Set back from the sleek streets of Islington, Northchurch Road encourages a slower pace of living. Close to the peaceful canal, its rooms are blissfully arranged – you’ll find dragon-embroidered scrolls and decorative lanterns framed by creamy walls and stripped floorboards. At ground level, the open-plan kitchen has a butcher’s block at its centre, pale-blue cabinets and a dining table encircled with antique rattan chairs. Open the double French windows onto the secluded garden – where the south-facing patio gives way to a long, green lawn. Or venture beyond the leafy walls to explore the neighbourhood – the De Beauvoir Arms at the end of the road serves refreshing ales and hearty dishes.
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The first floor sitting room, just off the double bedroom, has a distinctly Eastern style. The sofa is strewn with embroidered cushions, and the Kilim-style rug and wall of ink-wash paintings are thoughtfully composed. And the impressive library may tempt you to curl up with tea and your chosen book – the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are impressively stocked. Up the second set of stairs are the other cosy bedrooms, simply decorated with rich-wood furnishings and intriguing oriental artworks.