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The Art Of Finding A Home Away From Home, in Wimbledon

The Art Of Finding A Home Away From Home, in Wimbledon

If you are an art lover or an artist, if you like travelling and finding an inspiring environment that stimulates your ceaseless desire to create, John and Kerstin’s house in London will become your main source of inspiration.

A home for artists

Wimbledon House, kitchen

John, Kerstin and their three children live within walking distance from Wimbledon town centre, in a quiet and safe residential neighbourhood where the two artists have turned their home into a studio. The entrance leads, via a narrow corridor, to a warm living room that links, through the kitchen, with the outdoor garden. Such a sequence of spaces in which the kitchen acts as a filter between the inside and outside, creates an embracing sense of comfort due to the brightness and openness of the rooms. This is the most used area of the house, where talking, eating, playing, reading, listening to music, and looking at art are just some of the activities performed by the family. John is a musician and his two pianos are fully surrounded by CDs, books, his paintings, children’s toys, photographs and objects coming from who knows where. Kerstin is a jewellery designer and sculptor. Artwork in a glass case at the centre of the living room makes the house a permanent exhibition space that will intrigue and surprise you. Her Burma collection of metal boxes hides a story that she will be glad to tell you, but never ask to visit her workshop on the top floor, she says it is too messy to be open to the public!

Wimbledon: not only tennis

Buddhapadipa Temple, Wimbledon

If you decide to spend your holiday in London and want to discover the city and its lesser-known corners, Wimbledon is not simply a place for tennis fans, but a district in southwest London that hides a few unusual gems. Did you know that close to the famous tennis stadium is the first Thai Buddhist temple in the UK, and one of the few surviving 19th century windmills – currently a museum – that once dotted London’s rural landscape? Both provide an unconventional image of the metropolis that you will end up loving!

A room only 30 minutes from Tate Modern

Wimbledon House, Bedroom

John and Kerstin’s house is just a 5 minute walk from Wimbledon Chase Station; from there in just 30 minutes you can reach London Blackfriars by train, and find yourself right next to one of the most famous modern art galleries in London, the Tate Modern. Walking along the nearby River Thames you will also encounter some iconic city landmarks. Whether you are on your own, with your family or lover, John and Kerstin provide both single and double bedrooms and they will find the solution that suits you best. The whole house price is 145 GBP (about 210 USD) per night during the entire year except Christmas and summer time – especially June during the tennis tournament, when the price increases to 185 GBP (about 265 USD) per night. The price per room is 45 GBP (about 65 USD) per person in the low season, and 85 GBP (about 120 USD) in the high season, which includes breakfast. Wimbledon tennis stadium is just 15 minutes by bike from the accommodation. If you like eating out and tasting traditional cuisine of different parts of the world, Wimbledon Village has many trendy bars and restaurants that serve Argentinian, Italian, French, Indian, Chinese and, of course, British food. But if you want to stay closer to home, Kerstin will surely recommend her favourite Indian restaurant, Cocum, and the Japanese restaurant Hashi, both very close to Raynes Park, in case you want to have an after lunch walk. If you are a fan of live music, John will invite you to some of his local gigs and advise you on the best places to listen some good music in London. But if you are a musician, perhaps the house will help you find the right melody for your trip!

Looking for inspiration

If you like homey environments, and spending your holiday in a cold and unwelcoming place worries you, this AirBnB in Wimbledon will not be a disappointment. Let the walls of this great accommodation inspire you!

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Rossella Scalia is a London-based architecture critic and independent researcher. She received her M.Arch from Reggio Calabria University (Italy) and her M.A. in Architectural History, Theory and...Read more

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