About the Homestay
The house is a mid terrace Victorian three story town house with a garden in a quiet residential area. There is one single room and one Double/twin room available to guests. Facilities include chest of drawers / Wardrobe, TV/DVD, Mirror, Desk, chair, Lamp, towel stand and laundry basket.
Accommodation is B&B basis and not self catering. Guests may use the kitchen/microwave to heat up food and prepare light meals. They can store food/drink in the fridge/cupboard and use the kettle and toaster.
A continental breakfast is provided which consists of cereal, croissants, toast & preserves, juice, tea or coffee.
Train to East Croydon (change)
Train to Norwood Junction (change)
Train to Gipsy Hill
Turn left out of station, walk down Gipsy Hill
Turn left at the end of the road (The Paxton) in front of you
Walk along road until you come to Kingswood School road is opposite the school on the right. Alternatively taxi/Uber.
Take tube - Piccadilly Line to Green Park. Take Victoria Line to Brixton. Outside tube take No 3 bus to Crystal Palace. Get off at Gipsy Hill Stop. Cross over the road keep right on Gipsy Road keep walking turn right into road opposite Kingswood School.
You can plan your journey around London online at Transport for London (TFL) or on Citymapper App. An Oyster card or travel card can be purchased from tube/train stations or newsagents.
Gipsy Hill is well situated in Zone 3 with excellent transport links to the centre 30-45 mins. The nearest station is Gipsy Hill (5 mins walk) with links to London Bridge, Victoria, Norwood Junction and Clapham Junction. The nearest tube is Brixton on the Northern Line by number 3 bus. No 3 bus goes direct to Brixton, Whitehorse Parade/Trafalgar Square. Night bus N3 operates from 00.43 am to 6.09am. Herne Hill Station 5/10 mins by bus (3) trains from Herne Hill go direct to Blackfriars, city Thames, Farringdon, London St Pancras. Gipsy Hill and the surrounding areas Herne Hill/ West Norwood/West Dulwich/Crystal Palace offer a variety of restaurants,cafe's, sports centres,vintage shops/markets, parks, libraries, cinema and amenities.
I am an experienced friendly host and will offer you a warm welcome. I have been hosting guests from many different countries for over twenty years. I am a primary teacher and work full part time. I enjoy cooking, cinema, theatre, music, travel, salsa, tango, Zumba and gardening.
*** Please note females only and the home is not suitable for children ***
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Smoke alarm on each floor
- Carbon monoxide detector
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Once you confirm your booking you will get an email with our exact address. I can help you then with exact directions too if you let me know how you will be arriving. So don't worry you won't have any problems finding us in West Norwood.
Local Area Facilities
- 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
For safety, security and insurance purposes please secure and lock the front doors ,close your window and turn off and unplug electrical devices before leaving the house. Guest are responsible for insuring their own personal belongings
CHECK IN - (From 2pm - latest 11pm)
Keys - (Turn all keys to the left to open doors)
There are a set of three keys
1. Long mortice key with ORANGE cap to enter first (porch) door from street, lock after entering.
2. Long mortice key to open bottom lock of inner door
3. Smaller (Asec) key to open top lock
4. Close inner door by turning knob on top lock, release and close door, do not lock inner door.
Please ensure only the key with the ORANGE cap is used for the first door, this is a burglar proof lock and will break if the wrong key is used. Check keys before they enter locks and do not force them. There is a charge for broken locks and key replacement.
Check out - 10 am
Please take your outdoor shoes off when entering the house.
The house is a non smoking household.
Please use dining area to eat meals/drinks
No tea/coffee taken upstairs
Please enjoy your stay and make your self comfortable and at home.
Guests are responsible for insuring their own personal belongings.
The room rate includes the following services: Room cleaning and laundry once a week. Internet access is FREE. The accommodation offered is B & B in a family home. This is not self catering or a flat/house share. However guests may use the kitchen/fridge/microwave to heat food/store food(No full cooking).
Each guest is asked to pay an additional £200 security deposit (long stay) £100 (short stay), which is refundable at the end of the stay, provided no loss or damage has been caused.
One free wash for stays over 6 days included per week. Any additional wash is £5 per wash.
The double room is a twin room with a single and a double bed.
Fire Exits (Depending on location of fire)
Front door - Living room
Back door - Kitchen leading to garden
Bathroom window - Bathroom leading to flat roof and neighbouring flat roof
Smoking is not allowed.
Jackie was not just my host，she was a real mother.She asked me about studying in my school and my London life every day.She really cared about me.We talked each every day.I enjoyed it.I didn't feel that I was in another country，I felt that I was with my mom at my home.She was so clean，changed my sheet and quilt cover for twice in 36 days，cleaned my room 3-4 times per week，it was cleaner than my room which is in China.She gave me lots of advices for visiting London，and gave me her numbership for Dior exhibition，I was so excited.We will keep in touch，and I will miss my Jackie mom.She is very nice and kind，if who wants to feel the warmth of family，I recommend her house to live.
Happy to recommend a stay in Jackie's home.
The host was welcoming and nice.
The house was very clean and calm which is perfect for resting.I liked the decoration, it was very bright and pleasing to the eyes. The house really embodied Jackie's spirit, she is organised, structured and accommodating.
I enjoyed West Norwood and it's people a lot, they were very warm and helpful when needed.
I would definitely recommend Jackie if you plan on staying in West Norwood for few days. You won't regret it.
Jackie è stata molto gentile e disponibile. La casa è molto bella, grande e pulita. Stazione ferroviaria e fermate dei bus (che portano in qualsiasi parte di Londra) a due passi da casa.
Da raccomandare sicuramente!
(L’unico elemento negativo è la Wi-Fi, che a volte va lenta o non funziona).
Jackie was an excellent host. My bedroom was comfortable and clean. I would definitely recommend this homestay.
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The listing was absolutely spot on in accuracy. Jackie was an exemplary hostess. I was treated with enormous warm and hospitality throughout my stay. My bedroom was comfortable and the home itself was always clean. Everything was well organised and clearly explained. She gave me lots of handy information about the local area and events going on in the City.
The location is beautiful with lots of green spaces and parks within minutes of the house, convenience stores and some restaurants close by. The area is well serviced with buses, excellent transport connections to Central London and Greater London. The overground train station (which takes you to and from Victoria Station) is just a few minutes walk up the road.
I had a truly positive experience in this home and would highly recommend it to other homestay visitors.
Thank you Jackie !
Mon séjour chez Jackie a été formidable. C'est une personne trés attentionnée, prévenante, sympatique, elle est vraiment adorable. La chambre est parfaite il ne manque rien. je recommande pour vos séjours sur Londres.
Jackie was a great host! Her house is very clean and my room was comfortable. West Norwood is a nice area and it was easy to get to Central London.
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When do I pay?
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