No one does quirky quite like the British. From the inseparability of Gilbert and George to the verve of Vivienne Westwood, there’s a certain kind of idiosyncrasy that the UK does best. And so it is at Queens Gate Gardens. A large two bedroom flat filled with antiques, in a grand Kensington mansion, at first glance it’s as traditional as can be.
Look again, however, and you’ll notice that Queens Gate Gardens ripples with wry humour. The exaggeratedly gilded picture frames, the delicious nudes, the statues guarding the entrance to the grand dining room; here’s an Englishman’s home that’s not so much a castle as a historian’s playground.
Your hosts are a pair of writers who, like many of the British aristocracy, divide their time between their London home and a residence in the countryside. Your host enjoys a certain authority on upper crust life, having penned a book on the Debrett Season. So whether you know your napkins from your serviettes, or you’d just like to, here’s the perfect place to learn.
The hallway of Queens Gate Gardens is like that of a country house in miniature. Lined with oil paintings, books and curious antiques, it runs straight down to the grand dining room, with its imposing portraits and, atop the polished table, a gleaming silver candelabra. Continue past a pair of statues to the sitting room, with its deep sofas, duck egg blue walls and doors that open out onto the garden.
You may prefer to stay in and admire the watercolours, but on warm summer nights a pre-dinner drink on the quiet patio is pleasure distilled. There’s another private patio off the cosy master bedroom, and a ritzily luxurious en suite. There’s a guest double next door with a further en suite, and of course, you’ll find both beds made up with cool, crisp white linen.
Town and country
The British do love to be among the fields and hedgerows. If you’re yearning for a little greenery, you’re very close to Hyde Park. Your local department stores are Harrods and Harvey Nichols, while for food shopping, you’ve the largest Whole Foods in Europe. And since you’re already in zone 1, the rest of central London is very close indeed.
The home is on the lower ground floor and access to the front door is down some stairs assisted by a banister.
This well loved home shows some signs of wear and tear.
One of the showers in this home is rather temperamental but following the correct instruction does work.
The water piping and heating system in the master bedroom is prone to making some noise. Light sleepers may find this an issue.
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 scaffolding on the exterior of the home for six weeks while the exterior of the home is being redecorated. However, there will be no active construction.
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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