You must experience A Velvet Morning in Little Venice! My husband and I had discussed staying in London for the festivities but it was by chance that I stumbled across this hidden treasure featured by The Plum Guide.
The Plum Guide handpicks the worlds most inspiring spaces and hosts with a meticulous filtering process. Their property portfolio boasts creativity, inspiration and design aesthetics. I was spellbound by their whole ethos, service and selection of venues to choose from.
But as soon as I saw the photos of this cosy, boutique Canal barge I was enchanted! She oozed winter delights and picturesque location, moored in Maida Vale.
I booked our stay without hesitation and literally squealed with joy on the morning of our drive to London when I drew the curtains to a deep frost outside, a fitting climate for our cosy winter experience. Especially after such a mild Christmas and Boxing Day.
We booked local private car parking effortlessly on nearby Randolph Crescent via justparc and felt content my Range rover Sport was secure.
The Velvet mornings host Sam was as inspiring and enchanting as her Boutique Boathouse, beaming with character, friendly persona and a creative flare about her.
As we boarded our home for the next two nights we were humbled by the fresh loaf of bread, eggs, milk and cute terrine jars of butter and jam that were awaiting us, lovely welcoming touches..
The velvet morning boathouse was everything I envisioned, a cosy, intimate and quirky haven fused with Luxury, indulgence and Vogue. Crisp white interior, softened with warm oak fixtures and black antique iron fittings.
At one end, the Log burner glowed and radiated warmth with the enjoyable scent of wood and coal burning, which gravitated down the hull to the appeasing bedroom. Enveloped with cashmere throws, which slept us delightfully, and was garnished with books of fine reading and poetry.
My favourite indulgence was the Vintage claw foot bath, I had a fanciful experience, opening the bathroom windows so I could watch the world go by along the opposite side of the canal as I submerged myself in bubbles on one frosty morning….. Then wrapping myself in the soft, white kindly provided towels as the kettle whistled and steamed, indicating it was time for my black coffee and sharing toast with the ducks swimming up to the windows.
You can, and must continue to enjoy the local nature and passive allurement with a stroll along the canal and Boulevards of terraced mansions, as time slips away whilst you absorb the serenity of the scenic views.
We also enjoyed a late leisurely breakfast at the Quince Tree Clifton Gardens, where a hidden cafe sits, screened amongst the lush green trees and plants, which in turn, are concealed within 4 facets of stunning period homes, with the notorious Warrick Avenue quilting one side.
Our cosy relaxing mornings on the Velvet morning married our bustling afternoons and evenings in Kensington and Soho beautifully.
After our Velvet Morning boathouse experience I am filled with nostalgia of our beautiful Velvet mornings. With special thanks to the Plum Guide.