Staying at Townhouse

Staying at Townhouse

This is an early eighteenth century building and in restoring it I have tried to include as many of the comforts we expect in our twenty first century lives without destroying the character of the original building and the patina of age. So it remains a somewhat quirky place to stay: some floors may slope or be slightly uneven, windows in the main rooms have shutters rather than curtains and with all the stairs this is not be the right place to stay for those with restricted mobility or impaired/low vision. For these reasons too I feel it would not be ideal for young children and so I have decided not take guests aged under 12. The facilities in each room are described on the floor plans, but please ask before booking if you have any further questions.

Alarms

The building is fitted with a wireless fire alarm to which the fire brigade will respond automatically unless the alarm is cancelled immediately.

Arrival and Departure

Town House will be not be available before 3pm on your day of arrival when you will be greeted by a house manager who will show you round and give you keys and emergency contact numbers. You will be asked to show the credit card used for payment and a secure copy will be made of this as security in the event of damage to the property or its contents. Overseas visitors will also need to show their passports, of which secure copies will also be taken. These copies will be destroyed on satisfactory departure checks of the property.

Beds

There are king-size and double beds in Town House. As the king-size one is an antique four poster it is higher than modern beds. The beds have down duvets, linen sheets and pillowcases and feather pillows, although anti-allergy ones can be provided if requested in advance. You will be given one bath and one hand towel per guest per 3 or 4 day stay or per week if staying for a longer period.

Cleaning

The apartment is cleaned on Mondays and Fridays 10.30 – 2.30, so if you are staying for a longer period please remember that the cleaner will arrive at these times.

Guests

The maximum number of guests for this property is 4

Heating

The central heating is discreet and as this is an old building with a large central staircase it can be draughty and not always quite as warm as a modern house. So if the weather is likely to be cold it might be a good idea to bring an extra layer.

Noise

This is a vibrant area and it can be noisy, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.

Parking

Spitalfields is in a central part of London and so parking is mainly restricted to residents and there is no permit for Town House. Car parks are available and, for example, White’s Row is £2 per hour, but as the transport links in Spitalfields are very good it may be easier to leave the car behind.

Pets

There is no garden and so pets are not permitted.

Smoking

This is an old building with a lot of panelling and so smoking (and candles/night lights), are not permitted anywhere on the property.

Television

Standard UK channels and those available on freeview, not Sky

Utilities

Gas, electricity and water use usage is included.

Internet

Town House has wireless broadband, the password for use during your stay will be given to you on arrival.

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With thanks to Adam Dant for the sketches and Jeremy Freedman for the photos.