Explorers' Rest in Greenwich
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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
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Built circa 1890, Explorers' Rest is a charming two-bed Victorian home that sleeps 4 (or 5 if needed on an extra mattress). Located in London's leafy borough of Royal Greenwich, both central London and the countryside are within easy reach by car or public transport.
After a fun day of exploring, come home and close the door on London's hustle and bustle. It's time to relax! Enjoy a BBQ picnic in your own private garden, unwind with a candlelit soak in the tub, stroll through the many parks in all directions, cozy up by the working fireplaces, sample an English pint in a local pub, or enjoy a film from the DVD collection.
Parking is free and just outside the front door. The neighbours are quiet and friendly. There are three huge parks across the street. Shops are conveniently just around the corner. The play area at the end of the street is a favorite with children. Best of all, public transport to all of London's tourist spots is right on your doorstep and easy to use.
Live like a true Greenwich Londoner and experience the best of both worlds!
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Southend-on-Sea 54 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||20 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: City Airport 6 km, Nearest railway: Plumstead Train Station 1.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Cots (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
LIVING ROOM / LOUNGE
My living room has an adorable Victorian fireplace, converted to gas and operational, which creates a lovely cozy atmosphere in the evenings.
There's also a bay window that looks onto the street, two leather sofas (2-seater and 3-seater), writing desk with basket of magazines, radio/CD player, 42' flat screen satellite TV/DVD, coffee table, trunk full of games, bookcase containing lots of books, CDs, DVDs and tourist information.
KITCHEN / DINER
My kitchen is fully modernised, complete with dishwasher, washing machine (dryer is in the shed), fridge, freezer, electric oven, gas hob, an extensive array of utensils and dishes, stocked tea corner, coffee pot, Italian perk coffee pot, tea pots, toaster, microwave, and safe for your valuables. Some food essentials are also provided. There is ample food storage.
A low window looks onto the garden, making it probably my favorite room in the house. The table can seat five comfortably and six if needed (just pull the table away from the wall). There is a satellite TV/DVD and small 2-seater sofa to make socialisation easy whilst cooking.
A baby's high chair is provided for your convenience.
My bathroom is on the main living level of the house, making it ideal for easy living and those with mobility problems. A combination bath/shower has unlimited hot water, making it excellent for de-stressing at the end of a busy day touring around London. Two windows look onto the garden and there is an extractor fan. There are also mirrored cupboards which offer ample product storage. Towels and toilet paper are provided, along with toiletries in case you forget something or run out.
Both bedrooms are upstairs and carpeted. Each contain one comfy double bed and each will sleep two people. All linen is provided, including two bath robes for each room. Should any guests be limited by stairs, the sofa in the living room is very comfortable for one. There are also two additional single mattresses that can fit on the floor of either bedroom or the lounge if needed for additional sleeping. They are sufficiently comfortable for both children or adults. There is also a travel baby cot for families with a child.
The Master Bedroom has two windows that look onto the street. There are three floor to ceiling wardrobes with mirror doors. One wardrobe conceals a desk. A working fireplace with exposed brick takes centre stage in the room, and logs for burning are provided. To the left of the fireplace is a vanity to the left and a large bookcase to the right. A hair dryer and hair straightener are provided, along with first-aid kit and hot water bottle. At the foot of the bed, there is a chair and laptop desk.
The Garden Bedroom has one window that looks onto the garden. There is one floor to ceiling wardrobe, an ornamental Victorian fireplace, desk/vanity and bookcase containing many books.
My garden is private and quiet. There are many places to sit and relax or eat. The shed contains additional cleaning products if you need them, along with extra seats for the kitchen table and a high chair. There is a BBQ with briquettes and lighter fluid so feel free to enjoy a BBQ in the garden.
|Further details outdoors|
There is free parking immediately outside the front door. My house is on a quiet road and the only people who park here are people who live here, so you can normally get a space just outside my front door.
I love animals and so I welcome pets into my home. You're asked to clean up after your pet in the garden. Also, pets are only allowed on the furniture if they are on a blanket that you provide. If you need this, we can supply one. We also supply pet towels so you can dry down your pet if they get wet and muddy.
For children, there is a large play area just at the end of the street and the parks across the street are also very popular with children who enjoy football and rugby.
There are three parks across the street where you will find community tennis courts, an open-air running track, little pond in the valley, and ample green space for having a picnic. I supply a picnic basket, which you'll find under the stairs in the kitchen.
There are lots of places to pick up what you need. A minute's walk from my front door you'll find a Costcutter with a selection of staple items for grabbing something quickly. Just up the road from that, about 5 minutes from my house is a Co-op with a full range of items. For more varied selection, there is a huge 24-hour Tesco extra in Woolwich, just 7-10 mins away on the bus, which is the transport hub you'll be using to get all over London, so it's easy to pop in there any day you're out exploring.
RARE LONDON LUXURY: FREE PARKING!
Just around the corner from the house, you'll find three buses (51, 53, 291) that all take you into London's major transport hub of Woolwich Arsenal in about five minutes. From there, you can hop onto the DLR (overland tube), train or boat into the city centre, which is then 20 minutes away.
A short walk from the front door, you'll find shops, pubs, restaurants, parks, a working farm, and amazing views from the city's highest point on Shooter's Hill.
Our location is also ideal for exploring the Kent countryside. City Airport is 20 minutes from the front door on public transportation.
The South East England region
My house is located in the Borough of Royal Greenwich, which is the Southeast part of London, bordering on Kent, which is the Southeast portion of England.
Greenwich is leafy and quiet, comprising many Georgian and Victorian residential neighbourhoods. We are not under the flight path, so it's a quiet place to live. Also, there are many parks throughout Greenwich so the air quality is much better here than in many more urban parts of London.
My house is a short bus ride to Woolwich Arsenal, which is the major transport hub for the Southeast of London. From here you can get to anything in London that you'll want to visit. You can also get out into the countryside easily. I supply a lot of tourist information, train maps, and brochures at the house, so you'll easily be able to identify what you'd like to see and experience.
The South East of England offers a plethora of exciting place to see and things to experience. To name just a few, the countryside that borders the South East of London is called Kent and it is nicknamed the 'Garden of England' due to its picturesque orchards and quite villages.
For those driving over from Europe (or wanting to take a day trip to France), the Eurotunnel and Dover Ferry are both a little over an hour away by car. That also means the White Cliffs of Dover are also easy to reach from here.
Leeds Castle is a must-see! Canterbury, Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Rochester, Margage, Rye, Broadstairs, Sandwich, and many other spectacular cities, towns, and villages all dot the South East of England.
There is lots of tourist information available at the house if you are interested in getting out of London and exploring some of these lovely places. Nothing is more than 1.5 hours away and you will be amazed at how lovely it all is!
South East London
Plumstead Common is a small community situated in the ever-lovely and leafy green borough of Royal Greenwich. The community is well connected on public transport, with easy access to all forms of transport London has to offer. We are also on the Green Chain Walk, a collection of parks that offer over 300 miles of linked walking and cycling paths.
Selecting this location for a holiday offers the peace and relaxation of the country, whilst enjoying the convenience of being situated in zone 4 of London. You can therefore enjoy the best of both worlds and opt for different experiences each day: quiet country living or London's hustle and bustle.
Within very easy reach are:
- Downtown Greenwich with its park, Observatory, Meridian line, University, market and Maritime Museum
- The new Olympic Village and Queen Elizabeth park
- The famous Westfield Stratford shopping centre
- The o2 Arena, recently voted the best entertainment venue in the world
- Emirates Air Line, the cable car over the city
- Delectable Borough Market and new Shard (tallest building) at London Bridge
- Canary Wharf, London's main financial district
- Royal Arsenal, where the ammunition was made during the second World War
- Tower Bridge, the famous one on all of the postcards
- Tower of London and St. Paul's Catedral
- Blackheath Village
- Artsy Shoreditch, London's newest super trendy district
- Tate Modern, London Dungeon, HMS Belfast, Imperial War Museum, and so many other attractions along the South Bank
- Charing Cross station and surrounds (Soho, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Chinatown, Picadilly Circus, West End Theatres)
- Westminster with Big Ben and Westminster Cathedral
- Waterloo station and the London Eye
- ...and the list continues...
Although you are surrounded by parkland and the neighbourhood is both safe and quiet, you have public transport on your doorstep and are within very easy reach of all London has to offer. It really is the best of both worlds!
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14 Apr 2014
"Awesome Home Away from Home!"
There were three of us traveling - parents & one teenager. Explorer's Rest has ample room for at least a group of four. Negative comments would be that - and this might be typical for the area - the washer cycle took up to three hours per load (although dryer was very quick); steep stairs with shallow risers (although owner provides a baby gate if necessary); bathroom is downstairs (tricky going down the stairs at night!). Postive comments FAR outweigh any negative comments: Explorer's Rest is SPOTLESS, comfortable, quirky & cute, fully stocked kitchen (with food estentials available & much appreciated!), owner provides a how-to manual with EVERYTHING a guest needs to know about the property (everything is labeled & easy to operate), and owner also provides movies, books, and a huge selection of visitor information (very helpful!). The owner went above & beyond in assisting with any and all questions and was very responsive. Close to many mass transit options. Would definitely recommend & consider another visit!
Thank you for your kind words. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Also, huge apologies...I wish I had known the laundry was taking you three hours. In the welcome booklet, there are details of how to avoid that and have a wash only take one hour...just depends on the setting selected. I'll add a note on the washing machine itself beside the dials in case others are having the same trouble. Also, yes, you are correct, the loo being on the main living area is the traditional style for a Victorian terrace. It's a bit unusual but I suppose part of the quirky charm of a home that's 120+ years old. :-)
16 Jan 2014
"Perfect London Base - Wonderful place to stay"
I stayed here with my son (2 years old), my wife and my mother in law and sister in law for a few days while we were in London a few months ago. Having family in London, we tend to travel there every … More
James, thank you kindly for your lovely words! I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Just a couple of weeks after you stayed, we returned from our travels and spent a month living in my house, repainting everything and adding a few new special touches, some inspired from our travels. If you visit again, you'll get a chance to spot the differences. :-) All the best to you and your family, Krista
6 Jan 2014
"only one cloud away from heaven"
If all bookings could be as pleasant as booking with Krista and if all apartments could be as well equipped and lovingly presented as Explorer's Rest then travelling would indeed be like being i… More
20 Dec 2013
"An oasis on our travels"
If you are like me and deciding between a couple of properties with a family, go no further and choose this apartment! We are a family of 5 (with 3 teens) and we had our own room and the kids had thei… More
Thank you kindly for such nice words; I'm so very glad you and your family enjoyed my house! Thank you also for the lovely gifts to left for us.
24 Oct 2013
"The Perfect Way To Spend A London Holiday!"
If you're looking for a welcoming home to stay at during your London Holiday, look no further. As travelers who prefer to immerse ourselves in the culture we visit, Explorer's Rest was the p… More
16 Aug 2013
"Cozy Home Base"
We just returned from our first trip to England, and can't say enough good things about this little gem of a house aptly named Explorers' Rest. It truly had everything we needed, the most v… More
Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm wonderfully pleased you enjoyed your time in my house and I do hope we get a chance to meet one day. I hope you loved the rest of England as well - it's a beautiful country! All the best, Krista
13 Jun 2013
"A Very Well Presented Little House"
We stayed here for family reasons as the location was ideal for us. The owner, Krista, couldn't have been more helpful during the booking phase. She was away in Australia but replied to every ema… More
13 May 2013
"Brilliant place to stay!"
Explorers' Rest is a wonderful house with all of the things you need for a stay as long as you wish. We were there with three little boys, and they had a splendid time as well. It's a two-minute walk to an excellent playground and parks nearby. you can park your car in front of the house for free, in a quiet neighbourhood.
The lady that rents out the house has done all the effort to make your stay as comfortable as possible. She's clearly not in it for the money but to give London explorers a lovely place to rest. It's brilliant!
6 Nov 2012
Je ne laisse que très rarement des commentaires sur les locations que j'occupe car j'en suis rarement totalement satisfaite. Or, pour la première fois : aucune fausse note ! Everything was… More
7 Aug 2012
"The most "home-from-home" perfect accomodation - why choose a hotel?!"
Being on a quick 3-night tight travel schedule, and after researching hundreds of prospective accomodation options and finally choosing "Explorer's Rest," we were hopeful that after a l… More
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