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Apartment | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Facilities at the House
This is a very old English House, the construction of which was at the turn of the century 1907, parts of which were rebuilt after the 2nd world war.
It does retain a lot of these characteristics with noticeably higher ceilings and generally more roomy than you comparatively modern built house.
The property was fully refurbished in 2000 when it was bought and lived in by the present owner and has been let on a longer term basis until last year.
It has been maintained to a high standard by the owners and the occupants over this period and has been further redecorated prior to the conversion to a furnished holiday letting late last year which also gives flexibility of usage to the owner and family when in London.
• Fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher and washer machine with detergents for the dish washer but not the washing machine provided).
• Change of linen once weekly, provision could be made for additional cleaning at the cost of the guest.
• Guest towels will be provided to be used at the house.
• Bar B Q grill and cooking utensils
• TV station equipped with a range of English speaking and other freely accessed channels.
• Internet broad band access.
Pricing ( Children)
The prices are quoted on the basis that a party of 4 will be allowed to have two children under the age of (12), travelling with a party of four, will pay half of the rate.
On that basis, a family of four with four children, can book as a party of six, alternatively a party of six with four children can book as a party of (8), on the basis that they children will need to share two of the smaller double beds.
Please note that I will appreciate if you specify the composition of the Groups in your email and proof of ID to conform the ages of the children will also be required.
The property is well located for quick access to all local conveniences and transport links giving quick access to the centre of London (banks, market, supermarket, shopping centre; restaurants etc) only 4 minutes walk away.
(i) More convenient to fly into Gatwick airport than Heathrow or Stansted.
(ii) Trains- Take the train from Gatwick (generally platform 4, to London Bridge – and then change to Platform 4 for the train to Lewisham.
(iii) Either Walk or take a taxi to the House from the station – taxi ride will e 4 mins maximum.
(iv) Taxi from the airport – It may be cost effective to take a taxi from the airport, given that you are travelling as a party of six, and will give you the convenience of arriving directly to the house within one hour from the airport.
(i) Either take the London underground and change at Green Park and then the travel on the Jubilee line to London Bridge or
(ii) Take the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station, then change at Paddington and take the Jubilee line to London Bridge.
(iii) Option (ii) is the quicker but more expensive option.
(iv) Advice- If you have an Oyster card, then you will not be able to use this on the Express, and will have to buy the ticket which cost approximately GBP 20.00 before you board the train.
From Stansted Airport
N.B If you are travelling via Ryanair or Easyjet and you have the regulatory carry-on luggage, in a part of say six of you, then it may be more economical to order a taxi to the house, which will work out cheaper as well as saving you on time.
Visit the site below to see the costs of the single or the return visits to London via this service.
You can simply go to Google and search for the fares for the Stansted Express, i cannot provide links in the advert.
Using a Taxi
The alternative would be to use a six or an eight Seater vehicle and you can use the link below to pay directly to the company giving them your flight details etc.
They also have an ap which you can download if you are a frequently flyer. The rate will average between GBP80.00 to GBP100.00 for a group of 6-7 people depending on the amount of luggage, since you may need to request an eight seater if there are six of you with large cases.
Please type google and search for a company called data cars to get a quote from the airport to Lewisham.
I would only advice on using the coach from Stansted if you are coming for more than three days and do not mind a bit of a tour of London, and if you did take the coach, then I will advise to get off at Stratford and then take a bus from there to Lewisham (108), rather than getting off at Liverpool Street, since the Coach will generally go to Stratford first and then on to Liverpool Street which is more to the center of the City.
Getting to the Excel Center
Please see a very useful link that you can use to get you in and around London while you are here. I am not allowed to place the links to web addresses in the adverts so hence the reason it is not included.
Click on the link and then enter Lewisham as you from location and then the Excel Center. It will prompt you for clarification on which Excel Center and it will be the one in Canning town.
You can go to Google and insert Transport for London and then the from and Lewisham as the to destination.
You are in the South East and the Centre is in the East, so it is North East of you, but you need to cross the River.
I will subsequently provide the details (name and numbers) of the people that you can contact including myself below.
• Shops are generally opened until 5.30 except for Thursdays when they are open until 7.30 to 8.00pm.
• Supermarkets – The main supermarket (Tescos) is 7 mins walk away walking, and is open 24 hrs a day, except Sunday when it closes at 5.30 pm.
• How do you get there? Walk back along Boyne Road to your right, then turn left at the end of the street; then take the first left, and walk to the end f the street. You are in the town Center now, do it cross the street, but walk to the left with the river on your left hand side, and follow this road around ( do not cross, until you past the petrol station on your right and then as you begin to go up a slight insight, Tescos will be visible on the left.
Alternatives- There are many small shops selling an assortment of food items directly in the town center. Simply follow the directions as you did above but then cross the street, walk to your left, enter the Shopping Center and as you walk to the end of the main artery of the center, the Sainsbury shopping center is to your right, Big Yellow Sign.
• Emergency services - Hospital – The local hospital is 5 mins drive from the house.
• Police station – The local police station is 3 mins walk away from the house and if you turn right on exit and walk to the end of the street, turn right at the end of the street and then your first left and the entrance is at the end of the street.
Places in the immediate vicinity
Blackheath Village is a short walk away, turn left on exit and the walk towards the end of the road, when it meets with Belmont Hill, turn left again and walk for about 1km and then descend in the village where there are a large number of restaurants and shops.
Walk across the Heath north, through Greenwich park ( one of the most visited Tourists sights in London), and then towards the Cutty Sark, to the right of the Cutty Sark , you can take a river boat ride to the centre of the city to alight at Westminster Embankment, and passing through London's Docklands and Under the Tower Bridge, so have your cameras at the ready, and be at the front of the boat, my tip!
There is a new sports and fitness center located in the town center
Turn right and follow the direction towards the supermarket as described earlier, then walk in the direction of the light rail station (DLR), the center is obliquely across the street on the left, equipped with swimming and other fitness facilities.
Not recommended for high fashion, but of you are looking for cheap bargains to supplement what you have brought with you, then TK MAXX in the centre is a good place to find general clothing and other items.
Getting around town some helpful tips
Using the Oyster Card
Convenient way of travelling around and can be used on the buses, underground ( metro) or the trains ( overground).
Watch out! Be careful to always tap in and out ( tapping out not necessary on buses since they have a standard fare throughout the capital), since if you don't you will be charged the default rate which carries a penalty for not marking both ends of the journey of approximately GBP 6.00.
You can also be fined on the trains and underground for not having touched your card before boarding the trains.
Why the Oyster Card?
The rates per each journey are discounted and it tallies the trips you have made that day and charges the most advantage travel mode for that day, possibly the costs of a daily travel card covering the respective zones that you have been travelling through.
Unless its absolutely necessary, I will suggest that you take the trains into either of the following stations and then walk to you next destination and this will save you money, since the underground ( tube/metro/ subway ) journey are the most expensive part of the of the trip.
Key stations - London Bridge - Tower Bridge ( London Bridge), Tower of London, Tate Modern
- Southwark ( South Bank)
- Warerloo East ( Millennium Wheel, Westminster, Big Ben)
- Charing Cross - Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Green Park, Covent Garden, West End Plays, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus
- Vicotoria - Hyde Park, Park Lane
Tip (3) Getting around at night
The location is well served by buses through the night, and a very last night train service, the last nightly ( all nights of the week) will depart from London Bridge, ( Platform 4), at 12.56 every night.
Late night buses
There are many late night buses to Lewisham leaving from many different parts of the city, so you can use the Transport for London site which I have referenced earlier, which will enable you to see exactly which number and where you will need ti change if necessary.
The bus stop that you will need to alight when travelling home late at night or early in the morning, is only six minutes walk from the house.
Location, Location, Location and of course affordability!
Thanks for reading and feel free to ask me any more specifics, hope that this was useful?
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Brighton Beach 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||600 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Gatwick Airport is preferable 50 km, Nearest railway: Lewisham 500 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, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (4), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
The South East England region
Nestled on the Borders with the County of Kent, yet within the Zone (2) of the London Transport system, (this property is located within 12 km of the center of London and 8 km from Canary Wharf). This is a location which gives access to both worlds. The ease of access to the buss and the hustle of London, and the quieter suburban feel of Kent.
Located South of the River Thames, and within Walking distance of Blackheath and Greenwich Parks, this area of London is rich in History.
Neighboring Greenwich is possibly the most visited locations on the Tourist map in London, development which has risen in recent years with the building of the O2 Center and of course the housing of some of the key Olympic events.
The proximity to the River (as it meanders towards the Estuary towards the East) and the garden of England ( as Kent was once called), has historically impacted on the lives of those who still life in the Region today.
Only very recently ( since the development of Canary Wharf in the early 1980's), has many of the disused Warehouses of the once bustling Ports, been converted to loft style apartments to satisfy the taste and demands of the bankers into the new financial city that is Canary Wharf ( only 12 mins away from Lewisham station by the DLR).
The life of the Thames as a working rivers is still evident by the passage of the large cruise ships that now birth at neighbouring Greenwich.
Kent is still very much a breadbasket for farming activities, and the expanse of green protected fields are visible for miles if you do have the time to drive into this part of town.
With neighbouring Greenwich no doubt as a pivotal point, the area is awashed with many a historical site to visit, from the Cathedral at Canterbury; the Caves of Chislehurst, the Castles of Eltham and further afield Leeds.
The meandering nature of the London roads, which were never redesigned as such despite the great fires, has resulted in a real North South and East West divide, similar to that of Parish or many other larger metropolis, except that you get the feeling that that here in London this distinction is more pronounced.
This has meant that visitors have come to unearth some of the historical interest of this part of the city of London, where the Great Admiral Nelson once choose to have his naval quarters, now a maritime museum.
Lewisham itself sits on the confluence of two rivers, both of which are now being reopened as apart of the redevelopment of the town.
Lewisham today serves as a key gateway with respect to the transport connections to both London, and the rest of the South East and South West.
This advantageous location is a compelling point for the visitor as a point of destination for a short stay. Enabling the easy access to the center of the city, at an affordable price while being able to explore location areas of significant interest at the same time.
This is particularly the case for visitors travelling to London from Europe by car, since they have the benefit of affordable parking and do not need to drive across the city if they had booked a house on then Western side of the city.
South East London
The strength of the area its location. To the North you are adjacent to the Blackheath and Greenwich Parks, with the added advantage from a transport perspective that you are only in the 2nd zone. As a comparative, Richmond is in zone 5/6.
The property is also well located for local shops, groceries, banks and small local restaurants, in a rapidly developing location.
You do not need to drive if staying at the property and parking facilities are available at the cost of £5.60 per day or £28 per week, as an alternative to flying.
.Once at the property, then you have the flexibility of the frequent trains/DLR or buses to take you to and from the city.
Take a walk through Greenwich Park and the river boat to the Center of London and enjoy the views on the River for a day out, returning by the trains or even the DLR.
Eltham Castle is only a short bus ride away, and the gardens are a joy to behold especially during the summer.
The South East area of London, borders on the borough of Kent and is a very leafy area, with open fields, cycle chain and forest walks.
The property is situated is located in a London suburb with arguably the best transport links to the Center of the City and also the new financial district of Canary Wharf.
To give an idea of the proximity to the city, if you search on your Google Map for Rianzo Piano's Shard of Glass structure, located next to the London Bridge station, you will find that it is approximately only 10 kilometers from the house.
The property is 6 mins walk from Lewisham station which is adequately served by trains every 3-4 mins to the center of the city, taking 8 mins to London Bridge.
Horniman Museum located in Crystal Palace is also a bus ride away and is definitely something that will interest both children and parents alike.
Its a very cosmopolitan town, and the property is well positioned for easy access to neighbouring Blackheath or even Greenwich where there are an assortment of very nice restaurants.
Alternatively you can take a short walk (3/4 mins) towards Lee High Road, and there is an increasing number of options of quick meals. The house is also located within easy access of the location shopping centre and the super markets.
Bistros, Fitness Facilities etc
The area is in a continuous process of development with the recent completion of a fitness and leisure complex which will be serviced by pavement cafes etc, which will be available during the summer.
If you prefer the open air, then you can take a short tun or cycle to the Heath or Greenwich Park where there are huge open spaces and undulating landscapes where you can exercise in the open, place tennis or soccer, or simply have a picnic with the family while, depending on your vantage point, enjoying a view of the city of London.
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6 Oct 2013
"Nice trip with all facilities"
The house was clean and spacious with garden (and barbecue).
Well located, in a quiet street, near train and DLR stations (5 minutes walk) and commercial center (5 minutes walk too).
Thanks for your kind words, was lovely having you guys stay at the house, looking forward to having you again. Kind regards Ryan
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