Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream. Because, if you're a Beatles fan, Carlingford Road may make you weak at the knees. The books, the artwork, even the coffee coasters flaunt the mop-topped fab foursome at their best. But this is no one-hit wonder of a home. Newly done up, all is glowingly cosy, and there's a careful beauty in the white palette, warm greens and gentle pops of grey. Listen, and you might hear Paul McCartney's blackbird singing in the garden; watch, and it'll show you the way to Hampstead Heath or the quiet, cobbled lanes of Hampstead Village.
Born in Canada, your host first fell in love with London in the Swinging Sixties, when Beatlemania was all the rage. Your hostess used to run a tourism business, and what she doesn't know about the capital frankly isn't worth knowing.
There's something of the digitally remastered classic to this home. Impeccably finished, every surface glows in white, from the high ceilings to the marshmallow-soft sofas. Take a comfy seat and eye up the Beatles memorabilia, or proceed into the glossy kitchen. Accents of blue-green lend a soft, natural air all the more so when you throw open the French doors to the garden. There's a contemporary table for four, or, flow outside and dine Ã deux beneath the blinking stars.
A desk and leather armchair offer their services for the readers, while, upstairs, both bedrooms are blissfully smart. The double is floral-fresh, and there's an alluring view of the garden below. The master, meanwhile, spangles under a delicate chandelier, and has its own arty ensuite. You've also a shower room, tastily tiled in teal and a-brim with our White Company toiletries.
Hampstead Heath is the sort of green space that brings joy to the spirits. And, once you've crested Parliament Hill, hiked to Kenwood House or stretched out beneath a soaring old oak, some refreshment is needed. Thankfully, Hampstead Village has plenty of tearooms and eateries on hand, and there's the intellectual nourishment of Keats House and the Freud Museum too. As for town, you can be there in a twist and shout. The tube from Hampstead to Oxford Circus takes under twenty minutes.