We’re moving house next week and I can’t wait to make the new place stunning. It’s currently unfurnished so I’ve been scouring reclamation yards, antiques markets and my parents’ attic to create the perfect interiors. Eighteenth century French walnut bed? Check. Freestanding enamel roll-top bath? Check.
My boyfriend and I work abroad several months a year, so after all the thought put into styling and creating the perfect home it seems a shame we can’t enjoy it year-round. With such a beautiful property I’m also concerned about break-ins or squatters, not to mention a burst pipe flooding my reclaimed oak floors. I hate the thought of leaving my beloved home all lonely and sad.
We’ve wondered about asking friends to house-sit, but it’s not always practical. They’re reluctant to leave their own homes for extended periods and it can feel like a big ask, but I was talking to a girlfriend who told me about a company they’d used called onefinestay. This Clerkenwell based company provide a property management service while you’re away, and after storing and cataloguing your valuables, bed linen and towels, fitting their own five-star linens, and filling the bathroom with The White Company products, they let your home to likeminded guests for a few days, weeks or months depending on how long you’re away. Then, before you return, scrub the house from top to bottom, replace your own bed-linen, towels, toiletries and cherished objects and leave it spotless. Knowing my home is being looked after, whether it has guests in or not, would give me real peace of mind.
onefinestay has worked out all the details regarding insurance, antiques, cleaning and linens so there’ll never be anything to worry about or organise.
The best part is after the initial thorough and detailed inventory I needn’t do anything. onefinestay looks after everything else. They get to know you and your home, and no matter how long I’m away for or how frequently, they’ll continue to look after the house and find me guests.
If something goes wrong while I’m gone, they have the keys, know where everything is, and take care of it. Sort of like a friendly neighbour. A friendly and highly efficient neighbour who knows where my fuses, boilers, alarms and central heating are located, and has a top-notch maintenance team on speed dial. It seems a no-brainer. To know my home is being looked after while I’m away and that I’m also gaining an additional income, it’s a double win.
As long as someone’s away for five weeks or more a year, their home is in London or New York City, in good condition and characterful, onefinestay can take them on. They look after everything from stylish one-bed flats in Shoreditch to multi-million pound homes on London’s most exclusive garden squares and enclaves. I’m thinking of jetting off even more and letting my house pay for my holidays!