Top 5 Holiday Cottages in London
We will happily admit that London isn’t the first place that pops to mind when you think of quaint holiday cottages to rent, but this blog post is designed to show you that there are some stunning little properties that can be all yours for a week or two in the Big Smoke!
Before we get into the top 5, just a short disclaimer… although we’ve tried our hardest to keep within the M25, there are a couple of additions that sit just outside what most people would consider ‘London’. You have been warned!
#5 – Hazlitt Mews, West Kensington
Sleeps 2 – 4 people, Cottage Code: PZP
Sitting just outside of Zone 1, this is the most centrally located of all our choices. It is situated in a charming little mews which, for those interested in the history, is often where the servants from the large townhouses used to live in the Georgian and Victorian eras. Think Upstairs, Downstairs or Downton Abbey and you get the idea.
The property itself is actually in a former stable block, and perhaps owing to this history, allows guests to bring along one dog. As you expect for a property so central, there is a host of bus and underground services in the nearby vicinity giving guests easy access to the bars, clubs, restaurants and theatres of the West End.
#4 – Suffolk House Annexe, Harrow
Sleeps 6 people, Cottage Code: 23460
Situated in the charming London suburb of Harrow-on-the-Hill, this historic annexe property is full of original features such as beams, tiled floors and an open fire. There are also train and underground services in the area, with Central London only 25 minutes away by rail.
Nearer to the cottage are bars, shops and pubs all within about half a kilometre. For those wanting to relax back at the property, there is a garden with sitting out area, perfect for enjoying a glass of wine on a long summer’s evening.
#3 – The Barn, Old Amersham
Sleeps 4 – 6. Independent Property. (Please note: At the time of writing the Barn’s website was currently down, so we don’t have any photos or links – sorry.)
Dating back to the 1400’s, this historic property is situated in the stylish town of Old Amersham just outside of the M25. Before we get into the details of the holiday cottage, it’s important to note that Amersham is actually on the London Underground system (Metropolitan Line) as well as having more direct rail services into the capital. This means that you can enjoy the quintessential English countryside of Buckinghamshire whilst still being just a short ride away from the hustle and bustle of Central London!
The property has been awarded a 4 star self catering award and boasts two bedrooms (one double, one twin) both on the ground floor, as well as WiFi internet access. Nearby are the highly acclaimed restaurants and bars of Old Amersham.
#2 – The Old Bakery, Wendover
Sleeps 3. Cottage Code: 26280.
Does what it says on the tin (please excuse the pun!). This grade II listed former bakery has been converted into a quaint holiday cottage, and is situated in the market town of Wendover in the Chiltern Hills. Train trips into London take around 40 – 50 minutes, although town feels like a world away.
There are lots to do in the nearby including the market on a Thursday, as well as a visiting the host of traditional English pubs and restaurants. There are also a wide range of walks and cycle paths into the Chiltern Hills.
#1 – The Windmill, Wendover
Sleeps 8 – 10. Cottage PKKW.
Perfect for larger groups, this gold award-winning property is actually a converted windmill dating back to around 1800. Set over five floors and boasting some wonderful vistas over both Wendover and the Chiltern Hills, there is also an enclosed lawned garden with furniture to relax in.
Situated close to our #4 choice, The Old Bakery, this property also shares the benefit of easy access to London.
And there you have it! Hopefully our top five list of self catering cottages in and around London will have given you some inspiration for your next visit to the Big Smoke.