furnished to a high-standard with some antique furniture, traditional bedsteads and high-quality mattresses.
The living room has Virgin Media cable TV and Wifi (free). There is a three seater settee and a large armchair. An 18th C brick fireplace adds to the character of this wood-paneled room. A desk provides space for your computer and we also provide an information folder, maps and guide-books for your use during your stay.
The large beamed dining room has a huge fireplace dating from early 17th C and an historic exposed brick wall of similar date. The dining table seats 6. Flowers are on the table to welcome you when you arrive. We provide an additional kettle and toaster in the dining room for your use at breakfast-time, together with extra crockery. Baskets are provided to carry crockery to the kitchen.
On the walls of you will find photos dating from late 19th and early 20th century of the Chalkley family, who ran the Bakery until it closed in 1960 (after which the building was converted to residential use).
A collection of interesting London guidebooks, and other fiction and non-fiction reading is provided.
|Further details outdoors|
The immediate area:
The Winchmore Hill Conservation Area, is centred on "The Green", where you will find traditional tea shops, two excellent delis, a grocery shop, and antique and gift shops. There are restaurants to suit many tastes (Turkish, Indian, French etc) and an excellent pub restaurants at The King's Head and The Queen's Head.
As you have your own kitchen and dining facilities in Chalkley's, you will probably also wish to eat at home. You can buy what you need at the "Deli on the Green" just 50 metres from The Old Bakery, where they sell an enticing selection of cheeses, salads and cold meats as well as vegetables, fruit, breads and groceries. There is also "The Larder", a shop specialising in high-quality locally produced foods, as well as continental cheese and wine. There is a small supermarket on The Green and, if you need a large supermarket, Sainsbury is just a 5 minute walk from The Old Bakery.
Winchmore Hill station is just 2 minutes' walk from The Old Bakery, and gives fast access to the centre of London. This trainline intersects with the Piccadilly line (at Finsbury Park station) and the Victoria line (at Finsbury Park and Highbury and Islington station). So, that Leicester Square (theatreland), Oxford Circus (shopping) and Russell Square (British Museum) stations, for example, are accessible in 30 minutes. St Pancras International (Eurostar)/ Kings Cross station is 22 minutes from Winchmore Hill.
There is also a local bus from The Green to Southgate station on the Piccadilly line, offering a direct link to Heathrow Airport. A taxi to Southgate Station is about £5.
A car is not necessary but if you arrive by car you will be able to park in the "residents only" parking bays for which we provide guest permits.
The local environment:
Winchmore Hill is a residential area of London, popular because of its interesting historic centre and its safe and pleasant environment. The local park, "Grovelands",was originally the grounds of Grovelands House (architect John Nash) and was laid out by the famous landscape artist Humphrey Repton. It has a beautiful lake and wooded areas, as well as a cafe and children's play areas.
Rental rates: Please see rates section
5-10% discount is offered when occupied by 2 guests only (sharing one bedroom)
Flexible arrival days.
Minimum stay is normally 4 nights. We occasionally offer 3-night bookings at short notice.
Payment terms: We ask for a 25% deposit at the time of booking. The balance of 75% is payable one month before your arrival. We advise guests to take out travel insurance in case they are forced to cancel due to last minute illness or travel problems (e.g. volcano explosions in Iceland or blizzards in New York!). We will always try our very best to re-let your dates if you have to cancel at short notice and will, if sucessful, then return your payment in full or in part (as appropriate), less our administration costs.
The South East England region
London offers so many opportunities for visitors that is is difficult to decide where to start.
The range of theatre is second-to none in the world, and whether you like musical theatre, opera, ballet, or drama or comedy you will find it in plenty. Musical concerts for all tastes also abound, from classical to jazz and everything in between.
There are museums both large and small, from the huge British Museum to, for example, the domestic-sized John Soane Museum. Children adore the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum with its dinasaurs. National Museums are free of charge.
Those who love historic architecture can visit the gothic Westminster Abbey (venue of Royal Weddings since the 1500s) or Christopher Wren's classical St Paul's Cathedral (venue of the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana). Greenwich Palace and the Royal Observatory are along The Thames to the East and to the West is Hampton Court (see www.hrp.org.uk). You can visit both by river boat.
Clothes and gift shopping in London is a major attraction, with Oxford Street and Regent's Street easy to reach in 30 minutes from the Old Bakery. Covent Garden Market offers a smaller scale shopping experience with intreguing stalls and many interesting smaller clothes shops.
You may also enjoy a visit to an ancient food market, Borough Market near London Bridge and Southwark Cathedral. ( Then walk along the Thames path to Shakespeare's Globe theatre, past the re-creation of Sir Franics Drake's small wooden ship, "The Golden Hind", in which he circum-navigated the Globe.)
We provide guide books, maps and city-walk books for our guests, as well as ideas for days out in London and beyond, with details of how to get there etc. These ideas include visits to some lesser- known places of interest, which you may find particularly useful if this is not your first visit to London.
Winchmore Hill Green is the heart of a "Conservation Area", i.e. an area of historic architectual interest. "The Green" was originally the centre of a small village with mediaeval roots. Remarkably, it has retained its friendly atmosphere and community cohesion, despite being absorbed into London in the 1860s when the railways arrived and tranformed the way of life. It is often said that London is a series of villages. If so, Winchmore Hill is one of the finest.
We are fortunate that many buildings survive from these earlier times, including The Old Bakery (a Listed Historic Building dating back to circa 1600), of which your apartment is a part. Among other buildings of interest are the Friends Meeting House (Quakers) and the 18thC clap-board cottages in Church Hill.
"The Green, Winchmore Hill " makes an ideal venue for your self-catering holiday. There is the excellent " Deli on The Green" just 50 metres from the Old Bakery and "The Larder", a specialist food and wine shop, on the other side of the Green. You will also find two delightful traditional tea shops, a coffee shop and good quality restaurants to suit most tastes, all on your doorstep. You will enjoy the antique shop and gift shops around the Green. On a more mundane level there is a Sainsbury Supermarket 5 minutes walk from the house and a smaller supermarket (open til 11pm) on The Green.
Grovelands Park, originally the grounds of elagant Grovelands House, offers pleasant local walks and play areas for children. Grovelands House was designed by John Nash and the grounds and lake were laid out by Humphrey Repton, the renowned and ground-breaking landscape artist.
In nearby Enfield town (4 minutes by local train) you can see "Gentlemen's Row" one of the finest surviving 18th century streets. The poet John Keats spent his childhood in Enfield.
Day-trips to Hatfield House, where the first Queen Elizabeth lived before coming to the throne in AD 1595, and to Cambridge (make sure you see King's College) can be made from Winchmore Hill station.
As Winchmore Hill station is just 2 minutes' walk from the Old Bakery, your access to the centre of London is easy and quick. There is a fast commuter service to the centre, one of the many reasons why Winchmore Hill is so popular with Londoners. Trains from Winchmore Hill intersect with the Piccadilly line and Victoria Line at Finsbury Park (12 minutes) and with the Victoria Line at Highbury and Islington (15 minutes). So, you can get to the British Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Theatreland in 25030 minutes. At weekends trains run direct in 22 minutes from Winchmore Hill to King's Cross- St Pancras, where Eurostar arrives and departs from/to Paris. A day trip to Paris is possible if you are willing to get up early.
There is also a local bus service from Winchmore Hill Green to Southgate on the Piccadilly line.
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27 May 2014
"Really enjoyed our stay"
We stayed for 5 days with two teens. Train station is really close by so you're in London really quick. Lovely host, comfy beds, charming house, good wifi, lots of extras (travel guides, first br… More
I am so glad that this family from Germany enjoyed their stay in London. We also have two very tall young men in our family. So, the need to duck through some doorways is a familiar story. Some of the rooms in Chalkley's apartment have very high ceilings, and some quite low ceilings. The high ceilings are in the upper floors on one side of the house (currently a twin bedroom and a bathroom) and they had the experts rather perplexed as to why they were so high. But a few years ago an historic buildings architect worked out that the central part of the Old Bakery, which dates for about 1595AD, was originally a village meeting hall and was formed of one large space with a huge fireplace in the middle; this space was later divided up when it became a farmhouse. Working out the story of the building has been one of the joys of living here and we are delighted that our guests take pleasure in its excentricity. Nina
27 Apr 2014
"Spring in London"
We enjoyed our stay at Chalkley's - convenient location for all that we wanted to do. It's exactly as it looks in the photos and yes, the stairs are steep.We liked having a kitchen and ther… More
I am so sorry that these guests did not mention that the heating was not high enough for them. Thermostats on each radiator enable guests to adjust the heating level in each room. We can also increase the temperature target of the whole system. Sadly the guests did not mention that they felt chilly. I would have boosted the heating if they had. They are from a hot part of the world and so I should have thought to check.
17 Apr 2014
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely apartment. The history behind it is quite remarkable, and it's a shame that the bakery closed. We have stayed in many vacation rentals around Europe, and none have been quite as nice as this. The small amenities such as coffee and bread were very much appreciated. After a long trip you don't want to worry about going grocery shopping immediately after arriving. The owner gave us a superb rundown of the place as well as pointing us in the right direction to find groceries and great places to eat. Her recommendation of a restaurant was spot-on. The guestbook was also a nice touch, as you can read what everyone else that stayed there had to say about the place. Trust me, it was all positive.
We love London (this was not our first trip to this fine city) and this was definitely the best trip so far. The location is perfect for being out of a busy urban location, but close enough that getting downtown is a breeze thanks to the wonderful train system. If you are planning a trip to London and want a reasonably-priced rental, this fits the bill nicely. There is a National Rail station less than 5 minutes away by foot, and in less than 30 minutes you're downtown.
The worst part about the trip? As usual, it was having to give up the keys and go home. But that's the same wherever I go. The stairs leading to the second floor were rather steep, but there is a door at the bottom to close if you have small children. There are also baskets provided for carrying objects up and down safely.
So glad that I got the restaurant recommendations right! The Old Bakery must have been a real asset to the area when it was still baking and selling bread (it closed as a bakery in 1960), but an excellent bakery has recently opened nearby and supplies a shop just a few metres away on The Green. So you can once again get the best bread possible.
14 Apr 2014
"A lovely stay in a pleasant little village"
We were made very welcome in this little cottage. It as very comfortable and well equipped although the stairs were not for anyone with mobility issues.
How pleased Winchmore Hill residents will be to have the area called a "pleasant little village". Despite being incorporated into London 144 years ago, in 1870, when a train line from the centre of London was built, we pride ourselves on maintaining the friendly atmosphere of a village and keeping the old Village Green looking as nice as possible, even though cars having replaced horses and carts. This is a Conservation Area, which helps a lot.
12 Apr 2014
"Historic hidden gem"
This historic cottage, parts of which date from the 17th century, has been very well preserved and where necessary, sensitively modernised. It looks unassuming from the outside and is discretely placed on the village green in a desirable suburb of London. It is ideally located within a one minute walk of the excellent transport links. The local amenties include a beautiful park and several good restaurants and gastropubs, as well as a few smaller tea shops, delicatessens . and a newsagent. A 5 minute walk takes you to a well stocked supermarket, while just across the road you will find a smaller grocery store for any smaller or last minute purchases. The accomodation includes a cosy sitting room, a delightful dining room , and two nice bedrooms with oak beams . both with their separate ensuite facilities > There is also a well equipped kitchen upstairs . We had a lovely weekend here and would certainly come again. You need to be a little careful with the steep original staircase.
When these visitors stayed one of our best pubs, The King's Head, was shut for refurbishment. It has now re-opened and reports are that the new chef's cooking is excellent. There is a good choice of places to eat without having to leave Winchmore Hill Green.
11 Dec 2013
"Absolutely beautiful - we did not want to go home"
The Old Bakery was beautifully clean and comfortable but better than that, it was just like being at home. The deep-cushioned lounge suite cried out to be sat in with a good book or to watch an evening's tv, and we thoroughly enjoyed our wind downs in the evenings. The separate roomy dining room was warm and a great place to sit down as a family. With a wifi service available throughout the property we used the table heavily to download photos from our cameras, catch up on emails or just have a nice cuppa. The beds were immaculately clean and comfortable, ensuring a restful stay. On top of this the village was so welcoming and the train and bus were only a couple of minutes away. Perfect lodgings!
It is always good to know that our guests really enjoyed the apartment. What a lovely review. It makes the work of getting everything as good as we can feel so worthwhile. I'm glad the cushions on the sofa are welcome. I added a couple of new ones recently. I think that good internet access is essential to most holiday makers these days. So, unlike most of the central London hotels (whom you would think could be more generous considering their high room rates) we do not charge for WiFi.
2 Nov 2013
"We thoroughly enjoyed our month's stay in this charming, historic accommodation"
Chalkley's is conveniently situated by Winchmore Hill station and the village green. The neighbouring area is distinctive and pleasant. Transport links are excellent: we could get to the West End… More
19 May 2013
"Location perfect , house interesting"
Read carefully the guidance given by the owner , because the upstairs /downstairs layout may not suit older people .This advice is given .The apartment is appropriately furnished & provides all you will need .The village &surrounds are delightful & while it is in Zone 4 transport to London offers 2 straightforward options ,including evenings after10pm
29 Apr 2013
"short break for London sightseeing"
a lovely little cottage in a picturesque setting, far from the madding crowd! A warm welcome from Nina who gave us some tips on places to see. Very cosy and warm, nice and clean too. This was an ideal base as only a 3 minute walk to the station and a 30 minute train ride away from central London. The stairs took a bit of getting used to so would not recommend this place to people with mobility problems which is a shame because I think the upstairs layout is really nice.
We ate at the Indian restaurant on our 1st night and it was very good, we also drove approx 10 minutes to the nearest Toby Carvery which again was very good.
We would definitely stay again and our 14 year old daughter was impressed too!
22 Apr 2013
"Just What We Needed and More!"
Its my second trip to the Old Bakery, although first visit to Chalkleys and this time with parents as well as husband (who has visited here with me before). We all loved the place, far better than staying in hotels, and great for my well-retired parents who loved the fact we had our own living room space and could all come and go as we pleased. A great situation and so handy for the trains - a short ride as well into the city. The area is lovely with a selection of good restaurants and takeaways as well as super delis and tea shops. Great for browsing and relaxing if you don't always want to go into London centre. There's a lovely park not far away too where you can go for a nice walk around the lake and even take a picnic.
Chalkleys is so well equipped and thoughtfully presented; it has atmosphere and history, but with all the modern touches you need.
We had a great welcome to the property and everything is well explained to make your vacation as easy as possible.
We definitely recommend and would stay again! Thank you Nina and family!
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