Late Victorian terrace house

Late Victorian terrace house

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our home is a late Victorian three bedroom terrace house, which we’ve extensively extended and renovated over the last few years.

Downstairs is a lounge, cloakroom/utility room and open plan kitchen/dining/garden room, with bi-fold doors that open out onto a deck and garden. The first floor has the master bedroom (kingsize bed), a single bedroom and family bathroom (separate bath and shower). The attic has a large third bedroom, currently with a double bed and cot. The deck and garden are kitted out with outdoor sofa seating, dining table, BBQ and playhouse.

In our renovations, given the age of the house, we have tried to get a good balance of keeping original features while modernising to make an easy-to-live in family home. The finish is high throughout (although there are a few minor things still left to do on the to-do-list!). More photos will follow soon.

Having children, the house is child-friendly and kitted out with kids paraphernalia (cot, travel cot, high-chair, changing table, bath chair, play mats, toys etc etc). We are also opposite the local heath which includes a playground and woods (literally directly across the road). But once the children are asleep we don’t like the feeling of living in a crèche, so the kids stuff either blends in or is hidden away (so would suit a couple as much as a family). The lounge is the child-free retreat.

Both the front and garden rooms have televisions, free-view and DVD players.

We have cleaner who comes weekly.

Our car may also be available as part of the swap(Audi A4).

St Albans itself is a great location with lots of amenities. It’s an historical market city, having been involved in all sorts of British history: amongst other things we’ve numerous Roman ruins, a spectacular cathedral, historical buildings of all eras and a market that still runs in the centre of town twice a week .

Location wise, our home is a 10-15 minute walk into the centre of St Albans and also to the train station. We’re only 20 minutes away from London by train while also having the countryside on our doorstep and great links to the rest of the country. The 20 minutes fast train into London St Pancras International means you can be in central London well within the hour (door to door). Or if you want to go further afield, London St Pancras is the Eurostar station, so Paris is just over three hours away. The M25 is approx a 10 minute drive away, as is the M1 (main motorway north). London Heathrow, London Luton and London Stansted are all approx 30-50 minutes away (LHR and STN driving and LUT train and bus/cab). We are driving in the countryside within minutes.

St Albans itself has great amenities. Lots of shopping options, with a great mix of high street and independent shops (every day and high end). If you want to go further afield, as well as London there is the choice of two shopping centres approx 20-30 minutes away (Brent Cross and Watford. Food is taken very seriously, with dozens of restaurants, gastropubs, the biweekly markets, a farmer’s market once a month, regular visits by a travelling French market, various food and beer festivals and several supermarkets that deliver. And St Albans is reputed to have the most pubs per square mile in Britain...

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More about us

  1. We're a New Zenglish couple (Joanna is from New Zealand and Matthew is British) with two children

  2. Given the New Zealand link, we head back to NZ every couple of years. With the children, it would be great to be able to set up 'home' while we visit rather than camping with family. As well as regular holidays, we hope we can find home swappers needing to do UK-NZ in reverse.

  3. We love St Albans - it's the best of both worlds - cosmpolitan with lots of restaurants, amentities, things to do and close to London and transport links, but isn't too big, has lots of parks and open spaces and we're in the countryside within minutes

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Where is it?

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Buzzy restaurants
Dozens of restaurants to choose from - Jaime Oliver's Italian, Darcy's, Lussmans, Thai Square, Kashu, Côte, The Wicked Lady, Veer Dhara are just a few of our favourites
Cool bars
St Albans town has over 50 pubs/bars (apparently the greatest concentration of pubs in the UK) - plus pubs throughtout the city and the nearby villages
Cozy cafés
The Courtyard Cafe, Inn on the Park, The Secret Garden
Retail therapy
St Albans centre (Christopher's Place, Maltings etc), Harpenden (10 min drive), London (30 mins to Oxford St & Bond St), Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Welwyn, Watford
Bit of culture
St Albans Cathedral, Roman ruins and local museums, London (just wandering as well as the museums, galleries etc). RAF museums, Windsor, ZSL outpost not too far either.
Walks in the park
Verulamium Park, the Alban Way (an old discontinued railway line converted into a walk), Harpenden (inc Rothamsted Park), Aldenham Country Park, Shenley, various local villages
Spot of exercise
See parks above, community swimming pool in town, horse riding nearby, white water rafting Lea Valley, sailing and other water sports Stanborough Park
Day tripping
London (20 mins away by train), Windsor, National Trust & English Hertitage properties, various museums, London Zoo Whipsnade, Warner Bros Studio Tour etc, etc, etc

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