Quiet, pretty and utterly charming, Kensington Church Street is one of the capital’s most sophisticated homes. Built in the 1760s, this home has plenty of traditional touches, like corniced ceilings and an original fireplace and floorboards. Flower-sprigged linen, blue and white china and daffodil yellow walls give this apartment a pleasant, rustic air, and that villagey atmosphere continues in the street below, where the shouts of school children mingle with church bells and the rustle of mature trees. Kensington High Street has a wonderful range of shops, cafés and restaurants, or, for designer glitz, walk to Knightsbridge and Harrods. You’re steps away from Notting Hill, too, and within easy striking distance of the West End. It’s small wonder William and Kate chose this part of town for their marital home, and now you can live right next door.
Your delightful hostess spends much of the year in Switzerland, returning to the UK in the autumn to catch up with the London theatre scene and her beloved friends.
Crème de la crème
At Kensington Church Street, blue is the colour; you’ll see it in the navy floorboards, the cobalt hued sofa and in your hostess’ collection of fine china. The sitting room is delicate and inviting, with high ceilings and pale artwork, and there’s a definite rustic feel to the kitchen diner, where you’ve a polished table, gingham clad chairs and all sorts of useful appliances beneath worktops of solid oak.
There are two bedrooms, a petite single, and the master suite. Papered by William Morris in twirling lemons, peaches and pomegranates, there’s an arts and crafts theme to this room, which continues through into the crewelwork cushions, and the elegant dark wood furniture.
There can be few better spots from which to explore the capital – you’re close to Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market, to the super-luxe stores of Knightsbridge, to the museums and to Kensington Gardens. Kensington High Street has a range of great British brands from Top Shop to Marks and Spencer, not to mention a huge array of cafes and restaurants, while the tube from High Street Kensington to Oxford Circus takes less than twenty minutes.
While the bathtub may be too small for most adults, the shower is fully functional.
There is no permanent storage space in the single bedroom, so we will set up a collapsible wardrobe for your stay.
The communal areas in the home are a bit tired and in need of a refurbishment.
This home is suitable for children over 12 and adults.
There are stairs up to the entrance of this home, and no elevator.
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.