About the Homestay
Lotus Pod House was established early 2018 in a lovely Victorian house in Aldershot. Work circumstances led to a move to Woking in March 2021, where I set up in an early 1900's cottage-type town house, which at present I am gradually re-decorating and designing to become as quirky and nice a place as our still much missed home in Aldershot was. We love our new home though, and hope you will love it too.
Big plans for the downstairs living and kitchen area will have to wait till Summer 2022, and even though the DIY never seems to end, by August 2021 we finally reached a state where we were able to recommence activities.
Our home is very much a family house that is lived in, and not a showcase, but you will find all the amenities you need within clean facilities. I aim to provide guests a 'home away from home'. For stays under 1 week I will provide a simple (semi-continental) breakfast including coffee & tea during your stay. My place is close to Woking train station and bus stops and ideal for short contract workers in The Woking, Farnborough and Guildford area.You will have access to living room, kitchen and bathroom and are invited to make the place your own. I want you to feel comfortable during your stay and feel at home, as this is essentially a family house. It also means that you will leave the place in a clean and tidy state as you would do at home.
You're free to use the kitchen to your hearts content, but please only use wooden/silicone spoons for the non-stick pots and pans.Before you decide to request a booking, Please take note of the house rules section. Other things to note;This is a strictly non-smoking property which includes the garden and front-of-house!Please note that there is a friendly cat in the property named Suki.Please be aware my 2 young children spend on average 2 days per week with me, mostly the weekends. I generally try to avoid booking guests on those weekends, but there may be exceptions. I will always try to let you know in advance about this but can't foresee last minute events.Finally, I have no TV and therefore no TV license, but if you have a TV license elsewhere in the UK than this will allow you to make use of BBC iPlayer etc.
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
The train station is an 8 minutes cycle or 15 minutes walk away, from where regular buses travel to and from Heathrow Airport. The Woking train station has direct trains into London Waterloo (30 minutes), and also towards Guildford.
Heathrow airport is 30 minutes drive away.
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
I manage payments slightly more flexible than tripadvisor but please take note of the following;
In order for me to confirm your booking, you have to make your payment in advance in full through bank transfer as soon as possible after booking but at least 15 days prior to your check-in date. Cancellation is free with full refund up to 14 days from 08:00 of the first booking day. Cancellation less than 14 days are charged 50% with minimum charge of £50. No refund if cancellation less than 5 days prior to 08:00 of first booking day.
Check in generally between 19:00 and 20:00 depending on what time I anticipate returning home from work. I can be flexible however, and am always happy to try and work out a solution if you want to check in earlier.
Check-out generally 08:30, but I am flexible on discussion prior to make arrangements that suit both of us.
Please upload formal ID to your profile. If you are somehow unable to do so, I would kindly ask to email me a scan/picture of your government ID and proof of address.
Smoking is an absolute No-No and this also applies to the garden & front of property.
No parties or events
Common sense prevails, but generally I would ask to keep the volume down after 22:00
Please ensure to also always close the doors behind you (especially in winter time) and turn off lights when a room is not in use.
Please do not eat in the bedroom for purposes of hygiene etc.
In general please leave the place in the same state you find it in.
Please note that lost keys will be charged at £75.00 !
Smoking is not allowed.
Absolutely a cozy place to stay.
I felt easy in the house, clean room & bathroom, well-equipped kitchen. Ron responded quickly and answered all questions. Short walk/ cycling to the city center and station.
Thanks for your warm hosting and look forward to seeing more refurbishment in your house.
It couldn't have been better!
Ron is the coolest guy, and we felt like we were at home, rather than lodging. We enjoyed shared dinners and good conversations, but Ron gave us plenty of space when we needed it and never disturbed us when we were in our room (we worked from home). We very much enjoyed his whimsical and happy decor style, and loved to see him working on new DIY pieces for the house. Suki, the cat, is the sweetest cat ever. On the practical side, Ron always replied really fast to our messages even though he is really busy at work, so the communication was great.
We will definitely stay with him again if we go back to England.
I felt at home in Ron's cosy little house. Ron is an excellent host, location nice, city centre and station 15 min walk. I would definitely recommend his place as a comfy home away frome.
Das Haus liegt nur 15 min. vom Bahnhof entfernt. Von dort aus sind es 1h nach London mit dem Zug. Ron ist ein ausgezeichneter Gastgeber. Er ist immer sehr hilfsbereit und super nett. Vielen Dank für den schönen Aufenthalt! Hoffe wir bleiben im Kontakt :)
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