The Harbour Master's House Basement Flat
20 Ballast Quay, Greenwich, London SE10 9PD
Proprietors: Prof Chris French & Dr Anne Richards
Tel: 020 8293 9597
E-mail: harbourmaster@lineone.net
URL: http://website.lineone.net/~harbourmaster/


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Background
The Harbour Master's House is a Grade II listed building built in 1855 by George Smith. It comprises half of the Harbour Master's Office, an impressive brick building with stone dressing, featured in Lord Snowden's (1999) London: Sight Unseen (published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson). The Office was the centre of control for the collier traffic on the Thames until 1890. The basement flat of the Harbour Master's House is completely self-contained with its own entrance, and is newly refurbished. It was awarded a 4-star rating by the English Tourism Council. The Harbour Master's Office is on the corner of Ballast Quay, an attractive riverside enclave within easy walking distance of historic Greenwich. It is located upon the popular riverside walk from Greenwich Village to the Dome and is very well-situated for easy access to local amenities including shops, restaurants, pubs, theatres, cinemas, and leisure centres. Excellent transport connections (rail, bus and boat) are all to be found within 10 minutes walk.
Visitor Attractions in Greenwich
Greenwich has always had many visitor attractions, not surprisingly given that its royal and naval heritage go back more than 600 years. No trip to Greenwich would be complete without visiting

Greenwich Park - London's oldest royal park with its unforgettable panoramic views of Greenwich and beyond

The Greenwich Royal Observatory - built in 1675 by Sir Christopher Wren, and including a 48-seat planetarium

The Old Royal Naval College - designed by Wren and completed by a succession of outstanding architects including Hawksmoor and John Vanbrugh, now owned by the University of Greenwich

The National Maritime Museum - including sixteen brand new galleries with plenty of hands-on activities for children of all ages

The Queen's House - one of the first classical buildings in England, designed by Inigo Jones in 1616, featuring the elegant (and supposedly haunted) Tulip Staircase

The Cutty Sark - the beautiful tea-clipper, the fastest of her time, preserved in dry dock since 1954

The Gypsy Moth - the tiny vessel in which Sir Frances Chichester sailed around the world in 1966/67

and that is not to mention the Fan Museum, the Ranger's House, St Alfege's Church, or the Thames Barrier, all of which are well worth a visit.

Greenwich is also rightly renowned for its shops, markets, restaurants, and pubs. Two of the best pubs in London are within very easy reach of the Harbour Master's House. The Cutty Sark Tavern, built about 1804, is a striking building with a bowed oriel window and is actually located in the middle of Ballast Quay. There are wonderful views of the river to be had, either from upstairs inside the pub or from the seating area outside. Within five minutes walk is the Trafalgar Tavern, built in 1837 by John Kay, an elegant Regency-style stuccoed riverside inn. Again, superb views of the river are on offer.

You might also like to pay a visit to Greenwich Theatre which has many highly acclaimed productions to its credit. Greenwich also boasts two cinemas, the newest being a state-of-the-art multiplex cinema, The Filmworks, with no less than 14 screens! There is also no shortage of live music at venues in Greenwich and Blackheath.

Booking and Payment
If requested, attempts will be made to arrange a viewing of the Harbour Master's House Basement Flat prior to booking, although if the property is occupied at the time of the request, this may not be possible. The proprietors will, however, be happy to answer any queries you may have.

The standard rate for 2004 for one or two guests (i.e., one double-bed) is £75 per night (£85 for stays of less than one week, 3 nights minimum). For three to four guests, the rate is £85 per night (£95 for stays of less than one week, 3 nights minimum).

A non-refundable deposit equivalent to 25% of full payment is payable at the time of booking. Cheques, with address on reverse, should be made payable to Prof C C French. Receipts can be provided for all payments.

Full payment should usually be made at least two weeks prior to the period of the booking. If a booking is cancelled between one and two weeks prior to the period booked, the balance will be refunded (although the deposit will be retained). If a booking is cancelled within one week of the actual period of booking, a refund will only be made if other guests are booked in place of the original booking. The refund will equal the tariff charged to the new guests for the period of overlap with the original booking (up to a maximum of original full payment minus deposit). Any breakages must be paid for in full.


Travel Arrangements

The Harbour Master's House is easily accessible by road, rail and river - click to see map

BY ROAD: (a) By car:

(i) From the M25: Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and follow the A2 towards London. Join the A102(M) at Kidbrooke. After a couple of miles, take the A206 (Woolwich Road) and follow towards Greenwich (i.e., turn left at island after leaving A102(M)). Continue along this road, going straight on at the major set of traffic lights). Woolwich Road changes into Trafalgar Road. Continue on, past many local shops, etc., until you see a small shop called "The Cottage Pantry" on your right (opposite the Victoria pub on your left, with a prominent pub sign showing a Penny Black stamp), just after a pedestrian crossing. This shop is on the corner of Lassell Street. Turn right down Lassell Street. Go over the crossroads to the end of Lassell Street and turn right at the end onto Ballast Quay. The Harbour Master's House is at the end of Ballast Quay, on the corner (the house on the right of the two semi-detached houses).
(ii) From the M20: Leave the M20 at Junction 1 and join the M25 towards the Dartford Tunnel. Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and continue as for M25 directions above.
(iii) From the M2: Leave the M2 at Junction 1 and follow the A2. Continue as for M25 directions above.
(iv) From the M11: Take the M11 south and follow signs for the Blackwall Tunnel via the A12. Go through the tunnel and then take the exit for Greenwich. At the large island, turn right and go straight on at the traffic lights along the A2203 Blackwall Lane (under the A102(M), the northbound approach for the Blackwall Tunnel). At the next major set of traffic lights, turn right along Trafalgar Road. Continue on, past many local shops, etc., until you see a small shop called "The Cottage Pantry" on your right (opposite the Victoria pub on your left, with a prominent pub sign showing a Penny Black stamp), just after a pedestrian crossing. This shop is on the corner of Lassell Street. Turn right down Lassell Street. Go over the crossroads to the end of Lassell Street and turn right at the end onto Ballast Quay. The Harbour Master's House is at the end of Ballast Quay, on the corner (the house on the right of the two semi-detached houses).

(b) By bus: Buses numbered 177, 188, 286, and 386 can all be caught at the bus-stops on the Greenwich Village one-way system, near the Cutty Sark. All stop on Trafalgar Road near the Arches Leisure Centre. From there, head eastwards along Trafalgar Road, then turn left down Lassell Street. Walk to the bottom of Lassell Street and turn right onto Ballast Quay. The Harbour Master's House is on the corner, past the Cutty Sark Tavern. The walk from the bus-stop takes less than 5 minutes.

BY RAIL: (a) From Cutty Sark (Docklands Light Railway) station, walk past Greenwich Pier and follow the riverwalk as described below or take a 188, 286 or 386 bus as described above; (b) Upon arrival at Maze Hill station (which has good connections from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, and London Bridge), cross over the bridge and leave the station, walking up the short slope to join Maze Hill. Turn right and walk down Maze Hill to Trafalgar Road. Turn right and cross over the road. Lassell Street is the first turning on your left. Follow directions as above.

BY RIVER: From Greenwich Pier, the Harbour Master's House on Ballast Quay is a pleasant 10-minute walk north-eastwards along the riverwalk, past the Royal Naval College, the Trafalgar Tavern, and Trinity Hospital.

Upon Arrival
In general, it is preferred that guests arrive after 3 pm (if the previous guests are checking out on the same day) to allow time for the flat to be made ready. Keys should usually be collected from the proprietors in the Harbour Master's House at a pre-arranged mutually convenient time. If for any reason the proprietors cannot welcome guests personally upon their arrival, alternative arrangements will be made in advance. Please note that Ballast Quay is in a Controlled Parking Zone and parking for more than two hours during the day without a permit may result in a fine. This scheme generally ensures that parking space is available for our guests. Guests with cars should collect the appropriate number of all-day parking permits upon arrival, at no extra cost.
Guest Services
The following notes are intended to ensure that your stay in the Harbour Master's House Basement Flat runs as smoothly as possible. If, however, you have any queries feel free to raise them  with the proprietors.

What is included in the prices quoted?All service charges, taxes and other surcharges (e.g., electricity, gas, linen, towels, etc.) are included.

What accommodation is provided? The basement flat consists of a fully equipped kitchen/dining room, a bedroom, a sitting room, and a shower-room/WC. The accommodation is centrally heated with a radiator in each room.

The Kitchen/Dining Room - fully equipped with table, four chairs, gas cooker, microwave oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer/dryer, food processor (including juicer), extractor fan, and full range of crockery, cutlery, kitchen utensils, etc.

The Bedroom - double bed, fitted wardrobes, bedside cabinets with reading lights, dressing table.

The Sitting Room - sofa-bed (double), coffee table, fitted cupboards and shelves, colour TV (including cable channels) with VTR, music centre (radio, CD/cassette player), selection of videos, CDs, books (including local guides), games, and telephone for incoming and emergency calls (020 8293 0246).

Shower-room/WC - shaver point, heated towel rail.

Are there any in-house policies?

In the interests of safety and hygiene, no smoking and no pets - sorry!

What amenities are available locally?

Greenwich Village, about 10 minutes walk away, is renowned for its excellent shopping, dining and leisure facilities. The same can be said of Blackheath Village, a pleasant 20 minute walk away through Greenwich Park and over Blackheath (or a 10 minute bus ride for the less energetic). But there is an excellent range of amenities available even nearer, less than 5 minutes walk away on Trafalgar Road. The range of shops includes supermarkets, a post office, dry cleaners, newsagents, antique shops, gift shops, video rental, and chemists. In the unlikely event that you tire of the Cutty Sark and the Trafalgar Tavern, there are lots of other local pubs, takeaways of all kinds, and many restaurants. If you want to get some exercise to work off any excess calories, try a visit to Arches Leisure Centre (which includes a swimming pool) or, a 10-minute bus ride away, the excellent swimming pool at Waterfront Leisure Centre in Woolwich.