Magnificent Designer 2 bed Apartment

Magnificent Designer 2 bed Apartment


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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
1 Bathrooms

About our home

We are offering a gorgeous, modern luxury apartment in a beautiful SW London neighbourhood with outstanding transport links both to Central London, as well as the English countryside.

A truly stunning Victorian, but super-chic designer two bedroom flat on a quiet residential street, which has been recently refurbished by a top interior designer, with many unique features including a floating bed.

The apartment is on the upper ground floor in a charming old Victorian house, fully restored to the highest of standards, situated in an excellent location only yards from great shopping, restaurants and transport.

- Ultra sleek kitchen: built in dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/dryer and gas oven/stove, with stunning lights scheme.

- Sitting room: super comfy leather sofas, perfect for lounging and watching 40" Flatscreen Satellite TV with more channels than you could ever watch, DVD home cinema system, Playstation 2.

- Master bedroom: very spacious, light and airy with large bay windows, floating king size bed, special lighting effects, baby cot.

- Bathroom: out of this world with an amazing shower and bath, featuring a designer made backdrop with adjustable lights, heated towel rails and heated flooring.

- Second bedroom: double bed with a large window overlooking the garden. There is no better way to spend a summer evening than to sit outside in our garden with a drink.

- Communications: a mobile phone with UK number (pay as you go), printer and wireless internet connection, unlimited landline calls to Europe, USA (cell phones included) & Canada – all complimentary

- Baby cot, highchair, pushchair, baby bath, car seat and toys to play with.

Our Neighborhood

Set in the heart of leafy Surbiton you could be a million miles from the hussle and bussle of busy London, but in fact you are only 17 minutes from Central London.

Surbiton, a suburban area of London in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, is a town next to the River Thames, populated with a mixture of Art-Deco buildings, spacious and grand late-19th century townhouses. Its main claim to popular fame is as an icon of suburbia in such British television programmes as The Good Life (starring Richard Briers, Penelope Keith, Paul Eddington and Felicity Kendal, and John Sessions' comedy series Stella Street, which has on occasion led to the town being nicknamed "Suburbiton". It has an excellent 'fast train' service to all of the attractions of Central London which can be reached in 15 to 20 minutes with around 10 trains per hour and is within the daily London 'travelcard' zoning system.

Our apartment is only one block from St. Andrew's Square - a historically-protected area, and one of only a handful of "garden squares" found in the south half of London, which means that there is a fenced off park for your use - a perfect place to have a picnic in the Summer!

We live in an extremely safe and pleasant neighbourhood in suburban London, located on the banks of the River Thames and directly across from Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace. We are only 3 minutes away from one of the best-connected stations in London - from our front door, Central London is 17 minutes away by express train, yet in the evenings, the neighbourhood is quiet and perfectly suited for relaxing strolls on the banks of the river, or a meal on one of the many sidewalk/riverside cafes or pubs (one of London's top-rated French restaurants is five minutes).

This neighbourhood is very well suited for cyclists (you can enjoy cycling through the Palace grounds on weekends or in the beautiful Richmond Park, and we can provide you with one bike on your arrival)

Historic and beautiful Kingston Upon Thames is a short walk away, where you can sit by the Thames at one of the many riverside pubs or shop till you drop in the extensive shopping centre and mall. Hampton Court Palace is nearby and you can walk, cycle, take a riverboat, or hop on a train and be there in no time. The All England Tennis Club at Wimbledon is only a few miles away.

Kingston is a very old town where the Kings & Queens of England were crowned before the Norman Invasion, and hosts one of the oldest street markets in England. The pedestrianised town centre contains a wide arrange of unique shops and charming lanes to explore, all located on the wooded banks of the Thames. For those who like the water, sailing and rowing boats are available for rental at the end of the road, although if you'd rather someone else "drive", boats sail from our neighbourhood regularly up and down the river to some of the other tourist sites. Hampton Court Palace for example is 5 minutes away by train, and if you enjoy a pleasant walk, the palace grounds can be accessed in the Summer in less than 15 minutes courtesy of a great little riverside ferry.

Kingston-upon-Thames was recently voted the best place in Britain to live because of its many restaurants, shops and amenities. Recent developments along the riverside south of Kingston Bridge have added bars, restaurants and a theatre, the Rose Theatre with 1500 seats which opened in 2008 with Sir Peter Hall as the director. The ancient market is still held daily in the Market Place.

Kingston's main open space is the River Thames, with its lively frontage of bars and restaurants. Across Kingston Bridge is a tree lined river bank fronting the expanse of Hampton Court Park. One of the more unusual sights in Kingston is several disused red telephone boxes that have been tipped up to lean against one another in an arrangement resembling dominoes. This sculpture by David Mach was commissioned in 1988 as part of the landscaping for the new Relief Road, and is called Out of Order.

Local Attractions

- Sandown Park (Race Course, x3 Golf Course,Sports Centre,Dry Ski Slope & Go-Karting (1.8 Miles – 7 Mins)
- Hampton Court Palace (Royal Palace & Host to annual Music Festival and Flower Show (2.3 Miles - 9 Mins)
- Claremont Park (National Trust Landscape surrounding small lake & Amphitheatre (1.8 Miles – 7 Mins)
- Garsons Farm (Award winning farm shop & Garden Centre) (2.7 Miles – 9 Mins)
- Wimbledon Tennis Club & Museum (Home to the 1st Lawn Tennis Championship,1877) (11 Miles – 15 Mins)
- Richmond & Richmond Park (cobbled street old town, London's biggest park with deers) (4 miles - 10 mins)
- Kew Gardens (Annual Flower Show, Music Festival and various exhibitions) (7 miles - 20 mins)
- Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo (Theme Park with lots of rides and a zoo) (3.5 miles - 8 mins)
- Ascot Racecourse (Horse Racing and Royal Ascot) (30 miles - 40 mins)
- Windsor and Windsor Castle (The Queens Residence) (17.6 miles - 30 mins)
- Legoland (Lego Theme Park) (20 miles - 40 mins)


Public transport is brilliant here. Surbiton train station is a 2 minute walk and is well connected not only with Central London, but also nationally - it is one of the main train hubs in the UK. Buses are very frequent (every 2-3 mins) and go in all directions, even to the airport.

Heathrow: Direct bus to Kingston/Surbiton (super cheap!). Private Taxi – Circa £30 GBP, Approx 35 Mins

Gatwick: Public Transport (Gatwick Express plus one train) approx 40 mins. Private Taxi – Circa £40 GBP, Approx 40 mins

There is one car that can be negotiated as part of the exchange and we have done this without any problems many times before. Our house is a no smoking environment and we ask our guests to respect this. We have coped happily with other families' dogs, cats, rabbits, fish etc before so this is no problem. Over our many years of exchanging, we have built up a good data base of information about London and the local area and we can suggest many interesting things to do locally. If there is anything you would especially like to do while you are here, we can arrange it. In the past we've done all sorts of things from booking theatre tickets to finding embroidery classes. We speak Serbo-Croat fluently but have also managed to get by in various other languages!


More about us

  1. We are a smart professional couple who love to travel, with a recent addition to our family - our gorgeous baby boy (6 months old!)

  2. Jaz runs her own event business (based in London and Los Angeles), and Dominic is a professional football coach, so both of our careers take us all over the world

  3. We enjoy good food, sport and culture such as museums, theatre, music etc. We are both non-smokers and super tidy.

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Spoilt for choice - Award Winning Restaurants including Jamie Oliver
Cool bars
Plenty to chose from in Kingston on the riverside
Cozy cafés
Lots of Italian, French and Sushi cafes, as well as Old Town Market with fresh food stalls
Retail therapy
High street to Designer to Bentalls Shopping Centre
Bit of culture
Hampton Court Palace, Wimbledon, Windsor Castle
Walks in the park
Richmond Park, Kew Gardens
Spot of exercise
Virgin Active, Nuffield, David Lloyd
Day tripping
Windsor, Ascot, Chessington World Adventures, Legoland

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