Barkston Gardens III

South Kensington, Central London


Cradle of civilization

Here’s a home so warm, welcoming and well-connected that we wouldn’t be surprised if it gave rise to a heroic couplet or two. Generations of history are on show - the honeyed parquet floors, the antiquarian books and the original fireplace. With views out into the garden square, there’s a real sense of tranquillity to this listed home - its high ceilings ensure that while the space is grand it never for a moment feels stuffy. You’re close to the museums and Hyde Park, while for shops, bars and restaurants, look to Kensington High Street and Knightsbridge.

Living legend

Your host is from Greece. An itinerant professor, he’s currently based at the London Business School, but, like all the best heroes, he’s widely travelled. He now splits his time between London, Athens, New York, and Kea, where his desk overlooks the wine-dark expanses of the Aegean.

Myth and mystery

Intellect and pulchritude combine in this home’s expansive sitting room. Rich leather, pre-Columbian pottery and original artwork compliment the room’s gracious proportions and abundant light. The dining table seats four in front of the huge bay window, and the sofa transforms into a double bed. Next door, the kitchen’s well equipped, its walls are a-glow in sunset orange. The master bedroom has a stately atmosphere, its king-sized bed framed in leather, while, with its natural stone tiles, walk-in shower and mirrored walls, the ensuite resembles a luxury spa. There’s a second shower room for guests, with delicately mosaicked walls, and of course, a stash of our gorgeous White Company toiletries.

London odyssey

Exploring the city has never been easier, for you’re within walking distance of many of the main attractions. Marvel at the artefacts on show at the V&A, sun yourself in Hyde Park, and then indulge in a little bacchanalian excess in the bars and restaurants of Kensington and Knightsbridge. The journey from Earls Court to Piccadilly Circus takes a mere twelve minutes.


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Babies welcome
Children welcome
Toddlers welcome
Pets welcome


2 people
1 bedrooms
1 King size bed
Bed size chart

Bathroom facilities

2 bathrooms
2 Showers2 Toilets


Coffee machine
Gas hob
Iron and ironing board
Satellite or cable
Washing machine
Built-in fans
Music player
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Home truths

The fireplace in this home is ornamental.

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.

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