In one of the most spectacular crescents in London, this classically beautiful apartment will leave you dizzy with admiration. It was built in 1846, and your hosts have restored all sorts of original features step out onto the wraparound balcony and you'll half expect to see horses and carriages in the street below. And indeed, with Holland Park's green expanses and the garden squares of Notting Hill a short walk away, modern London will hardly impinge upon your peace and quiet. Still, if you want lively bars, gorgeous shops and pretty cafes, you'll find them soon enough, close to home or a little further afield in Kensington or Shepherd's Bush.
Your hosts divide their time between London and Oxford. A clever, stylish pair, they've modelled their home in the capital on a Wedgewood tobacco jar!
The sitting room is circular, and at its centre sits a mosaic of rare pink marble. Floor to ceiling windows flood the space with sunshine, and you can dine inside, looking out onto the leaves, or out on the fabulous balcony. If you fancy some green space head down into the communal gardens for picnic, otherwise, the black and white kitchen is equipped with everything you need to conjure the perfect pie.
The bathrooms are fully equipped with our white fluffy towels. The single bedroom holds a trundle bed amidst red and gold floral wallpaper, while the master is pale and airy, pastel colours and warm oak soothing you to sleep.
You're close to Notting Hill's restaurants and boutiques, and if your new home has inspired you to pick up a few antique souvenirs, look no further than Portobello Road Market. A walk across Holland Park brings you to Kensington High Street, with its mix of British brands and designer stores, and from here it's just a short bus ride to the museums and Knightsbridge. And if you've an appointment in the West End, Shepherd's Bush tube will whip you there in minutes.