Spacious modern open-plan house in picturesque old London.
Don't bother trying to look-up this area in any guide book – you won't find it! The Roupell Street conservation area is a well kept secret – charming Victorian cottages, original gas-lamp standards, traditional pubs. No wonder it's often used as a film set. Colin Firth and Renée Zellweger were recently spotted here shooting the sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary.
The house, in adjoining Theed Street, used to be a violin factory! After several re-incarnations it achieved its current form 5 years ago when it was converted into a modern open-plan family home. The street maintains its artistic links: a royal photographer lives next door and the London Festival Orchestra's rehearsal centre is close by.
Waterloo Station (tube Northern, Bakerloo and Jubilee lines – 3 stops to Bond Street/Oxford Street) is less than 5 minutes away. You're wonderfully placed for the arts: The South Bank Centre (Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery), The National Theatre, The Old Vic and The Young Vic are all within 10 minutes walk – as are some top class restaurants. The Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament and Big Ben) is within 20 minutes. This location is also close to The City – ideal for corporate lets it also has broadband internet connection – bring your own laptop.
The house is the London pied-à-terre of the chief executive (husband) and the finance director (wife) of two separate FTSE listed companies, and their young family. They only use it when they are not in their country residence – the entire wing of an old stately home! It's arranged over 3 floors and comfortably sleeps a maximum of 8 in a variety of possible combinations: 3 doubles, a small twin, a double sofa bed (in one of the doubles) and an additional futon mattress (no base) that can be laid wherever needed. There are 4 bathrooms. Short stay parking can be arranged for a small additional cost.
The three floors are linked with a stylish spiral staircase – smaller suitcases are recommended as they are easier to handle up and down this staircase. It has attractive wooden flooring throughout and is simply furnished with contemporary furniture. The front door opens onto a well-lit hallway with limestone tiled floor. On the ground floor is a good-sized (16ft x 14ft9, 4.9m x 4.5m) double bedroom room with a double bed (4ft6 wide), a sofa which converts to a double bed and en-suite bathroom – double shower, basin and loo. Built-in cupboards give ample storage space.
The small twin bedroom is also on this floor. The second bathroom on this floor (shower, basin and loo) also doubles as a utility room with washing machine and separate dryer.
The living area, dining area and kitchen are on the first floor. Being arranged on three sides round the central stair-well they are three distinct areas with the kitchen not visible from the living area. The living area (19ft x 13ft, 5.8m x 4m) has 3 comfortable 2 seater sofas arranged round a low table and a TV (cable channels). There's a stereo with a variety of CDs – mainly pop music spanning the last 20 years.
The dining area (9ft x 8ft6, 2.8m x 2.6m) has a glass dining table and 6 attractive modern chairs. The kitchen has all the expected appliances including microwave and dishwasher.
Ground floor bedroom with two single beds. The third and fourth double bedrooms are on the second (top) floor, each has its own ensuite bathroom. The third bedroom (17ft x 10ft6, 5.2m x 3.2m) has an ensuite bathroom with bath + over-shower, basin and loo. The fourth (17ft x 9ft9, 5.2m x 3m) has an ensuite with walk-in shower, basin and loo.
As well as being in a great position for the arts and the sights there is no shortage of convenience stores close by and some excellent restaurants too. For good value and great food try RSJ, who also run cookery workshops. For a big treat there's the OXO Tower where both the formal restaurant and more relaxed brasserie and bar have stunning views across the Thames to Charing Cross and the City of London.
THD - Charming 4 Bedroom in Conservation Area London, England
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Don't bother trying to look-up this area in any guide book - you won't find it! The Roupell Street conservation area is a well kept secret - charming Victorian cottages, original gas-lamp standards, traditional pubs. No wonder it's often used as a film set. Colin Firth and Renée Zellweger were recently spotted here shooting the sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary.
Left on 05/16/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 16, 2010Stayed May 2010
We were met by very friendly and knowledgable Cedric and it was reassuring knowing that we could contact someone in case of emergencies. The starter pack is a really good idea for the first breakfast and cups of coffee and tea.
The kitchen was well equipped to cook a meal. The bed was firm and comfortable and everything was clean. It was great to able to come home after a long tiring day of being tourists. One very rainy day we came home since plodding about in the pouring rain was not nice and the couch, the newspaper and a hot drink were also part of our London experience !
The location is good for the Tube, and bus RV1 but we also walked a lot along the river and enjoyed the sights, the shops, the market, the many bridges. The home was also surprisingly quiet for such a big city. The closest supermarket, the Sainsbury's was very well equipped and always open.
The best part of staying here was being able to have enough room for two adults and two teenagers to not get into each other's way and to be able to relax in homelike setting.
There were a couple of small imperfections (no doormat, wobbly showerhead downstairs) but since the house is actually being lived in, it is possible that this can occur. They were not major and did not spoil the fun !
Left on 11/28/2009 for a stay in October 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 28, 2009Stayed Oct 2009
We had a slight problem with the car service. The driver was late and then didn't call them to let them know we were on the way. But, you can check with Coach House to make sure that glitch has been worked out.
We loved the location of the flat. Lots of restaurants nearby, grocery nearby, and tons of things to do. We didn't even get on the tube until half way through our trip, because we could easily walk to everything we wanted to do.
Tons of room to spread out and a nice layout so that each couple could have their own space. Bedrooms upstairs and downstairs, with living area in the middle as a great place to congregate to plan our day or to relax after a day out.
We are fairly self-sufficient, but Coach House is available by phone if you needed any advice. And, I loved having our own home and not being in a hotel. I always feel like the housekeeper is hovering for you to get out so they can clean. Plus, it was a quiet neighborhood despite being right in the middle of things.
White Hart at the end of the street was a nice pub. Always crowded. And, Waterloo Station was super convenient access to train to Windsor. Plus, it has a couple of nice places to eat besides having a small grocery store.
Will definitely stay here again, and will recommend it highly to others. Have a great time in London!
Left on 10/02/2009 for a stay in August 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 2, 2009Stayed Aug 2009
The Service we received was 5* from the original booking to Mary "The Greeter" meeting us as Theed St, The house where we stayed was nice and spacious which was good as there were 5 adults, just one small gripe it looked newer in the advertisement, but wasn't bad. The location was spot on for us near Waterloo Station, London Eye and the best Bespoke Bakery on the planet, plus some nice friendly Bars and Restaurants all close to hand. It was nice and quiet in the evening so no sleep interuptions, overall we just all 5 of us had a terrific time, can't fault it even the British weather was brill, the only thing to complain about is that we had to return home too soon.
Left on 08/28/2009 for a stay in August 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Aug 28, 2009Stayed Aug 2009
Let's start with location. Walking distance (20 minutes or less) to Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, St. Paul's. If you don't want to talk, Waterloo station is three blocks away. Sainsbury's, Internet Cafes, and nice restaurants all within a short walk.
House itself is spacious -- three full-sized bedrooms with three full bathrooms. Laundry and a full kitchen were very useful as well. Modern decor, well-kept and in great condition.
Would have loved a yard or large park nearby for our 4-year-old to run and play in, but there wasn't one very close. Still, proximity to so many of the key downtown locations made it a wonderful place to stay.
Left on 04/22/2009 for a stay in July 2008 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 22, 2009Stayed Jul 2008
We arrived mid morning to an unmade-up house, but this was
rectified immediately with one phone call to the agent, The house was
perfect for the 5 of us for a week, we home cooked most of our meals
and lacked for nothing in the fully stocked kitchen, the best was being
able to walk everywhere, and there were plenty of unpretentious pubs
around the corner for a pint on the way home.
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