A home that rests right in the centre of some of the best that London has to offer, yet whisper-quiet and entirely comfortableâ€¦ who could ask for anything more? Situated between Hyde Park, the museums, Kensington and Knightsbridge, Palace Gate III is warm and bright, with cosy furnishings and flower-filled views down into the mews below. Walk along the Serpentine, take tea in Harrods, or go and roar at the dinosaurs in the Natural History Museum. There's high culture on offer, for you're just steps from the Royal Albert Hall, while those who like to shop will be tottering over to Harvey Nicholls. So many things to doâ€¦ the question is simply, where to begin?
Your hosts are a retired couple who spend much of their time abroad. They're outdoorsy types, he's English, she's Swedish, and they love to sail and ski.
The sitting room of Palace Gate III is reassuringly neutral, with heavy fabrics, a Victorian fireplace and a caramel wood floor. Six can dine at the polished table, and doors open out onto the communal balcony. And when you finally rise up from that soft sofa, you'll find the kitchen next door to be homely and well equipped. The three bedrooms, a single and two doubles, are all similarly calm and bright. The single's just adorable, and there's a real sense of space to the stately master bedroom, with its antique furniture and large mirrored ensuite.
Begin your day with a jog around Kensington Gardens, before a morning in the designer boutiques of Knightsbridge. Or head down to Kensington High Street, where there are shops a-plenty alongside a whole host of cafes and bistros. Then, broaden your mind in the museums, stroll across the park to Notting Hill, or head into town. The tube from High Street Kensington to Piccadilly Circus takes around twenty minutes.