Close enough to London to see the lights glinting enticingly around the sights yet near enough to the greenery of the Home Counties to feel like a proper escape. Around the southern fringes of the M25, The Copse is a six-bedroom bolthole for 14 on a gated private estate just 20 minutes by rail from London Bridge.
Want to escape London awhile? Or see London? Wherever you are, The Copse delivers, all while serving up some capital fun for families and groups of friends along the way. Badminton? Basketball? Table tennis? Footie in the half-acre garden? Hot tub? Or just a Prosecco on the patio? Relax, unwind: whatever that looks like to you.
Cook on the electric fan oven, or be cooked for. Stock up on piri piri and rib of beef with deliveries from Portuguese deli O Farol. Breakfast on the terrace with the birds and the bees, pop into town for the shops and the shows, then come home to sleep in sumptuous, crisp-cotton luxury. Rinse and repeat tomorrow.
Behind the gates of this exclusive community, there’s an opulent feel to the outside space at The Copse. There’s parking out front for eight amid the planting and the seating, and bags of wow.
Out the back, there’s half an acre available beneath the towering trees for picnics on the lawn or cartwheeling kids. Basketball and badminton can also be on the menu. Eat out on the wide terrace with dinner done on the gas barbie as the kids score a goal or two past dad in the footie nets between burgers. Bring the day to a close with a dip in the hot tub in delightful surroundings.
Life flows like good wine here, from one magnificently appointed reception room to the next, through to the dining room for dinner, then up the curved staircase to the mezzanine. This is a modern house but the feel is sumptuously traditional, with swagged curtains, homely rugs and warm fires at every turn.
There are spaces here to party or slip apart, and plenty toys to help you do either. Sizzle and sweat in the steam room, then chillax in the living room in font of the 65” TV. Pick your entertainment from the full Sky package, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, or bring your own favourite movies for the DVD player.
Stream the Zen fibre broadband at a lightning 100Mbs. Fill the house with feel-good sound through the Sonos speakers. Beat the folks on the games console. Try your luck at table tennis. Have a break from the action over board games or sneak a few pages of a book from the library.
The kitchen’s big and slick and the open-plan feel offers plenty scope for keeping the chefs involved with the socialising. Cook on the electric fan oven, the steam oven, microwave and two gas hobs. Load the fridges and freezer with fresh stuff from Wallington Farmers’ Market.
Need a night off? Book our external chefs and set yourself down to simmer on the soft sofas. Add Prosecco to taste. They’ll even do the dishes afterwards. Butter the bread and pass the wine around the 16-seater dining table or eat al-fresco out on the terrace table with the birds, the bees and a bottle of bubbles.
Pop out to pubs such as The Jolly Farmer for familiar fare in a lively pub setting with quiz nights, happy hour and DJ music. Head to the Pear Tree for bean and root cottage pie or foot-long mac and cheese. Or try a taste of Italy on the corner of Purley High Street at Pizza Express.
Ever eaten Argentinian? You can at 4 Locos, a steakhouse with meat imported directly from Argentina. Book a table or grab a takeaway from Zero Quattro. Or order up more deliveries from the Ministry of Burgers, Portuguese specialists O Farol, or a meatball marinara or vegan vegi supreme from Domino’s.
There’s accommodation here for 14 in six bedrooms offering crisp cotton comfort and the promise of solid slumbers.
Bedroom one comes with a kingsize bed and additional sofa bed. Freshen up in the en-suite with jacuzzi bath. Bedroom two offers much the same, a superking and a jacuzzi bath in the en-suite. Bedroom three is a double with en-suite.
Bedroom four offers a kingsize bed and shares a bathroom and steam room with bedroom five, a double. Bedroom six offers a daybed and a shared bathroom.
If your children have never been to London, The Copse is your ideal base. But if you’d prefer to stick around on site, they won’t be disappointed. Inside or out, there’s something here for younger children, older ones and grown-up kids who’d be miffed at missing out.
Out in the garden, there’s half an acre for races, cartwheels or simply smashing the ball past dad in the footie nets. Prefer hoops to goals? There’s a basketball net for budding Michael Jordans. Or get the badminton gear out and play a little family doubles on the lawn. Let the kids loose on the climbing frame and swing set. Polish things off with a picnic.
Inside, you’ve spaces to be as sociable or shy as the mood takes. Older kids will love getting sweaty in the steam room, and everyone can chillax in the main living space with a box set or a blockbuster off Sky, Amazon Prime Video or Netflix. Stream superfast on the Zen fibre broadband at 100Mbs.
Get your soundtrack going on the Sonos speakers. Break out the board games or the games console. Keep the competitive spirit going with table tennis. Escape the madding crowd with a chapter or two of a book from the library. Retire to family-flexible bedrooms with cot options for toddlers.
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