About the Homestay
A bright, sunny, clean and tidy house with a large kitchen diner, separate bathroom for guests and private garden. Short walking distance to all transport links and only 15/20 mins on the train into central London. 5 minute walk to the lively restaurant quarter in South Croydon showcasing a variety of different cuisines at the many bars and restaurants. 15 minute walk to Central Croydon for shopping, cinema and gyms.
We have worked in and around London and know it very well. We are happy to help guests with any information on travel; places to visit shopping etc ..
Having worked and hosted international students for the 10 years plus, We are willing to help in speaking English and welcome students at all levels. We do also sometimes host students on long stay internships and for 3 - 4 nights full board school excursions.
Free street parking is available on the roads opposite the house, but can be quite tight weekdays. There is no parking facility on the road directly outside the house.
To avoid disappointment, please view map for house location
The house is located on a shortcut to a main road and next to a rail line and may not suit all travellers. Ambient road/train noise is significantly reduced when windows are closed and dies down night time and weekends. Most guests have had no issue with traffic/train noise but it is down to personal choice.
There is a private garden to the side of the house with no neighbours overlooking it. The rooms to the front of the house overlook the road and the room at the rear overlooks the rail line.
Guests have access to wi fi, garden and diner. Guest bathroom is located on the ground floor. Towel provided. No hair drier. (Guest broke the last one).
Kettle, microwave, toaster, crockery and cutlery available to use. Use of cooking facilities ONLY by prior arrangement and ONLY for the preparation of basic quick meals. WE prefer not to have guest cooking after 9PM. To avoid disappointment/misumderstanding, please enquire with us before completing your booking.
Please note, there are three rooms listed and there may sometimes be other guests booked in during your stay, therefore the kitchen (some evenings), bathroom (some mornings) may get busy but is always manageable and rarely an issue.
Lunch and Dinner can be provided on request, costs available on request.
As mentioned already, we also sometimes host students on long stay internships and on 3 - 4 nights full board school excursions.
We have a quiet house and ask for polite and respectful guests who abide by the 'common sense' house rules and who will keep their room and common areas clean and tidy up after themselves.
Due to work, check in is (usually) after 4pm, but can be flexible sometimes (dependent on work rota).
English is spoken in the house.
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Smoke alarm on each floor
- Carbon monoxide detector
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
The house is spacious and bright with a secluded garden. It is within short walking distance and has easy access to many amenities/facilities – 5 minutes to South Croydon bus station and South Croydon train station, the restaurant quarter in South End, which hosts a variety of restaurants and bars offering a variety of cuisine catering for different tastes. Croydon Town Centre and NHS Walk In Centre are about 15 minutes walking distance
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- 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
Without Offence, due to some unpleasant experiences with previous guests, we find it necessary to outline some basic rules to avoid misunderstandings
-Payment must be made on arrival and government ID and verified address documentation to be provided
-Please note there will be other guests staying during your visit and sometimes the kitchen and bathroom can get busy. Guest bathroom is on the ground floor.
-Use of cooking facilities for preparation of quick meals. Use and times to be agreed with us prior to booking. No cooking after 9.00pm please.
-We ask for polite and respectful guests who will apply common sense and keep the house clean and tidy when using facilities- bathroom, bedrooms and communal areas
-No outdoor shoes etc. to be worn in the house
-Please respect others and keep noise to a minimum after 11pm.
-Please do not invite strangers back
-Smoking in the garden only
-Ensure that the house is safe and secure by closing windows and making sure the front door is firmly locked when going out for the day, also applies to rear garden door if smoking
-Please make sure nothing that can cause an electrical fire is left on.
-Please switch off lights when not in bedrooms and after using the bathroom
-Meals, etc. can be provided on request. Please request for costing. (Guests should not help themselves to food items etc in the fridge/cupboards that belong to other guests and host)
-Please wash up crockery, cutlery etc after use. Use of cooking area and times to be agreed. Diner & kitchen to be left as found, clean and tidy.
-Please leave toilet, wash basin and shower clean and tidy for others to use
If there is anything you need help with just ask. We are always happy to help if we can.
Please remember there may also be other guests booked in during your stay.
Due to work, check in is (usually) after 4pm, but sometimes can be flexible (dependent on work rota)
Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
I've stayed at Sophia's house for 30 nights. Sophia was a great host and looked after me very well. She ensured that everything in the house was on point for all the guests, from the garden, to the cleanliness, to the bedding and towels, etc.
I enjoyed talking to Sophia every evening during dinner time and it felt like I was home with my family :) she even cooked dinner for me once, and that was after I went home a bit frustrated from work.
To anyone who needs a quite space to study, I would recommend 100% to stay at Sophia's, it's just the perfect place for anyone who needs a quiet and tidy place.
Thank you for everything you have done, Sophia :)
p.s. the house does NOT vibrate when the train passes.
Sophia is a welcoming host. Her place is very clean and tidy . Would highly recommend if you want a quite clean place for reasonable price
Great place to stay for easy access to Croydon town centre!
It was ok. Thanks again just a bit to far away from London.
Sophia was a great host and very accommodating, would definitely stay again.
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First of all, Sophia was the best host that I have ever seen in my life. Indeed, she was kind, always looking for doing her best to make me fine. We had big conversations about life and everything which were very interesting, she gave me delicious dinners. The breakfast was great. I loved the autonomy that I had in her house, I mean I could take my shower when I wanted, eat when I wanted. The house was very beautiful and the bedroom was very comfortable and calm. She even shew me around Croydon. And she gave me a lot of piece of advice about London, train station etc ...
She really paid attention about my well being.
She was like my little mother of my trip ahah
She made my trip more beautiful than it was. Thanks to her I had an amazing trip and I kept an amazing friend, her.
Thank you, for everything you did. ❤
Sophia was the perfect hostess. She was so welcoming and made me feel completely at home. Her house and the guest facilities are spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Sophia is very friendly, and we had the most lovely conversations over breakfast.
I live in Canada, and I chose to stay at Sophia's home, because she offers very affordable accommodation, in delightful rooms, and within easy car and public transport access to London and surrounding counties. Sophia's home is a real gem.
Great host and food!
I stayed at Sophia's last night. She was so awesome that I am writing first every review.A very pleasant and thoughtful person. Made every effort to make my stay comfortable. and it was. Room was clean and tastefully decorated.
She served breakfast and dinner on my request which was spot on.
The house is lovely and tastefully done.
I would stay with my family. Five star and fully recommended!!
- Pas friendly : ne parle pas et t'envoie des messages via Whatsapp
- Avoir fini de diner avant 19h30
- Bruits quand elle monte se coucher et laisse la porte ouverte de sa chambre
- Vue sur le train ou sur une route très passante donc beaucoup de bruit
- pas de volet
- Douche commune quelque soit la chambre réservé
- 1/20 du frigo disponible
- Pas d'accès à la TV
- Pas de respect : elle rentre dans ta chambre quand tu n'es pas la
- Radine et veut surtout pas augmenter ses factures d'éléctricités
- Machine à laver disponible une fois par semaine si tu as assez de linge.
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 (minimum booking fee may apply) 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 by prior arrangement.
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.