Settle in Set back from the sleek streets of Islington, Northchurch Road encourages a slower pace of living. Close to the peaceful canal, its rooms are blissfully arranged – you’ll find dragon-embroidered scrolls and decorative lanterns framed by creamy walls and stripped floorboards. At ground level, the open-plan kitchen has a butcher’s block at its centre, pale-blue cabinets and a dining table encircled with antique rattan chairs. Open the double French windows onto the secluded garden – where the south-facing patio gives way to a long, green lawn. Or venture beyond the leafy walls to explore the neighbourhood – the De Beauvoir Arms at the end of the road serves refreshing ales and hearty dishes. Peace-makers Your hosts are both lawyers. When they’re not working they're busy plotting their next adventures to lesser-explored parts of the world. Thoughtful place The first floor sitting room, just off the double bedroom, has a distinctly Eastern style. The sofa is strewn with embroidered cushions, and the Kilim-style rug and wall of ink-wash paintings are thoughtfully composed. And the impressive library may tempt you to curl up with tea and your chosen book – the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are impressively stocked. Up the second set of stairs are the other cosy bedrooms, simply decorated with rich-wood furnishings and intriguing oriental artworks.
Basin, Bath with integrated shower, shower, toilet
Futon, king size bed, iPod dock
DVD player, stereo system, TV
Dining table, dining chair
Blender, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, hob (gas), Juicer, microwave, oven, toaster
Single bed, Trundle bed
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