This spacious flat overlooks a quiet and well maintained garden & being only two minutes' walk from the tube station, is an ideal base from which to explore London. It's within easy walking distance of the famous Portobello Markets and Notting Hill & the Westfield Shopping Centre are close by too. The flat is situated in a quiet corner of the square. There are a number of pubs and cafes close by and if you are lucky, you may bump into a celebrity or two!
This one bedroom flat is bright, comfortable and cosy. Two minutes' walk from the tube station, it is an ideal base from which to explore London.
The local tube station (Latimer Road) is served by the Circle line and the Hammersmith & City line. Both of these lines will take you directly to Paddington station in about 15 minutes.
It takes 30 minutes to Oxford Circus, with one change for the Bakerloo line at Baker Street. To get to Covent Garden change at Hammersmith and then the Piccadilly line; altogether it takes about 30 minutes. For Camden Town change at Kings Cross then two stop up on the Northern Line, takes about 45 minutes. Kings Cross St Pancras is very convenient if you are arriving by the Eurostar. Just take the Hammersmith & City line from Kings Cross with no changes.
You have two options to get from Stansted Airport to Liverpool Street station. One is by train which takes 45 minutes, there's one every 15 minutes and costs £19 one way (as at October 2016) ((URL HIDDEN) The other option is by bus which leaves every 30 minutes and it takes about an hour. If you book the bus online ahead of time it costs £10 ((URL HIDDEN) From there you will make your way to the Underground (in the same station) and take the Hammersmith and City line to Hammersmith, getting off at Latimer Road. The tube to Latimer Road takes about 25 minutes.
Heathrow Express goes from Paddington, taking only 15 minutes from London to Heathrow airport. You can get to the university city of Oxford (in Oxfordshire) from Paddington in one hour. It takes 1.5 hours to get to Bath for the famous Roman baths.
10-15 minutes' walk from my flat takes you to Ladbroke Grove where you have a great choice of busses that go to the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum (no 70) and to Selfridges in Oxford St (nos 7, 23). The number 23 goes to many interesting places: Trafalgar Sq., Covent Garden and St Paul's Cathedral. The 52 goes to Notting Hill, Kensington Palace, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner. The 452 follows most of the route of the 52 except it goes on to Sloane Square.
For those on business the BBC White City is close by. The tube will take you there in 12 minutes, the 295 or the 316 bus will take you to Shepherd's Bush in 15 minutes and it's only a 5 minute walk from there. Or to walk from door to door it's only 30 minutes.
My flat is a shoe-free zone to help keep it nice and clean. The lovely large double bedroom has fresh bed linen, towels, complimentary herbal teas, coffee and biscuits.
The bathroom will always be stocked with extra toilet paper and, a must for me, hooks on the back of the door! Help yourself to shampoos. I keep the hair-dryer & straighteners in the 'communal area'. The bathroom is not an en suite; you will be sharing it with me. I'm starting to introduce healthy alternative cleaning products. Recently I've made an all purpose cleaning product using only water with a splash of vinegar and essential oils such as Rose Geranium and lavender. It's great for bringing up a shine on chrome and glass!
PLEASE NOTE: THE KITCHEN HAS LIMITED ACCESS as I will be here most of the time but we can come to an arrangement that will best suit us all. If you think you will be using the kitchen please let me know in advance so I can plan ahead. The kitchen contains a fridge/freezer, cooker and oven, a juicer, a blender, a coffee grinder and percolator. I do not possess a micro wave.
I love to have some sort of concoction or fermented food 'brewing' away in the kitchen and would love to share some with you. Right now I have some seasonal vegetables fermenting away - a bit like sauerkraut. I always have a pro-biotic Kombucha drink on hand and some kefir. Hopefully I will also have something soothing & hydrating like Lynseed tea on offer. Remind me if you would like to sample any of them.
The quiet, spacious, south-facing sitting room has limited access too. It overlooks a lovely square that is very well maintained, with beautiful mature plants and trees. If you stay in the summer I hope to have some herbs or vegetables growing on my window boxes which I would love to share with you. My most successful crops have been mint, rosemary, Basil, tomatoes, kale and spring onions although last summer the bugs got my kale first! Remind me if you would like to add some of these herbs to your salads.
I do not possess a TV.
In the bedroom there are speakers on either side of the bed and a subwoofer available for use but remember to keep the music down so as not to disturb my lovely neighbours! Sadly the large wardrobe is full but there is a smaller one which should do the trick to store your clothes.
I keep a spare blanket in the small wardrobe should you need one.
In the kitchen feel free to cook and use my pots and pans, dried herbs and spices, etc but be sure to use wooden spoons for cooking. I keep a small hand held vacuum next to the bin area.
Mondays and Tuesdays I work away from home so will be out all day and usually get back by 6.30pm. We can discuss access to the kitchen for those evenings. For the rest of the week I tend to work from home so we can discuss kitchen access for those days and evenings.
Interaction with guests
You will find my phone number in my 'Profile' to contact me should you have any questions during your stay. I always aim to welcome my guests to my home and after I've explained everything I'll leave them to enjoy their stay. I can even pop over to the local tube station and collect you. Feel free to contact me with any queries while you are here.
Other things to note
It would be really great if you could be careful when closing doors. I don't want to disturb my neighbours and unfortunately I am a light sleeper. Also, if you eat any take-aways etc in the bedroom please place any leftover food and containers either out in the hall or in the kitchen. In the hot weather things go off quickly.
Other than that have a wonderful stay!
The house rules are no shoes, no smoking, no parties, no visitors, no pets.
Noise: Try to keep noise down to a minimum especially after 10pm, I go to bed early. That would include no showering after 10pm.
Bags: Checking-out time is 12 midday but if your travel arrangements are for later you are welcome to leave your bags in the hall; the bedroom must be vacated by 12 midday though.
Disgarded food packages: You are allowed to eat in your bedroom but remember not to leave any disgarded food packages in the room. You can either leave them outside your room and I will dump them or use the bin in the kitchen. This is especially important in the warm weather.
Basically, leave the place as you would like to find it.
Having moved from Dublin many years ago I settled here in West London. I am very lucky to live in such a location, near to the buzz of Portobello Markets, and among such a wonderful community.
I love food & trying out new recipes, especially on my friends or guests. I cook from scratch, eating foods in season & locally sourced, as much as possible. In June 2015 I joined a Kitchen Garden Community where I can grow some of my own vegetables. Let me know if you would like to see it and I would gladly take you to it; it's 10 minutes walk from my flat.
My next joy is walking. It's lovely to occasionally escape to the countryside and bring the camera in the hope of capturing that illusive photo.
I love meeting people from different cultures and making them feel welcome in my home. It's important to me that their stay is a pleasurable one, where their holiday experience is a positive one. Sometimes my guests inspire me on where I should visit in London!