Colour me happy
It doesn’t take the brush of a Hogarth or Turner to turn London into a work of art. The beauty is there already. It’s definitely in Holland Park, a canvas of cream stucco stippled with the greens and golds of sunshiny trees. That’s the background, but look closer to find the centrepiece. Paintings, of every known school, enhance this home’s allure – yet, for every masterpiece on the wall, you’ll be just as taken by another sight. The wallpapers are vibrant, the furniture both period and peerless, the curtains weighty with sophistication. With a picture-book garden and the tube station mere moments away, the perspective couldn’t be better.
Your Aussie hostess heads up a physiotherapy business. A serious art collector, she’s hugely into music too. Her son is currently busy studying at Oxford.
In the salon
With its tall, stuccoed townhouses and smiling trees, Holland Park Road will have you casting sidelong glances all the way to the front door. Head into the hallway to see artwork gracefully hung over the wainscoting, and choose between two sitting rooms. The smaller is snug and sophisticated, while the larger is so classy you’ll feel like bowing. But save your back and repose on the elegant sofa, before eying up the paintings around you. With its high ceilings, heavy curtains and polished antiques, any aesthete will be spoiled.
Take a turn around the tempting garden or enjoy a fortifying glass in the vibrant, eat-in kitchen. Of three bedrooms, start in the dainty yet distinctive double before looking in on the lively twin, its shelves groaning with books and ceiling wallpapered in blue. The master marries old-time pomp with modern art, and the king bed is dressed in the crispest linen. You’ve two bathrooms, one modern, one traditional, both brimming with White Company goodies.
Even your location is a masterpiece. Turn one way and you can join the peacocks as they strut through beautiful Holland Park, turn the other and choose from the restaurants and boutiques of snazzy Holland Park Avenue. Serious shoppers will have eyes for Kensington High Street, while anyone would be lured by the leisurely buzz of Notting Hill. Should you decide to take a trip into town, the tube from Holland Park to Oxford Circus takes around ten minutes.
This is a well loved family home and there are signs of wear and tear throughout.
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.
There is a small double bed in the third bedroom. It can sleep two people, but is more comfortable for one.
There is limited phone reception inside this home.
The home has low water pressure.
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.