A Sensual Refuge In One Of London’s Most Coveted Districts

Walmer Yard, London, England
Walmer Yard, London, England | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • TownHouses
  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 4
  • from £ 300 nt
In the Mind Of The Architect

Walmer Yard is not merely a holiday letting in London; it’s an intellectual-emotional experience, a wander into the corridors and chambers of the UK’s leading minds in architectural thought.

This architectural gem in Notting Hill is the fruit of years of collaboration between legendary “architect’s architect”, theorist, and educator Peter Salter, Crispin Kelly – esteemed as the property developer with the best architectural taste in Britain – and architect/artist Fenella Collingridge, whose research project Saturated Space explores the relationship between color, tone, texture and form in architecture. 

As a result, what comes through is the substance of nourished thought and time. Four interlocked houses wrap around the irregular courtyard with the aim of inspiring an environment of sharing, interaction, and connectedness: a feeling of home. High craftsmanship is a prevailing theme at Walmer Yard—Peter Salter speaks of materials and savoir-faire with rich knowledge and an irrepressible fascination. 

An architectural ensemble of symbiotic spaces, the houses serve as a creative showcase and modern hospitality concept that will intimately link you with the owners and their vision.

Description

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. 

THE HOME

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.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

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. 

AROUND

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.

LOCATION

London, England. Nearest airport: Heathrow, Gatwick and all other London airports

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year round

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  • Walmer Yard, London, England | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Walmer Yard, London, England | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Walmer Yard, London, England | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Walmer Yard, London, England | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Walmer Yard, London, England | holiday homes, holiday rentals
  • Walmer Yard, London, England | holiday homes, holiday rentals
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Bedrooms2 en-suite double bedrooms
Bed TypeOne double, one king
KitchenFully equipped kitchen with Gaggenau cooker and induction hob, microwave, two Fischer and Paykal dishwashers, large fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, wood burning stove with one night’s firewood provided
BathroomsTwo en-suite bathrooms and two WCs
AccommodateSleeps 4 guests (but please inquire for more)
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlySometimes, on request
Pet friendlyNo
ViewStreet and courtyard views
Rates
Cleaning (One Time)£120
Sec. Deposit£1,000
Check-In4pm
Check-Out11am
CancellationGuest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 60 days before the time of check-in. If the guest cancels 30-60 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 30 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given.
Temporary
Covid-19 Policy
Temporary Covid-19 policy In the event of cancellation as a direct result of the pandemic (either by the host or guest), eg. The UK enters lockdown or orders the stoppage of holiday rentals, guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for the reservation if rebooked within one year.
If the guest is unable to take the credit, they will receive a full refund if cancelled at least 14 days before the start of the booking. If the guest cancels 2 – 14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. It they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
NotesA £1,000 security deposit will be invoiced 4 weeks prior to stay and must be paid in full before arrival. This will be returned once the house has been checked on departure.
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Weekly Min Stay
Standard rateJan 1Dec 31£300£2,1001 nights
House Rules

No events or photo shoots without permission.
No smoking inside the house.

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