À propos de ce logement
Our home in a converted church features original stained glass window and double height open plan living space. Duplex flat, brilliant location close to Kelvingrove Park and City Centre. Family friendly, 5 min from Charing Cross, Finnieston and The Hydro.
Our home in 'The Angel Building' formerly St Vincent United Presbyterian Church was built by Alexander Watt, 1864. It's a Gothic church building with a gable front to the street, it was converted by Glasgow architects Anderson, Bell and Christie in 2002.
The front entrance up some steps is accessed via key fob, a sense of space is created with the double heighted entrance to the building featuring original stained glass panels. We enjoy entering here and our toddler loves the sound of his voice resonating in this lofty space.
There's lift access on the right or stairs that take you up to the first floor where our flat is accessed. There's also a side entrance to the right hand side of the building which is wheelchair accessible and handy too if you have trolley luggage or pushchairs.
On entrance to our flat hallway there's one bedroom off this and a bathroom with ceramic bath, toilet and hand basin. The main open plan living space is accessed through two double doors and there are three East-facing windows – including the original stained glass – that let in plenty of light.
We moved here in July 2015 from a one bedroom tenement flat. We love the open plan living space. There really is so much space. It's great for hanging out with friends, and is a social space but can easily be more relaxing and calming too.
The kitchen is well stocked with equipment and there's plenty of worktop space. The breakfast bar is a nice addition, hang out and chat while someone else cooks.
Accès des voyageurs
You will have full access to our flat spread over two levels with a wooden staircase within the flat.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We will greet you on your arrival and will often be staying locally (and if not we're always contactable by phone) so feel free to ask if you have any questions about your stay or we can totally respect your privacy and leave you to it! It's up to you.
Finnieston is a short walk along Kent Road to Argyle Street, where there are lots of bars and restaurants and coffee shops. I love the Steamie for artisan coffee, Panevino for an excellent Sunday brunch. Old school off-licence G.G. Brother's is worth a look not only for it's vast selection of beers, wine and spirits but its caged serving area. Seeing is believing! The Finnieston bar (known for its gin) attracts a slightly older trendy crowd and Distill (known for its rum) has a younger crowd with DJs playing most weekend nights. Roots and Fruits is our local greengrocer with plenty of vegan, gluten free offerings and a deli too. Sandwichmongers Piece provide takeaway and small seating area for food on the go. The Ben Nevis is a must-visit pub. It has an interesting decor including an open fire and offers a malt of the month and a wide selection of whiskies and craft beers, there's often a live traditional music session playing on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9pm where musicians young and old from around Scotland (sometimes joined by international guests) strike up vital, exciting music for all to enjoy.
My favourite Glasgow restaurant, Crabshakk, is a little further West along Argyle Street (passed Distill) with a simple changing menu of fish, whole crab and lobster from family linked to Scotland's Western Isles. Their whitebait and crab cakes are a must but you won't be disappointed with their menu!
There's also Kelvingrove Cafe if you're looking for a cocktail or two. The 78 on Kelvinhaugh Street has an exclusively vegan menu and excellent selection of craft beers and interesting soft drinks. There's often live music and great DJs. At the bottom of Kelvinhaugh Street you'll find SWG3, an East-Berlin-like complex of artist studios, workshops bars, clubs and event spaces. At the far West end of Argyle Street (where it becomes Old Dumbarton Road) Firebird is a family-friendly (with children welcome until 10pm) bar-restaurant serving wonderful stone oven pizzas. On Sauchiehall Street you can hang out in The Big Slope (a gateway pub to Kelvingrove Park) or treat yourself to delicious contemporary cosmopolitan tapas-style food in Ox and Finch, excellent Indian cuisine at Mother India or a steak in the Butchershop Bar and Grill. Porter & Rye (next to The Finnieston) is a great steakhouse. The best (weekend) breakfast in the West End is generally reckoned to be served in Stravaigin, which is reached by a pleasant stroll through Kelvingrove Park.
We're a five minute walk to Charing Cross train station, 8 min walk to Anderston or Exhibition Centre train stations. Charing Cross is one stop and a couple of minutes to Glasgow Queen Street (for services to Edinburgh and the Northeast) and Anderston is one stop into Glasgow Central for connections South and West.
One brilliant way of getting around Glasgow is cycling. There's a Nextbike hire station at the top of Kent Road next to the Mitchell library so you can easily rent a bike for an hour, or the whole of your stay. There's a leaflet in the flat with info on how you can get your first hour for free.
There's bus routes on Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street that run parallel to Kent Road.
Uber has arrived in Glasgow which is great for off-peak taxis or you can hail a black cab with ease at the end of the road. Or else there's Hamden Taxis if you want to pre-book a journey you can do so online using their app. Do double-check the times with them for any pressing deadlines though.
If you want to park outside the flat, we can provide car parking permits for £2 for half a day. Please let us know in advance if you'll need these as we tend to keep only a few in the house at any one time. Or you can pay at the meter, Monday to Friday from 0830 to 1830. It's free at the weekends. Avis and Budget car hire is a thirteen minute walk to their Lancefield Street bases.
We're on a one-way stretch of Kent Road so it's a fairly quiet street. We're very close to the Mitchell Library, the largest public reference library in Europe. We're within walking distance of the City Centre, Kelvingrove Park (and museums), The Hydro and SECC plus the bars, restaurants and shops in Finnieston. There's on-street parking metered Mon to Friday. So if you're visiting Scotland for the weekend or longer, you can easily park your (hire?) car outside ready to explore the countryside.
Loch Lomond (and the route to the West Highlands) is less than an hour's drive away to the north. So is Ayrshire (birthplace of Robert Burns) to the Southwest. And if you wanna maximise your time in Scotland, we're a five minute walk from Charing Cross train station with direct trains to Edinburgh (usually it's quicker to change at Queen Street but there are engineering works from March 2016 until August) so journeys take 70 or 80 minutes (rather than the usual 50). You can catch the train out toward Balloch for Loch Lomond too if it's a sunny day, well worth a jaunt.
Glasgow has more green space per capita than any other European City. The city also has the largest urban rail network in the UK outside of London and with a comprehensive bus network, cycle paths and a Nextbike hire station just a block further East up Kent Road (outside the Mitchell Library) it's easy to explore the wonderfully vibrant, culturally rich UNESCO World City of Music.
We recommend downloading the Walking Heads Glasgow Music Tour and exploring the city's musical past and present.
Guests should enjoy our home and take care of the contents as if they are your own. Please no smoking inside, it is strictly prohibited and likewise, this is not a party flat so please NO parties. We do allow pets but would prefer them to be kept out of the bedrooms as they are carpeted.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 5 jours avant votre voyage, vous recevez un remboursement intégral, frais de service compris.
I live in Glasgow and have been using Airbnb for the past few years. We've stayed in apartments in Paris, Goa, Barcelona, London, Budapest and Bratislava which has been ideal and added to our enjoyment of these places.
We've just listed our family home in Glasgow, in a converted church, close to the Mitchell library and walking distance to the city centre and Finnieston.