A spacious and light apartment in the very centre of Crouch End, a village suburb of North London with easy access to Central London. Apartment includes views of Alexandra Palace, very large bedroom and living room, plus kitchen and bathroom.
This is a very spacious and light two bedroom apartment (one room available in the rental) with original wooden floors throughout. The Living area features a wood burner, large television, dining table and two sofas. The kitchen is fully equipped with cooking facilities and utensils, a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and freezer. The Bathroom has sink, bath and shower facilities. Both the kitchen and bathroom feature views of the nearby and famous Alexandra Palace. There is a Marks & Spencer supermarket directly opposite the apartment and plenty of other shops very close.
Guests have access to the full apartment, apart from the second bedroom.
Interaction with guests
Guests will be able to reach Caroline's brother, who lives locally, throughout the stay.
Other things to note
Welcome to Crouch End!
Thought it might be useful to give you a bit of information about the flat and the area.
•We should be pretty contactable by while we’re away via the Air bnb messenger, or by Simon’s mobile – (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) – although it may take a little bit longer to reply given time differences etc.
•Otherwise Caroline’s brother James lives just down the road and will be about if you should have any problems, his number is (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
•And as a further backup, Caroline’s parents Rob and Judith are also about – (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) and would be very happy to help with anything.
•There is some external work being carried out to the building (re-tiling and electrics) but it shouldn’t be disruptive to you - again James and Caroline’s parents will be about to handle anything and if we get any relevant information emailed to us we’ll let you know.
Keys and getting in
•There are three keys to the flat and the building, one for the outside door and then two for the front door. It is very safe round here but just for security, we recommend double locking the door when you go out.
•On your last day, James or Carolines parents will come and meet you and can collect the keys etc., so he will be in touch a few days before.
•Unfortunately the intercom to the building doesn’t work at the moment, so if you have visitors do remind them they will need to ring you and you will need to let them in at the bottom.
•We tend to leave our shoes off in the flat if you don’t mind doing the same, otherwise it is rather noisy for the downstairs neighbours.
•Ours is a non smoking flat, if you do smoke could you go down to the street so as not to inconvenience the neighbours.
Wifi, TV and sound system
•There is wireless in the flat – BTHub4-G9M3. The password/wireless key is 4654c4dc5c (this can also be found on a plastic card at the back of the wireless router on the window sill in the living room.
•The TV is very easy to use via the larger Samsung remote control. The smaller remote control is for the sound bar beneath the TV (change the volume through this one). If you change the source on the sound bar you can use it as a speaker for your own music with Bluetooth. Please remember to turn the sound bar off after use (so the blue light turns to red).
Heating and windows
•The heating is set on timer to come on in the mornings and evenings. You can override the timer to turn it on if you think you need (its in the cupboard above the microwave in the kitchen) but please remember to turn it back off and onto timer to save energy and bills.
•The hot water comes on automatically so you shouldn’t run out when using the shower or anything.
•The flat does get a bit of condensation on the windows when its colder outside, so we suggest opening the top windows in the bedroom from time to time, and definitely in the bathroom when you have a shower or it gets very steamy.
Kitchen and appliances
•Dishwasher: Press the on button on the far left. Select eco programme by pressing start, then press start again and close the door to commence the cycle. Dishwasher tablets are in the far right corner cupboard under the sink. We’ve stocked it up with salt and rinse aid so it should be fine for the month.
•Washing machine: Turn on using the big button the top right. Then select the programme using the right hand dial. We use programme 9 “FlashClean”, as the other settings seem to take over 2 hours and it cleans very well. Then press the button with the diamond above it to commence the cycle. If you make a mistake and need to reset, hold the diamond button down. If there is water in the machine select the draining programme (to the left of programme 1 on the dial) to drain. There is washing liquid in the far right hand cupboard under the sink, fill the blue plastic bowl and put in the drum of the machine. The plastic washbasket and the drying frames are in the bedroom on the left hand side of the wardrobe.
•Oven: Use the fan setting – the first one on the dial as you turn clockwise for oven. And the grill setting is the second one on the dial after the fan.
•The wooden kitchen work surface isn’t heat proof so do use the heat proof mats on either side of the stove.
•Help yourself to condiments in the larder (door to the left of the oven) and to tea, coffee and sugar on the side.
•Wood burner: in the living room is for decoration so please do not use
Bathroom and shower
•The shower and bath are very easy to use (left tap is hot water and right is cold to find your preferred temperature). Do just watch to draw the curtain round so the water doesn’t find its way onto the bathroom floor.
•Unfortunately the lock of the main bathroom window seems to have broken so the window won’t open. Could you keep the top window open when you’re showering to let out the steam.
•Should you wish to change the sheets during your stay, there is a spare set in the chest at the foot of the bed.
Cleaning, recycling and rubbish
•Cleaning products can be found at the bottom in the kitchen larder (door on the left hand side of the oven).
•The kitchen bin is under the sink. Green recycling bags and black rubbish bags are also under the sink (as is kitchen roll). You can put all materials for recycling together in the green bags. Rubbish and recycling can be left on the street outside the main door to the building, they are picked up every day.
Local area information
•You have 4 supermarkets in close proximity, Marks and Spencers opposite and then if you turn left out the main building door and walk down, you will come to Budgens, Tescos and Waitrose.
•Our favourite pubs in Crouch End are the Kings Head just a few doors down (which has good comedy nights downstairs), the Queens and the Maynards. The Railway Tavern opposite the flat does good roast dinners.
•Loads of great cafes in Crouch End, our favourites for breakfast are Blue Legume and Beam.
•Lots of good restaurants too, including Pandan Leaf just up the hill from the flat (Thai/Malaysian), O’s Thai Café (Thai), Khoai Café (Vietnamese), Banners (Caribbean and a local institution!), Melange (French/Italian), Bar Esteban (tapas) Heirloom and Aix are particularly nice but a bit more pricey.
•Other nice neighbourhoods within walking, bus or Uber distance include Highgate and Muswell Hill. Alexandra Palace is lovely if you want a park walk with amazing views across London – you can walk up there or get the W3. There is an ice rink up there too. And its easy to get to Hampstead Heath, Camden and east London too.
•In terms of public transport, to get into central London you can get the W7 bus to Finsbury Park station which is on the Victoria line or you can get the 41 bus to Archway which is on the northern line. The overground from Crouch Hill station (about 15 mins walk from the flat) is quite useful as it runs east to west.
•Nearest hospital is the Whittington just near Archway station – get off at the last stop on the 41 bus or its about 5 mins down the road by cab.
Hope you have a great stay, any problems or questions don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Simon and Caroline x
No access to 2nd bedroom
No use of wood burner
No shoes indoors please