About the Homestay
I live in a quiet leafy area of south Birmingham close to Cadbury's World (the perfect experience for chocoholics), the Warwickshire (Edgbaston) County Cricket Club, the Priory and the Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club. Ideal location for visitors interested in history, the industrial revolution and more contemporary things like art, fashion, music and shopping. My home is on the 35 bus route so very easy access to Birmingham City Centre (20 minute journey before 07.00), Aston University, Brasshouse Language Colleges, Abbey College, etc.... Close to the 76 bus route for Birmingham University and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Edgbaston. Very close to the 11 bus route also (for Aston Villa Football Club and Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Sarehole Mill and Tolkien Trail).
I can host upto 4 guests in my home.
For guests staying for a week and longer - half-board (i.e. evening meal) can be provided for some of the stay, so please email with your plans and we can negotiate this further. Some meals can be complimentary (I will host) and other meals can be provided for aprox £5 per person per night - guests can eat with myself and other homestay guests. Kitchen facilities available so make an enquiry if self catering preferred.
I tutor Immersion English (EFL) and have Full-board Homestay students stay throughout the year from Europe and international countries.
A bus ride away:
The city centre attractions are just a short bus ride away including Birmingham's New Library (largest Library in Europe), Art & History Museum, Gas Street Basin Canals, Brindley Place, Mailbox and Cube, NIA concerts, Symphony Hall, Vintage Custard Factory and lots of exciting nightlife venues.
Birmingham City centre is great for shopping. We have Selfridges, John Lewis, Debenhams, House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols!! Plus all the brand shops, high street shops and the Bull Ring Shopping centre which is open most days until 8pm. In addition, we have a fabulous Christmas Market that's about 1 mile long starting around 15th November every year with outdoor ice-skating.
Closer still, by bus, there's Moseley Village - very popular nightlife area with plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants
A short walk from the house:
I live in a green city and you can easily see this by taking a short walk from my home to the local reservoir and then onto the canal. It's a 5 mile canal walk to the city centre - or a quicker bike ride! The local Kings Heath high street is a 15 minute walk and provides plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants, library, swimming pools, gyms, shops, churches and parks.
Good location for a day visit to Shakespeare's Stratford or London.
Light, spacious and airy 3 bedroomed home with 2 bathrooms and 3 toilets in the house - so there's plenty of privacy. 2 lounges and outdoor seating in the garden also available for a comfortable relaxing stay. Parking is available. Host works from home most days.
Half board accommodation (an evening meal) can also be an option for aprox £5 an evening meal - booked inadvance of the day.
- Bikes for use
- Smoke alarm
- Non Smoking
- Allow Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
My home is located in the south of Birmingham in the Kings Heath area. Birmingham City centre is less than 5 miles. I live near to the lively Kings Heath High Street and Cadbury World but also close to the tranquil reservoir and canals.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Horse Stables
- Water sports
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
- Train station
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
Bring your own technology - occasional Wifi access can be provided also.
No shoes or boots to be worn inside.
No meals in bedrooms.
No smoking in the house - smoking is OK in the garden and there's a covered seated area for this.
Payment needs to be paid in full before arrival either by PayPal or bank transfer.
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
I really enjoyed my time with Paula and i can highly recommend a stay with her. She is a kind person who knows a lot about Birmingham and the sourroundings. I came to her to find a flat near to the city center. Just a minute walk away from her house is a bus stop which leads direct into the city center within 25 minutes. All in all it was the perfect location for my purposes :)
Paula is very professional and friendly. The boys had a lovely break at hers.
When we booked a room with Ms. Paula, it was the first time we have used Homestay and Paula had been the most helpful in showing us how to use Homestay’s booking system. Paula has been very professional with us and she consistently made sure to keep in constant contact with us in case we have any questions about her home and monthly schedule. We also find her a very friendly person and a great candidate for a host for one of our students (and our student had no complaints about her at all when he stayed at her home). Working with her was a pleasure and we would definitely recommend her as a host.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) and a 25% deposit using a choice of payments: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal. The deposit is collected in advance on behalf of the host to protect against no show or late cancellations (within 7 days of arrival). You then pay your host the balance due on arrival. The 25% deposit payment is made to the host 2 business days after your scheduled arrival date. This deposit payment will only be refunded if you cancel the booking at least 7 full days prior to arrival.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.