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Homestay in Handsworth wood - Birmingham, United Kingdom

About the Homestay

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  • Males
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  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

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In a great location, Handsworth Wood, a stones throw away from the park with boating lake, hire boats and cafe. 15 minutes to the City Centre. Close to the Universities - including ASTON and UCB, Language schools, Football stadiums, Jewellery Quarter, Transport links, Shopping Centres and amenities! 30 minutes by car to Birmingham Airport and The NEC - The National Exhibition Centre.

If you are looking for a bright clean sunny room then you are welcome to come and share our family home. If you're clean, tidy and considerate then this might be the place for you.

Perfect for professionals, students - great place to practice your English! Ideal for long term or short term lets if you're just visiting Birmingham for a short break.

VEGAN and VEGETARIAN guests are most welcome so long as you are OK about having meat in the home.

I share my lovely home with my 24 yr old daughter and 15 year old son. We're a sociable and friendly bunch whilst respectfully allowing you your privacy and space when preferred. I have previously hosted international students from a variety of countries including – France, Vietnam, China, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, Spain.

Our hobbies are varied but include football, travel, reading, learning Spanish, socialising, music gigs, cooking, arts and crafts, watching movies and going to the cinema, good food and eating out. Guests are welcome to accompany us on social outings during their stay.

We offer 4 spacious rooms for rent by guests in our large tastefully decorated modern family home set over 3 floors. With 2. 5 full bathrooms and toilets.

NO OUTDOOR SHOES ALLOWED IN THE HOME! Shoes to be removed downstairs, only indoor shoes allowed on carpeted areas. - this includes any friends or family that might visit you during your stay.

Please note that full payment is required on the day of arrival in Sterling currency.

** For longer term bookings of 30 nights or more please message me for other payment options. **

House facilities
Separate laundry room for your use during your stay
Use of iron and ironing board
WIFI - WIRELESS INTERNET
Washing machine
Large kitchen diner
You're welcome to use the kitchen (to cook light meals) but we ask that you clean up after yourself
Microwave
Own kitchen cupboard with crockery and cutlery
Guests have their own shared kitchen fridge
Central heating and double glazing through out
Smoke alarm on all floors
Carbon monoxide detector fitted
Annual Gas and electricity safety check and certificates (– available for inspection if required)
Fire blanket and fire extinguisher in the kitchen
Parking

House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • TV
  • Internet Access
  • Smoke alarm
  • Non Smoking

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 2 nights

Maximum stay is for 365 nights

Available for given dates

Room 1 (study bedroom) - perfect for long term study let
From £13 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

FROM £13 PER NIGHT! FOR BOOKINGS of 30 NIGHTS or more Bright and sunny single room, sleeps 1 Bed linen and towels provided. Wooden floor. Built in wardrobe. Large chest of drawers. Study desk and chair. Lamp. Waste and laundry basket. Mirror.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
 1 guest
Nightly Price
£30
Weekly Price
£170
Monthly price
£390
Room 4 – on the ground floor a spacious bright and clean DOUBLE room with single bed
From £16 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

FROM £16 PER NIGHT! FOR BOOKINGS of 30 NIGHTS or more Sleeps 1 Bed linen and towels provided. Wardrobe. Wooden floor. Desk and chair. Bed side table. Chest of drawers. Waste and laundry basket. Mirror. Access to downstairs toilet with wash basin

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
 1 guest
Nightly Price
£30
Weekly Price
£190
Monthly price
£480
Room 3 - large single/small double room, with single bed
From £15 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

FROM £15 PER NIGHT! FOR BOOKINGS of 30 NIGHTS or more Bed linen&towels provided. Next to bathroom. Built in wardrobe. Wooden floor. Large cupboard with shelves. Chest of drawers. Study desk & chair Waste and laundry basket. Over looking garden

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
 1 guest
Nightly Price
£30
Weekly Price
£190
Monthly price
£450
Room 2 - DOUBLE ROOM spacious sunny & over looking the garden
From £17 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

FROM £17 PER NIGHT! FOR BOOKINGS of 30 NIGHTS or more BRIGHT DOUBLE ROOM - for single person. Double bed. Bed linen and towels provided. Next to bathroom. Built in wardrobe. Wooden floor. Bedside cabinet Chest of drawers Study desk and chair.

Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
 1 guest
Nightly Price
£35
Weekly Price
£205
Monthly price
£510
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About the Area

In a great location, Handsworth Wood, a stones throw away from the park with boating lake, hire boats and café. 15 minutes to the City Centre. Close to the Universities, Language schools, Football stadiums, Jewellery Quarter, Transport links, Shopping Centres and amenities! 30 minutes by car to Birmingham Airport and The NEC - The National Exhibition Centre.

Things to do and places to go! - really too many to mention so ask us for more information. But here are some of our favourites in the meantime...

Soho house is 10 minutes by car http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/soho

Why not treat your loved one, or yourself to some jewellery from the world famous Jewellery Quarter http://jewelleryquarter.net/shopping/ A mere 10 minutes from our home. Not to mention the lovely restaurants and bars

Close to many UNIVERSITIES and language schools. For example:

Aston university http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/
Birmingham City university http://www.bcu.ac.uk/
University of Birmingham http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/index.aspx

The language gallery -http://www.thelanguagegallery.com/locations/birmingham
Brasshouse language school https://brasshouse.birmingham.gov.uk/
Birmingham graduate school http://www.bgschool.org.uk/

If you're into keeping fit there's a park right by the home with boating lake and café. Also a leisure centre close by.- http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/handsworthpark

Visit Edgbaston Reservoir http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/reservoir

The beautiful and historic St Mary's church described as “ The cathedral of the industrial Revolution” is 5 minutes walk from the house - http://handsworthstmary.org/image-gallery/

Why not have a go at some of the water sports – 15 minutes from our home!
http://edgbastonwatersports.co.uk/

The Mac – Arts complex just 20 minutes by car https://macbirmingham.co.uk/whats-on

Custard factory with great eats and funky shops is a mere 20 minutes in the car or 30 mins by public transport - http://www.custardfactory.co.uk/

Why not check out Digbeth dining – Birminghams original street food event every Friday with great food and phat beats! - http://digbethdiningclub.com/gallery-page

The Jam House – one stop venue for food, music and entertainment 10 minutes by car and 20 minutes by public transport - http://www.thejamhouse.com/birmingham/

Birmingham Southside - http://visitbirmingham.com/birmingham-areas/birmingham/southside/

The Pen Museum - http://penmuseum.org.uk/

Cineworld Broad Street - http://www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/birmingham-broad-street

The ICC - http://www.theicc.co.uk/

The Blue Orange theatre - http://www.blueorangetheatre.co.uk/

Eating, Drinking and Shopping - There are a number of local shops nearby including a 24 hours Tesco and Lidl

One Stop Retail Shopping Park http://onestop-shopping.co.uk/ 6 minutes by car and 16 minutes by bus

The number 16w bus takes you to the New Square Shopping Centre, cinema and restaurants - http://newsquarewestbromwich.co.uk/

The Button Factory - new Bar and restaurant in the jewellery quarter - http://thebuttonfactorybirmingham.co.uk/

Brindley place - http://www.brindleyplace.com/category/restaurants/

Sidewalk Bar and restaurant - http://sidewalkbirmingham.com/

The Mailbox - http://www.mailboxlife.com/dining-nightlife/

China Town - http://visitbirmingham.com/birmingham-areas/birmingham/chinatown/

I am happy to share more ideas about local activities and places of interest around Birmingham on your arrival.

Guests are welcome to accompany us on social outings

Local Area Facilities
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Shopping Centre
  • Water sports
  • Sports arena
  • Health club
  • Fishing
  • Restaurant
  • Airport
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station
  • Hospital

Meals

Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen

House Rules

House rules for peaceful and harmonious living
We are an Eco- friendly home so we ask that you kindly recycle, turn off lights, water, fan and electric heater when not in use please.
Ours is a quiet relaxing home so we ask that there is no loud music or excessive noise after 10 pm
No smoking allowed in the house
NO OUTDOOR SHOES ALLOWED IN THE HOME! Shoes to be removed downstairs, only indoor shoes allowed on carpeted areas. - this includes any friends or family that might visit you during your stay.
As this is a family home we ask that no guests or strangers enter our home without prior discussion and agreement with the host
Please respect the privacy of others in the house. You are NOT allowed to enter any of the other guests or family bedrooms without consent!
For yours and our safety and security we ask that you remember to always close all windows and to lock the front door on entering and leaving the home.
Longer term guests will be allocated a *laundry day on arrival. One FREE weekly wash is included in your room rate. If you require to do laundry more than once a week there will be an additional charge of £3.50 per extra load of washing.
And finally we want your stay to be as comfortable and pleasant as possible so if there is anything you are unsure about, then please ask :-)

Please note that full payment is required on the day of arrival in Sterling currency.

** For longer term bookings of 30 nights or more please message me for other payment options.**

**For longer term guests, ONE additional months payment is charged. This is held as a security deposit and will be returned at the end of the Homestay experience if there has been no damage or lost keys, for example. **

**Complimentary light breakfast - Please contact me for information as this may only be provided for part of your stay, depending on the duration of your booking **

Additional services provided

Hair dryer and fan provided on request, at no extra cost

A microwave and fridge are provided in the kitchen for the use by guests also.

Photocopying can be done on request but may incur an additional charge

Smoking is not allowed.

37 Reviews

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    Italy
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    March 2020

    My stay in Birmingham turned into an unforgettable life experience full of emotions that Sherl and Angie with their family and all the guests of their home shared with me and helped to make unique. A comfortable and ideal accommodation to reach all the most beautiful areas of central Birmingham, clean and cared for, exceptional hospitality that is not limited to pure professionalism, but goes far beyond! Friendly, kind and helpful, they really made me feel at home! I highly recommend this family, do not be intimidated by the shared bathroom, there are not many rooms and the cleaning service is punctual and precise, sharing the spaces will be a way to make friends and meet new interesting people.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Shirl in ,

    Thank you Alex for your kind review :-)
    Its really appreciated.
    Throughout your stay you have been a polite and considerate guest, who has fitted in well with our family - Thank you.
    Shirl

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    Germany
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    March 2020

    This is a review from someone who stayed at Shirl's home for 6 months for university studies abroad. As such, it has somewhat turned into my second home, which is largely due to Shirl and her family. Not only because I was received so warmly upon arrival, but also because they eased the process of settling down in an unknown city and to new life circumstances greatly and made it appear seamless. The house, in general, is kept in a well-cleaned condition, with virtually all necessary household goods (such as toilet paper, cutlery & crockery, cleaning facilities & materials, bedlinen, towels, wardrobe, drawers, desk) provided. As Shirl has been hosting guests for over 10 years, she has developed an expertise and is experienced in welcoming and accommodating all sorts of guests and catering to their needs, which I got to observe over my 6 months at their home. Both security and privacy are highly valued at Shirl's home, but at the same time they were always available for a chat in the kitchen or an evening in the living room watching TV or reviewing the day, even during more turbulent times at university or work. Finally, as I travelled throughout the UK during my stay, the location of Shirl's home facilitated these activities, as the city centre can be reached within 15-20 minutes by frequent bus services not far from the doorstep. As such, especially for longer stays, I judge Shirl's homestay to offer some of the best value for money and know where I will be staying, should I return to Birmingham in the future.
    Thank you, once again, for a fantastic homestay experience!

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Shirl in ,

    Dearest Kai,
    THANK YOU for such a kind, lovely and thorough review, it truly is appreciated.
    Knowing that guests like you have a good experience at our home makes it all worth while.
    You were such a lovely, kind and thoughtful guest (or should I say my new German son now, hahaha).
    We would definitely love to welcome you back anytime.
    Good luck on this next chapter of your life.
    Kindest regards
    Shirl and family.

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    United Kingdom
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    February 2020

    My room was bright, cozy and clean. Not only was the house a nice accommodation, but Shirl and her family were among the most warm hearted, delightful people to be around. A home from home. Thank you for everything!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Shirl in ,

    Thank you Yickey for your lovely and kind review. Its really appreciated.
    Thank you for being a kind, friendly and considerate guest.
    Blessings
    Shirl

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    France
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    October 2018

    When I first went inside Shirl's beautiful house I immediately felt at home. Her family is lovely, really : each of them is welcoming, attentive and friendly. I hold them close to my heart, they were like a second family here. Concerning the house, don't worry it's extremely clean ! The kitchen and the bathroom are well equipped. My room was perfect. I had everything I needed. In addition, the house is nicely decorated. As I'm a student, it was important that I was not too far from the University. Hopefully, the house is also in a good location. It's easy to go to the city center and the University (Atson for me) with the bus near Shirl's house. On top of that, the house is just next to a beautiful park, perfect for nature lovers. Finally, the thing that I will remember most about Birmingham is definitely Shirl and her family. Thank you for your kindness, I hope you will come to Belgium one day :)

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Shirl in ,

    Thank you so much Annisa for your lovely review. Its really appreciated.
    Bless you.
    Shirl

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    England
    Age 45 - 54

    5 hearts
    September 2018

    A wonderful homely place, very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Shirl in ,

    Thanks Alex for your kind and lovely review.
    blessings
    Shirl :)

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    France
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    July 2018

    J’ai passé un séjour merveilleux avec une famille formidable, shirley prend très soins de ses invités, je vous recommande cette famille qui embellira votre séjour

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Shirl in ,

    Guest translation

    I had a wonderful time with a wonderful family, Shirley takes great care of his guests, I recommend this family that will beautify your stay
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    merci beaucoup Yvan pour votre aimable critique. C'était un plaisir de vous avoir chez nous.
    shirl

    thank you so much Yvan for your kind review. it was a pleasure having you stay at our home.
    Shirl

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    England
    Age 55 - 64

    4 hearts
    June 2018

    Room was very clear and nicely presented. Host was very friendly

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Shirl in ,

    Thanks Julie for your kind review.
    kind regards
    Shirl :)

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    Chile
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    April 2018

    Mi estadía en la casa de Shirley fue muy grata. Tanto ella como sus hijos fueron gentiles y atentos durante todo mi periodo de intercambio. Su casa es muy amplia, extremadamente limpia y ordenada, donde obviamente se ven reflejadas las buenas costumbres de la familia y las normas de convivencia. Dentro de la casa, el nivel de privacidad era muy bueno; uno podía dejar su habitación bajo llave o abierta, la cual era sumamente cómoda con todo lo necesario para ubicar mis pertenencias y estaba muy bien equipada. En ocasiones cuando estuve fuera de Birmingham, le dejaba la llave a Shirley, ya que esto era parte de su reglamento. Tampoco había problemas con el horario de entrada y salida, siempre y cuando diéramos aviso. Puedo decir que tuve una excelente y agradable estadía.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Shirl in ,

    muchas gracias por su amable y encantadora crítica. fue un placer que te quedaras con mi familia.
    shirl

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    Czech Republic
    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    April 2018

    If you are looking for homestay, stay at Shirl place it could be your best choice what you ever did. Hause is very nice and tidy in your room you'll find everything what you need. I got very warm welcome and I was feeling welcom all my stay. The family is realy nice and helpful. Thank you :-)

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Shirl in ,

    Thanks Hana for your kind review.
    It was a really lovely welcoming you to our home.
    kind regards
    Shirl :)

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    New Zealand
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    March 2018

    A few months have passed since staying with Shirl and her family, but it was a lovely home and family. All really friendly people who make you feel like you're at home. The host and her family were welcoming, approachable and friendly. The house was always clean, absolutely no problems while staying there. Great bus service into town which stops just down the road from the house. Thanks!

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Shirl in ,

    Thank you so much Leah for taking the time to leave your kind review, much appreciated :)
    Shirl!

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