Thurloe Close Cottage, South Kensington, SW 7

Charming London Tudor-style 2-Bedroom cottage rental in the heart of South Kensington. Excellently located, quiet, private, safe, a great and unique alternative to hotel accommodation when visiting London.

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2+
Accommodates: 3 – 4
Weekly Rate: £ 2145
Nearest Tube: South Kensington, 3 to 4 mins


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Amenities Include:

High Speed Internet, SAT TV, Excellent location close to museums
Wood floors, Large Windows, Dishwasher, Washer/Dryer
Exceptional hotel alternative for business or leisure travelers
Private, safe, convenient and utterly charming London cottage

Flat Description:

Sweet Tudor-style cottage in the heart of London’s popular  South Kensington area, very close to museums, tube, Knightsbridge and all the shopping and amenities of this historic borough. Stylish mix of modern and traditional decor, good lighting, and a perfect location make this a great home rental for a London holiday or extended stay, whether on business or leisure.

This self-catering vacation house is situated on three levels, winding up around a compact central staircase through the center of the house. Ground floor has the quality eat-in kitchen with separate dining room (and small sitting area). The next level (First floor in UK, second story) has the main sitting room and smaller second bedroom. On the top floor (Second floor, third story) is the large, comfortable Queen bedroom with plush carpeting, bathroom with bathtub and generous shower stall, and views that glimpse the tops of some of London’s famous museums. The privacy of the courtyard location, and the quiet of the place make it easy to feel like a resident of a much-older London, yet enjoying a position so close to the rich bustle of busy South Kensington, all combine for a rare holiday short let indeed.

Enter the house on the ground floor, into an open entry foyer, with the stairwell to the left, the kitchen straight ahead, and the spacious dining room on the right.

Tudor-style wood cross beam ceiling (which is low and cozy, but not as low as it appears in these photos!) transport you back in time, lending another sense of historical perspective in this wonderfully old city. Wood floors, creamy walls, decorative fireplace, and large front windows. It is a charming, cottage-y feel.

Glass dining table seats four, with comfortable upholstered chairs. Tall hutch holds turkish glassware and serving dishes. A single armchair and reading lamp are positioned by the decorative fireplace. This is a cozy and welcoming dining space.

Tasteful grey counters, white & glass front cabinets, and nice fixtures make for a great holiday kitchen. An small dining table with 3 chairs sits in one corner, next to a supply cabinet and across from the fridge. While not a large gourmet cooking style kitchen, it is open, and well-fitted, nicely laid out with all the modern conveniences: dishwasher, washer/dryer, oven, hob (stove top), microwave, fridge and good storage.

One could easily cook a very good or even nicely fancy meal here, but certainly one could also choose to avail themselves of all the excellent pre-prepared and partially-prepared gourmet foodstuffs from nearby Waitrose, Sainsbury, Tesco or Marks & Spencer, as well as take-away from one of many excellent restaurants in the area.

Located on the second story (called the first floor in UK), and adjacent to the smaller second bedroom, the sitting room is quite comfortable, with a 2-seater red couch and two red overstuffed armchairs. Shelving for storage, large flatscreen TV, glass coffee table, and end table, decorative fireplace. Nice space for hanging out and relaxing after a long day of touring.

There is a guest cloakroom a few steps down from the landing at this level. Windows lining the stairwell bring in light to the interior stairs and landing.

Top Floor Master EnSuite Bedroom with Large Queen Bed:

5′ 6″ Queen bed in a spacious bedroom with sandy-colored carpeting and tons of closet stoarage space, en suite bathroom with bathtub and shower stall, quietly located on the top floor with a large window out to the private courtyard, with views to the lovely London rooftops nearby. Private. Quiet. These are not always words found in conjunction with a stay in London self-catering apartments.

Middle Floor Second Bedroom (partial ensuite) with Double Bed:
4′ 6″ Double bed in a small and comfortable room. There is good closet space and an in-room shower stall and basin (no toilet, though there is one just outside the room, a few steps down from the landing).

A cloakroom with toilet and basin is located off the first landing between the ground floor and the second level with the sitting room and smaller bedroom.

The smaller bedroom has a shower stall and sink in the far corner of the bedroom (no door).

The master bedroom has a full en suite bathroom with double basins, toilet, shower stall and large bathtub.


The nearest underground stop is South Kensington (3- 4 minutes). The immediate neighborhood boasts some excellent food providers, markets, restaurants and take-away shops. Museums, Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Chelsea and Knightsbridge shopping are all within easy walking distance.

This is a perfect location in London for first-time-to-London’ers and practically-an-ex-pat repeat visitors alike. There is literally something for everyone in this area of South Kensington, with the rest of London’s fine features at your fingertips.


This sweet cottage is best for 3 people. Occasionally permission may be granted for 4 guests. Please enquire.

No children under 10 years of age at this time, no pets, and no smoking allowed at this light filled self-catering London home away from home.

Rental Details:

Minimum 7-night rental, additional nights will be pro-rated per night at the weekly rate. Corporate lets and stays longer than 3 weeks are available for discounted weekly rates, please enquire.

Included in the rental price is the cost of heat & electricity, use of appliances, weekly linen change if staying longer than 7 nights, departure cleaning, and a Greeter who meet you at the flat to show you around, introduce you to the particulars of the property, the appliances, and answer any questions you have.


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Check-in after 12pm
Check-out before 10:30am

Sometimes early or late check-in/check-out can be arranged.

Arrivals before 8:30am or after 4:30pm will require transfer service (car hire from the airport or train station) with our London transfer partners. Your driver will have the keys to your flat and will let you in. The Greeter will be by later or the following morning.

Security Deposit:

The property requires a security/damage deposit between £ 350 – £ 1000 to be held by credit card until after departure. The Greeter who meets you on arrival will return at departure to check you out of the property at the end of your stay to assess any damage or breakage for which you might incur charges (this is rare).

Accessibility Notice:

This house is spread over 3 short floors, and therefor best for guests who can navigate stairs multiple times a day.


South Kensington is a terrific place from which to explore London. Some of the attractions in close walking distance include the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall. The theater district, shopping and other museums (National Portrait Gallery, The British Museum) are all just a quick tube ride away.

This is an excellent area to explore the best of London’s boroughs, with Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Kensington all so close by. This is the sort of neighborhood where you can live like a local, explore all the best tourist attractions, and simply take in the day-to-day history of such a fabled city as London on your way to and from your adventures each day.


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