Sail on sailor
From time to time, we all like to slip our moorings and glide away to safe anchorage in calmer waters. Elvaston Place may sit on the pretty terra firma of Kensington, but, at heart, it sails the seven seas. Each room of this graceful home flaunts a sailing theme, while its elegant comfort and calming décor will ensure you feel lapped by the waves and borne aloft by the very gentlest of oceans. Head above deck onto the sweet balcony, row on the Serpentine, or breeze around Kensington Gardens – the choice is yours, captain.
Your hosts are retired and live in the country, Elvaston Place being their pied-á-terre when the tide takes them to London. With all the sailing memorabilia adorning their home, it should come as no surprise that their chief passion is for travel…
Water, water everywhere
Like a harbour dotted with boats at anchor, the sitting room swims with nautical flourishes, from a boat in full sail on the wall, to a ship’s bell and even a stuffed duck. Two sash windows flood every last corner with light, revealing a room of elegance and gracious antique furniture, and you’ll certainly want to splash down on one of the cushy sofas. Four can sit and eat at the round dining table, while the kitchen will cater to any hungry sailor.
You’ll spot more boats on the shower room walls, as well as our shipshape White Company toiletries. Pretty paintings and more antique furnishings make the double bedroom distinctly inviting, while the master is about as relaxing as they come, coolly clad in cream and boasting a handy ensuite bathroom. Before turning in, though, take your nightcap onto the balcony and drink to the North Star.
Both landlubber and seafarer should set a course for Hyde Park, whether for a row on the Serpentine or a saunter about the lovely grounds. Hunt for treasure in the designer boutiques of High Street Kensington, Sloane Square or the King’s Road, or ensconce yourself in a cosy coffee shop and enjoy the well-dressed sea of people flowing by. And if you wish to navigate to the west end, ten minutes on the tube will have you bobbing up in Piccadilly Circus.
This is a well loved family home and there is some wear and tear.
There will be a collapsible wardrobe setup in the double bedroom for your stay as there is no available hanging space in this room.
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.