À propos de ce logement
Enter through a gate in a wall to find the charming home and studio of a cultural historian and a designer. Built in the mid 19c as a groundskeeper's cottage on the former estate of the Duke of Kent, Queen Victoria's playboy father, St Jude's Cottage has been transformed by the present owners into an intentional enclave, a 21c living and working environment that honours the past, the present, and the future.
A contemporary Scandinavian aesthetic is expressed throughout expansive gallery white spaces. The cottage door opens into a soaring and radiant hand-crafted kitchen designed specifically for the entry space and as a state of the art cooks' kitchen for family and friends.
Immediately ahead is the cottage's central gathering space, a country chic dining and conference room well-lit by day and night with natural light from three windows augmented by recessed and dimmable lighting.
An adjoining "snug"/ library offers hundreds of titles and a large cosy contemporary Italian sofa to read, snuggle and rest on.
Upstairs are two bed/sitting rooms and a family bathroom. The larger sleeping/sitting room has a comfortable king-sized bed on a cantilevered sleeping mezzanine accessed by a spiral staircase. The smaller bedroom listed here has a double bed on a similar platform reached by a similar spiral staircase above a sitting/working area. The two sleeping/living rooms do not share a common wall thus ensuring peace and quiet for those in residence.
The hand-crafted family bathroom features a skylight above the original long comfortable clawfoot tub with shower.
All rear windows open onto a quiet wall enclosed garden.
"The Barge", the owner-designed garden building housing our arts and heritage organisation, anchors St Jude's as a self-sufficient and nurturing 'cocoon' within an urban environment.
Accès des voyageurs
When our guests wish to leave their private sitting rooms, they may share the kitchen (which was intentionally designed for more than one cook!), dine at the generous dining room table or take their meal back upstairs to their sitting rooms. They may also remain downstairs and read and relax in the sitting room-cum-library, or, weather permitting, dine in the garden.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We can be found 24/7 in the 'Barge', the garden office building. Guests are welcome to contact us by phone, text or email 24 hours a day. We will happily respond immediately to any house-related emergency and offer advice, if needed, in other matters.
Visitors who arrive by car may park outside the gate in free on-street parking. Those who travel by public transportation will find bus stops just outside the gate.
Check in after 2 pm and preferably before 6 pm. Check out 10 am. A supplement of £50 will be charged for arrivals after 9 pm. This is a smoke-free house. No parties without prior consent, and no loud noise after 10. We regret no pets.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 24 heures avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement intégral, frais de service compris.
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I am a native Englishman, living in London with my American wife Louise and our shared son David. I am a cultural historian and have been director of our company, Inscape Fine Art Study Tours, since 1986. Louise co-creates INSCAPE with me, wearing many hats as our programme planner, writer, editor and designer. We offer study days and tours on a vast variety of subjects from music to art, literature, history, architecture and science. Our library extends to 3000 volumes, and we read both for work and pleasure. I travel extensively, and am familiar with most of the major cities of Europe and the USA. We love creating wonderful living and work environments, gardening and countryside walking. We share house, home- office and garden with a cat, a dog and a house rabbit. We value our rare leisure time at home cooking delicious organic omnivore meals with friends, extended family and colleagues.