From the first café that rolls out its awning to the last antique that changes hands on Portobello Road, Notting Hill is overflowing with fun. And so too is Palace Gardens III. Colourful and fresh, here the armchairs are clad in Tibetan prints, the cushions are loud as well as soft, and the statement coffee table is aflair with flamboyant curves. But you’ll find calm too. The bedroom is as laidback as its teal headboard, and you’re only moments away from the hush of Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace.
Your hosts have refurbished their home not once, but twice since they moved in – now as up-to-date as it is upbeat. They love their proximity Notting Hill’s buzz as well as the museums of South Kensington.
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Step across the sitting room’s cream carpet and you’ll be greeted by the vying colours of the cushions and armchairs, as well as the trees that rustle beyond the tall windows. The style-savvy will appreciate the twin mirrors, white dining table and scattered art, and there are books and smart design magazines aplenty.
You’ll be spoilt for choice by the eateries outside your door, or you can turn to the cute, tiled kitchen. There’s many a thoughtful touch to the bedroom, from ornate lamps to exquisite model ships, while the bathroom is sweetly contemporary.