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Like a duck to water
The idyllic serenity of Holland Park, with its squirrels, coy carp and pigeons, feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of neighbouring Kensington, and this two story family home is just as refreshing. Homely yet intellectual, au fait yet intimate. From the garden, to the electric blue shell-shaped lighting, the calming influence of Mother Nature can be felt throughout Royal Crescent. With all the historic peace of the park on its doorstep, and the shops, bars and restaurants of Kensington just a walk away, this three bedroom, three bathroom home offers a beautifully different reality.
Birds of a feather
From the shelves that creak under the weight of countless books, to the playful paintings that adorn the walls, it’s clear that your hosts have both academic backgrounds, and a sense of humour. Your host, a French professor of Philosophy, is a culinary whizz and a great lover of tennis, while his wife, a college advisor from New York, enjoys yoga and the theatre. In the 18 years since they moved to London, they’ve spent their time creating a Zen retreat for themselves and their two daughters.
Graceful as a swan
The eclectic yet homely sitting room, with rare paintings and colourful décor, entices you in to take a perch. Dotted about are all manner of curios, from stuffed animals to taxidermy insects and butterflies. Further on, the dining room conservatory is flooded with light from the semi-circular windows, and will comfortably seat eight. After supper, retreat to the ensuite master bedroom, in soothing regatta blue, or if music be the food of love, satiate your appetite on the piano in the children’s room. The TV room with its three sweeping windows set in curved walls, also has a sofabed and can double up as a third bedroom. Check out the funky shell-shaped lighting units in the bathroom and upstairs en suite steam shower though, before swooping through the French windows of the final bedroom, back out to explore the garden.
Spread your wings
With Notting Hill to the east and Kensington to the south, Holland Park has it all. The world famous Portobello Market is just around the corner, so bag a retro bargain before tucking into something hearty yet trendy at one of Westbourne Park’s cool gastropubs. If you feel the need to buy something sparkly from somewhere shiny, the stunning Westfield shopping mall is only a ten minute walk away. And for those looking to soar off into the West End, fifteen minutes on the tube will have you popping up in Oxford Circus.
The conservatory is beautifully decorated with taxidermy, which might not be to everyone’s taste. If you would like these stored away for your stay, please do let us know.
This home comfortably sleeps five; with room for two more adults on a sofa bed in the TV room. A hanging rail will be set up for your storage.
*There is no permanent hanging space in the master bedroom. We will provide a hanging rail for storage.
Unfortunately this home is not suitable for children under five, however, older children are welcome.
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 fireplaces in this home are ornamental.
The lead guest must be at least 25 years of age.
For our Standard and Flexible cancellation policies please see below. Some homes’ cancellation 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 flexible 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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