One of Chelsea's most cherished erstwhile residents, Oscar Wilde, is quoted as having once said 'you never get a second chance at a first impression'. Too true, and our guess is that his primary inspiration for the former was the wonderful area of London where he had the good fortune to dwell; surely nowhere proves this maxim more than the glittering precincts of opulent Chelsea, whose lavish high street shops, branching off into calm and luxurious rows of residential townhouses, never fail to impress the visitor. It's love at first sight… that's all very well; but who's satisfied with ephemera? Live the dream for a few days or weeks in the heart of it all: welcome to Chelsea View, our two-bedroom answer to chic Chelsea living.
Living & Eating
A large and light open plan kitchen and living area, with fresh wooden flooring, await to welcome you to your new Chelsea home, all bright colours and clean-cut furnishings. A well-equipped kitchen, furnished with all the necessary appliances for your every culinary desire, allows you the luxury of choice: you can rustle up cosy family dinners, or lavish dinner-parties, depending on your taste and disposition, and the comfortable sofa and armchair, next to a welcoming wooden table (seats 6), means that just because you're the chef doesn't mean you can't be the life and soul as well. A private balcony, with tremendous views of the cityscape, including the London Eye and the Shard, is the perfect place for morning coffee and metropolitan contemplation, or late night refreshment. All in all, this convivial space succeeds in uniting the beautiful and practical in seamless harmony. You can't fail to feel entirely at your ease in this oasis of calm in the middle of the bustling cosmopolis.
Beds & Baths
Two large and airy bedrooms, both with king sized beds (5ft wide) beckon you irresistibly in, light and comfortable both, with storage space and wide windows – again, proof of this property's happy marriage of aesthetics and practicality. Beside each bed, on either side, are reading lamps, and a small bedside cabinet, just the thing upon which to lay aside your book or iPad in favour of a dreamless sleep. Two more guests can be accommodated on a comfortable sofa-bed in the living area.
A well-fitted bathroom, decorated in simple and clean palette of white, provides you with all the necessary; lavabo, bathroom cabinet, and power shower. This property contains two WCs, as well as extensive storage space.
Access & Suitability
This apartment is located on the 5th floor, and access is by stairs or elevator, according to your preference. This is particularly suitable for adult parties, or families who wish to benefit from this great location and have the luxury of comfort at compelling value in the heart of Chelsea. This apartment can sleep up to 6, thanks to the comfortable double sofa bed (4ft 6 wide) located in the living area.
You might just have hit upon the most desirable postcode in London: just off the King's Road, a short walk from the bustling Fulham Broadway and Parsons Green; within walking distance of all the fabulous boutiques and high street shops that line the King's Road; an easy reach, either by foot or bicycle, from Sloane Square: this is the place to be. A constellation of the brightest and most glamourous bars and cafes are within a quarter of an hour of your door.
Take a pleasant walk up the King's Road, with its multitude and variety of high street shops and boutiques, eclectic bars and sophisticated restaurants, and you will happen upon the hallowed precincts of Sloane Square, and from thence you are a few minutes from Harrods. For those of a Thespian bent, the Royal Court theatre is just on Sloane Square, and on Saturdays at the nearby Duke of York Square, a gastronomically cosmopolitan food market will hold all foodies in its thrall. The Saatchi gallery, a few minutes away, will delight all art fans, and a short and picturesque walk will take you down onto Chelsea embankment and the Thames, to the foot of the iconic Albert Bridge.
For those who like to look beneath the surface to the layers of layers of London history, which have built up over the centuries, Chelsea is a wonderful area to explore. Discover Crosby Hall, on Cheyne Walk, which was moved brick by brick from its original location in Bishopsgate, Thomas More's house and an eternal monument to the 'man for all seasons'; wander a little further down to what was once Henry VIII's manor house (19 – 26 Cheyne Walk) and drink in the echoes of its old residents, from Katherine Parr (to whom Henry gave the house as a wedding present) to the tragic Lady Jane Grey, the nine – day Queen.
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