About the Homestay
ME AND MY 15 YEARS OLD DAUGHTER LIVE IN A 3 BED HOUSE, IN DEPTFORD SE8 OF LONDON. OUR HOME IS 4MINS WALK TO SURREY QUAYS SHOPPING CENTER, 6 MINUTES TO ODEON CINEMA, 2 MINUTES TO MACDONALD RESTAURANT, WE HAVE 3 TRAIN STATION CLOSE TO OUR HOUSE, 5 MINUTES WALK TO EAST LONDON LINE TO HIGHBURY / ISLINGTON , 12 MINUTES WALK TO CANADA WATER FOR JUBILEE LINE TO CENTRAL LONDON. 20MINUTES WALK TO DEPTFORD TRAIN STATION AND DEPTFORD MARKET. 25 MINUTES WALK TO GREENWICH MUSEUM. OUR HOUSE IS VERY CLOSE TO BUS 188 THAT GOES TO INNER LONDON, BUS 47 TO INNER LONDON WE HAVE OTHERS 9 OTHER BUSES GOING TO DIFFERENT PART OF LONDON ALL BETWEEN 4 TO 8 MINUTES WALK TO MY HOUSE . WE HAVE 2 TOILET/BATHROOM IN MY HOUSE, ONE FOR MY DAUGTER AND THE GUEST, ENSIUTE FOR MYSELF. MEDIUM KITCHEN, LARGE GARDEN, 2 SPACES FOR CAR PARK. OUR HOUSE WAS BUILT IN YEARS 1995 IN A VERY DECENT AND QUITE/PEACEFUL AREA. THERE ARE LOT OR RESTURANT, SHOPS, SUPERMARKET BANK CLOSE TO MY HOUSE BETWEEN 5-10 MINUTES. I LOVE COOKING. I AM A GOD FEARING PERSON, I AM VERY FRIENDLY, ACCOMODATING, PEACEFUL, SMILING, LOVE TO MEET PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNG. I TREAT PEOPLE AS INDIVIDUAL, WITH RESPECT AND DIGINITY.
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Smoke alarm on each floor
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
OUR HOUSE IS LOCATED AT DEPTFORD BOUNDARY BETWEEN SE8 AND SE16, AS DESCRIBED ABOVE. OUR HOUSE IS BUILT IN VERY DECENT, QUITE AREA, VERY CLOSE TO BUS 188 , 47, 199, EAST LONDON OVER GROUND TRAIN, AND JUBILEE LINE THAT GOES TO THE CITY.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Water sports
- Health club
- 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
PLEASE KEEP OUR HOME SECURE AND CLEAN, DOUBLE LOCK THE FRONT DOOR WHEN ENTERING AND LEAVING THE HOUSE. IF YOU NEED ANYTHING IN THE HOUSE ASK ME PLEASE. FEEL FREE TO USE THE PROVIDED THINGS IN THE KITCHEN WHICH I WILL SHOW YOU WHEN YOU COME IN BUT PLEASE CLEAN UP AFTER USED. KEEP NOISE TO A MINIMUM AFTER 10 PM. PLEASE DO NOT INVITE STRANGER INTO MY HOUSE. IF YOU WANT TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS IN PLEASE AGREE WITH ME FIRST. MOST IMPORTANT NO SMOKING IN OUR HOUSE. DO ENJOY YOUR STAY WITH US AND TREAT OUR HOUSE AS YOU WOULD WITH YOUR OWN HOME. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF ANYTHING PLEASE ASK ME,
Payment Method: Please note that we require our guests to pay 50% of the booking total to us in advance of the booking to hold your room (on top of the 15% deposit is paid to Homestay.com)
Cancellation Policy: We ask our guests to give us at least 7 days’ notice for any cancellation. Any cancellation later than this will not be refunded.”
Smoking is not allowed.
I was not comfortable here. Margaret was very intense at first and when we first met she spent hours going over countless rules (which to me seemed like just common decency, and i repeatedly told her she didn't have to go over these things). She told me there was a police office nearby watching the block, in a way that made it feel like she was accusing me of intending to cause trouble during my stay. But she didn't really know me, so i feel like she was just being prejudiced because i was a young person. She seemed very worried , and wanted an emergency contact in case anything went wrong, when i told her not to be worried she said "maybe you will commit suicide in my house and then tell the police i killed you". I had to laugh at the sheer absurdity of that level of irrational fear. when i asked her if i could eat food in the room, it felt weird that instead of answering the question directly, she reminded me she is a "god fearing woman". She seemed very specific about mostly trivial details, while using religion to cover up for a lack of specificity in others, to basically let me be free to do as i will but leave the door open in case she got annoyed and didn't want to bear the responsibility of not being clear about her expectations. Apparently a previous guest had taken the mirror off of the wall, and attempted to rearrange the room? But one inconsiderate guest in the past does not entitle someone to lecture a stranger for an hour, or treat them with that level of suspicion.
Something she should have been clear about on the booking page, is that in her house has a 10pm curfew, after which she locks the doors and refuses to let guests in. If you miss this, she will leave you on the street all night, and she said she has done it before to guests and then called the cops on them. She also doesn't allow drinking, not that i was planning to, but it seems like the kind of thing you should tell people before they pay the booking fee. I ordered food late at night once, and she yelled at the delivery guy from her window and i had to apologize to him, and she told me not to order food at that time again. I was also told that i should buy my own toilet paper and keep it in my room so others can't use it (which is apparently a thing people do). These may be the kind of things that work for an overprotective parent, but not for a hospitality business. I am not her child, i am a paying guest. So i think everyone who is thinking about booking this place should read this review understand the level of restrictions they will be subject to that may prevent them from going out and enjoying london or even behaving freely, and decide whether that is worth the price for such a small room. To me, it is not.
In addition, the holder for the shower tap was broken, so the only way to shower is by holding it like a hose and spraying it on yourself which is difficult to do. She also lectured me for turning on the water heater late at night and told me i cannot shower at that time. Also, there was a musty sulfur type smell coming from the middle floor that gave me a headache. Thankfully, the room itself smelled fresh enough... Until i plugged in the mini-fridge in the room and it put out a vile odor.
The reason i gave this 2 stars instead of 1 is because the bed and room itself was fine, it had a closet and small tv. And when she wasn't burdening me with lectures about her numerous rules which that i couldn't keep track of, most of the time we talked she would just ask me about my day and then whatever i said, she would smile and say "thats nice". Which seemed genuinely warm. But i will not be booking again.
I spent one month into the Margaret's house and i was very enjoyed! Margaret and her daughter are very helpful and have a big heart. Thank you for everything. If I may go back to London, I will visit them with pleasure! Strongly recommended :).
Margaret's family were great hosts and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.
Very very nice and friendly my host Margaret! Home really near to overground, tube and bus station. It was my first journey with homestay. Next time to London, I'll choose certanely Margaret. Have a good time...bye bye !
It was very nice to stay with Margaret, she was very nice and friendly. Her house is clean and convenience, highly recommend!
This guest awarded the host 5 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.
I was there for three months and I felt like I was in my family. Margaret is very good and funny person. I recommended her to everyone
Margaret is very kind ,sweet and friendly person ,we honestely believe we couldn't never find a better host.Even our 6 year old child said that is the best home ever, we highly recommend to anybody to go and stay without second thought.
Margaret è assolutamente una persona gentile e molto disponibile, attenta alle necessità dell'ospite. La casa è modesta
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