About This Listing
Minutes from Bond Street tube yet in a pretty, quiet cul-de-sac mews, this is an unusual opportunity to have your own 2-bedroom house in fashionable Marylebone village. Close to everything, yet still a peaceful retreat in the city hubbub.
Quiet, exclusive mews location only two minutes walk from the world's busiest shopping area - Oxford Street!
Exquisite 2-bedroom cottage in a quiet mews in the heart of Marylebone Village right in the absolute centre of London, less than 5 minutes walk from world-famous shops of Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Bond Street. Minutes from Bond St tube.
Virtually everyone who walks through the door of Bentinck Cottage says they love it. It is a very unusual tranquil space because it is truly less then five minutes' walk from the world's most famous shopping street and yet being in a cul de sac mews, the acoustics are such that you can't hear anything. (Quieter than the countryside!)
It is south facing with tall windows so it gets flooded with sunlight during the day. The large downstairs room is cosy and I have often hosted gatherings for over twenty people with talks for famous authors who have passed through London over the years. When I first bought the house and refurbished the place it was featured in a national Sunday newspaper. I am an author of best-selling books on healthy living so the house has a wonderful vibe and is decorated throughout with organic non-chemical eco paints. It has just been repainted with quiet neutral colours, giving it a fresh look for 2015.
In addition to being in the bustling West End and walking distance from Theatreland and Royal Parks, you will be living in Marylebone Village which is now trendier and more interesting than its famous cousin Mayfair (you will recognise all the places from the expensive end of the Monopoly Board !) Endless great restaurants, bars & pubs; interesting shops & boutiques; really good grocery stores, delicatessens. wholefoods store and a Sunday organic Farmers' market too. Foodie heaven!
BETTER THAN A HOTEL: you really have a bedroom as comfy as a hotel but with the use of a kitchen which helps keep costs down for breakfast, refreshments and meals AND you can do your own laundry which is expensive in a hotel. There is a "Pimag" energised water filtration machine so you don't have to buy bottled water. You will find the house a tranquil respite to your busy day out. There is Sky TV, bring your laptop with you and use the internet (no daily charge like a hotel) plug in your iPod and play your own music. And you have your own front door out into one of central London's quietest and quaintest mews settings.
ACCESS & LAST MINUTE BOOKINGS: The house is always left ready so I can often accommodate last minute requests. You can access the key any time of day or night via a key safe on the wall outside, my housekeeper will make sure the house is ready and that beds are made up clean and fresh with 100% cotton linen. Your housekeeping charge covers the cost of the house being returned to its clean state ready for the next arrival. I am in and out of the house myself as I travel a great deal overseas and live in a country home in Yorkshire as well.
BEDS: there is an (English) king size bed (5 ft) in the master bedroom with a magnetic mattress & pillows which supports deeper sleep & really helps to get rid of jet lag. There is a soft comforter-like cover over the mattress to make it extra soft (you can remove it if you wish). The bathroom and dressing room adjoin this room. Lots of big full length mirrors. Plus a hairdryer. The second bedroom has a single bed with another single stored underneath so you can make up a second double bed or a 3rd bed as another single in that room. Bedroom 2 has "Alice" who is a sculpture when the room is vacant and becomes a wardrobe when a guest arrives :-) There is an en-suite walk-in shower room for the 2nd bedroom.
CHECK IN & OUT times: we need at least 4 hours to get the house ready for you. However, if I don't have a back to back booking, then these can be flexible as I appreciate if you are flying in/out of London then you may want access at different times. Please check with me. We can always arrange for you to drop off luggage in the morning and check in in the afternoon
There's a very comfortable lounge, fully equipped kitchen and every kind of delicatessen you can think of just a couple of minutes walk from your stove. A whole top floor of the house for luggage storage and laundry. Lots of space. The best coffee shops 2-3 minutes from your doorstep.
Interaction with Guests
The house is yours to enjoy. The keys live in a key-safe mounted on the wall outside so you are free to arrive whenever you like. I am readily accessible by email. My London housekeeper can attend to any problems arising.
Marylebone Village is unusual … imagine, a village community in the heart of London! The best shops and cafes … this is 'North' Mayfair but more fun and friendlier. It has become quite the hottest place to be in London.
You can walk to so many of London's best sights. Bond Street tube station is just than five minutes walk. Less than a 30-minute walk to Theatreland and Covent Garden!
Please respect my home, take off your shoes .......... and enjoy it. It has been a haven of well-being for everyone who has visited or stayed there over the years.
The house is in a perfect location - lots of shopping and restaurant right in the area and easy access to the underground station. My family and I had a great time and the place (as described) had everything that we wanted and needed. A few questions came up while we were there and Gina responded very quickly with all of the information we were looking for. I would definitely stay there again if we return to London.
Gina, was very professional and had everything in order for our arrival (early). Internet was good and the house was in decent location with shops and such a short distance away and about 10 minutes walk to the Bond Street Station. Linens were clean and in good condition and plenty of written instructions.
Just a couple of items of note:
A major building renovation was happening about 50 meters away (undisclosed) and was annoying during the day if we wanted to sleep in although they usually shut down in the evenings. During the weekend they did not work.
Also, Gina’s real-estate agent showed the house a couple of times and it made us uncomfortable leaving things there when people we did not know or have a connection to the house were there (disclosed only after we settled in, with a quick, “would you mind if …..).
Floors through out the upstairs were soft and creaky, so any movement upstairs was echoed through the house nice and loudly.
The third floor “drying” room staircase was not very well maintained and rickety.
The master was adequate and master bath was large and had plenty of hot water, but somewhat dated, especially the shower.
The second bedroom was small when we had two people sleeping in it and one of the beds was more akin to a cot/mattress combo.
The second bath, was interesting..., you had to walk though the shower to get to the toilet I'm guessing that is what is meant by a wet-room WC. Maybe it is an English thing, just had not seen it setup quite that way before.
While the paint on the walls had been updated was in generally good condition the trim had not, so there were chips and cracks in the trim paint throughout the house and at least one wall had a big crack in it in the master bedroom.
Overall the place had a shabby feel to it, along with water stains on the wall and broken pieces of trim in the kitchen, creaky floors, it took a some getting used to. Also, I would like to mention that opening up the blinds on the bottom floor during the work week is only an option for the most exhibitionist persons, as an entire wall of the building directly across the narrow alley from the house is filled up with glass windows complete with a bevy of office workers at their desks to directly into the house windows (undisclosed). It happened enough we just closed the blinds.
BTW, with the exception of the front door picture, the pictures of the down stairs are not representative of how it looks now. May be at one time, but not now.
All in all, soured me on the whole Airbnb thing as we paid a bucket of cash for a 10 day stay based on all the reviews and Gina’s rating and did not really get that much value for it. A painful lesson on our part.
I had a great time staying here, lots of space, perfect location (central but quiet street), comfortable home and a host to match.
Would recommend to anyone looking for somewhere to stay.
Gina was the perfect host - details were sent promptly & she even called the first morning to check that everything was OK.
This is a charming mews in a fantastic location. We liked the fact that the 2nd bedroom has 2 single beds, as our children hate sharing a double bed. I would definitely consider staying here again.
Gina met us on our arrival and instantly made us feel welcome and at home. A perfect house for the three of us for a weekend in London. Walking distance to everywhere we needed to go and right on the doorstep of the delights ff Marylebone village. Would love to return.
Staying at 11 Bentinck Mews was a fabulous experience! The cottage was just as described, and Gina did everything to make us feel welcome (even picking up a few essentials since the grocery stores were closed due to our holiday arrival). We could walk everywhere, and could take full advantage of the amazing array of things that London has to offer.
Thanks for a warm welcome. The space is beautiful! An oasis a few minutes from Oxford Street, completely quiet and tranquil. I felt very much at home.
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About the Host, Gina
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