If you’ve got young children around, you’ll know it’s all too easy to surrender aesthetic pleasure to toy-strewn chaos. But why make the sacrifice, when you’ve a home like Callcott Road? This design palace is quite exquisitely elegant, in tones of elephant, dove and the coolest, purest white. Yet it’s entirely practical, and those smart cupboards conceal a wealth of books, toys and games. The garden’s larger than average, and while the kids splosh in the paddling pool, you’ve stylish contemporary furniture and a top of the range bbq. You’re only a couple of streets from a park, surrounded by shops and restaurants. And you’ve not one but two stations less than a quarter of a mile away, so you can be in the West End in no time.
Your hosts are a happy family of five, with their youngest at just a few months old. Your hostess is half Chinese, and she loves cooking traditional dishes in their gleaming kitchen.
Turn your key in the lock and let the cares of the day evaporate – you’re home now. The ceilings are high, the rooms are wide and you’re enfolded in tones chosen purely to soothe. Cuddle upon the sitting room’s black Chesterfield sofa, your toes wriggling upon a smooth walnut floor, or head for the kitchen, all gleaming ebony granite and brushed chrome. Let the little ones loose in the playroom, with its rainbow rug and a heart-meltingly adorable selection of toys – and if the noise gets a bit much, the doors open straight out into the garden.
Upstairs, the three kids’ rooms hold yet more delights, a doll’s house, a beanbag and some awesome murals, while the master bedroom is entirely minimalist. A delicate ensuite, a writing desk, and acres of plush carpet, upon which sits a double bed so vast that you cannot help but get a perfect night’s sleep.
You’re really close to Queen's Park, and just a couple of roads from West End Lane, where you’ve any number of independent shops and neighbourhood restaurants. A cab ride brings you to Notting Hill and Kensington Gardens, or, on the tube Central London is twenty minutes.
Additional amenities include: concierge, concierge service, 24 hour on call maintenance, breakfast bar, hob (gas), communications/internet, ipod dock, entertainment.TripAdvisor property ID 2769711...Read more
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