About the Homestay
My home is a Victorian house in the St. Andrews area of Bristol, close to the city centre. It is a two minutes’ walk from beautiful St. Andrews Park and a 6 minutes’ walk from the popular Gloucester Rd. with its independent and quirky shops and cafes. The area is friendly and safe, and has the feel of a village within a city.
I have 4 bedrooms available. Two of the rooms are very large (4.8m x 3.8m) with large bay-windows giving views over Bristol and the garden. The house has 2 bathrooms.
There are easy and quick public transport links to the university and city centre, or the distance can be walked in under half an hour.
I enjoy cooking, particularly baking cakes, biscuits and desserts and I enjoy making jam and bottling fruit. No guarantees, but you might find a pot of my home-made (from home-grown fruit) jam in the cupboard for breakfast. Gardening is a hobby. I love walking and ice skating. I like peaceful places of natural beauty and try to see the good in everyone and the silver lining in every cloud. I have a PhD in Physics and worked in research for many years before becoming a mother. I also have experience at teaching English. I home educated my daughter up to and including A levels. I have travelled all around the world and lived in a remote village in Benin, West Africa for 1 year.
My daughter, who is studying engineering at a local university, lives in this home part-time, along with our cat. We are well-travelled and friendly and are experienced at hosting international students. Previous students have enjoyed learning to bake English desserts, cakes and biscuits with me. Making you feel safe and comfortable is my goal.
Guests will have access to one of 2 bathrooms, kitchen (for breakfast and to join in a shared evening meal if booked in advance) and garden.
- Internet Access
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
My home is 1.5 miles from the city centre with its bus and train stations, which provide links to other parts of the country and to Bristol International Airport.
The house is in a safe area.
The house is within a few minutes’ walk of numerous bus stops and Montpelier train station which provide frequent and quick links to other parts of the city and to Bristol Temple Meads and Parkway train stations.
From Temple Meads train station it takes about 28-40 minutes to reach my home, using the bus and including a 6 - 9 minute (up hill) walk. Buses 70 and 71 and 73 and 75 and 76 and others can be used for this journey. It’s best to find the most suitable bus, when you know your time of arrival at the station.
At certain times of the day, it’s possible to get a train from Temple Meads or Bristol Parkway train stations to little Montpelier train station. From there it’s a 15 minute (0.7 mile) uphill walk to my home, or there are buses 71 and 76 and 19 etc. which could be caught from close to the station. But please check schedules for your time of arrival. There are no taxis at Montpelier station.
From Bristol Coach Station it takes about 16 minutes to reach my home by bus, which includes a 6 minute uphill walk. Buses 70 and 71 and 73 and 75 and 76 and 78 etc. could be used. It takes about 30 minutes to walk the 1.5 miles from the Coach station to my home.
There are taxis at Bristol Temple Meads and Parkway train stations and at Bristol Coach Station.
There is free on-street parking at my home.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Please note that only a light breakfast is included in the room rate. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Half Board
- Full Board
- Packed lunch
Diet Type available on request
- Lactose Intolerant
- Nut Allergies
Payment Method: Please note that guests are required to pay 50% of the booking total, to me in advance of the visit, to reserve the room. (This is in addition to the 15% deposit which is paid to Homestay.com)
Cancellation Policy: Guests are asked to give me at least 1 weeks’ notice for any cancellation. Any cancellation later than this will not be refunded.
Breakfast is self-service consisting of cereals, toast, tea or coffee. Guests are also welcome to help themselves to tea and coffee in the evening.
Please wash up and clear away after yourself.
No self-catering facilities are available.
I am a non-smoker and ask smokers to please smoke and vaporise outside of the house and garden.
No candles or flames or burning of any kind.
Please take shoes off in the kitchen to keep the carpets clean and wear slippers or socks on the carpeted areas. Also, please keep the kitchen door shut so that my cat cannot get into the rest of the house.
The bathroom is shared, so please clean the sink and shower/bath after use. Also, please use the shower and do not take a bath. A bath uses too much hot water and blocks the bathroom for too long.
Please respect the needs of other guests to have a quiet place to study and sleep.
Please open and shut doors quietly by turning the handles so as to not wake/disturb others.
No electrical equipment is to be used in the bedrooms other than that provided or laptops, mobile phones or hairdryers. (e.g. No electric heaters or rice cookers to be used in bedrooms.)
Please make sure that you close windows before you leave the house and lock the door as you leave the house and lock it again once you have entered.
I ask that guests do not invite anyone, other than those booked into the room, into my home. This is for safety purposes.
The kitchen is my work space. If I’m studying or working there, please allow me to work in peace.
Please respect my home as if it were your own, and I hope that you will feel at home.
Smoking is not allowed.
très bon séjour chez Debra qui est très accueillante.
Nous gardons un excellent souvenir
Debra is a charming lady. I felt I was staying with a friend.
Just perfect and Debra is a real lady very helpful and kind would definitely stay there again very comfortable home and worth 5 stars
good location,nice and quiet.very pleasant host.
J'ai passé une excellente semaine avec Debra. Elle est calme gentille et arrangeante. Elle s'intéresse à tout le monde et aime apprendre aux autres. De plus, Bristol est une superbe ville, je vous recommande vivement de venir voir Debra !
I had a great stay,Debra is a lovely person and I hope to come back soon!!