beautiful family home in London

beautiful family home in London

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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
3 Bathrooms

About our home

Our lovely home dates from the 1920s and was refurbished throughout 3 years ago. It is beautifully furnished (furniture from B and B Italia, Skandium, Benchmark and Conran) and is much used as a location for magazine and tv shoots. Having said that it is a family home, and not sterile or a shrine to design - it is full of books, pictures and the personalities of everyone who lives here.
The interior is modern - it has a state of the art Bulthaup kitchen in a huge extension at the rear - though there are a few traditional features in the rooms at the front of the house. The master bedroom is enormous and very private (it takes up the top floor). There are 4 further bedrooms, a substantial study, and three bathrooms.

Downstairs the large kitchen comprises a dining area, living area with modular seating and a Scandinavian wood burning stove, and cooking area. There is a further living room with large comfy sofas, an open fire and a tv, a laundry room, cloakroom and entrance hall. The downstairs has wooden flooring throughout, the 1st and 2nd floors are carpeted. Everywhere the windows are big, letting in maximum light.

At the back there is a charming garden (the floor to ceiling windows in the kitchen open out onto it, providing a perfect summer dining area) that was designed by a gold medal winner at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. The trees are strung with little white lights which you can turn on on summer nights (though they also look lovely when it is snowy) and there is both wooden and wicker dining and lounging furniture, plus a Webber bbq.

The house is situated on a quiet street in the north of London in a 'village' area called Highgate. Until Victorian times Highgate was a distinct village outside London, now it is on a main underground line (the northern line) and it takes only 15 mins to get the very centre of London (and the tube is a 10 min walk from the house). There is an active conservation society that protects the character of the area and it has kept many green expanses including the eastern part of Hampstead Heath, three ancient woods and a park. It is, as its name suggests, situated in an elevated part of London and has spectacular views over the city.
The central part of the village is made up largely of Georgian buildings housing shops, pubs, restaurants and residential streets. Highgate is also famous for its atmospheric Victorian cemetery in which the communist philosopher Karl Marx is buried.
The best thing about the area is that you are glad, after a busy day in central London, to return home here, yet it is not remote suburbia. We generally go into central London to eat out and for cultural activities and think nothing of it (it isn't a 'big' trip out), though there are also places to enjoy right on the doorstep if you fancy a lazy day.
We have lovely neighbours who can help you out if you need advice (or encounter any problems) plus a fabulous gardener/'man who can do everything', and a wonderful cleaner who we've known for years.

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More about us

  1. We're a busy, happy family with two children, aged 7 and 14. We love our home, cooking and having our friends here, reading, traveling and enjoying all the cultural things London has to offer.

  2. Diana is an author and journalist and writes for a national newspaper. Ben is a research scientist

  3. We would take excellent care of your home, and respect it, and would want you to have a great time here

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Buzzy restaurants
The Bull and Last, a wonderful and award winning dining pub
Cozy cafés
High Tea, an old-fashioned tea shop in the village with delicious cakes and cream teas
Bit of culture
concerts in St Michael's Church, films at the Phoenix Cinema (one of the oldest cinemas in the country), outstanding theatres in nearby Hampstead
Walks in the park
Hampstead Heath - which is vast - is nearby and has a lovely cafe as well as fabulous views
Spot of exercise
Jog in any of the parks or woodlands nearby. It's very safe
Day tripping
We are well placed for all trips north of London - Oxford and Cambridge, for example, are only an hour away.

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