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“My second home”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Lilac Door

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The Lilac Door
Ranked #8 of 575 London B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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“My second home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

Living in West Sussex but working long hours in London two days a week I needed convenient, comfortable accomodation to avoid a long commute. I found The Lilac Door more than three years ago and it became my second home. There really can be no B&B like it. The superlatives used in the other reviews are fully justified and I can only endorse the various comments. The accommodation in this beautiful Edwardian house is comfortable to the point of being luxurious and breakfast is gourmet standard. My only complaint is that I always ended up eating just a little too much. But best of all is Jane who is hostess without equal. I have now retired and sadly will no longer be staying regularly at The Lilac Door but I shall find a reason to return whenever I can.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

We have stayed here several times since my last review and it just gets better and better.
Jane is the most hospitable and welcoming 'landlady' and always goes to great lengths to make sure we have all we need for a comfortable stay.
Looking at the reviews she has had, we are 98% unanimous in giving her full marks and the one dissenter sounds as though they went to the wrong door!!
It really does get better and better and considering the location and ease of travel into Central London a real bargain.
A recent innovation is an even more tempting breakfast...but thank God not the Full English day destroyer and death inducer!!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed at the Lilac Door last weekend while visiting our niece in Herne Hill. It must be the best B&B in the London area. Will definitely stay again next time we visit.
The owner was absolutely delightful and made us very, very welcome.
The B&B itself was beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean.
Breakfast was to die for!
Highly recommended.
.A+J Manchester

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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1 Thank Jack M
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

It’s always a challenge to find affordable accommodation for a family of four in Europe that is clean, comfortable and convenient to all of the major tourist attractions. And we found all of that - and more - at The Lilac Door. Surprisingly modern (given its Victorian exterior) and situated on a quiet tree-lined street in suburban West Dulwich, this B&B was a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city - and yet, a short 10-15 minute train ride away from Victoria station and London’s central core. Our two rooms on the top floor were spacious, tastefully decorated and exceptionally clean. The beds had crisp white linens and were very comfortable. And the ensuite 3-piece bathrooms had modern fixtures, complementary toiletries, heated towel racks, and showers with great water pressure. There were Lindt chocolates on the beds when we arrived, and the owner, Jane, offered us tea, coffee, ice water and cookies - and delivered them to our rooms on trays. The hot-and-cold breakfast was hearty, with croissants and other baked goods, meats and cheeses, yogurt, cereals, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and EXCELLENT coffee - so plentiful, in fact, that we were usually able to skip lunch, which saved us a lot of money. Jane is interested and helpful, without being intrusive, and she goes the extra mile to ensure that you have a good stay. She did a load of laundry for us, for example, and she made a special trip to the train station prior to our arrival to enquire about train service on New Year’s Eve. That really impressed me, and it reflects her commitment to ensuring that her guests have everything they need. I’m not surprised that Alastair Sawday features The Lilac Door on his website (www.sawdays.co.uk) as one of Britain’s “Special Places to Stay.”

Note: There’s an added bonus in London to taking the train. The railway companies offer GroupSave discounts that enable parties of four to travel for the cost of two. And if you buy travel cards at a train station, you can download 2 for 1 vouchers to many of the city’s main attractions at www.daysoutguide.co.uk.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Mojacar, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

The Lilac doors charm, warmth and elegance is a refelection of the qualities of the owner, Jane. We were so comfortable during our week there, and even a little spoiled by Jane. She helped us in so many ways that were well over and above our expectations. The room was beautiful and comfortable, and we slept so well there. Janes attention to detail is apparent throughout the delightful home, down to the selections of teas in the room. (The best quality and variety of teas and coffees) Great bathroom products that smelled like heaven. There was even a soft covered hot water bottle in a drawer in addition to the central heating. The breakfasts were absolutely excellent. Thank you Jane, for making our trip so wonderful.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

I have stayed in many lovely hotels all over the world and I've also stayed in B & B's in BLACKOOL! But The lilac door is like a very posh hotel with a lovely homely feeling. Jane is very welcoming. The rooms are very modern as is the house and spotless! The ensuite provides all the freebies you get in a hotel but with all the mod cons! The food was 5* quality with as much as you could eat!! I can honestly say I have never stayed in a B&B like it before! I don't know what the cost was as it was a gift but I can imagine it can't be cheap! If its quality you need with only a 30 min commute on bus and 10 on tube then look no further. I would definitely stay again and have great pleasure in recommending it to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

My wife and I (newly-married) stayed here from Dec. 31, 2012 to January 4, 2013 before traveling to study in Cambridge. Jane's bright smile and cheery demeanor (along with a hot pot of tea) were a much appreciated welcome after an uncomfortable, sleepless flight from the U.S., especially given our exhausted efforts to drag our luggage up the staircases of a few train stations as well as the dreary weather. Our journey from Heathrow was thankfully easy, courtesy of Jane's simple and concise directions for navigating the London Transportation System.

The room was clean and comfortable, and although the bathroom was 3 steps down the landing at the end of the hallway, we didn't mind (it is only about 15 ft./4.5 m away and robes were also provided).

Breakfast was by far my favorite part of the stay. Jane does a wonderful job, not only preparing delicious meals but also presenting them in a charming manner. She gave us helpful advice on traveling to different sites and getting a full experience of London proper. I couldn't have asked for more! We wish we could have stayed another week, and hope we can return again one day. My wife and I are extremely pleased we chose the Lilac Door!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Lilac Door
Address: 140 Rosendale Road | Dulwich, London SE21 8LG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
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Ranked #8 of 575 B&Bs / Inns in London
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Number of rooms: 3
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Elegant Edwardian family home offering stylish bed & breakfast accommodation, reasonably priced, based 11 minutes by train from the central London. ... more   less 
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