Lovely apartment with cat & gallery

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Well St, London, England E9, United Kingdom
Karin And Tom

A lovely apartment with it's own East End gallery space at the front, a garden with vegetables and home made pallet furniture at the back, and lovely little cafés and local London shops at your doorstep. Plus a very friendly cat for company.

Your host, Karin And Tom
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A lovely apartment with it's own East End gallery space at the front, a garden with vegetables and home made pallet furniture at the back, and lovely little cafés and local London shops at your doorstep. Plus a very friendly cat for company.

The Space

The perfect place for art and cat lovers, with a garden.

You'll have the whole flat to yourselves when staying in this unique setting - a lovely apartment with it's own East End gallery space at the front and a garden with vegetables and home made pallet furniture at the back!

Located on a traditional Hackney high street, and nestled between a poundshop and the local butchers, you'll instantly feel part of the bustle of East London, being able to watch it all go by whilst relaxing in this artistic space. Lots of nice cafés right at your doorstep.

It's a ground floor flat with street entrance onto this friendly neighbourhood street. The front room - the gallery - is also used as a working studio and you'll be free to sit on our new Chesterfield sofa and have your morning coffee surrounded by artwork and watching the shops waking up. During your stay the gallery will not be open to the public. The bedroom/living room is a nice quiet space to relax in and has French doors opening out onto a lovely garden. There is a nice spacious kitchen with dining space and the bathroom has a shower/bath and toilet.

The apartment comes with our cat Flor who we'd ask you to feed during your stay. It is very important to us that she is well taken care off, so we prefer to have cat lovers staying!
The street has everything you need to stock up on supplies during your stay - café, butcher, baker, supermarket - as well as lots of tasty eating options, especially a delicious Turkish BBQ restaurant. The very friendly local pub is a 3 minute walk away.

In the neighbourhood, and all within a 10 minute walk, you have beautiful Victoria Park - perfect for a sunny day; Regents Canal and tow path to walk towards Angel, Camden and Regents Park; Victoria Park village's deli's, shops and restaurants; and the cinema, theatre, library, Vietnamese and Turkish restaurants and overground station of Hackney Central.

Slightly further afield (15 minute walk) you have London Fields park and the shopping and eating destinations of Broadway Market and Columbia Road; and in the other direction the unique character of Hackney Wick and the Olympic Park beyond.

The bus stop is 20 metres from the front door and gets you into Central London in 20 minutes (Liverpool Street), or Stratford station in 15 minutes (for those coming via Eurostar or into Stansted). Alternatively both the Central Line and mainline train stations for getting into the city are a 15 minute walk away. We also have a couple of traditional Dutch town bikes which you can use to explore - it’s definitely the most fun way to see what the East End has to offer.

We'll be happy to provide as many or as few tips and suggestions for how to spend your stay here as you like.

N.B. Please note that we rent the space as an apartment, not as a gallery. You’ll be more than welcome to drink coffee in the gallery but we'd ask you not to use it to display work :-) Thanks.

Guest Access

You will have the whole appartement to yourself.

Interaction with Guests

Regular updates before the stay to make sure arrangements are OK, then we can offer help if asked during your stay, but prefer to leave you to enjoy in peace and quiet.

The Neighborhood

Great East-end character with local shops and cafes.

Getting around

Buses leave from in front of the house for Central London, Kings Cross and Stratford (for Stansted and Eurostar). Overground and underground trains are a short walk (or shorter bus ride) away.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Pull-out Sofa
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $1023 /week
Security Deposit: $882
Cleaning Fee: $44
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Karin and Tom are amazing hosts, very clear and available, giving you great instructions. The place is lovely, sunny and quite big, ideally located, near buses to the center, not too far from Hackney parks. The cat is very calm and likable :)
    I had a wonderful stay and enjoyed the garden a lot :)
    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to future guests.

    May 2014
  • It's difficult to find the words to describe my wonderful 2-weeks stay at Karin and Tom apartment. It was very special (the gallery with karin artworks, the lovely garden,...) and I've loved discovering London from Hackney, specially by bus or by bycicle. The neighbourhood itself has also lots of things to offer (Victoria Park, London Fields, the canal, pubs and breweries...). Taking care of Flor (the cat) was funny too, and Karin and Tom made things easy, always available and giving plenty of information and advice. So, simply I've been happy there. Thank you!! :)

    August 2013
  • Karin and Tom's place was a great spot for us to stay while we were in London. They were very hospitable leaving us some goodies such as food and bath things, and their lovely cat made our stay just a bit more fun. Their apartment is on a busy street in Hackney that has some good restaurants nearby and a tube stop not too far. Overall it was an excellent experience and would hihgly recommend anyone considering staying at their place to do it.

    July 2013
  • Karin and Tom were an easygoing and helpful couple who live in a small gallery space (as in actual art gallery). The flat is in a neighborhood that is off the tourist path, but is pretty suitable if you want to be in East London. There's a vegetable garden in a backyard that you can use and there's a friendly cat that makes himself scarce most of the day. This is definitely a cool, unique place to lay your head for the weekend, and the hosts are laid back but responsive through the process.

    July 2013
  • Karin and Tom were really awesome hosts. Very communicative and helpful, they really went out of their way to make us feel at home. The place is across the street from a grocery store and a few minutes from major bus routes to liverpool station, etc. It's got a good little kitchen and lots of open space. Would definitely recommend. Thank you Karin and Tom!

    May 2013
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KSE Etten-Leur, AKV|St.Joost
Karin Janssen Project Space, NIKA Art Projects
Karin is a visual artist and makes big drawings in her studio in London. Tom works for a cable company, which installs and fixes cables on the bottom of the ocean all over the world, so he has to travel a lot for his job. We moved to London in 2009, after living in Amsterdam and Sao Paulo. In 2011 we found our current amazing live-work space in Hackney, in the East End of London, which gave Karin the opportunity to realise her dream and open up a gallery. We’re very happy living in this area of London: it is young, vibrant, colourful, hip and happening with an unexpected feeling of community in our local street and we love it here! The apartment available for hire is our own apartment where we live, which we rent out via AirBnB when we're away ourselves. We find AirBnB a very pleasant way of sorting out our place and our cat when we're gone and we've met some lovely people through it! Using AirBnB ourselves has also been amazing, we much prefer staying in an AirBnB apartment than a hotel, it gives you so much freedom and space to relax, so you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
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