The SpaceA contemporary Scandinavian aesthetic is expressed throughout expansive gallery white spaces. The cottage door opens into a soaring and radiant hand-crafted kitchen designed specifically for the entry space and as a state of the art cooks' kitchen for family and friends.
Immediately ahead is the cottage's central gathering space, a country chic dining and conference room well-lit by day and night with natural light from three windows augmented by recessed and dimmable lighting.
An adjoining "snug"/ library offers hundreds of titles and a large cosy contemporary Italian sofa to read, snuggle and rest on.
Upstairs are two bed/sitting rooms and a family bathroom. The larger sleeping/sitting room has a comfortable king-sized bed on a cantilevered sleeping mezzanine accessed by a spiral staircase. The smaller bedroom has a double bed on a similar platform above a sitting/working area. Fold-down futon sofas in each room provide additional sleeping surfaces. Both rooms have storage closets, and flat-screened TV's. The two sleeping/living rooms do not share a common wall thus ensuring peace and quiet for those in residence.
The hand-crafted family bathroom features a skylight above the original long comfortable clawfoot tub with shower.
All rear windows open onto a quiet wall enclosed garden.
"The Barge", the owner-designed garden building housing our arts and heritage organisation, anchors St Jude's as a self-sufficient and nurturing 'cocoon' within an urban environment. Guest AccessWhen our guests wish to leave their private sitting rooms, they may share the kitchen (which was intentionally designed for more than one cook!), dine at the generous dining room table or take their meal back upstairs to their sitting rooms. They may also remain downstairs and read and relax in the sitting room-cum-library, or, weather permitting, dine in the garden. Interaction with GuestsWe can be found 24/7 in the 'Barge', the garden office building. Guests are welcome to contact us by phone, text or email 24 hours a day. We will happily respond immediately to any house-related emergency and offer advice, if needed, in other matters. The NeighborhoodEaling, known as the "Queen" of London's suburbs, justifiably takes pride in its dignified and varied Victorian architectural heritage, its high standard of general public amenities, and its fine private and international schools. The Ealing town centre itself, at the bottom of Castlebar Hill, is based around our central Ealing Broadway Station. Close to the station are banks, and many larger and small businesses such as a Marks and Spencer’s Food Shop and store, a Post office, and a mini mall with name-brand shops, an excellent Oxfam book store, and fun-for-treasure-hunting thrift shops, a number of good restaurants, Asian markets and a Saturday morning farmer’s market. St Jude’s, though conveniently located close to the commercial areas, is in an all residential heritage and conservation area. Within a few minute walk downhill from St Jude’s gate is Pitshangar Park, a vast park with woods and open groomed land offering tennis courts, a children's playground, a par course for adults, a vegetable garden allotment area, a traditional bowling green, open lawns , and walking paths. Close by (another 5-7 minute walk) on Pitshangar Lane parallel to Castlebar Hill are charming local businesses such as a family-owned fishmonger, an independent bookshop, an outstanding butcher shop, a vegetable and fruit market, a liquor store, a gourmet food and wine deli, two fine gift shops, an ice cream and gelato shop, a local bakery, a friendly neighborhood pub, and child-friendly cafes for morning breakfast, sandwiches, or coffee and cakes, Pitshangar Lane is without a doubt our neighbourhood’s best kept secret, frequented almost entirely by grateful local homeowners and delighted visitors. It won first prize in the 'London Best High Street' competition in 2015! Getting AroundA bus stop is within a two minute walk of St Jude’s walls with timely buses to Ealing Broadway Station and Wembly Stadium. A true transport hub, the Ealing Broadway station is a 12 minute walk away, or 5 minutes by bus, and has both underground and mainline trains heading west to Heathrow (less than 30 minutes) and East to central London – Paddington Station is a one stop journey just 12 minutes in length. Both the District and Central lines end at Ealing Broadway Station and one stop away at Ealing Common is the Piccadilly Line to the West End.
Trains from Ealing Broadway and Ealing Common pass White City station - for the massive Westfield shopping centre (approx 12 mins) and continue to Oxford Circus (approx 25 minutes) and onward to East London.
Five minutes from St Jude’s there is uncomplicated and convenient access to the A40 and all points east and west. Other Things to NoteVisitors who arrive by car may park outside the gate in free on-street parking. Those who travel by public transportation will find bus stops just outside the gate.