For its central London location, Kinnerton Street feels more like a refined country bolthole than a city pad. Step away from the urban shriek and down a narrow lane, then it's through the front door to a home of caramel and cream, to wood panels, soft light and cuddly textiles. Should you wish to plunge back into the metropolis, it's all there the museums, Buckingham Palace and Knightsbridge. And so too are gentler pleasures, a walk in Hyde Park, a pot of tea in Harrods, an afternoon at the Serpentine Gallery.
Your hosts are a brother and sister. She's a food technologist while he spends much of his time in Cornwall, renting out houses and running pubs. Indeed, he chose Kinnerton Street because it reminded him of the winding lanes of his beloved home county.
Whether snow falls or the sun's high, you can always catch some rays in the pretty conservatory. If you're in need of comfort, head to the sitting room, with its knitted stool and elegant sofas speckled with cushions bearing British beasts.
You'll find original fireplaces both here and upstairs in the bedrooms, alongside sash windows with idyllic views of Belgravia rooftops. And in the spacious bathrooms you'll have no trouble washing away your troubles, amidst rippling grey marble and elegantly gleaming tiles.