Staying in someone else’s well-appointed flat is slightly voyeuristic. And somewhat freeing, too. Choose a vacation rental and for a night or a week, you can live like someone else – an antiques dealer, a party girl, a musician, a banker. You’ll eat in his kitchen, buy groceries at her local market and explore the neighborhood like a local. Frankly, it’s one of my favorite things to do and has been for years. So when entrepreneurs started turning the home stay into a business, I was both intrigued and slightly bothered. I didn’t want everyone else spoiling my fun!
Luckily, the fun is still there, and I’ve had great results using a number of vacation rental sites and services.
One of my favorites is One Fine Stay (www.onefinestay.com) – so I’ll start there. From now on, Thursdays will be “Stylish Vacation Rental of the Week” day. Every Thursday, I’ll show you a beautiful holiday flat or villa available in some interesting part of the world.
Today’s inaugural Stylish Vacation Rental is this loft situated in Islington, a hip part of North London.
The flat is owned by an artist and a literary agent and it’s part traditional, part Frank Gehry-esque. Check out the wavy blue wall in the kitchen/dining area.
This Islington loft features two bedrooms and one stylish, Zen-like bath.
Gothic windows and buttresses and tropical colors will help you feel calm, cool and creative.
Plus you’re just down the street from loads of restaurants and bars, with all of London to explore.
Live like a (well-heeled, creative) local in this lovely holiday flat! Here’s the link: