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.
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.
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.
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.
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.