About the Homestay
We're a sociable, friendly couple with a lovely 5 bedroom Edwardian house in the north London suburb of Bounds Green. Our house is in a peaceful street just a few minutes walk from Bounds Green (Piccadilly Line) and Bowes Park (overground) stations. Trains from either station will take you directly to central London in around 30 minutes. The local area has a range of useful shops, lovely parks and some great restaurants and pubs.
I'm an English teacher with many years experience of teaching adults from beginner to advanced level and my husband is an IT professional and a keen table tennis player. I sing in our community choir and enjoy socialising with local friends. We enjoy cooking and eating out, travel, music and movies. As well as our first language, English, I speak French (and a little Spanish and German).
Our daughters are grown up and have moved out, so we can offer 2 quiet, airy, comfortable double rooms, 1 with en-suite bathroom. Each room has a TV with access to Netflix and Amazon movies and the loft room also has a sofa. The en-suite loft bedroom can be arranged to accommodate a family and we can provide good quality inflatable beds in addition to the double (see pictures) for a small extra charge. Guests are also welcome to use the kitchen (with microwave, washing machine and drier), the family bathroom, the additional downstairs toilet and the garden.
Each room has a comfortable double bed, a wardrobe and plenty of drawer space for you to use. The en-suite room has a private bathroom with shower, toilet and hand basin. Rooms include bed linen, towels, WiFi and essential toiletries, so we hope you can travel light!
Please note that the en-suite room is on the top floor of our 3-storey house and you will need to climb 29 steps to reach it. The double room is on the middle floor, and there are 16 steps up from the ground floor.
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our house is in a peaceful area north of the city with direct transport links to central London and to Heathrow airport. We are 3 minutes from the nearest bus stop and only a few minutes further from both underground and overground rail stations.
There is a good range of useful food shops, a Post Office, chemists etc within a few minutes walk, and a shopping centre just 2 km away. You can be in Oxford Street in just over 30 minutes by public transport.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- 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
1. Please respect our home but feel comfortable. Treat it as your own house for the duration of your stay.
2. Smoking is not allowed either inside or in the gardens.
3. Please keep our home secure and lock doors and windows when leaving the house.
4. Please do not bring strangers into our home. If you would like to invite a friend over, ask first.
5. Please help yourself to breakfast (cereal, toast, fruit, tea/coffee). If you would like a more substantial breakfast (cheese/meat/eggs/yogurt etc.) feel free to bring in your own additional items which you are welcome to prepare in the kitchen. You can keep your food in the fridge we provide for guests.
6. You can use the kitchen but please clean up after yourself. (You can use the dishwasher.)
7. Please leave the bathroom clean for the next person to use.
8. Your bed will be made up and towels are provided. If you are staying for more than a week, we will provide a second set of bedding/towels and show you how to use the washing machine so you can change them when you wish.
Smoking is not allowed.
Alison is the loveliest host! Communication was perfect. We were warmely welcomed and felt very much at home. The loft was comfy, the breakfast and home-baked goodies splendid and the conversations super friendly and helpful. We got lots of recommendations which we unfortunately couldn't follow up as I was too sick to go very far. However, given those circumstances, it was the perfect place to spend a weekend inside and we would love to come back to go explore more of the surroundings next time! Thank you very much!
Excellent séjour chez Alison. Très bon accueil de notre hôte qui est très prévenante, chambre avec tout confort. Logement très bien situé, à proximité d'une station de métro qui dessert le centre de Londres. Nous avons passé un excellent séjour, je ne peux que recommander chaleureusement le logement d'Alison.
Un couple adorable et bienveillant. Alison est une personne accueillante, très agréable et à l'écoute de ses hôtes. La chambre était confortable, propre et lumineuse avec une superbe vue vers l'extérieur. Nous avons passé un superbe séjour. Nous vous le recommandons vivement !
Alison and Dan, are absolutly nice and interesting, it's a perfect place for ours holidays ...Great thanks have a good continuation best regards Lydie & Ambre
Un grand merci à Alison et Dan, leur maison est à leur image très accueillante, une grande liberté avec une dose de conseils gentils et avisés, un excellent mélange pour passer de très bonnes vacances...Nous vous souhaitons une très bonne continuation Lydie & Ambre
Accueil très chaleureux. Alison est une une hôtesse adorable et très agréable. Nous avons passé un excellent séjour! La chambre est parfaite, confortable et très propre. La maison d'Alison est très bien placée! Un séjour au top!
Très accueillante, belle grande maison.
Nous avons passé un très bon séjour chez Alison
Can´t wait until my next holiday.
Alison has been a great hostess. Our room is comfortable and quiet.
Great stay, very friendly and helpful! We would love to come back!
It was an amazing 7 night stay with Alison in London. Her place is just 20 minutes from Central London by The Underground and it fit our requirements well. She was warm and helpful, and even opened up her kitchen to us (I have fussy eaters in my family). Would love to stay with her again in the future. Thank you Alison and Dan. Regards, Neha
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) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
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.