That intangible something that makes heads turn and spines tingle – it comes all too rarely. But it’s here in Thurloe Square. With an exceptional collection of modern art and contemporary technology, it’s at the cutting edge of interior design. Yet this is a home that’s Georgian through and through- its original features and generous proportions frame furniture that’s as beautiful as it is bold. Thurloe Square is just steps from Exhibition Road and Hyde Park, and surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Words, however carefully chosen, do not do justice to this home, you simply have to experience it for yourself.
Your hostess is an architectural designer, while your host is one of the country’s leading photographers. Their work can be seen at such institutions as the Design Museum and the V&A. Small wonder, then, that their home is so utterly ravishing.
Design for life
The district surrounding Thurloe Square was created for the Great Exhibition back in the mid 1800’s. Inspired, your hosts have adorned their five storey home with canvases at once invigorating and inspirational, creating an equally spectacular showcase. You’ve not one, but two sitting rooms. The ground floor is funky in pink and grey, while the first floor is an altogether grander affair, with lofty ceilings, doors out onto the balcony and a glittering chandelier. There’s also a whole wall of books, and a working fireplace. Back downstairs, sunlight glances from the white marble kitchen and across the table for ten, flooding the walled patio garden and glancing off its colourful pendant lighting. The enormous master bedroom is Thurloe Square’s crowning glory, with a super king-sized bed, elegant grey walls, and an antique writing desk. Light a fire in the original fireplace, then slip into the ensuite’s roll topped bath. Those with modern preferences will glory in the walk-in shower’s zonal lighting, and all will adore the mirrored dressing room.
Up on the third floor there’s another double bedroom, papered in Japanese blue and white, with a York stone ensuite. There’s a cosy sitting room on this floor, with an impressive doll’s house alongside a TV and DVD player, and a sofa bed to transform it into a handy extra double bedroom. The peaceful loft has something of the feel of an artist’s studio, with its fresh white floorboards and furniture, king-size bed, gleaming ensuite, and a hidden luminous green kitchenette to discover.
With London’s great museums within yards, you’ve entertainment to last for days. Row upon the Serpentine in Hyde Park, or take a shopping trip to nearby Knightsbridge. Then it’s down to investigate the many wonderful restaurants of Kensington and Chelsea, perhaps, or a trip into the West End. The tube from South Kensington to Piccadilly Circus takes eight minutes.
This home has a minimum stay of seven nights.
This home is not child friendly given the many delicate artworks and furniture, and only accepts children over 12 years of age.
This home is spread over six floors with no internal elevator.
Your host's housekeeper will visit twice a week for three hours a day.
Most of the fixtures and fittings are reclaimed antiques and so may have some quirky features.
Two lovable dogs live in this home. They won't be around during your stay, but this home may not be suitable for those with allergies.
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.
The basement floor of this home is a self-contained working office and studio for your hosts. Though it will not interfere with guests stays, there will be people working in the office during working hours.
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.