Explorers' Rest in Greenwich
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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6
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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6
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Explorers' Rest is a charming two-bed Victorian home (built circa 1890) located in London's leafy borough of Royal Greenwich. Both central London and the countryside are within easy reach by public transport with the bus stop just a few steps away around the corner.
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 parks in all directions, cozy up by the working fireplaces, sample an English pint in the local pub, or enjoy a film or book from the home collections.
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 less than a minute's walk away. The play area at the end of the street is a favorite with children. Best of all, you're in zone 4, less than ten minutes by bus to a huge transport hub, but you're surrounded by parks and quiet.
Live like a true Greenwich Londoner and experience the best of both worlds!
FAQ - GROCERIES:
There's a little Costcutter (and bakery and butchery) on the corner, less than a minute away by foot. There's also a Co-op a five minute walk away along the park. For even more selection, there's an enormous Tesco Extra 6-10 mins away by bus in the transport hub of Woolwich Arsenal that my guests use to travel into the center of London.
FAQ - GETTING INTO THE CENTER OF LONDON:
Simply get the bus (291) around the corner. It's about 30 seconds away on foot and comes every 10 minutes. Along the park by the Co-op there are also two other buses that pass (51 and 53), also arriving every 10 minutes.
All three of these buses go to the transport hub of Woolwich Arsenal in 6-10 mins and drop you off in front of the train/DLR station. Here, you can get the train or DLR. The train is fast but uneventful and the DLR is like the Tube, but it travels above ground (often above the buildings) so you can see the city as you travel. In both instances, you'll be in the center of London in 20-30 mins, depending on which station you want. Without changing, you can reach these stations:
ON THE TRAIN:
- WATERLOO (for the London Eye, Aquarium, Southbank, Big Ben, Westminster, Big Ben, #10 Downing, Imperial War Museum, Tate Modern, Southbank Center)
- CHARING CROSS (for Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Soho, West End, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, National Gallery, Oxford Street, Embankment, the Savoy Hotel)
- CANNON STREET (for London Bridge, St. Paul's, the Shard, Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Borough Market, HMS Belfast)
ON THE DLR:
- BANK (for St. Paul's Cathedral, Leadenhall Market, Spittalfields Market, Brick Lane, Fleet Street, financial district, heart of the city mile)
- TOWER GATEWAY (for Tower Bridge, Tower of London, St. Katherine's Dock, Butler's Wharf)
In addition to the above, one of the buses (53) that pass my house goes all the way to Westminster / Horse Guards Parade - but I don't recommend it for normal travel (only for the experience) - for it takes about an hour due to the traffic and all the stops. From Woolwich Arsenal, you can also get the Thames Clipper boat service, which is a definite must on a nice day. There are also a host of buses that you can get in Woolwich Arsenal that will take you all over in various directions.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Southend-on-Sea 54 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|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|
|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 (1), Bunk Beds (1), 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|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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. The Master Bedroom contains one comfy double bed that can sleep two and the Garden Bedroom has one double bunk bed that can sleep four. All linens are provided, including bedding, towels, bath robes and slippers. 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.
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 London 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.
The Royal Borough of 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.
Outside London, 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 residential community of mostly Victorian homes situated in the ever-lovely and leafy green borough of Royal Greenwich. It is 10 minutes by car to downtown Greenwich itself. Three buses come past my house and will, in 6-10 minutes, take you to the the DLR, Thames Clipper boat service, and train. My house is therefore well connected on public transport and a car is not needed. 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. For those who want to enjoy a city but not have to live inside its hustle and bustle and rather poor air quality, I think that my home really does offer the best of both worlds!
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22 Jun 2015
"A warm welcome away from home"
I stayed at Explorers' Rest for three nights in February 2015 with my Partner and our 15 and 6 year old girls. Put simply, we loved it. There was plenty of space for all of us, the house was very clean and well appointed, with everything we could have wanted and much more. There is even a pretty little garden, although given the time of year we didn't get out there much. The area was quiet and there is free on street parking. The owner, Krista, is a pleasure to deal with, and the trouble she has gone to to provide information to make your stay more enjoyable/comfortable has to be seen to be believed. If you are thinking about booking this property, just do it. You won't regret it. We are looking forward to a return visit next year. Thanks Krista.
Thank you kindly for those glowing words, Daniel; I REALLY appreciate you taking the time to leave such a lovely review! I'm super pleased that my house met your needs and hopefully we'll get to meet in person next time. All the best to you and your family, Krista.
4 May 2015
"Not just a property rental, more a comfortable, welcoming home."
Needed a base for extended family to get together between Christmas and New Year. Krista couldn't have been more helpful , both before the trip and even in helping us with travel arrangements from different areas of London to Explorers' rest. The house itself was comfortable and well equipped and we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves during our short stay. The welcome basket full of tasty treats was particularly appreciated by our 21/2 year old! Transport links were a bit tricky and buses did take a long time to reach central or cross London destinations but we were not there as tourists really so enjoyed the peace and quiet of the location .
I'm really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Yes, although transport between my house and central London's tourist areas is really easy thanks to the transport hub near my house, there were unfortunately no direct links to the outer part of the city where your family is based since they only have bus and train options in that area. Luckily though, thanks to finding the right bus routes, we managed to find a pretty simple solution in the end and the family reunion was successful.
4 May 2015
"Just perfect. A place you can book with your eyes closed."
For the first time, I found a rental that lived up to and even surpassed the photos/description! This house has everything you could conceivably need during your stay. There's even a cupboard with cereals and bits and bobs to help out that first morning when the kids are screaming for food and the fridge is empty. It was absolutely spotless, comfortable and very handy for getting into London. Another good point was the door code, which meant that there wasn't any faffing around collecting keys (in addition, as my husband was meeting us there and we got stuck in traffic, it meant he wasn't locked out!). We particularly enjoyed the garden and the selection of toys and dvds for the kids - mine didn't want to leave (and neither did I). The owner is so very kind and helpful, without being invasive. It kind of felt as though you were staying at a friend's house, rather than a stranger's, as if you're interested, you can read about the owner - and even read one of her books(!) while staying. I thoroughly recommend Explorers' Rest.
I'm so very pleased you enjoyed your stay!
15 Aug 2014
"Magnifique maison au calme idéale pour se reposer après les visites"
Cette jolie maison répond parfaitement à ce que nous attendions, située dans un quartier calme, idéale pour se reposer après une journée de visite dans Londres, la propriétaire très sympathique a tout prévu pour que vous vous sentiez comme chez vous, il ne manque rien, la décoration est cosy et le petit jardin vraiment très agréable. Merci encore .
Merci de vos mots aimables. Je suis très heureux que vous avez apprécié des vacances agréables dans ma maison. Merci, Krista.
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. :-)
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!
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