Fit as a fiddle
On the fringes of Chelsea lies The Boltons, one of London's most exclusive white stucco streets. Its elliptical curves connect the Fulham Road to the Old Brompton Road. And just a few roads away, in that distinctive pale seaside-coloured brick, sits tree-lined Cathcart Road, a street whose houses don't so much shout prestige from their first-floor balconies, as whisper it. This three bedroom, three bathroom home may have once belonged to a world-class sportsman and his former pop star wife, but it has taste and discretion in spades - plus a futuristic remote control system to impress even the savviest of techno fans.
Your hosts are Mandarin-speaking high-flyers who lead a mysterious and glamorous sounding life in Hong Kong. Cathcart Road is a recent acquisition to use as a base when visiting their daughter at boarding school in Oxford- the choice a nostalgia infused one, as he grew up around the corner. On both sides of the world, he regularly competes in Iron Man contests, while in recent months she has thrown herself in to the- undeniably successful- refurbishment of this beautiful home
Shake a leg
The first-floor kitchen, up the stairs from the entrance hall, is a bright and sunny place, whose lime-washed dining table sits easily with the high-gloss black lacquer units and crystal extractor fans. Make time for tea beside the vast sash windows overlooking peaceful Chelsea streets, or wander through the double doors to an exquisite sitting room. Here, the modern fireplace compliments antique leather armchairs, and sumptuous bespoke commissioned ice-blue linen sofas. Try the remote out for size on the TV, or take it upstairs and try out the 3D flatscreen in the snug TV room. On this floor you'll also find a wall of mirrors in the master bedroom, with its super king-sized bed and reflection-filled ensuite bathroom. On the final floor, discover some animal magic in the prettiest twin bedroom you've ever seen, with zebra-patterned wallpaper and ensuite shower room. There’s a further immaculate double bedroom in grey silk, with separate bathroom across the way.
Run the gauntlet
The Hollywood Road, with its brasserie, pub and art galleries is just around the corner, as are the shops on the Fulham Road- a hunting ground for interior designers the world over. Go slightly further afield to the King's Road for a wider range of gewgaws and fancies, or take a short stroll to the famous museums. Gourmands will love the Chelsea Farmers Market, and for quiet contemplation, the Victorian splendour of the Brompton Cemetery is on your doorstep. If that isn't enough, the tube from nearby Earls Court station can have you in the west end within 20 minutes.
This is a lovely old townhouse, over 4 floors, and so there are quite a lot of stairs.
The host of this lovely home would prefer to keep the occupancy at a maximum of four adults or if needed four adults and two children.
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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