Our house is on the main street that leads to the tube station–Leytonstone (zone 3-5 mins walk). The Central Line, will take you to Liverpool Street (heart of financial district "The City") in under 15 minutes. Central Line now runs all night on Friday & Saturdays. The price you pay includes breakfast (see below for details). Percentage of guests who rated 5 STARS: Overall Experience - 98% our score which is 31% ABOVE the AVERAGE AIR BNB SCORE.
Our 140+ REVIEWERS have scored us highly for the Victorian Room. We have been Superhosts since air bnb introduced award in UK...So three consecutive years 2014, 2015 and 2016. Latest Superhost Statistics:
Cleanliness - 96% our score which is 24% Above the average air bnb score
Accuracy - 96% our score 22 % higher than the average air bnb score
Value – 90% our score 23 % above the average air bnb score.
You owe it to yourself to choose one of the best.
Please note the Central Line now runs all night on Friday & Saturdays.
The Victorian Room
Located on the 1st floor at the back of the house. Comfy european queen sized bed 150 cm wide rather than the standard double which is 135, radiator, lots of wardrobe space in the original Victorian wardrobes, carpeted room with desk, desk lamp and bedside lamps too. Quality bed linen and fresh towels provided. Whilst not as secluded as the Garden Room it has the benefit of added space and lots more storage. Based upon guest feedback - we recently took out the big desk which took up a lot of room and replaced this with a smaller desk and stool. We also removed the small hard armchair and replaced it with a very comfortable winged easy chair/armchair. Our longer stay guests prefer this room with the comfy armchair and lots more storage space.
The guest bathroom is located between the two guest bedrooms. We use our own separate bathroom, which helps to reduce morning traffic jams!
We have another guest bedroom in the house which couples seem to love as it is much more secluded as it's tucked away at the back of the house overlooking the garden and away from other bedrooms and has it's own little corridor leading to it. Click on our profile and view the room title is - City 15 mins/5 stops by tube. It has over 150 reviews and 98% 5 star rating.
Please note the house is also home to a very happy friendly dog - so anyone with pet allergies should probably steer clear! We cook & eat nuts so anyone with an allergy should probably steer clear too.
Check in 13 hrs and check out at 11am - Please advise arrival times at least a week before arrival. We do not do check-ins after 11.00 pm at night as it is unfair on any other guests. We stick to the check out time as we have a lot of early arrivals. Late check outs must be agreed in advance - we are happy to do them if no-one is arriving that day. You can always leave luggage in one of our private rooms.
Cosy, comfortable, close to forest, close to shops and transport.
Use of microwave and toaster in kitchen.
Access to garden - provided you lock the door after use.
We leave a selection of cereals and semi skimmed milk and a wide variety of teas and some coffee for guests to help themselves. We also try to offer a daily variety – sometimes you may get baguette, sometimes croissant or pain au chocolate and sometimes it’s homemade bread or cake. We always have Nutella (yum) and often you will get some homemade jam and other branded Marmalades/jam. If we are not busy then we also share homemade biscuits, cinnamon buns, homemade flapjacks etc. If you wish to add your own yoghurt, cheese or fruit or juice - then we will create space in the fridge for you.
Close to City – yet Epping Forest closeby - Hollow Ponds (8 mins walk) has rowing boats and other nice walks. This is a diverse neighbourhood with lots of trees and green space.
Our house is located on a residential street just 5 mins walk to the tube station.
The area has a choice of restaurants on the other side of the tube station (about 7 + mins walk) with different cuisines, cafes, bars.
Leytonstone is a vibrant multicultural community offering just about everything you'd need including a great award-winning pub with a variety of real ales, good food and music at the weekends.
East London is the artistic/creative/bohemian center of the city and we are nearby to all the East London attractions (Olympic Park, Spitalfields, Brick Lane, Columbia Road flower market, Shoreditch, Hackney (Broadway Market) pubs, bars and restaurants, etc).
If you're needing a break from city life, or you want to run or walk in open space. Epping Forest London's largest open space – is about 8 minutes walk from our house with plenty of walking trails, lakes, etc.
There are lots of green spaces nearby, like the lovely Wanstead Park (formerly the site of one of the grandest palaces in London) and other parts of Epping Forest (previously a Royal Hunting Forest), which make for a relaxing walk.
Leytonstone is the birth place of Alfred Hitchcock and David Beckham.
Nearby - Wanstead flats - huge park. Wanstead which has a nice village vibe with its boutiques, delis and restaurants is only 15 minutes away. Also close by are Walthamstow Village, William Morris Gallery.
Nearest Underground Station - Leytonstone tube/underground station (Zone 3) 5 minutes walk to tube down one straight road so no turnings and therefore very easy to find. Just 5 stops to the city. (Our station is on the Central Line - it's called this for a reason ).
The Central Line, will transport you to Liverpool Street (heart of financial district) in under 15 minutes (This is classed as "The City" ) to natives, Oxford Street in 22, and Notting Hill Gate in 30 minutes.
The Tube stops running shortly after midnight (Except on Fridays and Saturdays - all night service on started 19th August 2016) and has definitely closed by 1am. There is the all-night No. 8 bus service goes from Central London to Leytonstone throughout the night, so you have the option to stay out late and enjoy the fantastic London night life.
Good access to Stanstead 30/35 minutes in a cab or approx. 45 mins by National Express coach to London Stratford, then tube (2 stops only) to Leytonstone. This is the quickest – some guests have gone to Victoria, Baker Street but that just ADDS HOURS onto the journey.
Close to Major Road Networks (A12, M11, M25).
Westfield 2 stops, the biggest shopping centre in Europe with 270 shops, bars, cinemas, casino. One can also get the Southeastern High speed train to Ashford and the Kent Coast from the station.
Stratford 2 stops - The Olympic Park is located here.
There is also and Overground station – Leyton Midland about 8 mins walk from the house.
If you are planning on travelling by Car – Due to our close proximity to the tube station the council have implemented parking restrictions in our area Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. I have pre-purchased visitor passes that you can re-imburse me for. For six hours these work out at £2.27 per day. On check-in and check out days one can get 1 hour and 2 hour passes. These work out at 47p for one hour and 80p for a 2 hour permit. Please let me know if you will need these – so that I have plenty in stock. If you do not let me know in advance then one may have to park streets away.
Heathrow is one and a half hours by tube (one change only at Holborn from the Piccadilly Line to Central Line) and about an hour if using the Heathrow/Paddington Express. Stanstead and London City Airport are the nearest about 30mins by taxi. Guests have travelled to us from Southend Airport and they did this in an hour. Our local cab firm approximate charges: Heathrow Terminal 1,2,3 = £45.00 and terminal 4/5 is £55.00. Stanstead is £35.00 to £40.00 depends on time of day and they charge an additional £5.00 for parking if picking up. Gatwick is £55.00 4 seater to £70.00 for a 7 seater.
Amenities in house
Breakfast in kitchen every morning (see above for details – help yourself & put any used dishes in dishwasher). This is usually cleared away at about 10.30am.
Occasional use of printer – printing of tourism tickets and boarding passes
TV in Kitchen
Occasional use of washing machine, happy for your to put some items in with our wash -There is a laundrette nearby for bulk items/full loads.
Shampoo, Conditioner and Hand wash, hand Lotion, Shower Gel.
First Aid Kit
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Books one can loan
You’ll have your own shelf in the bathroom
The bathroom is cleaned/refreshed once a day – thereafter we expect you to leave it as you would wish to find it.
Tea and coffee making facilities and supplies
Hairdryer located in each of the guest rooms
Electrical adaptor (so you can charge your phones etc.)
Notepad and some pens, biro’s.
Emergency Kit – not replenished daily – some snacks, plasters (band aid), hankies and disposable toothbrushes.
Your bed is made up prior to arrival with fresh bedlinen and one hand and one bath towel is provided for your stay.
Items available upon request
Iron & ironing board
Luggage weighing scale
More adaptors (electrical)
We ask guests make small contribution to charity for following items:
Disposable razors, Tubes of toothpaste, Face wash.
Interaction with guests
You'll of course have lots of privacy, but we'll always be around to help if you need anything. We also have an office/studio on the 2nd floor, so if you have any questions, there is usually someone around to help. We have lived in London for many years and would be delighted to share our knowledge.
Please be respectful.
Check in 13hrs and check out at 11am - Please advise approx arrival and departure times upon confirming your reservation We do not do check-ins after 11.00 pm at night as it is unfair on any other guests. We stick to the 11am check-out as we have so many early arrivals. Late check outs must be agreed in advance - we are happy to do them if no-one is arriving that day and we have the time. You can always leave luggage in one of our private rooms if we can agree a convenient time to collect them.
There's no smoking in the house, but you're welcome to smoke in the back garden if you're happy to ensure that you lock the door after use and contain and clean up your cigarette butts.
Please be mindful of us and of other guests please do NOT use showers/bathe or use hairdryers after midnight or before 6am.
If you have opened/unlocked the back door - you must ensure it is securely locked after use. It is the guests responsibility to ensure that the guest keys must be returned at the end of the stay - if not then we may have to deduct costs from the security deposit.
Not-childproofed and not safe for children
We cannot take responsibility of the loss of guests' valuable items. Please keep them safe at all times.
Our Cooker (stove/oven/hob) is very old and Irreplaceable as they no longer make them and parts are becoming very difficult to obtain so we do NOT permit cooking in our kitchen. This is NOT negotiable regardless of length of stay.
Something to bear in mind:
Gavin works from home (and doesn’t like it when the heating is on during the day). Sometimes I am in between consulting projects – so we prefer guests to be out of the house during the day. The heating of course is on in the mornings and in the evenings.
Please respect our privacy by not inviting anyone other than the maximum of two people booked and confirmed (named) in the booking into our home. We have no air beds, travel cots or sofa beds and this room sleeps a maximum of two persons ONLY.
Languages - English and a little Italian.
Gavin hails from Edinburgh, studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and St. Martin’s in London. Now a freelance illustrator. His illustrations have appeared in many publications including The Sunday Times, Red, The Guardian and Marie Claire. His advertising commissions have included work for Virgin Airlines, Budweiser, Campari, Sony Mobile and the music Industry. Gavin likes to do triathlons and loves swimming and also completed his first full Marathon in Paris last year.
I was born and educated in Wales and worked (I still do some consulting) as a senior exec in the hotel and hospitality industry. Lucky to have travelled the world with my job but never had the funds to open my own little place. I am a real people person and nothing makes me happier than a good old belly laugh. Recently discovered Yoga and Pilates - and love it so much that I attend many classes every week. I like (upcycling I think it's called) giving new life to old furniture. My Life Motto would be "Treat people as you would wish to be treated".
Both of us have lived in London for 30 years so our knowledge is extensive and we are happy to share suggestions for your visit.
We both enjoy good food and wine, art & culture, film and socialising. We have a little house in Italy and this has become a little project for us.
Fav TV - Breaking Bad, House of Cards, The Good Wife, The Bridge, Borgen, The Killing, The Wire. Fav Food - mainly Italian and Thai.