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England (443) London (352) Bayswater (6)
Bayswater: near Hyde Park
Drake House
sleeps up to: 7
Drawing room
Drawing room
Garden
Garden
The owner of this house, which was once the principal residence of the owner of Whiteley's Department Store, describes the style of this lovely family house as "shabby genteel"! A glance at the photographs on this page will reassure potential guests that this is far from the case and that the English sense of exaggerated self-deprecating humour is very much alive and well.

The 4 story house is situated in a cul-de-sac so you have no through traffic. Your nearest tube, 5 minutes walk, is Royal Oak (Hammersmith and City Lines); Bayswater (Circle and District Lines) and Queensway (Central Line) are a few minutes further.
There are 3 bedrooms: an en-suite double, a second double with a single bed in the same room, and a single. A seventh person can be accommodated on one of the upstairs sofas.

The house is very light and airy, being at the end of a terrace and getting light from 3 out of 4 sides. It is decorated throughout in traditional English style with many pieces of antique furniture and fine prints and paintings on the walls. The owner's strong interest in English literature is reflected in the large number of books in various bookcases around the house, from Sir Philip Sydney and Shakespeare through Dickens and Hardy to modern day authors like Ian McEwan.
The entrance hall gives onto the 3 ground floor rooms. The formal drawing room (17ft9 x 13ft9, 5.4m x 4.2m) is furnished with a 3 seater sofa and 4 arm chairs as well as a very fine antique book case and Hokusai prints on the walls. There's a TV + video player. The adjoining dining room has a table and seating for 8.
The kitchen/family room (17ft x 17ft, 5.16m x 5.16m) leads off the dining room and, as well as having a fully equipped kitchen with all the expected appliances, has a table and seating for 8, ideal for a family breakfast and informal meals. There a small stereo system with a modest collection of classical CDs. Also on this floor is a loo/cloakroom.

Upstairs are 3 bedrooms for use by guests. On the first floor is the huge master bedroom (27ft9 x 17ft, 8.45m x 5.2m ) which also incorporates a study area with sofa and easy chair. The bed is 6ft wide. The bathroom is en-suite and has a bath + shower, basin and loo.
On the second floor is a second bedroom with a 4ft6 double bed and single bed, a third bedroom with single bed and another bathroom. A seventh person can be accommodated on the landing sofa or the sofa in the master bedroom study area. There is a computer with internet access in the house which you are welcome to use.
The top floor of the house is mainly occupied by the owner's son, who is studying for a PHD. He is rarely here and you are unlikely to see him, but he might come in to use his study or spend the night in his room. He won't use the kitchen or any of the downstairs rooms so to all intents and purposes you have the house to yourselves. The washing machine is on this floor.

The attractive garden which has sun all morning until early afternoon is reached by descending stairs from the kitchen. There's a table + 4 chairs and a 3 seater bench, ideal for al-fresco eating or just enjoying a glass of wine after a hard day in town.

The house is very close to Westbourne Grove and Queensway in a great position to experience one of the most cosmopolitan parts of London, famed for its huge variety of restaurants of every sort and culture serving cuisine from literally all over the world, from Brazilian and Mexican through Indian and Thai to Lebanese and Iranian. There's even an Austrian restaurant!
Kitchen
Kitchen
Dining room
Dining room
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom
Sleeps up to   7
Bedrooms   3
Baths   2
Within walking distance of   city center
 
typical pricing (per week)
July 24, 0 July 31, 0  $3320

Pricing for all other times of year on request. Prices are subject to change; call us to confirm current pricing.
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