A freshly re-modelled and redecorated room with blackout curtains and mood lighting. The sofa-bed is memory foam and very comfortable. The room is on the ground floor where there is a separate loo. Very cosy space. Oh... and the piano is there too!
You have full use of the kitchen facilities and the conservatory from which you can enjoy the garden, chill out, eat or work at the table (instead of the kitchen table) between 9am-10.30pm each day.
The house is set back from the road so there is room to park off the road on the driveway, in front of the bay window.
This room used to be the dining room, but is now known as the "Piano Room"... as it has the piano in it. The room is designed to be a chill-out area with a sound-insulated ceiling so that the lodger who resides above is not intruding the space below with noise. The sound-proofing is not perfect, but it helps!
If you wanted to use the space during the day for chilling out in, then you could put the bed away and use the sofa as the sofa. In both formats, the bed AND the sofa are very comfortable.
You have use of the conservatory as well, between the hours of 9am-10.30pm which has settees to sit on and a dining table at which you can choose to eat or work if you desire. Just leave the room as you find it when you leave!
The curtains in the Piano Room are lined with blackout material so that you won't be disturbed by the rising sun that would otherwise pour into the room at dawn.
I have a lodger, and usually a few other guests, so we'll all be sharing the recently refurbished bathroom.
If you wish to cook a meal, so long as there is no evidence left that you have done so ;-) you are welcome to use the kitchen. And if the 'piano room' is available, you're welcome to play the piano if no one is listening!
The conservatory is available between 9am-1030pm. You can chill out on the settees, eat at the table there instead of using the kitchen or simply use it as a place to set up your laptop and work. (see the photo.)
Other things to note
There is a simple key system in place that means you can come and go as you please without having to wait for me.
On occasions I have other returning guests who stay over in other rooms. They are professionals who are just staying over to sleep and so generally don't use the kitchen. I also have a permanent lodger.
There is a downstairs loo too, so there should never be a need to cross your legs!
If you're a morning shower-er, there can be a slight wait sometimes. So to help everyone, if you can get in and out within 10 minutes, that would be fantastic. There are other loos in the house, so you shouldn't have to cross your legs!
- I sometimes have a few other rooms booked out on this site which means that consideration for others is key!
- Use of the kitchen has one rule "LEAVE NO EVIDENCE"
- There is a huge larder-fridge and you would have a shelf available to you.
- The hot water tank holds 16 minutes of hot water when using the shower, so please be aware of others' washing needs and NOT drain the water with a 15-minute shower!
- Morning shower-hoggers... please try to be under 10 minutes as we all want to use it then!
- Smoking is outside only (of course!)
- Bring a fun attitude with you! (Hehe)
I'd be more than happy to help with any local info and will most likely be resident most of the time. If you want to be solitary, that's cool, but if you fancy sharing a bottle of wine and shoot the breeze, that's great too!
I love making things happen, especially if it's offbeat and fun. And there is a sense of 'theatre' about that statement having spend most of my career formerly in scenic prop-making for West End London shows (Phantom of the Opera being the most famous show I worked on) and latterly in developing memorable fun team building experiences for the Corporate Event industry. So creativity is very important to me.
Connecting people is also a passion as you never know what spark might happen as a result. So to that end, I really enjoy entertaining, getting to understand what excites people and seeing how that passion can be harnessed. When it works, that's cause for celebration.
I am a huge fan of Beethoven's piano sonatas and relentlessly try to perfect a couple of them on my piano, but I think it must be very tedious for a regular listener hearing the same old pieces trotted out; but I love it. I find it a way of switching off to the day's activities.
The garden is a constant source of recreation, although my favourite statement is that "...shrubs, land fabric and paving slabs make it easy!" But it's still amazing how much time I spend titivating it. I'm sure I'm in denial of the time I actually spend in it. And should you come to stay as my guest, I hope you'll appreciate a rather large surprise there :-)
I'm sure if someone else were to write this piece they would say something completely different! But to sum up, I specifically chose the word FUN to be the three letters on my car's numberplate, as life is too short to be dull! After 4 years of living with it, it still makes me smile when I approach the car.