We have a beautiful flat in Teddington that's the downstairs of a Victorian townhouse. Whilst it's traditional in some ways like the original wooden flooring throughout and wooden shutters, we have lots of modern fixtures as well. We love chairs, so there are a fair few design classics in the house and we've kitted it out with plenty of books on London and the local area so that you can find your way about. We've got a guest pack with local walks (dogs very welcome!) and runs if you'd prefer, as well as the local shops etc.
In the flat you'll find beautiful high ceilings and the original floorboards. The windows are the original Victorian (massive) sash windows and we've got traditional wooden shutters on some of them. We've got a load of different guide books around the flat covering London, local history and dog walks, so you should be well versed in everything available to you.
Bedroom: There's a large double bedroom at the back of the flat with a super comfortable double bed with room to hang / fold your clothes and fresh towels & slippers will be waiting for you. If you've got a little one, we've got a travel cot that we can provide, along with bedding as well as a change mat etc. If you're staying for a bit longer, we'll provide you with a 2nd set of clean towels and bedding to ensure you can change them if / when you want. If you look under the bed you'll find an ironing board and vacuum cleaner, in case you're feeling domestic.
Lounge: The lounge has a double sofa bed and a couple of other chairs to hang out in, or watch the TV (DVD player built in). We've got a variety of DVDs and magazines too (we'll try to make sure they're not too old!). We've even got some board games and playing cards for those who'd like a good old family argument.
Kitchen / Diner: The kitchen is half kitchen, half dining room, with a large dining table that can seat lots of people - there are 4 chairs at the table, and a lovely vintage high chair as well. The kitchen has all the usual amenities (fridge, freezer, microwave, cooker, kettle, toaster etc) plus some extras (washing machine, clothes airer, coffee press, teapot, tea & coffee, a few herbs & spices etc). We'll always aim to have a pint of milk in the fridge when you arrive, so you can sit down and have a cuppa.
Bathroom: The bathroom has a bath as well as a shower and we've got some nice shower gel, shampoo & conditioner and hand wash to make you feel nice.
Garden: There's a small private courtyard garden with a table and chairs, should you want to have dinner outside. There's also a barbecue if you want to get some charcoal in. We've got solar fairy lights and candles out there too, for that romantic feel!Guest Access
The flat it totally self contained, so you'll have access to everything in the flat and the courtyard garden out the back, which is separate from our own garden. There's nothing that's off limits and you don't have to share your space with anyone (unless you want to!).Interaction with Guests
We live in the flat upstairs, so we'll leave you to your own devices - we will be available if you have any questions, but otherwise we'll keep out of your way.
If there are any queries with the flat from a light bulb that's gone to how to use the TV, please do ask! We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible, so we'll try to help with any queries that come up.The Neighborhood
Teddington is such a beautiful suburb of London. We think it's the best of both worlds - a village feel with independent shops, a Royal Park (Bushy Park) less than 5 minutes walk away from the flat, the Thames river only a few minutes walk away as well, good pubs and restaurants, and all of it only 30 mins away from the centre of London by train.
Teddington was particularly important during the war with Eisenhower based in Bushy Park where he planned the D-Day landings, and with the Dunkirk Evacuation setting off from Teddington Lock. More recently, the fish slapping dance from Monty Python was filmed on Teddington Lock!
Hampton Court Palace is a 30 min walk away across Bushy Park and was Henry VIII's home, with Bushy Park being his private hunting grounds. The fallow deer in Bushy Park are reputed to be the descendants of Henry VIII's deer. There are also red deer in the park, and the stag rut in October/November is particularly exciting. The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show happens every July, so the flat is in a great location for that.
And if you fancy a day shopping but don;t want to brave Oxford Street, we're just across the river from Kingston-upon-Thames and a short bus ride from Richmond-upon-Thames.
Even better, if you like rugby, we are a bus ride or even a walk from Twickenham, the home of English Rugby (great for the 6 Nations and other international tournaments).Getting Around
The closest station (7 minutes' walk) is Hampton Wick, which is on the London transport network, so you can use your oyster card to get there. We're also a 15 minute walk from Teddington Station. The train line goes directly into Waterloo, in the centre of London and takes approx. 30 mins.
We're on the 281 and 285 bus route. You can also take the 285 directly to Heathrow for the princely sum of £1.30 on your oyster card!
You don't need a permit to park in our neighbourhood, so you can park for free for as long as you like. It can get busy in the mornings, but you'll always find a space (even if it's a bit of a walk away).
We are a 25 minute taxi ride from Heathrow airport and we can recommend local taxi firms if needed.
If arriving into Gatwick airport, take the train to Clapham Junction and then change there to take a train to Hampton Wick or Teddington.Other Things to Note
Please drop us a note to ask about availability before you book - this just ensures we've not received another booking at the same time.
While we state the check-in time is 3pm, we will try to be flexible if you need to arrive earlier (work dependent).