Nothing soothes like nature. So, in a home like this, your cares should vanish like dew off a crocus. Whether it's the native blooms, the wisteria-rich arbour or those little rills in which the birds line up to bathe, Wilberforce Road is blossomy with beauty. And that's just the back garden. Indoors, this is a home that both Channel 4 and the glossy leaves of magazines have fawned over. The sofas are smooshy, the floorboards lime-washed, the style at once antique and achingly modern. As for your location, with leafy Stoke Newington and lively Islington nearby, this, without a doubt, is no walled gardenâ€¦
A young couple, your hosts have made Wilberforce Road their own. The garden was designed to spec when they moved in, and remains your host's pride and joy.
Waiting on a sleepy, tree-shaded street, Wilberforce Road is a serene sight. A skylight dazzles the sitting room, where wall-to-wall sliding doors blur the border between in and out. Sprawl on the cosy corner sofa, the better to eye up the eclectic touches, or swoosh open those doors and give yourself to the garden. With its wisteria arbour, sun-dappled lawn and wildlife-friendly flowers, you'll struggle to tear yourself away. Especially with a barbecue and tempting dining area at your service.
The master bedroom is sweetly stylish and, before you slide into it, do look in on the open courtyard, complete with magnolia tree. You've an ensuite in watery blue, as well as a second bathroom in which to wallow with the help of our White Company goodies.
If you yearn for the green acres and grassy breezes, you've come to the right place. Finsbury Park is round the corner, while Clissold Park echoes to the calls of deer, goats and chickens. As for amusements manmade, Islington has it all. There's the designer fashion of Upper Street, the antiques of Camden Passage and sumptuous eateries such as Jamie's Italian and the famous Frederick's. And, best of all, the tube from Finsbury Park to Oxford Circus takes you a mere 15 minutes.