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.