West London’s Notting Hill has a personality as confused as the wares on display at its Portobello Market. On the one hand, the area once famed for its genteel sensibility, as the rows of Georgian townhouses and fashionable Westbourne Grove attest. On the other hand, it plays host to an enticing alternative culture,...
West London’s Notting Hill has a personality as confused as the wares on display at its Portobello Market. On the one hand, the area once famed for its genteel sensibility, as the rows of Georgian townhouses and fashionable Westbourne Grove attest. On the other hand, it plays host to an enticing alternative culture, as well as a lively Caribbean diaspora, whose annual Carnival throngs with upwards of a million Londoners, all seeking the festival’s colourful floats and flavours. The event demonstrates that Notting Hill commands a rich variety beyond its portrayal in the 1999 Grant/Roberts picture. Holland Park is itself an enormous (54-acre) wooded wildlife park built around the ruins of Holland House. The House was bombed in 1940 during the Blitz, but today hosts the summertime opera outfit, Opera Holland Park. The park itself is edged by some of the finest real estate in London.
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Rain or shine, within the spacious confines of this elegant home the mood is always sunny, thanks to a felicitous combination of tasteful décor and tranquil situation. Located just minutes away from bustling Hammersmith Broadway, which provides quick and easy links into the centre of town as well as further afield, this property is an oasis of calm, its private garden a miniature haven of peace. A large open – plan living, dining and kitchen area is ideal for either relaxing or entertaining, and provides all the necessary requirements for even the most exacting of hosts, from the elegant wooden floorboards to the generous dining room table. For those who prefer to eat out, you will be spoilt for choice – between the cosy wine bars and eclectic Syrian cuisine a few minutes away in Shepherd’s Bush, to the chic bars and terraces to be found a short tube ride away in South Kensington or Notting Hill.
Perfect for couples or families with older children, this property can sleep 5 in the utmost comfort. Step upstairs to find the luminous master bedroom, which houses a king-size bed, and boasts double-fronted windows. An en-suite bathroom with toilet, basin and bath with built-in shower head marries luxury with convenience.
There is a second bedroom with king-size bed, and at the top of the house, a third bedroom provides the perfect accommodation for children with twin single beds.
There is a main bathroom with toilet, basin and stand-up shower unit, as well as a second bathroom fully furnished en-suite to master bedroom.
This large property is located on the ground floor with two flights of stairs within the property, so it is not suitable for those who find stairs difficult.
This property has the best of both worlds - conveniently located within walking distance from the trendy Brook Green and its surrounding coffee shops, delicatessens and grocery stores, and Shepherd’s Bush Green. People have always known Shepherd’s Bush is the place to be – evidence of human habitation here can be traced back to the Stone Age, and the first record of Shepherd’s Bush was in 704, when it was bought by Walhere, the Bishop of London of the time. Its name is thought to have originated form the use of the common land here as a resting point for shepherds (and doubtless, their flock) on their way to the Smithfield Market in the area. The only evidence of this rural past is to be found in the lovely Shepherd’s Bush Green, but otherwise, this is very much a bustling cosmopolis. Beatles fan will be intrigued to hear that it was here, at the Lime Grove Studios in Shepherd’s Bush that they recorded their first ever BBC broadcast. The area’s character is as varied as the restaurants and shops with which it is populated, from the bustling Middle Eastern character of the Uxbridge Road (baklava fans would be foolish not to visit the Nutcase, the best baklava shop in town), to the towering commercial success of the Westfield centre, one of the biggest shopping malls in the world.
The nearest tube stations are Kensington Olympia and Hammersmith, which provide quick links to Westminster and the West End, and Shepherd’s Bush is within 15 minutes walking distance.
Enjoyed 1 week stay in London - trip from asia
Here are my honest thoughts:
1)Overall impression of the house: very simple, not decorative or gorgeous, but quite adequate. Especially, I like the kitchen area(the picture above is exactly what you can get) because it is bright, specious and comfortable.
2) Kitchen: Plenty of glasses, cups, plates, utensils. Since we drink only tea, didn't know whether there was a coffee maker or not.
3) Shower/bath: both bathroom can enjoy good quantity of hot water
4) Lights (light bulbs): the room is bit dark (or is this UK way?) and we can see many light bulbs unlit.
5) Pub nearby: 2 pubs within 15 sec walking distance serve very nice food. Quite happy to have these places especially at night (don't want to go too far away from home)
6) Location: we always walk to Shepherd's Bush station (Underground, Central line) as it is more convenient for us. Buses are also available although it takes longer time to go to the city centre. For your reference, taxi from Piccadilly Circus (many theatre) to Masbro Rd takes about Gbp35 at night.
7) Shops: nearby small handy shop opens until 11pm.
Hope my review can help somebody's trip plan. I think this place is suitable for friends or family with school children as there are many staircases (too tired to carry small kids going up and down).
" Yuri, Stayed on 08/10/13
This attractive house with a great kitchen is uncluttered but inviting - in the best part of Brooke Green. A comfortable bed and really nice bathroom. A fun area with good pubs and great general atmosphere. Definitely a place to be." A FlipKey verified reviewer
50 Masbro Road is a super house to rent. It is a traditional terraced house with a modern finish. It is spacious downstairs with a big kitchen linked with a large sitting room. The kitchen leads out into a super, easy to maintain patio garden which is great in the summer, and it is remarkably quiet, considering the number of houses in the street.
Upstairs is light, airy and spacious with a lovely bathroom off the main bedroom and a very good shower room next to the guest room.
The house is ideally located for quick access to central London on the Tube and good access to roads exiting London. It is a ten minute walk from the super shopping at Westfields on Shepherd's Bush too." A FlipKey verified reviewer
My husband and I spent a week in this gorgeous home. It's located in the Brook Green suburb of London, in a residential neighborhood just up the street from a nursery school. We couldn't have been happier with the house itself. It was bright, welcoming, clean, spacious and well designed. It was perfect for the two of us, but with it's guest bedroom and guest bathroom it could easily accommodate an additional guest, couple or children.
Quick Note: The owners have left an outdoor table and two chairs which make having a cup of coffe or tea on the gorgeous back patio (on a nice day of course!) truly a delight.
Shepherd's Bush and the Hammersmith tube stations are both about a 10-15 minute walk away which making getting into London proper and the West End for sightseeing, theatre and dinners very simple.
The neighborhood itself was so nice as from the front door looking to the right you can see the famous Havelock Tavern which serves delicious meals all day round. To the left, you can see Old Pars Head a very tasty Tavern which serves some of the best Thai food ever! It's a bit of a strange combination (beer and Thai food, haha) but it is really quite perfect. We also tried The Jameson (also around the bend) and we loved meeting the owners and talking with the lively and welcoming locals. Cost Cutters is right across from The Jameson and served as a great spot to pick up the basics (bread, milk, cereal, etc).
All in all, we truly enjoyed being the only non-locals and felt as if we had a chance to blend with the locals and get a real feeling as to what it may be like to live in this lovely city.
We look forward to staying here again in the future!
P.S. For some reason I am unable to upload photos, but you can see all of our photos of the flat on our European Vacation blog: www.mnreurope2012.blogspot.com" Rachelle G