Teeming with quirky bars, creatives, and art school grads, Dalston has its finger firmly on the East London pulse. The cafe culture of Stoke Newington is just to the north, while Shoreditch, with its nightlife and boutiques, is to the south. Here, organic greengrocers jostle with Turkish corner stores, artisan cafes and some very hip pubs, and there’s a higher concentration of artists than anywhere else in Europe. So if you like your clothes vintage and your bread handmade, then this is the spot for you. After you've explored all of this and more, return home to St Mark’s Rise, a family house that’s colourful, welcoming and that little bit unexpected – just the way you want it.
Meet and greet
Like many of her neighbours, your hostess is an artist. She specialises in landscapes, and since leaving the Courtauld she’s worked for the likes of Warner Bros and Saatchi & Saatchi. Polish by birth, when not in her studio, she lectures at the National Gallery.
Mix it up
Your hostess loves to travel, and you’ll find her souvenirs scattered all around her cosy sitting room, alongside a wooden fireplace and several of her own paintings. Light drifts through gauzy drapes onto the two deep sofas and a wonderful collection of books, while next door, the kitchen diner puts a London spin onto the rustic table, the hanging pots and duck-egg blue cabinets.
Upstairs the master bedroom has a king-sized bed beneath the gently sloping ceiling, alongside stripped wood antique furniture. There’s a definite musical theme to the second bedroom, a large space containing not just a double bed, but a piano and even a full-sized harp. The family bathroom’s fresh, with walls in slate and cerulean, and a powerful walk-in shower.
From the Turkish restaurants of Kingsland Road, to the locally iconic Rio cinema, Dalston is a multi cultural hotspot. There are trendy bars a-plenty and you might just spot the next big thing DJing at an underground pop up night. For more sedate delights, head up to Stoke Newington and while away an afternoon in the offbeat boutiques of Church Street, or sun yourself in Clissold Park before dinner in Homa or Il Bacio. Score tickets to the Arcola Theatre, walk to Upper Street, or head into town. The journey to Piccadilly Circus by rail and tube takes around forty minutes.
This home welcomes babies and children over ten years old.
This is a well loved family home with some signs of wear and tear.
The TV in the second bedroom can only be used to play DVDs.
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 are stairs up to the entrance, and no elevator.
This home is spread over two floors with no internal elevator.
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.