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Fournier Street

marker_slateShoreditch, East London

guests4 bed2bathtub2
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Description

Secret history Twelve years ago Fournier Street was derelict. Now, it's a stunning home, authentically restored to Georgian glory. Dim and deliciously atmospheric, this is a home that will entrance you by day, and imbue your dreams with wonder. Whether you’re seated at the harpsichord, admiring the original panelling or warming your fingers before the embers of an open fire, you’re surrounded, enrobed and cosseted by the past. But don’t assume that you’ll be without modern comforts. The sofas are soft, the lighting low, the bathrooms, truly decadent. And the cobbled streets of Spitalfields are within sight of the City, right in zone one. Hidden depths A seasoned journalist and broadcaster, your Scottish host has a deep-seated passion for architecture and design. His Brazilian partner is an academic with a special interest in Eastern Europe. Cast a spell Dodge past your famous neighbours, the artists Gilbert and George and writer Jeanette Winterson, and turn your key in the lock. With ten rooms, an ancient, creaky staircase and two insouciant cats, any description of Fournier Street will, by necessity, omit as much as it encompasses, but let this taster tantalise… The basement holds a large, open plan kitchen and dining room. From here you can lift a Victorian latch and enter the garden, a storybook dream with its mature plants, wrought iron furniture and air of concealment. Upstairs you’ll find a sophisticated sitting room, with a mix of modern and antique furniture, an open fire and, next door, a music room containing an elderly harpsichord. The cloakroom is filled with intricate watercolours, the study, an infinity of books. The master bedroom holds a silvered superking sized bed and a panelled en suite. Climb further to reach a four poster guest double in the slanting loft, and next door an indulgent bathroom, its skylight looking out over the grade one listed spires of the church across the way. Dream on Spitalfields is a hidden community right in the heart of central London. Listen, and you may hear the ghostly tread of Roman soliders, the laughter of the maiden Queen Victoria being fitted for her wedding gown, the low growl of Jack the Ripper. Now, you’ve the buzz of innumerable cafes, pubs and restaurants. Spitalfields Market is a creative hotspot, boasting hundreds of young designers and their wares, while nearby Brick Lane is the epicentre of London’s international cuisine. Amble over to Liverpool Street and watch the suits buying and selling, or hop on the tube and head into town. You can be at Oxford Circus in around fifteen minutes.

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Rooms

Fourth level

Basin, bath (fitted), toilet

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Bathroom

Double bed, TV

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Second bedroom

Third level

Basin, Bath with integrated shower, toilet

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Ensuite, master bedroom

Ensuite, Super king size bed, DVD player, iPod dock, radio, satellite or cable, ...

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Master bedroom

Second level

TV

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Second sitting room

Entrance level

DVD player, satellite or cable, stereo system, TV, dining table, dining chair, w...

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Sitting room

First level down

Dishwasher, freezer, hob (gas), oven, refrigerator, toaster, iPod dock, TV, dini...

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Kitchen

Basin, toilet

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Toilet

Outside

Outdoor dining

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Garden

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Environs

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check_slateBabies welcome
check_slateChildren welcome
check_slateToddlers welcome
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Sleeps

guests4 people
bed2 bedrooms
1 double bed, 1 super king size bed. Bed size chart

Bathroom facilities

bathtub2 bathrooms
1 bath, 2 baths with integrated showers, 3 toilets.

Highlights

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Amenities

check_slateDishwasher
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check_slateFridge
check_slateHairdryer
check_slateHob
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check_slateKettle
check_slateMusic player
check_slateOven
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check_slateToaster
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check_slateTV
check_slateWashing machine
check_slateWifi
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crossCoffee machine
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Home truths

  • The stairs in this home are 300 years old and so are quite uneven in places.

  • One loveable cat lives here and will be in residence during guest stays. If guests would prefer not to feed him, a neighbour will come once a day between 10-12 to look after them.

  • The host's cleaner will continue to come during guest stays. She will come every Thursday at 10am for 3 hours.

  • 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.

  • This home is spread over five floors with no internal elevator.

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