The experience of this holiday letting in London begins with an elegantly unassuming road-facing façade that lets you in through a discreet opening, leading into a courtyard of irregular shapes defined by the recesses and projections of its four interlocking houses. This is the preamble to the ideas that come to life in the privacy of its interiors: a moving sensibility towards materials and an unorthodox approach to space.
There is a raw sensuality in the selected materials and finishings: Yurt-like living and dining rooms clad in Cornish clay evoke a primal feel within a futuristic headspace, wall colors guide us silently by absorbing or reflecting light, leather handrails seduce our touch, and copper curtains fascinate us with their intricate weave.
The idea of space expressed in a wide open-plan structure is laid aside. Instead, we are invited to explore constantly fresh sequences of spaces, an approach that lends a monastic feel; a quiet refuge that engages all our senses—touch, smell, sight, and sound. Steel staircases are folded like origami, rooms are simultaneously organic and geometric— perhaps impossible elsewhere, but curiously natural here. A labyrinthine impression creates an immersive experience.
Here, is a modern hospitality concept, where we enjoy each sequence course by course, morsel by morsel, like fine dining at the chef’s table.
Walmer Yard won a RIBA National Award in 2017 and has been featured in many newspapers, magazines and journals including The Guardian, Architectural Review, The Architects’ Journal and Wallpaper. A short film about the homes was also shown as part of Dezeen’s Virtual Design Festival in 2020.
Currently one of these homes is available to rent, but please inquire if you have specific needs for more space as on occasion the owners can accommodate more guests in the additional homes on the site.
House 1 sits at the front of the site on the quiet residential street of Walmer Road. On the first floor it has two double bedrooms which each have an en-suite bathroom. Alongside its large kitchen and dining space there are ample spaces to relax or to socialise. Venture to the top of the house and you’ll discover a large ‘yurt’ space with a balcony that overlooks the courtyard, while hidden away snugly in the basement is a wicker-lined living space.
The house is modestly furnished with furniture by iconic designers including Peter Salter, Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Eileen Gray, Hans Wegner and Verner Panton.
The rental of these homes supports the work of the Baylight Foundation – a registered charity, with the aim of increasing the public understanding of what architecture can do, rooted in the experience of Walmer Yard.
Books on the homes are available to read and also to buy. Guests can listen to a podcast recorded in the homes discussing ideas around the experience of architecture. Our Keeper can curate both local and national architectural tours for guests.
Guests are supplied with an arrival pack including tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter and olive oil and wood, matches and firelighters for the stove.
Wifi, shared courtyard, wood burning stove, underfloor heating throughout. Aesop toiletries provided in all bathrooms. Optional extras also include housekeeping, private chefs, food deliveries and nannies. Parking available on request.
The houses are located in the highly desirable neighborhood of Notting Hill. Walmer Yard is within a few minutes’ walk from London’s most sought-after Michelin-starred restaurants, cafés, boutiques, parks and cultural institutions including the new Design Museum.
It is just a 30-minute drive from Heathrow Airport and is easily accessible by public transport – less than 10 minutes walk from Holland Park station on the Central Line and Latimer Road on the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines.
London is more than the sum of its parts, and represents the vast multicultural diversity that makes it a truly global city. The historic splendour and iconic landmarks are legion here, from Westminster Abbey and Big Ben to The Tower and Buckingham Palace, the city is a blend of world heritage and modern capital might.
The glittering West End neighborhoods of Knightbridge, Mayfair, Soho, Kensington, Notting Hill, Chelsea, Portobello Road and Camden encompass the core of the city, which also boasts more lush parkland than any other world capital and an abundance of variety to discover.
London, England. Nearest airport: Heathrow, Gatwick and all other London airports
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year round
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