Julia Roberts couldn’t help but fall for Hugh Grant, and here, among the pastel painted houses you won’t be able to help losing your heart to Notting Hill. Just west of the very centre of town and up alongside the almost ethereal beauty of Hyde Park, you’re in an area that’s aspirational, yes, but very much in touch with its independent, artistic roots.
And not far from the fountains of Kensington Gardens is Chepstow Villas, a peaceful family home. Tastefully decorated and with a private decked garden, here’s a location in which to start your own Notting Hill romance.
Your hosts are a pair of lawyers, he’s Canadian while she hails from the USA. They came here from Amsterdam, intending to stay only a couple of years. Then London worked its magic and now, they’re UK citizens.
The serenely neutral sitting room of Chepstow Villas will sweep you off your feet and onto the large grey couch, with its view out through the original windows. The shelves are loaded with books, select one and return with it to the leather bucket chair, or head on past the eight seater dining table and down the steps into the garden.
Back inside, the kitchen’s neat and modern, the bar area perfect for parking any guests with a glass of chardonnay while you sauté your onions. The bedrooms are downstairs, Audrey Hepburn keeping a watchful eye over the master double. You’ve your own ensuite, while the kids can splash around in the family bathroom and then retire to the bunk beds next door.
Notting Hill is a film set made real, with cobbled mews, chocolate box terraces and stucco townhouses all around. Hunt down some vintage Burberry or a little antique lace at Portobello Road market, picnic beside the Serpentine or simply grab a latte in one of many independent cafes. The eating options are endless, the boutiques, fabulous. And if you’re short of reading material, you’ll find book shops aplenty.
The fireplace in this home is purely decorative.
The children's bedroom can sleep a third child on a trundle bed but with this bed in use, it's quite a squeeze!
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.
Both of the bedrooms in this home are on the lower ground floor.
This home is spread over two floors with no internal elevator.
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.