The SpaceThe house itself is a deceptively large newly-refurbished 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom country manor with traditional stuccoed exterior and a sizeable garden to boot. The contemporary aesthetics of the interior are a stark contrast to the traditional sights of the surroundings outside. A consistent design theme is present throughout the home, a colour palette orientated around frosty porcelain and pearly grey.
First and second floor benefit from a thick ash grey saxony carpet in all rooms, a cosy addition perfect for tired feet after a long day perusing around Southbank. Beds are king-size, naturally, and dressed in hotel-grade brilliant white egyptian cotton and matching towels are provided for all guests. The three luxurious bathrooms are inevitably luxurious of course, continuing the minimalist theme with stone flooring and pearly white textured wallpaper contrasting delightfully with the chromed details of the power-showers and bespoke taps of the sinks, bidees and bath tubs.
Moving downstairs, the sophisticated and tasteful decor meets expensive and stylish appliances to make this open-plan home a treat for young and old guests alike. The brand-spanking new mega-spacious kitchen is defined by brilliant white sculpted units and a marble work surface, subtle mood lighting above revealing a Krups coffee machine, Dualit toaster, top-of-the-range oven and matching convection hob. The ground floor of the home is completely open plan, aside from the reception area by the front door, with two sumptuous charcoal sofas and a beautifully sculpted glass coffee table overlooking the garden providing a second spacious area for socialising in addition to the living room at the front of the house. Speaking of which, 3 leather sofas surround a media centre comprised of a 42-inch LCD television, blu-ray DVD player (accompanied by collection ~100 DVDs), bespoke sound system, DAB radio, and of course unlimited fibre-optic high-speed internet.
So take the unique opportunity to awaken to the distant hum of lawnmowers and the sacred aroma of frying bacon drifting up the staircase (if you’re lucky!!) Pop the kettle on and try and convince one of your family to make the 100-yard journey to the corner shop to pick up The Times or The Sun (if you’re that way inclined!) Politely wish good morning to your neighbours and labour over the task of choosing which theatre show to go to and where to eat before (or after!). Guest AccessThe whole house, (4 bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms) and Private rear Garden. Interaction with GuestsWe meet all of our guests at the house in person to show you around and help get you settled into the area. We are also on hand 24/7 for any help and advice you might need during your stay. The NeighborhoodThe immediate surroundings of this expansive yet oh-so-quiant country manor are reminiscent of Hardy’s bucolic literary depictions. Ancient clematis-adorned cottages line postcard-worthy cobbled streets, a quintessentially English community where past guests have had the postman pop in for a cup of tea (a.k.a. ‘brew’),
On the horizon is the golden glow of the city lights, less than 10 miles away, but the melodies of blackbirds in the hedgerows are the only sounds to break the beautiful silence out here, the city centre only to be seen and not heard.
Quintessentially English, the village of Teddington is composed of little more than a church, post office and a handful of wonderfully rustic country pubs, with our particular favourite being ‘The King’s Head’. Pop in for a swift half-pint of hand-pulled ‘Timothy Taylor’s Landlord’ ale, or one of their homemade steak and ale pies. Getting AroundTeddington Train Station is just 5 minutes walk from the house and trains run direct to Waterloo (London Eye and the South Bank), central London every 30 minutes. The journey only takes about 30-40 minutes so you can be in the centre of London very quickly.
So many visitors to London desperately yearn for the opportunity to soiree leisurely around Mayfair long into the night, not having to worry about a arduously long and painfully expensive taxi journey home in the early hours. Visitors to this countryside abode can wine-and-dine carefree, blissfully content that the journey home will take no longer than that round of post-theatre brandies and coffee. Other Things to NoteLess than 200 metres from the front door of the property lies one of the countless pubs which lie in walking distance of the house. A truly independent establishment, ‘The Builders Arms’ is entirely absent of any tourists it seems, maintaining a very local ambience whilst its staff are exceedingly warm and welcoming - a real rarity it must be said!! Pop in for a swift half-pint of cask ale and a pork pie (with pickle of course) at lunch time, or push the boat out and join the locals for a few pints and fish and chips in the evening.
For something a little more ‘upper-crust’ (please forgive the pie puns!), wander down to the high street and take a right. After perhaps 300 metres on your left lies the Kings Head pub. This place is an absolute must for anyone staying with us. And we mean that. You must visit. This place attracts visitors from all over West London, all of whom are seeking an authentic gastro-pub experience, with good hand-pulled ale and a beautifully composed menu of classic British ‘pub grub’ dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Make sure you try the Timothy Taylor’s Landlord beer, and the pie of the day. Delicious.