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.
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.
Optional curated architectural tours. Optional housekeeping, wifi throughout, shared courtyard, houses 1, 2 and 3 have roof terraces, wood burning stoves in each.
London is more than the sum of it’s 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 all contained within it’s original medieval boundaries along the Thames.
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 London Airports
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year round
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