REVIEW: REFINED LUXURY AT THE WEST STREET LOFT, MIDHURST
I have always been dubious about staying in Airbnb’s, silly I suppose when they are fast becoming the go to of any would be traveller. That said, after already having a sneak peek at West Street Loft earlier this Summer, I couldn’t wait to see what all the fuss was about.
The West Street loft is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century, based over two floors, Karin the owner has lovingly restored it with many of its old features but with a quirky industrial edge. The interior design is so spectacular that I doubt you will want to leave. There is nothing that hasn’t been thought of, from its underfloor heating to its bespoke ironmongery, Nest Heating, Sonos sound system, a Nespresso coffee machine and a freestanding bath in the bedroom. Everything screams luxury and I haven’t even mentioned the local produce that is kindly left in the fridge, which includes Goodwood milk, a bottle of prosseco and local spring water. Are you jealous yet?! You should be, and if you are I strongly suggest that you pay this place a visit.
From the moment you walk in, the first thing that strikes you is the impeccable decor, uber-chic Farrow and Ball paint graces the walls, unique antiques adorn the rooms, with striking pieces of Mongolian fur trim draped over the chairs belonging to what can only be described as one of the largest dining tables I have ever seen. Later I realise that these beautiful items are available to buy from Karin’s boutique shop called Stuff & Co, which is conveniently placed underneath the apartment (mental note made, to buy both the fur and the gorgeous silver bags at a later date, when my husband isn’t with me!)
The kitchen is stocked with everything that you would need for a perfect stay, as is the bathroom, which has fabulous soaps stocked from Stuff & co in beautiful mixtures of different scents. There is also the most gorgeous brand of shampoos and toiletries to use, that are just divine. .
After arriving and checking the place out, my husband was delighted when he found out that it had a smart TV, as it meant he could sit around watching the Masters. When I finally managed to drag him away from the Golf, we went for a walk around Midhurst. If you have never been, I would suggest that you go, as it truly is a beautiful market town nestled deep in the heart of the South downs. There are some amazing restaurants, Cowdray Park Polo Club and Golf club, quirky interior boutiques, and not to mention a pre-loved designer clothes store a stone’s throw from West Street Loft. However, we ended up at The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, as it has the most amazing gin bar.
Once back at the loft we lit the candles, that gave the place an ambient feel and watched the rest of the golf, washed down with an outstanding bottle of Rioja. For the adventurous among us, there is a shelf of playing cards or games to keep you amused.
Bored with the golf, I decided to test out the bath, I think it is a woman thing, bath, good book and a glass of red wine, which i plonked neatly on the bath shelf….. oh yes they have one here!!! It was bliss, there is nothing like a freestanding bath, in my eyes it is pure luxury, especially after children, as it is the only time that you get any peace and quiet. After an event filled day, we hit the sack, tired from doing very little apart from relaxing on our child free night away. The West Street loft again didn’t disappoint, the bed was so comfy and topped off with amazing goose feather pillows and the best linen bed clothes. I don’t think that we have slept so well in a long time.
When morning arrived I opened the window shutters, and it was a beautiful sunny morning, all you could hear were the nearby church bells ringing, it was so quintessentially British. By this point we were slightly disappointed that we couldn’t stay longer, this place is amazing and we felt totally relaxed. In my eyes there are Airbnb’s and then there are Airbnb’s, the West street Loft is the latter. It is the epitome of luxury, and well worth a stay.
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West Street, Midhurst