Smart, stylish and functional, our beautiful, bright and fully-equipped one-bedroom flat is perfectly located in a quiet tree-lined residential street only 7 min walk to Clapham North Tube and vibrant Clapham High Street with its cafes and bars.
When we took over the keys to our beautiful new apartment, our one thought was, "How can we make this the perfect AirBNB flat?"
Being seasoned travelers ourselves, with a lifelong love of style (Elaine's father is a commercial photographer and she grew up steeped in Casa Vogue, photography and fashion magazines, and classical music; she plays the piano and sings a little bit of jazz for fun), we wanted to create a space redolent of understated luxury; but not just luxury for luxury's sake, it has to be eminently practical and usable from start to end.
Being in the hospitality industry ourselves, where space is always at a premium and operational functionality must be maximised, where the standard "luxe look" can be too cookie-cutter and lack personality while the other end of the spectrum can be too personal and idiosyncratic, we gave ourselves the challenge of designing a space which embodied form and function for the widest range of traveler - from singles, friends travelling together, families with young kids, to parents visiting their grown-up children working in the City.
So we have made this a flat that we hope is just as inviting to a person travelling alone as it is to up to four adults sharing it; a place where, after we finished doing it up, we felt a slight pang of regret at not being able to stay in it ourselves permanently (our 3 young children wouldn't countenance it!), a place done up with as much thought and care as we could put into it - no doubt with plenty that can be improved still, and hence we are looking forward to your thoughts and feedback on what works well and what we could do better... as it becomes a place you return to again and again, a place that you have grown to care for as much as we do.
It's a place that has been put together with love, and we trust that looking through the pictures you'll get a sense of what we mean and what we'd like to share with you. Naturally we trust that you'll take care of it in the same spirit :)
You have the luxury of having the whole flat to yourselves. Unlike other flats, it has been specifically designed as an Airbnb flat, i.e. it is not owner-occupied, it is a dedicated holiday apartment that is also perfect for short-term work projects when you need the peace and convenience of your own fully-equipped apartment in one of the most trendy and popular "villages" of London for young professionals.
I absolutely love what I do as a host, and have been fortunate to have been awarded Airbnb "Superhost" status within the first year of my hosting! Meeting and helping my guests with getting the maximum out of their time in London is one of my greatest pleasures - I am very good at organising, problem-solving and being a "mum" and looking after people, and being a host lets me do all three!
I am happy to help out as much as you like to plan for your journey to London, whether practical aspects such as how to best get to the flat from your arrival point, or restaurant recommendations for the neighbourhood and activity suggestions for your time in London. I am equally happy to leave you in peace and be an invisible host if you're looking forward to having some much-needed quiet time to rest and relax :)
Check-in is ideally from 2pm onwards, and check-out is at 11am or before. I get a lot of requests for early check-in or late check-out, and I always try my best to accommodate! It also depends on whether there are any other bookings checking out and in on the same days as you, in order to make sure there is sufficient time for the flat to be turned around and made ready for the next guests.
Please, no smoking at all in the flat or in the outside areas - thank you for understanding!
All you really need to know is - just treat the flat with the same love that has gone into it. I've been incredibly fortunate to have had fantastic experiences with all my guests, several of whom have become friends, and they have all taken really good care of the flat - I trust you'll do the same :)
When two Airbnb Superhosts get together- Elaine and Martin!
Elaine, Singaporean-Chinese Londoner has been running three stunning Airbnb properties in the last 2 years deserving a Superhost status.
Martin, an Estonian Londoner with 6 years of Airbnb Superhost managing Elaine's properties.
Between us, we speak 6 languages and welcome the whole world to visit London and our only aim is to make sure your time here will be the Best!
Please ask us anything, we love and live London and have the know-how of this stunning City!
We are looking forward to hearing from you!