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The science of creativity
Stimuli are plentiful on the buzzing streets of bohemian Islington. Politicians rub shoulders with artists and writers. Creative life shines brightly in the many trendy boutiques, bookshops, cafes, and bars that rock until the small hours. However, inspiration doesn’t happen in a single flash of brilliance, instead, a chain of many tiny sparks lead to creative flow. And to document those moments of insight, Arlington Avenue provides just the right kind of setting for unleashing your inner muse. Tucked away on a quietly exclusive Georgian street, this comfortable two bedroom, one bathroom home, with its high ceilings, and glass covered balcony provides a serene retreat from ennui, and the clamour of the city.
Your cultured hosts are a senior manager, and a graphic designer and writer, and their love of learning is reflected in the layers of book-lined shelves housing an array of eclectic tomes, from art to history. Their fascination with London is displayed on the walls in the form of distinctive, original art work, and although they like nothing more than escaping to their Essex home, both delight in the night time view from the bedroom window, of the Gherkin, and the Natwest Tower, and all the city lit up.
The right hemisphere
The trick is to engage the right side of the brain. Daydreaming unlocks the creative mind, but you must enchant the senses. Not a problem in the light drenched, glass covered balcony, where on a warm day, you can push the glass right back and expose the sky whilst delighting in something cool and refreshing.
In the restful sitting room, all the deep, comforting, rich colours of Freud’s couch encourage the streaming of consciousness, and high ceilings and ornate cornicing add form and grandeur to your mental perambulations. Two simple yet tasteful bedrooms and a modern bathroom, replete with the prerequisite onefinestay luxuries of White Company products and heaps of fluffy towels will revitalize every creative hemisphere.
Courting the muse
The muse rises early, and so will you with the lure of Upper Street only a ten minute stroll away. Take the leisurely route, through some of the serenely elegant period garden squares, which are literally on your doorstep, and at their best in the early light. On arrival, you’ll find a plethora of hip cafes, where a warm croissant and a cappuccino are the ideal companions to your creative endeavours. Or jump on the Victoria Line from nearby Highbury and Islington station and you’ll be in the creative hubbub of town in a speedy 12 minutes flat.
1 Double bed, 1 Single bed, 1 Single sofabed
1 Bath with integrated shower, 1 Toilet
The only hanging space available in the home is in the fitted wardrobe at the end of the single bed in the second bedroom, which is a little awkwardly accessed.
General storage in both bedrooms is quite limited.
There are 2 flights of narrow stairs within the home which may be harder to negotiate for the less nimble.
Though babies are welcome, the hosts request that young children and toddlers do not come to the house.
There is an double sofa bed in the sitting room that can be set up for your stay. Please let our reservations team know if you would like these arrangements to be made. Please note that the sofa bed is slightly smaller than the standard double size.
This home doesn’t have air conditioning. Between June and September, we’ll place fans in each bedroom. Please let us know if you’d like fans outside the summer period.
The lead guest must be at least 25 years of age.
For our Standard and Flexible cancellation policies please see below. Some homes’ cancel- lation terms differ, and where our standard rates do not apply it is mentioned in the Policies section on the home listing page. Our Agents will make sure you’re aware of the home’s cancellation policy when you book.
Standard & flexible cancellation policies
We offer two different rates. If you’d like to change or cancel any aspect of your stay, a flexi ble rate is available for purchase at the time of booking. Otherwise, standard rates apply.
Standard rate cancellation policy
For bookings made more than 7 days before guests arrive, we offer a 24-hour period from the time of booking during which you can cancel and receive a full refund.
After the 24-hour period, we refund 50% of the booking value, up to 14 days before guests arrive. If you cancel within 14 days of arrival, the booking is non-refundable.
Bookings made within 7 days of arrival are non-refundable.
Flexible rate cancellation policy
Available for purchase on bookings less than $15k / £10k / €12.5k
If you’ve selected the flexible rate you can cancel your booking fully, or make one partial cancellation, at any point up to 48 hours before the start of the stay and receive a full refund, less the flexible fee.
Within 48 hours of the start of the stay, we cannot refund the booking.
For more details on home policies, please read the London FAQ’s by clicking here.
Terms & Conditions
We offer an unprecedented level of service for stays in the finest homes. If you’ve never experienced onefinestay before, we recommend you read this to get familiar. And, as you’ll hear, we’re always available to answer any questions you have.
You can read our cancellation policy in full above.
We carefully clean and prepare each home before you arrive and after you depart, and we’ll clean weekly during your stay. More frequent Housekeeping services can be arranged on request, subject to availability and a charge (see 4. Extra services).
As part of booking with onefinestay, our guests agree to report any accidents or damage. When you arrive we secure a £1,000 hold on your credit or debit card (see 25. Pre-authorisation), and we do a thorough check of the home after each stay. If we do find damage, we’ll get in touch with you.
We can arrange additional services to make your journey and stay with us in London exceptional. Find out more here.
Guest Services team
Unlike all those home-booking platforms, we have a local Guest Services team in London, available by phone or email 24/7 during your stay. Reach us on +44 20 3588 0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Housekeeping team traverse London cleaning and preparing homes before and after stays. We’ll clean weekly during your stay, and more frequent Housekeeping services can be arranged on request, subject to availability and a charge (see 4. Extra services).
You’ll get two sets of keys from your Meet & Greeter, along with instructions on locking up when you go out.
The lead guest must be at least 25 years of age.
We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express, and bank transfers for stays with at least 7 days’ notice.
Our Travel Advisors know our cities and neighbourhoods back-to-front, and they’re available around the clock to help you find a home that suits.
Each home listed with onefinestay is unique, and belongs to a onefinestay homeowner – whether they live there most of the year or for just a few weeks.
We’ve visited each home in person to take accurate photographs, detailed room configurations and home truths, so you can book with the same confidence you have in the best hotel brands. Our Travel Advisors are available 24/7 to help you choose a home that suits.
London’s weather is mild and most homeowners choose not to install air-conditioning. The majority of onefinestay homes in London do not have A/C, however between June and September we place fans in each bedroom for your comfort.
Bathroom electrical sockets
Many visitors to London find themselves, hairdryer in hand, searching fruitlessly for an electrical socket in the bathroom. Forgetful architects are not to blame – in fact British building regulations prohibit electrical sockets in bathrooms for safety reasons. We’ve provided hairdryers with extra long leads for your convenience.
Hobs & kettles
One of the quirks that often surprise visitors to London – in Britain the word ‘hob’ describes a ‘cooktop’, ‘stove top’ or ‘hotplate’. Most kettles in Britain are electric and need to be plugged in via the plastic base – never placed on the hob.
Because every onefinestay home is unique, we highlight any ‘home truths’ on the listing and make sure you’re aware of them when you book.
When you arrive you’ll be given a copy of the House Rules, requests made by the homeowner, that we ask all guests to abide by when they’re in the home.
For security reasons, we show only the approximate location of homes on our website. You’ll be provided with the full address (along with detailed directions) once your booking has been confirmed.
Guests are not permitted to smoke inside any onefinestay home.
Stairs and accessibility
If you’re travelling with young or elderly guests, it’s important to make sure any accessibility needs are discussed with your onefinestay Travel Advisor before you book. Most onefinestay homes in London have at least a few steps, and many have internal stairs without elevators.
When we’re readying a home for your stay we seal off some drawers, cupboards and (in some cases) spare rooms, for storing away the homeowners’ personal effects. Your Meet & Greeter will point out these places which are sealed with red ‘tamper-tape’, and we ask that you respect these private areas during your stay. Of course, we make sure there is plenty of storage space available for your things.
Your arrival to London
Travelling to an address in a city you’re not familiar with can be daunting. While onefinestay doesn’t have a hotel front desk or a big flashy sign, we have put a lot of thought and care into making your arrival as seamless as possible. And we’re always available at +44 20 3588 0600 or email@example.com
Check-in and check-out
We’ll meet you at the home at your convenience any time after 4pm on your arrival date, and our standard check-out time is 11am. Early check-in and late check-out can be arranged in advance with your onefinestay Travel Advisor, subject to availability and a charge. At the end of your stay, checking out is simple – you’ll have instructions on locking up and safely depositing keys (you don’t need to meet anyone from our team) and we’ll arrive later in the day to clean and prepare for the homeowner’s return.
I.D. check and card authorisation
We’ll check the lead guest’s I.D. and secure a £1,000 hold on a matching credit or debit card which will be released once we confirm no damage was caused during your stay (see 25. Pre-authorisation for more details).
If you are arriving between 12.30pm–4pm, you can choose to drop your bags at the home. We’ll arrange for your Meet & Greeter to welcome you, however please be aware that the home will not be available until check-in at 4pm. If you’re arriving much earlier, or you’d prefer not to carry your luggage from the airport, we highly recommend using our partners AirPortr. You can find more information here.
Meet & greet
One of our Meet & Greeters will be at the home to welcome you. If you’re going to be running late or early, please let us know as soon as you can so that we can reschedule your arrival appointment.
When you arrive we secure a £1,000 hold on your credit or debit card. The amount is held by your bank until we confirm that no damage was caused during your stay. We will release the hold within five days after your departure, but it can take your bank longer to process the request from the credit or debit card company. If you do damage anything it’s always best to let us know before you leave. And once you depart, if we find any damage, we’ll get in touch immediately.
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