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Winsham Grove

marker_slateClapham, South-West London

  • guests6-8 
  • bed4
  • bathtub2

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Buffalo stance Just beyond the sprawling grasslands of Clapham Common, a home grazes away from the herd. You might spot a cheetah prowling the paintings, a zebra or two camouflaged underfoot, but the call of the wild sounds as smooth as the savannah breeze. Its African artefacts, calming colours and tropical textiles would make any king of the jungle purr with pride, while playful cubs will love a caper around the garden. Spend an afternoon hunting for fashions in Clapham Old Town, before joining the wildcats in their watering holes after dark. Yes, even a wildebeest might be inclined to stampede that little bit slower round here… Circle of life Your hosts are in love with all things Africa, as you might notice from their exotically-furnished home. He owns a furniture company, and they have three young children. The lion sleeps tonight Among a leafy row of Victorian houses, entering Winsham Grove is akin to stepping onto the Serengeti plains. Cheetahs and zebras frolic on the artwork-hung walls of the sitting room, while big cats definitely had a paw in the striped and spotted designs of cushion covers and a vintage trunk. Pad across the dark wooden floor to find the kitchen, skylit and stylish with its rounded breakfast bar and leather-topped dining table for eight, before letting the little ones loose in the toy-filled garden. Upstairs, you’ve a girly bunk bedroom, as well as a lush bathroom of fluffy white towels. While books, novelties and even a guitar await in the tempting top-floor playroom and double. The master has a king bed, vintage furniture and lots of light, the double is spacious and fluffy, and you’ve another glossy bathroom. Exile on mane street Perched between Clapham Common and the wilds of Wandsworth Common, you won’t be short on places to prowl for picnic spots. Nearby Northcote Road bustles with family shops and stalls, Clapham Old Town is hip with independent boutiques and fine delis, while Chez Bruce’s French and Mediterranean fare comes Michelin-starred. For those who wish to migrate to hunting grounds across river, the tube from Clapham South to Oxford Circus takes less than twenty minutes.