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... her lunch break where she took us to see Buckingham Palace. I was looking out for Kate, but unfortunately she was not where to be seen. It was lovely nevertheless and we saw the guards, and the balcony and snapped a few photos all around Victoria Memorial. It was splendid.
On Thursday night we managed to catch up with Miss Jenna Kensington just before she was about to jetset off to Croatia for a week. Friday we headed off for a BYO with Tess and Ben and a few others ...
... for the entire four hour session because this sport was so fascinating. Basically one gets points by punching (1 point), kicking (2 points), and kicking the opponent to the ground (3 points). It was awesome to see one of the competitors delivery a roundhouse kick ...
... with jaunts to the sights London has to offer. We checked out Buckingham Palace (the changing of the guards ceremony was canceled due to the rainy weather), a tour of Westminster Abbey (truly spectacular to view and its significance in coronations, weddings and as a burial place for many monarchs of the Kingdom, including Elizabeth 1), and the parliament building with 'Big Ben'. I love this flow of old and new that is so prevalent in Europe (I'm talking centuries ...
... It’s a bit unnerving because there’s a bit of a drop off the edge.
Once we were in our pod, the view was great, especially when we got a bit higher up. Matt held Emma while I took photos. The main things we saw were the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Thanks to our new camera lens, I was able to get close-up shots of distant places.
By the end, Emma was getting a bit whiny because I think she wanted to get down ...
... one there except for a few tourists, we had the whole of Westminster to ourselves, or so we thought. After our morning cup of coffee, we walked not more than 200 metres to join the queue for the eye, wow where did all the people come from. I’m sure they knew we were booked for 11:00 a.m. and all decided to book for 10:45. Not to worry the line moved very quickly and before we knew it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cartref House London
Felt like Home
My mom and I just returned from a two week stint in the British Isles and loved our accomodations at B+B's rated by Trip Advisor. We were very comfortable at The James House- Sharon and her son were very hospitable
and charming, the room was comfortable, the location great, the breakfast tasty and fortifying. Our room was smallish and the decor cosy rather than luxurious but the place was clean and very well maintained. We began to feel so comfortable at the James House that it was actually like leaving a home when we left. I would stay at the James House again without a doubt!
Homey Bed and Breakfast, good location
We stayed at the Cartref house for 2 nights Oct 20-21 2004. We really enjoyed our stay. The staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast was delicious. The location was close to Victoria train/tube station so you could get to everything. Walking distance to Buckingham palace. Long walk to West. Abbey. We were upgraded to a triple room. The room was spacious and bathroom was large. Shower was very small. We'd stay here again.
Lovely Room in Very Convenient Location
We stayed in James House (right across the street from Cartref House). Our room was lovely, the breakfast was delicious and very generous. It is in comfortable walking distance (even for my 75 year old mother) to Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Harrod's, Victoria & Albert Museum, Chelsea Garden and everything on Kings Road, Victoria Train/Coach Station - the location is fantastic. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Great Value, convenient location and Wonderful hosts.
I've been staying with Derek and Sharon since they first purchased James House back in the late 80's. They are fabulous hosts.
The two BB's are just a few minutes walk from Victoria station (especially if you head upstairs out of the station past the shops, and out the back on ton Ecleston Road - then it's only 2 blocks away) The post office is right there, a great fish and chip shop, and a small grocers, all within 2 blocks.
Some of the rooms are smaller and the bathrooms are a bit tight. The larger rooms are excellent and great value.
Wonderful and can't wait to visit again.
Had a GREAT stay at Cartref House
Stayed at Cartref House 5 days the week of June 21, 2004. This was our first time and we throughly enjoyed our stay! We had an ensuite room. We requested one of the larger rooms when we made our reservation and enjoyed our room. The room was a good size, clean, and quiet. However, the bathroom was a modular add-on type which was a little small but still very usable. We learned that the "1st floor" in England is usually not at ground level. We had the full breakfast which was very good. Cartref staff and service was very friendy and quite good. The Cartref House is located a couple of blocks from Victoria Tube/Train Station. Would definitely stay at Cartref House again.
Cartref House best bed and breakfast in London!!
This was the third time I have stayed at the Cartref house and it gets better every time--so comfortable, clean, great full English breakfast and the owner so helpful and plesant. He had two rooms on the back away from the street ready for us to choose from and we took the one on the 4th floor so very quiet with noone over us. The location is supburb--a few blocks from Victoria Station for the tube and or buses. Also, within walking distance of some stores and Westminister Abbey and Pimlico and the Thames. Highly recommened, and of course, would plan to stay there again when in London.
Good location but needs some refinement
The rooms were too hot and the windows didn't open. There was no shampoo in the room. The small, ancient television didn't get many channels and there was no remote. No milk for the tea, only powder. My cups and saucers were not washed the whole three days I stayed there and no replenishment of sugar in the tea supplies. No telephone in the room and the community phone in the hall kept ringing at all hours, even in the night and early morning. The room was clean and the breakfast was okay but could have had more variety.
Not our cup of tea
This place was definitely not our cup of tea. Its about a 10-15 minute walk from Victoria in a good neighborhood. The staff were friendly and it was clean.
However, the room was small, filled with early mismatched Walmart style furniture and the beds were slightly lumpy and sagging. The bathroom was so tiny that you couldn't move.
Breakfast was poor, the scrambled eggs were cooked so dry that they were tasteless curds.
All this for 85 pounds.
Charming yet Affordable
I have stayed at both the James and the Cartref House (they face each other on Ebury St). Both are lovely, clean, and comfortable. The breakfast is wonderful and Mr & Mrs James are both friendly and helpful. Conveniently located too! All you have to do is get into Victoria Station and walk down Ebury a few blocks. Highly recommended!!
Hope to be back soon!
My husband and I were at The Cartref House years ago and are finally planning another trip to England. While planning our stay in London, I immediately thought of The Cartref House and Mr. and Mrs. Jame. Cartref House will absolutely be our first choice of place to stay!