Coach houses were a common sight in horse-drawn London, when ladies would betake themselves to the park, there to ride about and admire each other’s phaetons. The carriage may have taken its leave of Altenburg Gardens, but the elegance and class lingers on. A cosy coach house just a canter from the Common, this home makes the sweetest crash pad. Its ivied courtyard is quaint and cheerful, its sitting room gorgeously furnished, while bedroom skylights let you stargaze yourself to slumber. Round the corner you’ll find the shops and eateries of Lavender Hill, and handy Clapham Junction station. No need to hail a cab…
An American couple, your hosts mainly live in Bath. He is a successful photographer who once worked for Private Eye, she a happily retired schoolteacher. Altenburg Gardens is their pied-à-terre when calling on their two grown-up daughters.
You can still imagine the carriages riding gallantly along this beautiful Victorian street. Open the front door, step through the bright hallway and into the vivacious sitting room. Mirrors and artwork adorn the walls, light streams through patio doors and an ornate coffee table stands upon a Persian rug. Nestle deeply into a sofa, or steal out into the flowery courtyard. Pint-sized yet picturesque, you’ve a garden table and chairs as well as a barbecue for those dinner parties. A stylish dining table perches in a nook of the sitting room, under spotlights and jazzy feature wallpaper, while round the corner you’ll find the kitchen.
Hop upstairs for the master bedroom. Elegant in white and brightly lit through tall skylights, all is sweetly serene. Plump cushions rest upon its king bed, while next door you’ve a sumptuous ensuite bathroom, stocked with the fluffiest of white towels.
Cart before the horse
The rolling turf of Clapham Common is to be discovered just at the end of your road, or you can stroll the other way for the shops and eateries flanking Lavender Hill. Nose around Northcote Road Market for vintage clothes and the freshest vegetables, dine in style at Chez Bruce or just sweep straight into town. The tube from Clapham Common to Oxford Circus takes a little over fifteen minutes.
The bedroom windows have velux black out blinds that make the room pitch black when closed.
There is an off road parking space for this home. If you require use of it please do let our reservations team know and we can tell your host.
There is a second loo in this home, in the downstairs cloakroom. This room is not pictured on our website.
This cute cottage is compact but perfectly formed.
Although your host welcomes babies in arms, the home's space is not designed with youngsters in mind.
This home doesn't have air conditioning. Between June and September, we'll place fans in each bedroom. Please let us know if you'd like fans outside the summer period.
Cancellation. Provided you book more than 7 days before the start of your stay, you can cancel your booking within 24 hours and we’ll provide a full refund. Our flexible rate offers more flexibility for those who need it. Read our cancellation policy here. Please note bookings for Hamptons and French Riviera have a separate cancellation policy.
Check-in and check-out. We’ll meet you at the home at your convenience any time after 4PM on your arrival date, and our standard check-out time is 11AM. Early check-in and late check-out can be arranged in advance, subject to availability and a charge.
Lead guest. The lead guest must be at least 25 years of age.
I.D. check and card authorisation. When you arrive we’ll check the lead guest’s I.D. and secure a £1,000 hold on a credit or debit card which will be released once we confirm no damage was caused during your stay.
Smoking. Guests are not permitted to smoke inside any onefinestay home.
Cleaning. We carefully clean and prepare each home before you arrive and after you depart, and for stays longer than seven days we provide a complimentary weekly Housekeeping service. More frequent Housekeeping visits can be arranged on request, subject to availability and a charge.
Payment. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express, and bank transfers for stays with at least 7 days’ notice.
For more detail on our policies read the FAQ.