The Stables at The Old Bakery
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
A romantic hideaway for two, set in the secluded, walled garden the Old Bakery. Beamed living room and eaves bedroom combine with contemporary kitchen & shower-room to make a elegant, cosy and romantic home-from-home. Fast trains to the centre from Winchmore Hill station ( 2 minutes' walk) give quick access to the central sights of London.
The Stables consists of a living room/ dining room, kitchen, shower-room (downstairs) and a bedroom in the eaves (i.e with restricted height, sloping ceiling). The living room has a settee for two (please note that this is NOT a sofa-bed and so unsuitable for sleeping on), an armchair, a coffee table and dining table for two. The kitchen is well-equipped and contemporary is style, with microwave / combination oven, a hob, fridge with ice-box & washing machine. Bedlinen (400 thread Egyptian cotton) and towels are provided. Wifi is free of charge. The Stables has direct access to the street through a secure gate, offering privacy and a relaxing atmosphere rarely available in London.
This property is very popular with honeymoon couples.In the Summer our guests love to spend a relaxing time admiring the colourful garden, perhaps over a glass of wine. Our tortoise provides amusement on warm afternoons.
This is a family run business. We offer all the privacy you need, but with the re-assurance that we are on site if you need advice. We enjoy welcoming guests to Winchmore Hill.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 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||Suitable for children over 5|
|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||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details outdoors|
The secluded, walled garden of the Old Bakery, in which the Stables is set, are a delightful feature of this home-from-home. In May, the wisteria-clad walls are a delightful picture; in June and July roses climb over trellis and archway beside the Stable door. In summer you can enjoy relaxing drinks or quiet breakfasts outside the Stables.
Your security and privacy is protected by the high gate leading to the street.
A car is unnecessary as public transport here is excellent. However, if you arrive by car, you can park in the street in residents-only parking bays for which we can provide visitor permits.
The ladder-style staircase may make this property unsuitable for some adults. I am in my 60s and find no difficulty with it but please discuss your needs with me if you are uncertain if you can manage these steps. There is the option of renting our other apartment (Chalkley's - 2 bedrooms / maximum occupancy 4) which has a conventional staircase and which can be rented for 2 guests (sharing one bedroom) at a discounted rent.
The cottage is also probably unsuitable for (mobile) children under 5. Small babies (non-crawling) sleeping in a travel cot can be accommodated. Please email to discuss suitability.
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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8 Aug 2014
"Brilliant place to stay"
Has everything you need and more. Great place to explore London and great area to come home to and relax in the evening. Would def stay here again
26 Jul 2014
"The stables were lovely with beautiful gardens and easy access to central london; the owners were fantastic."
The stables is hidden away behind just two minutes from the Winchmore Hill station; entry is through a hidden gated garden with clematis, roses and numerous flowering shrubs and vines and private patio. Nina and her family were so helpful before and after our stay and have taken care to pay attention to every detail. The place was immaculate and very comfortable, with everything we could possibly have needed as well as fresh roses on the table and the kitchen stocked with basics (including fresh bread and eggs). Our only regret is that we were so busy with family that we couldn't spend more time there relaxing. The commute to central London was surprisingly easy and fast. We will certainly return.
14 Jul 2014
"Brilliant location, accommodation and friendly host"
We stayed here for our honeymoon in June 2012 and had a great time. Brilliant location for London, only 30mins on the train. Lovely little town with a great deli and pizza place. We recently decided t… More
14 Jun 2014
"Second time at the Old Bakery and perfect once again"
Wonderful, comfortable accommodation in a great location. I think that this sums it up. Having stayed at the larger Chalkley's apartment at the Old Bakery in 2013 I wondered whether my response to the Stables would be equally enthusiastic. It was. The good design, the stylish furnishings and fittings, and the attractive garden setting made the Stables a cheerful, warm and relaxing place to return each evening during a memorable week in London. I felt as if I was returning home. I slept consistently well in the distinctive loft bedroom. Once again I enjoyed staying in attractive Winchmore Hill with its fast and convenient railway connection to Central London.
12 Dec 2013
My stay at the Stables for a week was cosy and warm. It is a comfortable walking distance from the Winchmore station and restaurants with the house having all the amenities you require. The bedroom up… More
Thanks for staying with us. The bedroom in the eaves of the Stables does indeed require some "ducking" if you are a 6-foot plus person! But it makes up for this by being (so our guests frequently report) romantic and cosy. Of course the horses this building was designed for originally didn't get to go upstairs.
24 Nov 2013
"What more could you want?"
We've stayed in the Stables at the Old Bakery on the last two occasions when we have visited London. I think it's both a lovely and perfect location as it's just a quick train ride into Central London but I've found it's also nice to come back to the village atmosphere of Winchmore Hill after a busy day/night in London. It's just near the Village Green where there are good pubs, restaurants, a very lovely tea shop and there's also a great cafe/ deli and greengrocery just across the road where you can find everything you fancy if you want to eat in.
The accommodation is very cosy and comfortable with a decent sized kitchen and bathroom. There is everything you need and Nina is always willing to help you with whatever it is you need or need to know. What impressed me most since my first visit is that Nina continues to upgrade and improve the accommodation and that there are some nice touches (that I did not find in similar accommodation on my recent travels) such as a fridge stocked with milk, eggs, tea, bread and marmalade for that first breakfast so that we could just arrive, flop and relax. And that lovely vase of fresh flowers on the table was special too. A nice little hideaway.
One extra bonus for us is to take a short walk up to and around the charming Grovelands Park. Another way of unwinding after a heady day in London.
We are so glad that these guests enjoyed their second stay in The Stables. We have, indeed, up-graded the shower-room since their previous stay. We try to make improvements each year, and to ensure that everything in the apartment stays in top condition. I like fresh flowers in my home and so it is a pleasure to offer the same to arriving guests, some of whom have been travelling for many hours to get here.
19 Jul 2013
"I want to go back!"
The Stables at the Old Bakery was a lovely loft apartment. The walk from the gate through the garden to the door of the apartment was beautiful. There were many flowering perrenials and a small pond. … More
16 May 2013
My school friend and I stayed at The Stables in April 2013 - it was everything I wanted and more! Winchmore Hill is a great location, I spent the first three days exploring the area. Shops, parks, r… More
I am glad that this visitor had fun exploring Winchmore Hill, as well as enjoying the varied delights of central London. It is a lovely area and very friendly. Londoners like to live in Winchmore Hill because it combines easy access to central London's workplaces, theatres, museums, major department stores etc. with a pleasant environment, good local cafes and interesting small shops.
1 May 2013
"A bitter disappointment"
I was so looking forward to my stay with my 17 year-old daughter after looking at the beautiful pictures and reading the awesome reviews of the place, but we found it to be a bitter disappointment. U… More
I'm obviously sad that this guest did not enjoy her stay in The Stables. Anyone reading reviews by other customers will see that they have been delighted both with The Stables and with the effort we make to ensure guests enjoy their stay. Why then this one-off negative review?
I think their discontent stemmed from the fact that they booked accommodation that did not match their requirement for two separate beds, if not separate bedrooms. Our other apartment, Chalkley's, does offer this and was available when they booked. Being larger, it has a higher rent than The Stables but is also offered in a one- bedroom (twin bedded) format at a discount.
Comprehensive directions from their arrival airport were sent by email, but perhaps they left these behind.
As regards cleanliness, there were no hairs in the bedding on their arrival. In our recent annual Quality in Tourism inspection (March 2013), our apartments were again awarded 9 marks out of 10 for cleanliness on the demanding scale applicable to 4* rated properties.
The guest did not make any complaint about the bed-linen during her 4-night stay. If I found dirty bed-linen in a holiday apartment I would object immediately.
I do not recognise the reviewer's description of what happened when they arrived. Immediately on arrival, the reviewer's daughter requested an extra set of bedding so that she could sleep on the settee in the lounge. The Stables is advertised as a one bedroom apartment with a double bed and NO sofa bed. I tried to explain that my 4* rating would be lost if I allowed a small settee to be used as a bed and that, therefore, I do not keep, or supply, bedding for it. (However, I do provide a throw on the two-seater sofa in case a guest wants to curl up for a nap during the day.) The reviewer's daughter then asked for an extra duvet for the double bed (this was in addition to the 10.5 tog, winter-weight double duvet on the bed) because, she said, she suffered from cold hands. I provided this.
After their departure, I found a note written in a very unpleasant tone. The reviewer's daughter stated that she had, indeed, slept on the sofa, adding “Ha Ha!”. (I believe she must have taken the cushions off the sofa and laid them on the floor.) She also claimed, in quite offensive terms, that I had not washed the bed-linen between guests. This was not the case; I take a pride in providing high-quality, immaculately clean bed-linen (see details below).
In subsequent email correspondence the reviewer expressed the opinion that renting the apartment gave them the right to use it in whatever way they wished. The remark of mine she quoted was in response to this.
Details of our laundry methods and standard of cleanliness: All our bed-linen is 400-thread Egyptian cotton and is laundered at 60 degrees on a 3-hour wash cycle. It is then ironed by me, using a hand-held steam-iron. So, I am always in a position to check that bed-linen is scrupulously clean.
Details of directions supplied: We email each guest directions from whichever airport or station they are arriving at to our front door. The directions includes our postal address, postcode and telephone number at both the top and bottom of the page. It also has a verbal description of our location, which we suggest the guest reads to a taxi driver if he is not familiar with the house.
Other facilities: We do NOT list a clothes-dryer, only a washing machine. We do provide a drying rack, and there is a laundrette with very efficient dryers just around the corner. My husband gave the guest coins for this.
27 Feb 2013
"Cosey Country Cottage Feel in North London"
My wife and I visit London from Australia often to see our family and always stay in self catering accommodation, usually in East London (Docklands). This time we decided to try something different, out of the central area. We also thought it would be good to experience an area we were not familiar with, adding to the "adventure" while getting to know another part of London. We scanned all the usual ads on line and came up with a short list which fitted our criteria and chose The Stables at the Old Bakery, Winchmore Hill, primarily because the owner (Nina) replied to our enquiry almost straight away and was very positive and helpful (some of the others never replied at all). What also won us over was that we could book The Stables starting any day of the week which suited us as we arrived in London on a Wednesday (other places would only book Saturday to Saturday).
We found The Stables to be very much as advertised - a warm, friendly cosy country cottage feel in a genuine old, "heritage" type setting of the Old Bakery. While small inside (as expected and described), there was plenty of room for my wife and I to sit around or cook our meals in the more than adequately equipped kitchen. The shower in the bathroom was certainly "above average" from an Australian's perspective of English hotel shower facilities. We loved the loft bedroom, lots of character although you had to be careful of the steep, narrow access stairs (bit like those on a ship) and careful not to bump your head on the sloping roof (we are tall).
The Stables is located just off the main village square of Winchmore Hill which really does live up to the "villiage" tag with the consideration that it is basically still an urban area of greater London. There are nice coffee shops and a well stocked small supermarket (a Sainsburys is a 15 minute walk away), a couple of good pubs and restaurants (we tried the Turkish one which was very good). There are some very nice walks, e.g. you can walk down the Broad Walk (which starts of the square and gape at the magnificent homes or go the nearby park which offers a pleasant walk through woods and around a lake.
Overall w were very impressed with The Stables and the Winchmore Hill region. We certainly achieved our aim of staying somewhere refreshingly different and getting to know another part of London. We couldn't fault the quality of the accommodation itself and the friendless and helpful attitude of our hosts who conveniently live nearby and were always available but were never intrusive.
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