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Gold Award 4 star accommodation
WiFi free of charge
Dining room fireplace
Dining room -  kettle, toaster, coffee machine and free coffee capsules provided
Dining room - historic brick wall dating from 16th century
Stairs from the dining room
Bedroom 1- King-sized bed and en-suite shower
Egyptian cotton 400 thread bed-linen
Bedroom 1 - fluffy white towels
Bedroom 2 - twin single beds and bathroom with bath tub
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
Kitchen - oven, microwave, hob, fridge, washing machine
Kitchen
En-suite shower room for bedroom 1
En suite to Bedroom Two - combining  historic charm with contemporary facilities
En suite to Bedroom Two - bath tub, basin and toilet
The Old Bakery - front of Chalkley's and The Bakery
Historic photo of The Old Bakery - Mr & Mrs Chalkley with their delivery cart (minus the horse!)
Fruit from Deli-on-the-Green
A basket for food from The Larder, a lovely local cafe and food shop
The Green Winchmore Hill - pubs, cafes, resaurants and great food shopping
Deli-on-the-Green  - food shopping, coffee and lunches
Menu at Deli-on-the-Green
Grovelands Park in Summer - the park is near The Old Bakery.
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
London, England

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Naser A
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Good location, excellent service and value.”
Reviewed 18 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We enjoyed staying in the old bakery house. Traveling to central London and airports was easy, owner was helpful and nice.
Sure I would come back again.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
19 Aug 2016
We are delighted that this family had a good time here. We will look forward to welcoming them back another time. Nina
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Kathy F
American Fork, Utah
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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“Be sure it's for YOU”
Reviewed 6 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016

After a two-week tour of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales (which was wonderful), we were looking forward to five days in one place, so we could tour London. Chalkley's is in a nice little town, but it would NOT be somewhere we would stay again. We knew about the steep stairs but did not comprehend that NO ONE could get a suitcase up those stairs, so our suitcases remained on the 1st floor, while the bedrooms and bathrooms were upstairs. We were supplied a variety of baskets to take things up and down the stairs. Because we are all in our seventies (four of us), we felt like our lives were in danger every time we went up or down those stairs. The kitchen, also on the 2nd floor, was well-stocked but very narrow; if you wanted to sit down to eat, then you had to go downstairs to the dining room or eat on your bed. It just wasn't very restful or convenient. However, IF you know about the "inconvenience" and it doesn't bother you, then you will find that this place has its own ambience because of its age, it's clean, and Nina and her son Bruce do everything they can to help you have a nice stay.

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Liked best: The little suburb of Winchmore Hill
Liked least: The steep stairs
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
13 Jul 2016
We are disappointed that these guests did not find the apartment suitable for their needs. The apartment is described accurately on all our website advertisements and we are always happy to discuss with potential guests any queries they might have before making a booking.
The staircase is, as it states in the description, a little narrower (80- 90 cms. wide) and a little steeper than you might find in a modern house; this is what is to be expected in an historic building. There are only 10 steps in the staircase.
Similarly, the kitchen is accurately photographed in our advertisement and is clearly NOT a kitchen-diner.
My husband and I are 73 years and 69 years respectively and we regularly use the stairs with no problem at all when cleaning or attending to the apartment, but obviously people's mobility varies greatly.
We are sorry that these guests found their large suitcases were a problem and would have helped if we had been informed. Normal sized suitcases are have never caused a problem.
While it is entirely reasonable for this reviewer to report her feelings about the accommodation, I have to challenge the suggestion that they felt "our lives were in danger". We are inspected annually by Visit Britain/ Quality in Tourism and have for a second year received a Gold Award to add to our 4-star grading . The inspection includes a Risk Assessment.
I would not want to deter any 70-year-olds (or older) from visiting us. If you are concerned please get in touch with us to discuss the suitability of the apartments to your needs. As the review kindly noted, Chalkleys has an ambience of its own because it is part of a listed historic building and we do everything we can to help you have a nice stay - as can be seen from the many 5* reviews we have received.
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Zinia R
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Great place for kids”
Reviewed 16 January 2016 for a stay in December 2014
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person found this review helpful

Nina was friendly, helpful and extremely organized. She responded straight away to all emails and inside the house there was plenty of info on the what/where/how etc of navigating London. We had small children so the requirement to have space, quiet and parks nearby was extremely important. Getting away from the hustle and bustle important but also being able to access the city just so. The overland train station taking you into King Cross was only 15 mins. The park nearby is sensational, with play equipment and plenty of walks plus a lake. There's a tube station 20 mins walk away too if you need. There's pubs, cafes, food markets, supermarkets, all within Koowee. We needed to hire a car for a week and we were helped to work out car parking. most days we had our car outside the house and if not then very close by. This house has it's kitchen/bedrooms/bathrooms up very narrow stairs, so novel for us but not good for moving impaired. The floors were topsy turvy. We did not enjoy the bed and this is very important for us as sleep is important, so it would be good for this to be up graded. The children's room was lovely with their own on suit too. Very tidy and great to have two living areas.

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Liked best: the space, access and parks
Liked least: the inability of the host to understand our need for a comfortable bed
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
21 Jan 2016
I am glad the children enjoyed the park (it is beautiful and was designed by the famous Humphrey Repton) and that the information we give our guests about London was helpful.
I am sorry these guests did not find the bed comfortable. The mattress is high quality one from John Lewis but of course mattresses are very much a personal choice. I will have another look at it and ask our next few guests to give me their comments. If they are not entirely happy about it I will of course replace it. Nina
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Anke A
1 review
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“Everything perfect”
Reviewed 19 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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person found this review helpful

The apartment is located very close to the next station and it is possible to reach central London in a very short time.
The location is very quiet and relaxing.
There are many shopping and dining opportunities in the area.
The apartment is well suited for 4 persons with its two bedrooms, each with own bathroom.
Nina is very friendly, provided us with some breakfast credentials for the first day and is very helpful if you have any questions.

All in all a very nice apartment which I would recomment to everyone.

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Liked best: Close to station, very quiet
Liked least: Nothing, everything perfect
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Marlingc
Redwood City, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Wonderful Flat in a Lovely Village”
Reviewed 4 August 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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We stayed for four nights in late June as we began our European vacation. This was the perfect place to start as we felt like we were at home! The Old Bakery is a beautifully converted, updated cottage from the 1500s. It is very comfortable with living space downstairs (living and dining room) and two bedrooms/bathrooms and kitchen upstairs. As everyone else has mentioned, the stairs are steep and you have to be careful navigating them but it was not an issue for us. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms were both modernized. The train station is just a few minutes walk and getting into Central London was easy and took around 15-20 minutes. Nina, our hostess, was extremely knowledgeable and provided a lot of great tips for sightseeing. She was also very accommodating and allowed our jet-lagged weary family to check-in early for some much needed rest. Nina also was kind enough to provide a fresh loaf of bread, cheese and farm fresh eggs which we enjoyed the next morning. The cottage has great wifi and is packed with books and maps.
The village is fantastic and we enjoyed coming "home to our village" for dinner at night rather than stay in central London. If you like Indian food, the Winchmore Tandoori has excellent food and great, friendly service. The King's Head Pub also had delicious food and of course, a great assortment of local beers. There is a washing machine in the cottage but no dryer so since we were out sightseeing every day, we did not have time to wait for our clothes to dry. There is a laundromat around the corner from the cottage where they will wash/dry/fold your clothes for a very reasonable amount of money so use them if you run out of time like we did!
Overall, we had a wonderful time at the cottage, enjoyed the lovely village and enjoyed sightseeing in London. If you are looking for a retreat away from the big city craziness, this is a wonderful alternative.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
12 Aug 2015
I am delighted that these guests had a good time in London and that they welcomed the opportunity to check in a little early. We are happy to offer early check-ins whenever we can. This depends on whether the apartment is occupied the night before.
We keep looking out for interesting guide books to add to the collection in the apartment. We realise that carrying heavy guide books with you in your suitcase is not ideal and so provide a selection for you use while you are here. It also means that you can read some more quirky and specialist guide books, which you are unlikely to find at home. I found a new guide book today called "London villages" which has some good things in it, although it includes some areas of London which don't really qualify as village-like to my mind, and omits several which do!
Also in the apartment we have "London Hidden Houses" and "The Thames Path". Those are both excellent books, particularly if you have been to London before and are ready to explore the many less well known places of interest.
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Alina H
Stockport, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Beautiful cottage in a great location”
Reviewed 22 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015
1
person found this review helpful

I stayed for 4 nights with my sons aged 12 and 9. The cottage has been beautifully converted (it has a very smart, modern bathroom, kitchen and en-suite) and is well looked after. It's surprisingly spacious, very warm, and extremely comfortable. It is very old and unusual but we all loved its quirkiness. Central London is easy to get to - just over 30 minutes on a train and tube and we were in front of Big Ben! The small railway station is a 2 minute walk across the green and the ticket office was very helpful. Winchmore Hill is lovely, leafy and quiet with a scattering of pretty pubs and cafes, restaurants and quirky shops all a few minutes walk away. There is a deli almost opposite the cottage and a really nice Sunday morning farmers market next to the station. Sainsburys is not far but we easily arranged a delivery online. There is a beautiful park 5 minutes walk away with a lake, fields and woodland (including a woodland playground for kids next to a stream). We didn't need a car at all. Nina was very friendly and helpful with lots of suggestions for things to do and see. She has left household instructions that are very easy to follow and lots of helpful guides, maps and leaflets. It was nice to know that she was nearby if needed. We will definitely stay here again. I do recommend it to other families with children but do advise that the stairs are an issue. They Are very steep and would be a problem for small children and some elderly guests.

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Liked best: Uniqueness of cottage. Pretty location. Lovely bath and shower. Warm.
Liked least: Steep stairs and upstairs kitchen
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
24 Mar 2015
We are delighted that this pleasant family had a good time in London.
We agree with her about the Deli; I go there for coffee most days and their selection of food for eating at home or in the cafe is terrific. The Sunday farmers market, which is a recent initiative, is a great local asset- lots of lovely food and a good atmosphere.
We hope this guest will visit us again. We offer a small discount to returning guests to show our appreciation.
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Reviewed 25 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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