Genteelly does it
So noble are the townhouses of Notting Hill you half expect top-hatted gentlemen to emerge from within, evening cloaks swishing about them in the breeze. In fact, that may be the only antique sight missing from this delightfully traditional abode. Vintage tables, grand artwork and ornate fireplaces embellish each fine room, every window shuttered, all ceilings obligingly high. Curiosities abound, from African sculpture to aged travel trunks, while the view from the balcony is all the better for knowing the key to those lovely communal gardens nestles in your pocket. And with Portobello Road round the corner, further historic treasures await...
Your host is a charity worker who splits her time between London and Dorset. She loves to collect curios – not least the leatherwork, china and carved heads you’ll spot dotted about her home.
Along one of those sweeping stucco avenues for which Notting Hill is famed, Ladbroke Gardens III makes a stunning sight. So too does the sitting room, high-ceilinged, hung with artwork and handsomely arrayed with antiques. Plonk into the cloud-white sofa or take your tea over in the decorous dining room. Sunlight glazes the handsome table, at which eight can dine amid objets d’art, vintage furnishings and even old travel trunks. The kitchen is fresh and finely-equipped, its wooden cupboards and beautiful chinaware lending it a cool country chic.
You’ll find the bedroom no less lovely, graced with artwork and antiques around a quaintly brass bedstead. But before you turn in, slip through the doors to the sweet balcony. With its wrought-iron railings and view over your communal gardens, it’s the perfect spot to sip that moonlit glass of wine. You’ve also an immaculate bathroom, boasting its own collection of sea-shells (and our White Company goodies, of course).
Old and new
You’re a few short paces from Portobello Road, famed for its antiques market, pastel houses and plush cafes. Shoppers will be wending their way through Westbourne Grove or over to Westfield, and you’ve no shortage of renowned eateries either, from the Michelin-starred Ledbury to the sweet-toothed fare at the Hummingbird Bakery. Take a scented stroll through Holland Park, or shoot off to town. The tube from Holland Park will have you at Oxford Circus in ten minutes.