Take me to the river
Less than two centuries ago, this stretch of the Thames between Wandsworth Bridge and Battersea Bridge was a riot of steamboats, sailboats and barges serving the riverside industries. Now, only the occasional motorboat agitates the serene patina, and exclusive waterfront apartments have replaced the factories. Amidst all this, you’ll discover Groveside Court, an elegant, light drenched two bedroom home with inspiring views directly over the river. With Battersea’s superb bars and gastro pubs, and a mere 30 minute journey over or under ground into central London, how could you resist?
As a successful psychologist, your host understands the therapeutic qualities of water and animals. She downsized to this riverside apartment from a larger house five years ago, and the funky canine paintings, and plethora of dog books that personalise her charming home testify to this passion for pooches. Time out is spent walking her rescue Staffies along the river to Battersea Park, wine tasting at the celebrated Bluebird in nearby Chelsea, or a weekend away in one of her Suffolk cottages.
Doubtless it’s the rhythmic undulation, the vast reflection of sky, or even the chemical structure, but Groveside Court has an undeniably soothing quality. A liquid calm fills the spacious sitting - dining area where light from glass doors streams in over orchids and silver candlesticks. Wooden floors, and dark wood furniture create a cosy boat like feel, while framed artwork is distinct against a backdrop of bright white walls and stylish lighting. Drift away on one of two plump leather sofas enclosing a colourful Persian rug. Then, as evening approaches, slot your iPod in to the dock, take a glass of red from the large kitchen out onto the patio, and enjoy the spectacle of the sun sliding casually into the Thames. When night draws in there are two elegant bedrooms, with travel chests and sailing paintings, to choose from. Each has a double bed, a plethora of canine themed books and pictures, and a gleaming ensuite, replete with white fluffy towels and our requisite White Company toiletries.
There’s no shortage of land-loving pleasures in Battersea. From chain shops to department stores to specialist food shops and florists, this is a vibrant and increasingly affluent part of the city. The nearby Battersea Arts Centre is a great place for eclectic music and theatre, and if you fancy a taste of international cuisine beforehand, the excellent Thai on the River should be your first port of call. Take a pleasant amble along the waterfront to the green open spaces of Battersea Park, and if the urge to cast your net a little wider strikes you, you’ll find Central London is around half an hour away by bus or train.
This home is not particularly near any tube stations (Clapham Junction is the nearest overground station with fast links to Waterloo and Victoria, a 20 minute walk away), however, it does have good bus links to and from.
This home is in a prime riverside location, so enjoy an evening aperitif on the patio overlooking the river. However it is also next to a railway track so light sleepers may be affected.
This house is home to two lovely dogs and while they won't be there during your stay, it isn't suitable for anyone with allergies.
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.