For those of you who want the short version
- impeccable and unique accommodation in beautifully restored Victorian villa
- fantastic hostess, always available without being intrusive
- plenty of amenities available - HD flat screen TV, DVD/CD players, free WiFI, 2 complimentary bottles of water in the room, tea/coffee/chocolate making facilities including Earl Grey tea at our request and fresh milk in a small jug, gowns & slippers for him/her, shampoo/shower gel/body lotion/small hairdryer
- continental breakfast included (immaculately presented on Doulton china, tasty warm butter croissants, jam/marmalade, fresh fruit salad, orange juice/coffee/tea, yogurt, muesli and for the first time ever elegant silver-plated teapot with a non-drip spout)
- parking lot
- nearby bus stop
- full English breakfast extra £7.50 (didn't try it as very happy with continental version)
- rooms Not en-suite - period bathrooms each shared between 2 rooms (which wasn't an issue for us)
- the period bed in the White Room in which we stayed was occasionally squeaky at night
We came prepared to pay in cash - the PDQ machine was out of order and I understand there is a 2% charge when using it. Our hostess Sharon was incredibly helpful and called us the same day we booked to warn us about the PDQ machine and to ask us if we wanted to have a reservation for dinner or needed catering for any special diet.
There are several nearby restaurants & pubs and the villa is close to several attractions (e.g. Hampton Court, Bushy Park). Laterooms photos do not do the rooms full justice - in these the rooms appear a bit dingy, but this is not the case, the rooms are light and spacious.
Now the long version for all those people who, like me, like to trawl through reviews in search for the elusive (though not elusive in this case!) Perfect accommodation.
My husband and I decided to attend a show in Teddington on a Saturday evening, but suitable accommodation proved really difficult to find, because I didn't want to break the piggy bank, but couldn't envisage staying in a hovel either. I kept looking and looking for about 2 weeks on laterooms, tripadvisor, agoda and booking.com (yes, I really did waste that much time, but it paid off in the end, because I won't need to look again in future!) - the problem was that I wanted to spend only about £80-90, but of course, you get what you pay for.
We live in the southwest of England and rarely come to London - we usually take the train, but this time we wanted flexibility and were not prepared to spend £150 on return train tickets for 2 (without tube/bus/parking at the train station). After a frustrating search I understood that if I wanted a place with a bit of character near the location of the show we attended, I needed to spend more money - or lower my expectations (and stay in a place e.g. like Ramada Heathrow which had a perfectly acceptable room for £40!)
In the end comfort won - we don't travel to London very often nowadays and had to take the chance of a romantic getaway, one of those rare occasions away from the kids. Once I came across the Victorian Villa it was obvious I would Have to book it, no matter how we'd get there. Fortunately it was very easy to find coming from the M3.
I have to say that we only stayed one night, but it made such an incredible impression that I feel compelled to write a review. From the very moment of our arrival until we said goodbye to our incredible hostess we felt very privileged to have been able to stay in such a beautiful place, passionately restored with genuine antique pieces by the current owner Sharon who showed us pics of the house before she started the restoration. And what a Magnificent restoration it is. We could not believe our eyes. We loved it so much that we promised ourselves we would find any excuse to visit London, just so we could stay there again.
After our breakfast in the morning we started talking to Sharon (the rooms contain a folder with the background history and old photographs of the villa, which used to be visited by Lily Langtry and reputedly even the King) and we ended up having an impromptu guided tour (by car) by Sharon which we found very interesting - from the obvious Bushy Park and Hampton Court to the dainty pubs & shops at the riverside and even passed the houses of celebrities like Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger in Richmond.
If you are the type of person who enjoys modern accommodation full of the latest gadgets- clearly this place won't be for you. If you want something cheap - this place won't be for you either. If you go to a place expecting to find faults - then this place won't be for you either, not because there are faults, but because it means you may be a finickety whinger and we do not want to come across you by accident when we next visit there.
If you are looking for a place to stay that can provide you with a special experience at an affordable price, then look no further. This is a genuine place full of character which in our opinion fully deserves its accolade of "Laterooms.com B&B gem". It was an unforgettable stay for us and we will definitely be back again.
We stayed in the White Room (queen size bed) on the 2. floor opposite the Yellow Room (twin beds). T...
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