Big comfortable London house with lovely views over the city
House, urban with 5 bedrooms, sleeps 8, 3 bathroom(s), floor area of 200 m2 (2150 sq.ft), car optional, children OK, NO smoking, including internet (highspeed), number of travellers: 3
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Description of our house
Our spacious and tranquil house was built just after the First World War and sits halfway up a big hill in inner South-East London, in a street that is known for its dramatic views. Downstairs we have a very big space made up of a sitting room and dining room with double doors connecting them. There is also a cosy second sitting room/TV room, a fairly well equipped kitchen and a bathroom and shower leading off the kitchen. We have 5 bedrooms in all. On the first floor there are four bedrooms and a bathroom. Two of these bedrooms are very spacious - one of these is a charming child's bedroom and playroom with big windows onto the garden and lots of toys, the other a parents' bedroom with huge and comfortable super king size bed. The two smaller bedrooms on this floor are a study where there is a comfy double sofa bed and a single bedroom. On the top floor is perhaps the nicest bedroom, a further double one with kingsize bed - this has an en suite bathroom and the best views of London in the house. The house is furnished with a combination of contemporary and some Indian and Moroccan furniture.
Accommodation and facilities
Telephone, stereo / hifi, security system, central heating, tv / cable, sofa, carpet
Kitchen and washing:
Grill, freezer, fridge, microwave, dish washer, oven, washing machine, dryer
Parking, sand pit, garden
Horse riding, tennis, swimming
Local places to go:
Galleries/museums, health club, fine restaurants, good shopping, nightlife, clubbing
English, francais, deutsch, italiano
Nearest major airport:
Children ok, no smoking, including internet (highspeed), car optional
= marks the location of this home
We live in a leafy and lively London neighbourhood in easy reach of all major attractions. Our local station, Honor Oak Park, has just been integrated into the tube network with the opening of the new London Overground (http://www.cultureline.org.uk The South Bank is 15 minutes away and the West End 30 minutes away by tube/train. The station is 10 minutes walk away from our house and several buses also pass close by. Our neighbourhood is attractive and historic, and has an unusually large amount of green space. Five minutes walk from our place takes you to 19th century Peckham Rye park (http://www.foprp.org.uk to a notably family friendly pub (the Herne Tavern - http://www.theherne.net and to several smaller green spaces, including One Tree Hill, a wood with striking views over London. Ten minutes brings you to the Horniman Museum (http://www.horniman.ac.uk famously child friendly and known for distinguished musical and ethnographic collections, and for its nature centre and its aquarium. 15-20 minutes walk brings you to Forest Hill, which has practical shops, and, more interestingly, to East Dulwich's Lordship Lane with many interesting small shops, especially for food, and lively and atmospheric cafes, pubs and restaurants. 30 minutes walk or ten minutes on the bus bring you to historic Dulwich Village, which has beautiful houses, lovely Dulwich Park and Dulwich Gallery, one of the UK's leading small galleries, with a collection including fine Rembrandts, Poussins and Gainsboroughs (http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk For a more edgy and contemporary art scene Peckham and Camberwell are also close and are increasingly important centres for new art - there was a Peckham Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale!
Something about ourselves
We are a family of three. Sonia is a doctor and academic working in the field of psychiatry. Justin is a social policy academic. Anton is a very chatty six year old who enjoys travelling and is in his second year at the primary school close to the house. Apart from our work and entertaining our boy, our greatest enthusiasms are for music, especially classical, for our city and its history and vibrant cultural life, and for travelling. We are sociable and very much like to entertain in our nice home. One of us is half German and the other half Austrian, and we travelled a lot before our little boy came along, especially in Western and Eastern Europe. We have really got the home exchange bug, and have now had 19 home exchanges, including Paris (4 times!), Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rome, Madrid, Dorset, Copenhagen, Croatia, the Jura, Normandy,the Loire Valley and La Rochelle. We enjoy exploring big cities, but also very much like a complete change of scene, for example a house deep in the countryside.
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