Luxury without the Hotel

The London company OneFineStay looks to have a portfolio of several outstanding, higher-end vacation rentals that look like the kind of thing that would appeal to CS&W readers. They've been good enough to describe a few of their properties here. This photo is from the Violin Factory, described below, and there are several more photos below the fold. Contact

Violin Factory1

The London ‘unhotel’

Traveling is all
about immersing yourself in the culture and lifestyle of your destination, and
what better way to do that than bypassing a hotel and living like a local
instead. London based company onefinestay allows you to do
exactly this, as they have over 500 upscale homes which they rent out to
travellers while the owners are out of town. When you arrive at your new
home you are handed an iPhone for your stay, loaded with local information and
recommendations collected from the home owner. The collection of onefinestay
homes includes some pretty unique
vacation rentals in London and New York
, so if you are looking for accommodation with a
difference you will certainly find it. For those with a taste for the unusual,
here is a little London preview:

The Violin Factory

Behind an unassuming set of old wooden doors lies this
breath-taking home right in the heart of London. Once a violin factory, it has
now been transformed into a modern architectural masterpiece where sunlight
from the ceiling windows floods into illuminate the triple height main room.
The home is no stranger to the limelight as its journey to completion in the
loving hands of its architect owner was featured on UK TV show Grand Designs,
and sci-fi fans may recognise it from Dr Who.

St Pancras Clock Tower

If you’re looking
for unusual then look no further than the Clock Tower at London St Pancras

Sleep in the fantastic, double-height master bedroom complete with a
book collection so impressive that it needs its own ladder! For a better view
over London head up to the sitting room where you can peer through the arched
windows at the city below. When you venture down from your tower you will find
you are right in the middle of one of the city’s most up-and-coming areas, with
everywhere you will want to go just a short walk or tube ride away.

Lighterman’s Walk

It’s all aboard with this floating home.
With the popularity of houseboats in London growing rapidly over the last few
years you will be right on trend with this home. There is no scrubbing the
decks or climbing the rigging necessary here though- in fact with underfloor
heating and a roof terrace it’s all rather luxurious. With a master bedroom for
the captains (parents) and bunks for the crew (children) this is a great
adventure for a family with some fantastic parks just beyond the gangplank.

Violin Factory1

Violin Factory 3

St Pancras 1

St Pancras 2

Lightermans 2

Lightermans 2

Top two are the violin factory, middle two St. Pancras, and the bottom two are Lighterman's.

3 thoughts on “Luxury without the Hotel

  1. These are magnificent spaces. I wish I could find a place like this to vacation to. My favorite is the study style office with those double story bookshelves. It reminds me of what my granfather’s basement used to look like. Every year we would go to one of the vacation rentals in south walton, and take Rt 98 to his house to visit. So many great memories. Thanks for sharing these amazing designs and bring back memories.


  2. I seen that if you are looking for a reason to travel this can be the first reason,very nice place i can say.In Finland country many of people really love to travel because of their hotels too.Most of them are made good and look luxury but very cheap for accommodation in fact many of traveler in different part of the world really like it specially the services.Anyway i am really speechless to see this kind of hotels really look amazing.


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