About This Listing
Elegant Edwardian home close to Kew Gardens with baby grand piano and garden/outside dining area (spring and summer months). Parking available. Child-friendly but also suitable as grown up entertaining space.
This is a much-loved family home with large windows and high Edwardian corniced ceilings. There is a large well appointed kitchen/diner downstairs good for late night entertaining with all mod cons and a beautiful baby grand piano in the living room opening onto decking and garden. The master bedroom is spacious with superking bed and elegant french style furnishings. A second small double bedroom is also available as well as fold out sofa in the reception room. The apartment maintains original Edwardian features with all the comforts of 21 st century standards.
Guests enter the apartment via the main door of the house and are welcome to use the private decking area and garden which is shared with a small separately available studio apartment. It is also possible to arrange off-street parking.
Interaction with Guests
We will be abroad while guests are here though available via air bnb/text/phone. I elect trusted neighbours and friends to welcome guests and be available in case of any queries or just help with local information/etc.
We are just 7 minutes' walk to Richmond overland and underground station with connections all over London and the SW. Richmond gets the best of both worlds: it is close enough to central London (15 min by fast train to Waterloo) to be a viable base for visiting/working in the centre but also enjoys some of London's greenest attractions in terms of parks and recreational. There is a very traditional and yet friendly vibe with lovely local pubs, child-friendly cafes and shops and some very special spots of historical interest such as Richmond Hill, the Terraced Gardens, Kew Gardens, Ham House and Richmond riverside. Also great playgrounds and children's play centres for rainy days.
Richmond mainline station is an approximately 7 minute walk with fast overland trains to central, North and East London and district line underground as well as connections to Clapham Junction and out to Surrey. Kew Gardens station is an approximately 20 minute walk in the opposite direction and offers a quieter commute in London. Several bus stops on Kew Road offer 24 hour travel across London and also
Other Things to Note
There is a small supermarket very close by on Kew Road (Tesco Metro) as well as cleaners able to provide a full laundry service. I can also arrange for a cleaner/housekeeper to come once a week for a charge (£10 per hour).
As this is a family home, we ask guests to treat it as their own in the best sense. We request no excessive noise or parties/ unannounced guests without prior written agreement and to respect the parking and recycling/waste arrangements. No smoking or live flames/candles.
I think the vast majority of the business AirBnB conducts is short term, on average one or two nights. Our stay at Tess' Richmond ground floor flat was over sixty nights and I think it makes for a fundamentally different experience. We were essentially borrowing Tess' home while she traveled abroad with her family. And she was extremely gracious about it it, telling us that we should move anything we find is getting in the way and allowing us to make use of local memberships and customer savings cards. We had the good fortune to meet Tess a few weeks before our rental so she walked us through many of the specifics of her property.
Which I think was fantastic because we did have a few unexpected problems. The hot water heater was shutting off. This was the main one. It would get fixed and then a few days later it would happen again.
But this is the thing: Even though Tess was countries away, she dealt with it. We benefited tremendously from the very supportive and extended circle of her friends. No hot water? Ding Dong! It's Tess' daughter's nanny who has run over to help make sure the circuit breaker didn't go out during the recent storm. Oh the hot water is acting up again a week later? One of Tess' friend's husbands comes over to sort things out. Other friends let us into the property. Yet other friends helped perform yard maintenance and made sure the patio was usable.
And I'm convinced now the hot water was in part affected by the heavy street maintenance. Once that was finished we had no more issues. There was a period of about a week when they were resurfacing the road at night and we had to keep the windows closed but fortunately it was cool enough that the noise of it was really the only nuisance.
The pluses to Tess's flat are numerous. Excellent location in Richmond, just opposite the famous Kew Gardens. A short walk to the train station and you could always depend on the 65 bus which stops just a short distance away from the house. Nearby shopping and restaurants, including a really good Korean place. A beautiful garden. A cozy basement kitchen which my daughter loved. A spacious living room with a grand piano. Friendly neighbors who helped us get out of the parking space and onto the busy street by holding traffic on more than one occasion.
The very few minuses--like the hot water heater problem--could have happened to anyone staying at a friend's house for the summer.
So, Tess. Thank you. We were very happy in your home. We hope we left it in good shape for you and your family. If I ever work in Richmond again when my family is traveling with me I'll be hard pressed to find a better living situation.
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We spent two very nice weeks in Tess' house. We found everything as expected and had a great time inside and outside, the terrace is really great when it's warm, especially for our little son! Tess was very helpful and managed everything according to our wishes, so we felt very comfortable. The house is perfectly situated, Kew Gardens very nearby, Richmond center at 10 mins walk, so any wishes can be fulfilled!
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About the Host, Tess
Independent film-maker working mainly in London and Prague with young family. Love my rose garden, my high-powered MacBook Pro that lets me do almost anything almost anywhere, and my family (obviously not in that order.) I also love pitching up in new places at a moment's notice and living like the locals, the simpler the better. Am pretty relaxed as a host, consider my home a place of sanctuary and love to share it with like-minded others. Into quality, not so interested in effect. My current life motto is probably closest to E. M. Forster's "Only connect".
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