Primrose Hill is one of the loveliest London villages, a cute, and very affluent little hideaway right next to Regent’s Park. While Camden, on the other hand, is a red-hot mass of seething creativity. And right between the two sits Gloucester Crescent II. Indeed, there’s something of both areas in this family house (Gloucester Crescent itself was used as the setting for the film adaptation of Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van). The décor is traditional and homely, the furniture, comfortable and refined. Look closer, though, and you’ll see that the bookshelves are filled with political tomes, and the garden’s just a little bit wild. So get out your pad and pen, for this is a home that simply begs for superlatives.
Your eloquent Canadian hostess is a freelance journalist, and she spent a number of years as a legal editor on a leading broadsheet newspaper. If she’s not at her (antique) desk, you’ll find her in her second home in Newfoundland.
Something to write home about
If you want to closet yourself in the attic, you can – with sloping ceilings, a king sized bed and views out into the gorgeously tangled garden below, being a recluse is rarely such a pleasure. There’s also a reading room, where you’ll find a writing desk, a comfy sofa and plenty of books. When your work is done, emerge to find a large daffodil yellow sitting room, with high ceilings and all manner of original Georgian features.
The modern eat-in kitchen’s large and bright, with doors opening out onto the garden, and dining space for six. There’s a single bedroom and a family bathroom. Then, an ode to English romance in the form of the master bedroom. The king sized, antique brass framed bed, pastel green walls, and ensuite with a roll topped bath will leave you in raptures.
You’ve a choice – do you head for the bakeries and bijoux boutiques of Primrose Hill, or do you join the punks parading through Camden Lock? Either way you’re likely to spot all sorts of creative types tapping away at their macbooks in the cafes and hip bars. Camden Market is the top destination for handcrafted gifts and vintage clothing, you’re close to London Zoo, and if your prose needs a little extra inspiration, take your notebook to Regent’s Park’s rose garden. The tube from Camden Town to Leicester Square takes nine minutes.
This is a lovely tall family home that is split over four floors and therefore there are a lot of stairs in the home.
There is currently construction work taking place in the property next door due to finish in May 2018 with working hours Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm. However, the noise disruption is minimal.
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.
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