With 18 Grade II listed properties on the high street alone, Hampstead Heath is a visual feast. Each of its narrow, hilly streets is lined with beautiful cottages and redbrick mansion townhouses. A distinctly European café-culture rubs shoulders with some of London’s best traditional pubs, and the independent clothing boutiques are all-too-tempting. Wander up to the Holly Bush, which oozes quintessential country charm and fine gastro fare (and happens to reside on the cobbled street made famous by a certain Naked Chef). Then, once you’re all tuckered out, retreat to Tanza Road, where three beautifully decorated bedrooms and two bathrooms await.
Your hosts are a Swedish editor and a successful entrepreneur from Ohio. They moved to London in 2000, and fell utterly in love with life on the heath. When they’re not entertaining their five kids, they love practicing yoga, or paying homage to Epicurus in the myriad fine eateries on their doorstep.
Tiptoe into the sitting room and let your socks slide on the characterful parquet flooring, over to the striking, angular sofas. Admire the well-stocked bookshelves and flat screen TV while your head rests on a block colour cushion, or curl up with a book on a purple armchair, bathed in the light of the large bay window. Rustle something up for supper across the hallway in the calming kitchen, with its subtle green colour palate, then gather around the six-seater dining table to eat it. Or if you fancy some dappled sunlight on your skin, you could always dine in the conservatory, or outside on the patio.
For some after dinner relaxation, get weepy over your favourite film in the snug-come-study, with its enviable film library and a slumber-inducing corner sofa. Or head upstairs, where two children’s bunk bedrooms – one double and one triple – boast everything required to build your very own fortress. Loft bunks create an irresistible sense of adventure, while shelves upon shelves of books will keep your kids’ imaginations going.
Over in the master bedroom, things get much more grown-up, as a super king-sized bed lies before a draped bay window and an impressive chandelier, and an ensuite shower room is well stocked with out White Company goodies.
Never never land
Known for its liberal, artistic and intellectual associations, Hampstead pulses with Bohemian energy. There are beautiful churches, period cinemas, and the Freud and Keats Museums to explore, plus a wealth of antiques shops and artisanal delicatessens. Kids, meanwhile, will enjoy the Heath’s adventure playground, and the nearby Kentish Town City Farm. Get all this within 20 minutes of central London, which can be easily reached via the nearby Hampstead Heath overground station.
Additional amenities include: concierge, concierge service, 24 hour on call maintenance, communications/internet, entertainment, hob (gas) (2), oven (2).TripAdvisor property ID 2765391...Read more
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