Best of both worlds Birmingham

Homestay in West Heath - Birmingham, United Kingdom

About the Homestay

Suburban Quirky
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

Close to transport routes to Birmingham, Solihull and Redditch yet perched on the edge of the countryside, an old cottage but extensively modernised, on a quiet cul-de-sac but only 150m from the main road, this accommodation offers the best of both worlds.
I have previously hosted students from both Europe and the Far East (Taiwan, South Korea and Japan) and would like to do this again. I can provide full-board accommodation to have students living as part of the family while improving their English.
Room 1 for long-term let -A double-size, fully-furnished room, recently re-plastered and repainted and carpet cleaned (April 2014), comprising of a single bed, triple wardrobe and large desk in a character house with a modernised interior, fully central heated and double glazed. The room is next door to the main bathroom. ( I use the shower in my en suite but occasionally use the bathroom when I want a bath. There is another toilet and washbasin you could use on the odd occasion I have a bath )
Room 2 - double bedroom for short-term let (unsuitable to live in permanently but very comfortable for a few nights). I use this room for guests from time to time. It can sleep a third person on the foldaway bed but a small extra charge will apply. Normally I will just make up the double bed - please state when booking if you would like the single bed set up (It is not always obvious who is a couple!).
Use of kitchen with seating/dining area with gas range-style cooker with 5 burners and two separate ovens. Dishwasher. Microwave. Fridge freezer.
Use of piano
Utility room with sink and washing machine
High-spec bathroom comprising of:
21 jet chromatography whirlpool bath with bath/shower mixer taps
separate shower enclosure with 9. 8 kw shower, heated towel rail, washbasin and toilet, shaver socket.
A separate toilet with wash basin next to the double room (As the house has three toilets and two showers there should not be a queue for the bathroom in the morning)
Garden with lawned area, flower beds, fruit/vegetable garden, herb beds, pond with water feature, patio table, other garden seating, small barbeque and rotary clothes line.
Garage/shed space for bicycle
Parking by arrangement - please state if you need parking at time of booking . There is parking for 1-2 cars (dependent on size) in front of the garage. You can park here securely overnight but may need to move your vehicle in the morning so we can get our cars out of the garage. There is plenty of extra parking on service roads just round the corner
Good transport links by road and public transport.
Public transport: Near Longbridge railway station (for the Cross City Line including trains to the University/Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham, and in the other direction to Redditch, bus routes to Bromsgrove, Worcester, Solihull and Birmingham City Centre).
Near Longbridge Town Centre for Bournville College, Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer, Beefeater, Costa Coffee and other pubs and food outlets.
By car near M42 and M5
Good local shops and easy reach of a choice of supermarkets
Pets: Rabbits in hutches in the garden and birds in a small aviary in the garden room off the lounge. Fishtanks in dining area, lounge and garden room. The rest of the house is pet free.

Can provide some meals/ food if required - additional costs will apply.

My main hobbies are yoga and swimming. I am in late on Thursdays (about 7.30pm) as I do yoga so check in has to be around 5pm or after 7.30pm. On Saturday afternoons, I go swimming. I also attend yoga and swimming on Tuesday mornings when I am able.

Additional Info

I speak French (degree level) Je parle francais - niveau de diplome. I know some German and Spanish and a little Greek. Ich verstehe Deutsch, aber ich bin es nicht fließend. Entiendo un poco de español pero no lo habla muy bien. Car parking on drive behind the gate or in front of the house hard up against the wall (to allow neighbours to pass). Lots of parking on service road round the corner if extra parking is needed/for particularly large vehicles. Motorcycle and cycle parking in the garage by arrangement.

My Pets

Rabbit, Fish, Other

House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Bikes for use
  • Computer
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • Parking
  • TV
  • Internet Access
  • Smoke alarm on each floor

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 1 night

Maximum stay is for 365 nights

Available for given dates

Long stay? If you have a reoccuring schedule where days in the week do not require accommodation, you can unselect those days below. This will inform the host and reduce the price of your stay.

study bedroom for long-term let
From £17 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

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

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

A bright, sunny, room on the first floor overlooking the garden. Next to the main bathroom. Kettle. No breakfast after first week

  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
 1 guest
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Monthly price
13 metre sq attic room with large veluxes
From £26 per night
Triple Room
Sleeps 3

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Pull-Out Sofa, 1 Futon Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

Double room for short term lets for one to three people . Velux windows with light reducing blinds. Drink making facilities. Toilet and washing facilities next door; bathroom one floor below.

  • Desk and Lamp
  • TV
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
  • Hair-dryer
 1 guest
2+ Guests
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About the Area

The house is in a quiet cul-de-sac on the border of Longbridge, West Heath and Northfield and on good transport links by road and public transport. There are lots of amenities nearby such as the redeveloped Longbridge Town Centre with large Sainsbury's supermarket, pub/restaurant and fast food outlets. There is a gym at Bournville college and fitness centre with pool nearby in Northfield. The house is near the Lickey Hills - walking, picnics, golf, Hopwood (pleasant canalside walks culminating at a pub) and Wast Hills Golf Range and par 3 course.
Public transport: Near Longbridge railway station (trains to the University/Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham and , in the other direction, to Redditch, bus routes to Bromsgrove, Worcester, Solihull and Birmingham City Centre). Near the new Bournville College.
By car near M42 and M5

Local Area Facilities
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Shopping Centre
  • Health club
  • Restaurant
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station
  • Hospital


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
Available on request at an extra cost
  • Full Breakfast
  • Half Board
  • Full Board
  • Packed lunch
Diet Type available on request
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Coeliac
  • Diabetic
  • Lactose Intolerant
  • Nut Allergies

House Rules

Please show ID and pay balance, preferably in cash, on arrival for short stays. For longer stays, please pay the balance soon after arrival.
Please request parking at time of booking - I cannot guarantee it otherwise. You may have to occasionally move your car to let me in and out of the garage. Parking is at your own risk.
Check in is between 5pm and 10pm (but not 5.30-7.30pm on Thursdays) and check out at 9.30 am weekdays and 10am at weekends. Please ask if you need to check in or out at other times and I will try to accommodate your request. For stays of only one or two nights, please state if you are likely to be out late - I like the house locked up and alarm on by 11pm. This may influence whether I accept your booking request.
To keep the pale carpets clean and pleasant to walk on, no outdoor shoes upstairs please.
At night, please keep noise to a minimum and no cooking between 10.00pm and 7am due to smell, noise and potential fire risk.
Please eat at the dining area in the kitchen - do not take meals or fast food to your room.
Tidy up after yourself. Keep the room clean and tidy and dispose of rubbish in the outside bins.
Please let me know if you are returning late due to security locks and the burglar alarm.
Please do not bring non-guests into the house without asking,
Small animals (rabbits, hamsters, birds, guinea pigs, and similar) welcome in the garden room/garden but not on carpets/upholstery please.
Please ask if you need the heating adjusted or need clothes washing or wish to use the spa bath.
Please walk gently on the stairs and bedroom floors
Wash clothes on a dry day and hang outside to dry - try to avoid drying them inside.
No smoking anywhere on the property, please.
You agree to use the internet only for legal purposes and must not use it for illegal uploading, downloading, or other illegal activities.

Smoking Rules

Your host is a non-smoker.

Smoking is not allowed.

5 Reviews

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    Age 45 - 54

    5 hearts
    July 2016

    This guest awarded the host 5 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.

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    Saudi Arabia
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    June 2016

    Miss sally was with me really good and helpful with everything you will enjoy stay with her.

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    South Africa
    Age 55 - 64

    5 hearts
    February 2016

    As a South African travelling on a very small budget (R24.00/1pound), it was more than adequate! All I needed was a place to sleep, but they made me feel completely welcome and at ease in their home. Bed was comfortable and clean and although the attic room was quite small it was warm and more than sufficient, with a TV, kettle and even a hairdryer and phone charging equipment with adapters (thank goodness)! There was a separate loo just outside the door, with a night light, and a really nice full bathroom on the floor below, which was not once occupied when I needed to shower. It also has a beautiful Spa Bath, unfortunately I did not have time to test that, maybe next time I am in Birmingham! Friendly people, went out of their way for me, for any short stay, I would definitely recommend them!

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    November 2015

    I came three months in Birmingham to work at the university and to improve my english.
    Sally and John happily collected me from the nearest train station when I arrived, I appreciated it well.
    The house was clean and exactly as described. Sally is a great chef, I always ate very well and abundantly and shared funny moments during the dinner.

    She has a vast amount of knowledge on languages, culture, history. It's impressive.
    I had a lovely stay.

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    5 hearts
    May 2014

    in this home stay I got a very nice room and every facility I needed. I became a part of the family. As my English was not perfect I got plenty opportunities to practice my English. They supported and assisted me in all matters. Thank you very much.

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