About the Homestay
Our home is simply the best place to stay when visiting and if you want to get a taste of Edinburgh life. My name is Joseph and with my wife, Doris and our son, we will make you feel at home.
Joseph enjoys cooking, gardening, watching movies, music, gigs, festivals, reading, learning foreign languages, socialising, travel, television, nature, and science. He speaks English. He is a retired civil servant and is now an online language teacher.
Doris is 40. She speaks English and enjoys cooking, watching movies, music, gigs, festivals, reading, learning foreign languages, socialising, travel, and nature. She sometimes works away from home.
Joseph has 1 son, now in studying and living in England, he is a 2nd year student in a good university. He lives at home when he visits the family and friends in Edinburgh, most of the time lives in his dormitory in England.
There is no better way to learn a foreign language than to speak it in everyday situations. Your host Joseph offers qualified language instruction in his native language English. One hour of instruction costs 18.00 GBP. The classes will be given by the host himself at the accommodation.
The room rate includes the following services: washing machine usage and internet access. The kitchen may also be used as long as care is taken with equipment and the kitchen is kept clean after use.
Additional available services at an extra charge (payable directly to your host on arrival):
Regular room cleaning: 2.95 GBP per day
Dinner: 4.75 GBP per person per night
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our home is a great location if you want to stay in Edinburgh. Don't worry as soon as you complete your booking and pay your deposit online you will get an email with our exact address.
Bus connections from our home to universities in Edinburgh are very good. So is travelling to and from the City Centre.
Buses 44 and 45 of Lothian Bus travel within 10-15 minutes to Herriot Watt University, Napier University (Mercinston Campus) and Queen Margarett University. Bus 33 reaches the City Centre within 25 minutes and bus 44 in just 20 minutes. There are night buses too. So, an excellent location.
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
- Half Board
Diet Type available on request
Please keep our home secure and double-lock the front door when entering and leaving the house
Please do not adjust the heat settings yourself, ask me and I will happily do it for you
Keep noise to a minimum after midnight please
Please do not invite strangers into our home; if you would like to invite a friend over just agree it with me in advance
Please enjoy your stay and treat our house as you would your own home!
Smoking is not allowed.
The host cancelled the booking 130 days before the arrival date.
So far we have enjoyed all of our homestay experiences as a family with a baby daughter. As like other homestayers we prefer local hosts to complement our special needs like access to kitchen other amenities and of course for budgetary reasons. However seeking and staying in reasonable offers do not have to mean cutting corners or accepting indifference as normal.
I am sure Joseph was a great host before as I read all the comments however I think it seems he is suffering now a "homestay fatigue". Yes he is kind, easygoing but we did not get a proper welcome. First he was not at home that is fine as long as basic things are provided like towel, hairdryer etc. Other guests at his home welcomed us. As a family with a little one asking eggs or milk at home was understood as extra that was expected to be bought by us. I do not want to be thankless as he allocated us the largest room with private bathroom however it was not clean at all and the shared living room was mysteriously messy maybe because of other long term guests. On the other hand, the kitchen was quite clean and the room has a separate access which we really appreciated.
Anyway we felt that everything comes at a price so a reasonable stay in this expensive city means you will be get out of your comfort zone too much as one of the other guest mentioned very recently. Thank you Joseph but it would be nice to provide basic things and a clean up before your guests arrive.
J'ai passer un bon sejour mais dommage que je n'est pas put rancontrer Mr.sanchez .
Mais chez lui une personne etait la pour m'acceuilr et m'accompagner pendant mon séjour.
Je conseille fortement d'y aller pour un sejour.
Ce fut la pire expérience que nous avons eu dans ce type de séjour.
Arrivé à 21h, nous avons attendu 20 minutes que quelqu'un nous ouvre.
Joseph n'était pas présent et c'est son fils (15 ans) et un ami à lui à peine plus âgé qui nous a accueillis.
La maison était dans un état lamentable. Au départ, nous avons même pensé qu'il s'agissait d'un squat !
Notre chambre était séparée de la pièce de vie et de la cuisine des propriétaires par une baie vitrée sans rideaux, juste un paravent qui ne masquait qu'une partie. Aussi, dès que les jeunes allumaient la lumière dans la pièce à côté ou dans la cuisine on était réveillé (et je ne vous parle même pas du bruit). Ca a duré jusque 1h30 du matin (+ allumage également à 4h du matin). J'ai contacté par mail Joseph qui m'a dit qu'ils feraient attention. Le 2e jour ils ont éteint à 23h30. Ca pouvait aller... Mais le 3e rebelote jusque 1h30 du matin.
Plusieurs fois on s'est levé pour éteindre la lumière mais ils l'a rallumaient.
Et le matin, ils allumaient et faisait du bruit dans la cuisine dès 7h30.
La cuisine était dans un état lamentable, tel un squat. Plusieurs sacs poubelles qui débordaient sur le sol, des pains moisis, évier, plaques électriques et plans de travail envahis par des plats crasseux, du gras partout, c'était dégueulasse. Evidemment, nous n'avons pas pu prendre de petit déjeuner. D'ailleurs, le jeune nous a demandé de ne pas venir dans la cuisine... C'est resté 2 jours ainsi avant qu'ils se décident à enlever les ordures.
il y avait des boules de vêtements posés sur les radiateurs. C'est comme cela qu'ils faisaient sécher leur linge ! (oui en Ecosse il faut du chauffage même en août :-)
La propreté de la chambre et salle de bain était à déplorer : des poils et cheveux partout...
La machine à laver et la salle de bain utilisés par les propriétaires sont situées après la chambre. Donc les proprio passent par notre chambre pour les utiliser !
Dernière chose et cela m'a rendu furieux : pas de serviette. J'ai demandé aux jeunes : "on n'en n'a pas". J'ai écrit à Joseph qui m'a dit effectivement qu'il ne pouvait pas nous en donner !!! Alors là je dis chapeau. On a du en acheter le lendemain! C'est une véritable honte.
Pas de papier toilette non plus, ils nous ont finalement donné un rouleau entamé trouvé avec les chaussures dans l'entrée.
Run away !!!
It was the worst experience we have had in this type of stay. Joseph was not present and it is his son (15) and a friend of him barely-old who welcomed us.
The house was a mess. Initially, we even thought it was a squat!
Our room was separated from the living room and kitchen of the owners by a french window without curtains, just a screen which hid a short part. So as soon as the youngs switch on the light in the next room or in the kitchen, we were woken up (and I'm not even talking about the noise, I don't mean have a party but even just talking or kitchen sounds). It lasted until 1:30 am (+ once also at 4 am). I contacted by email Joseph who told me they'd attention. The second day they stop at 23:30. It could go ...
But the third night, it's started again until 1.30 am.
Many times we got up to turn off the light but each time they came and switch on.
And every morning they switch on and noisy in the kitchen at 7:30 am
The kitchen was a mess, like a squat. Several garbage bags overflowing on the floor, moldy bread, sink, hob and work plans invaded by dirty dishes, fat everywhere, it was disgusting. Obviously we could not take breakfast. Moreover, the young asked us not to come into the kitchen ... It stayed two days and before they decide to remove garbage and cleaning (a bit !).
There were clothes balls placed onto the radiators. This is how they were drying their laundry !
The cleanliness of the bedroom and bathroom was deplorable: hairs and hair everywhere ...
The washing machine and the bathroom used by the owners are located after the chamber. So the owner go through our room to use them !
Last thing, and that made me furious : no towel. I asked the young people: "we do not have one." I wrote to Joseph who told me actually he could not give us one !!! Wow !
We had to buy towels the next day ! It's a real shame.
Maybe Joseph is a good guy but he shouldn't rent bedrooms while he is gone.
Ha sido la peor experiencia que he tenido en este tipo de alojamiento. La familia que nos alojaba nos avisó pocos días antes, de que estaba de vacaciones durante el tiempo que íbamos a estar en su casa, y había dejado a otro huésped como responsable. Cuando llegamos la habitación no había sido limpiada tras irse el huésped anterior, tuvimos que limpiarla nosotros mismos, tanto la habitación como el baño estaban en un estado lamentable, sucia, sucia, sucia. Tras esto, el resto de los huéspedes tenían que atravesar nuestra habitación para poder usar la lavadora, cosa que no estaba avisada en la web, así mismo, la habitación se separaba del resto de la casa por una cristalera, donde pusimos un biombo para poder tener intimidad. Durante todo el tiempo que estuvimos allí, nadie limpiaba ni recogía nada, la basura se acumulaba tanto dentro de la casa como en el patio. Además el huésped que se quedo encargado dormía en el salón, por lo que no disponíamos de zonas comunes ni televisión. Los últimos 8 días no pudimos desayunar porque no hubo manera que nos comprase leche ni mantequilla, todo esto a pesar de estar incluido en el precio.
Todo esto lo hablé con Joseph a través de Whatsapp y correo electrónico durante todo el tiempo y no se arregló nada. Lo único que hizo fue recriminarme por enfadarme tras varios días en los que no nos facilitó el desayuno y sumado a todo lo que ya estábamos pasando. Lamentable
Joseph you were amazing! You made me feel at home during my 5 week stay. You and Cyrus were willing to do anything to make my time there more enjoyable! If/when I come back to Edinburgh I will most certainly be looking to see if you have a spare room avaliable ! Gavin :)
I'm sorry, Joseph, I'm sure you are a very nice person, even though we never met you, but we left one day early because the cleanliness of your home is way out of our comfort zone! The bathroom and kitchen, both shared areas are filthy! Mold in the bathroom and honestly, we were so uncomfortable, we just couldn't stay the 2nd night. Your son was very polite, but the sheets he gave us were rags and one small bath towel and one small hand towel for two adults to shower? Seriously?!? Please clean your home and provide guests with some kind of decent accommodation and amenities!
It was good experience, but nevertheless a little disappointment.
We were suggested by Joseph that Room 4 which has big space with attached washroom would be provided to us.We were 3 girls and the basic requirement was attached washrooms as we do not want to share.
when we reached there, we were informed that Room 4 has already been occupied by family and we need to cop up with Room 1 and need to share the washroom.
After a long journey and then not getting the room we booked was really disappointment.
The owner was sorry and didn't know how we and family got the same Room booked? Although we were only suggested by the owner for room 4 and booked earlier than the family, but we didn't want to spoil anyone's mood so just adjusted ourselves.
we felt cheated, may be the other family would have given much amount, dont' know? Although money doesn't matter to us, what matters was comfort for which we booked the room.
Anyways, everything was good (breakfast)apart from the room and the washroom we shared, otherwise it was awesome visit to Scotland.
It was really a good experience with homestay. It is very easy to search the house where you want. We felt staying at our home whilst our stay at Mr. Joseph's house in Edinburgh. He extended kitchen facilities to us. It helped us a lot for preparing food for our kids.
Thanks to Mr. Joseph.
That was a plenty of nice words to say, Joseph and his son, Cyrus were being enjoyful to talk everything We concerned. The room was spacious place for three persons, sufficient fresh air and bright light from the wide windows and doors. And as well as the kitchen utilities that we can use for our stuff. And also the toilet was clean and hygiene. The location was outscirt of the city Edinburgh but it took only a-5 minute walk to the nearest bus stop to the downtown. Thank you to Joseph and family. We will see you again
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