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“Perfect choice of Inn & location!”
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The Main House
Ranked #44 of 579 London B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 March 2013

From my first communication with Caroline I knew that The Main House would be my choice of accommodations. A friend and I travelled to London and spent five nights with Caroline staying in the French Suite on the top floor. The Main House allows you the opportunity to feel like a true resident. The French Suite is tastefully decorated and allowed us each to have our own “room” sharing the more than efficient bathroom meeting all our needs.

Once we had our travel plans in place, Caroline arranged for a personal driver to pick us up from Heathrow Airport, which was so worth the small cost. We then returned to the airport via the tube.

Notting Hill is home to Portobello Market. There are many cafes, pubs, restaurants and beautiful building literally in your backyard! Favorites were Daylesford Café – delicious organic foods & spirits all just literally right around the corner; Tom’s; Duke of Wellington – local pub with great beer & food; Bumpkin Restaurant; Walmer Castle Pub – Thai food.

The Main House is a short 10-minute walk to the tube or you can hop on a bus just around the corner. Save time and pre-order a 7-day Travelcard which will pay for itself the first day of your travels and so easy to use. Take advantage of riding the buses to get a glimpse of the city instead of paying for the tour buses.

Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park are right around the corner. The Orangery Tea Room is literally within the gardens - delicious lemon ginger tea! While in Westminster stop in at the Crypt Café at St Martin’s in the Field for lunch. Harrods and Liberty Department Stores are not to be missed – don’t buy just browse! Make sure you beat the crowds to view the Crown Jewels as soon as you enter London Towers and then go back for the tour with a Yeoman. Take the Tate to Tate museum boat ride on the Thames. Make time for a London Walk (www.londonwalks.com) and the theatre – Billy Elliott was my choice and it was speculator.

At the end of the day settle into The Main House and enjoy a most comfortable sleep! Stop in at Tesco’s market on your way to pick up some wine & cheese – there is a guest refrigerator available on the second floor along with brochures, menus etc. Wake up to delicious coffee or tea. Then on your way out remember to stop and talk to your personal tour guide – Caroline who is more than happy to provide you with many helpful and most practical hints.

Pattie Cavanaugh
Owner/innkeeper The Annabel Lee B&B
Geneseo, NY (western NY just south of Rochester)

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Pattie C
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

This was our second visit to The Main House - we returned for a second time as our previous stay was so memorable . The location must be one of the best places to stay in London - its a really special neighbourhood . Everything is literally right on your doorstep from some of the most interesting cafes and restaurants , Portobello road and its market , chic boutiques, hip hangouts and easy access to all areas of London by the nearby tube station and bus service.
The house and its incredibly spacious rooms are all interestingly and stylishly furnished - spotless too. The luxury of a huge bathroom with a deep bathtub and chaise longue is not something you will find in most central London acommodation ! The Main House really does feel as though you have been lucky enough to be given the keys to your friends Notting hill pad - it's that comfortable, welcoming and safe.
Caroline and Chiara were on hand for any queries or questions on all things London - another plus when visiting the city - first hand tips and insider knowledge are invaluable. All our email correspondence with them from our initial booking was prompt, friendly and informative - they genuinely want you to have the best experience possible during your stay.
Whether its your first or fiftieth visit to London - The Main House ticks all the boxes.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
1  Thank camdenmayo
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

Me and my husband had a great six days stay at Caroline's Main House. Felt very welcome and the area was also wonderful. Loved how we became a part of a neighborhood by staying here. Big room and lovely bathroom. Recommended!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Kristin Vestrhe... C
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

I lucked out when I visited this place a year ago (January 2012) and am back now in March 2013. Caroline Main, owner of the house, knows the city very well and always suggests great things to do. The "hotel" itself is completely charming. It's an old Victorian-style house and each guest gets an entire floor. Very cozy, very comfortable. Clean. I didn't even look at other hotels for this trip.

Room Tip: Each floor is unique. I've only seen the 2nd and 4th floors - both were great. No food here but...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Doug W
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

We (two adults and one teenage girl) have stayed at Main House twice now, in late 2011 and again in late 2012. All aspects of it are first-rate. Caroline (the owner) and Moa (her longtime assistant) are both delightful, genuinely friendly, and extremely helpful. They are quick to respond to emails inquiring about bookings, and happy to make arrangements for transportation from the airport to the inn. They're also very good about making recommendations for places to eat in the neighborhood. The neighborhood itself is excellent - everything from good, simple breakfast cafes to mid-range to three-star places within easy walking distance, along with excellent shopping and a 10-minute walk to the Underground. The rooms are very comfortable, spacious, and easy to live in - our stays have been about a week, and we've not felt cramped or restless in the least. All in all a great find, a great value, and a great experience.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Ragesh T
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

This is the first time I have stayed at The Main House. I have stayed in London numerous times before, and also in Notting Hill, but I have never enjoyed other places as much as I enjoyed The Main House. I was here with a friend and colleague for one week, working.

Every morning we were served tea on a silver tray. Every evening we went to bed listening to the birds singing outside. We slept very well in comfortably beds, with the windows open, even though it was January and even though the bus went by in the street outside our window. Those were the only sounds we oculd hear. The area is very quiet.

After morning tea we had breakfast at one of the wonderful cafes in Notting Hill; Monday at Kitchen and Pantry (www.kitchenandpantry.co.uk), Tuesday at Chocolate (www.meltchocolates.com/), Wednesday at Tom's Deli (www.tomsdeli.co.uk), Thursday at Tom's Deli once more, Friday at Ottolenghi (www.ottolenghi.co.uk/locations/notting-hill), Saturday at 202 (www.202london.com/), and Sunday at Tom's Deli one last time. Notting Hill is a charming location with wonderful cafes, restaurants and shops.

Our hostess Caroline Main provided useful tips on restaurants to visit in the evening and she even booked a visit for me at her brilliant hairdresser. She made us feel welcome and well provided for. Whenever we came back to The Main House, the spaceous suite we stayed in was clean and comfortably made, with beautiful furniture. We enjoyed hot baths and quiet evenings without television, even though there was a TV in the suite. Having our own key to the place made us feel at home.

The area, the quietness, the spaceous suite, and the welcoming Caroline makes us want to come back. We simply love The Main House.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Lisbeth M B
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Reviewed 18 January 2013

A friend and I stayed at The Main House on a New Year's holiday to London, and we couldn't have asked for better quality, service, hospitality, and general warmth than what we found there. Since this was my first trip to London, I was constantly emailing for help and tips and advice months and months before our stay. Moa and Caroline (the owner) answered my questions with a smile. The stay itself was excellent! Quick answers and service, a lovely tea setting every morning, fun and eclectic accommodations, and kindness every time we crossed paths. What a wonderful place! I'll never stay anywhere else in London! :)

Room Tip: Higher floors will have less 'walking around above' noise, but you'll have to pack your...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: 6 Colville Road | Notting Hill, London W11 2BP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Notting Hill
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Ranked #44 of 579 B&Bs / Inns in London
Price Range: £110 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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The Main House Hotel London

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