London combines esteem with eccentric, and Barkston Gardens is the city in microcosm. On the ground floor of a sturdy Victorian townhouse, this is a home in which portraits jostle against landscapes in a display that’s fabulous, fascinating and fun. The communal gardens are peaceful, the bedroom cosy, and the sitting room will take your breath away. Owned by a venerable collector of curios with youngest of hearts, a stay here is like having your own private museum.
Originally a New Yorker, your hostess has been all around the world, before finally settling in London in the 1970’s. A much-admired artist, she’s exhibited across continents. Oh, and as if that’s not impressive enough, she’s also a best selling romance novelist. Swoon!
Step inside and you’ll find yourself in the verdantly green hallway, where the art rises from your eyeline right up to the lofty ceiling. Tear yourself away from the walls long enough to venture through the door to your right, and you’ll find yourself in the sitting room. Here every surface is clustered with keepsakes and mementos from all across the globe and the shelves groan with books, while the walls are vibrant with enough canvas to keep your gaze rapturous for hours.
Back down the hall you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen and a sunny bathroom filled with White Company toiletries and plump towels. With its low lighting and pretty colours, the bedroom will enfold you in the snuggest of hugs. The hostess’ tapestries are from Turkey and Morocco, her pottery from Mexico and Tunisia. And her inspiration? If only we knew…
For art’s sake
You’re just a few steps from Earl’s Court’s buzzy cafes, shops and restaurants. Catering to an international clientele, whether you want a late night beer or an early morning croissant, you’ll be sure to find it. Of course, for anyone planning to visit Earls Court Exhibition Centre this is the ideal location. And if you’re heading into town, you’re just fifteen minutes from, well, pretty much everywhere.
Additional amenities include: concierge, concierge service, 24 hour on call maintenance, hob (electric), communal garden, communications/internet, hob (gas), entertainment.TripAdvisor property ID 2763363...Read more
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