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The house from the road.An image of the sitting room before the remodelling. Apologies but we have limited images of the room at present.
Room for four - double and sofa bed
Room for four - double and sofa bed
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 private bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 private bath
You won’t be charged yet

Two, three or four of you travelling together, and willing to share a bathroom with one another? Our smaller double bedroom and the sofa bed in our large sitting room, would be ideal and are available for short term stays.

The sofa bed is king sized and super comfortable, plus the bed linen is Egyptian cotton. Our smaller double room, has a double bed and overlooks our beautiful tree-lined garden. These two rooms share the luxurious house bathroom, with its double-ended bath and double shower.

The space

Please note that a booking of these two rooms can only be made IF the smaller double is not booked by somebody else.

Our smaller double bedroom is on the first floor and has a double bed, with cotton bedlinen. There's a large double wardrobe, with plenty of hanging space, and a chest of drawers. A large suitcase can also be easily stored in this room. This room also has a TV with Freeview. The room has views over our beautiful, large, tree-lined garden.

The luxurious family bathroom adjoins this bedroom. With the usual toilet and washbasin, it also has a double ended bath and double shower.

The sitting room has a king sized sofa bed. It is Italian designed and extremely comfortable, with cotton and linen covers. The bed linens are Egyptian cotton and all our towels are of high-quality cotton. There is a TV, with a Sky Bundle package, in the room. We do ask that the television is switched off after 2330, so as not to disturb other people in the house.

The sitting room is 3.7m by 10.2m, and has three distinct sections.

The central section is 3.7m by 5.0m, and is given over to the television and seating, and the entrance to the room. The sofa bed is located in this area. A hanging rail can also be placed in this area.

The front section, overlooking the front garden, is 3.7m by 2.5m and is given over to the bookcases and a table with four chairs.

The third section, which overlooks the rear garden, measures 3.0m by 2.7m, and is used as a study. You are asked not to use this section.

The whole house benefits from central heating.

Guest access

You will have access to the sitting room, except the study area. We may have to restrict access to the sitting room in the working day if the study area is in use. However, as we are only taking bookings under very particular circumstances, we will be able to advise you clearly on this at the time of your booking.

You will have shared access to the living kitchen. Please note, however, that we do not allow guests to cook or use the laundry room facilities themselves. This is because of the need to limit our insurance liability should something go wrong! We are happy to provide meals and do laundry, though charges do apply.

Refreshments - an extensive range of teas, coffee and chilled water - are available in the kitchen throughout the day. If you are lucky, we may also be offering a freshly baked cake or biscuits alongside an afternoon tea.

Meals - are served in the living kitchen or, if the weather is good, can be served in the garden.

Out of bounds - The study area of the sitting room, the first-floor studio and our bedroom are not open to guests.

Please note that we have a second room listed on airbnb, our larger double with an en suite bathroom, so you may be staying with us when other people are in the house.

Interaction with guests

We work from home, so we're around in the house most of the time, normally in our respective studio and office spaces. So we're normally on hand to answer questions. Otherwise, we won't seek to impose ourselves on you!

We're happy to serve one of our signature breakfasts or a delicious home cooked seasonal dinner, just ask for the options and let us know what you want the day before! We offer a special deal on our Optimist's breakfast, which if booked beforehand is just £2.00 per person, each morning, rather than £3.00. The Optimist's breakfast includes tea or coffee, toast with butter, preserves, honey or Marmite.

Please note that we have a second room listed on airbnb, our larger double with an en suite bathroom, so you may be staying with us when other people are in the house.

Other things to note

We're not running a bed and breakfast! This is a home stay offer, so it is our home and we're doing this because we like to meet people from a diversity of backgrounds. We've travelled widely, so we're very at ease with other cultures.

Whilst we are happy to cook for you and to do some laundry for you, we don't let others use the kitchen or laundry room. It's primarily a fire/health and safety issue that we are keen to avoid. Even though this is "home stay", it is still covered by various bits of government legislation.

Amenities
Internet
TV
Essentials
Shampoo
Prices
Extra people $10 NZD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $60 NZD
Security Deposit $199 NZD
Weekend Price $119 NZD / night
Always communicate through Airbnb
To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in time is 4PM - 9PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

We want to ensure that your stay is as happy and pleasant as possible, for both you and us, so please remember that you are staying in our home. We are running neither a hotel nor a Bed & Breakfast, so we ask you to act responsibly and abide by our House Rules:

1. Please ensure that you close gates and doors, to keep the dogs in or out as is appropriate.
2. No daytime guests, unless authorised by us in advance, and no overnight guests beyond those included in the original booking. We are happy to have other people in the house, perhaps to join you for lunch or a walk, but we do need to know beforehand.
3. Please take off your shoes when walking on the carpeted areas.
4. We do allow other dogs to stay from time to time, but they must be well behaved and be prepared to bed down with our two. Dogs are not allowed upstairs or in the sitting room.
5. Absolutely no candles or other naked flames.
6. Absolutely no smoking inside the house. You may smoke in the back garden but please ensure that you dispose of any matches, cigarettes etc. responsibly in the sand jars outside.
7. No excessive consumption of alcohol or other intoxicants. From experience, some people are happy drunks, others become belligerent and argumentative. It is our home and the latter state is not fun for us. We are also concerned for your welfare and the welfare of others whilst you are with us, so if we feel that you are unfit to drive we will ask you to surrender your car keys.
Breach of rules 3 to 7 may incur (at our absolute discretion) an additional cleaning fee of up to £100.00, which will be immediately payable.
8. Please keep noise (including TV, radios etc.) to a minimum between 23.30 and 0730.
9. Please respect our neighbours and neighbourhood by keeping noise and any other disturbance to a minimum.
10. Sadly experience tells us that we have to impose a curfew, as late returns can be disrupt the whole household (dogs included, which means lots of barking) and our neighbours. Ordinarily this is 23.30 (11.30 pm) but if you advise us before 23.30 (either in person or by phone) we're happy to extend this to 01.00 (1 am). Arriving after the agreed time (23.30 or 01.00 as appropriate) will incur an immediate penalty of £40.00.

In addition any loss or damages (of any sort) incurred by us as a result of your breach of any of these House Rules will render you liable for reimbursing us for the said loss or damages.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - The bathroom and smaller double bedroom are on the first floor and are accessed by stairs.
Pet(s) live on property - We have two medium sized dogs. Full details are in the Guest Handbook.
Some spaces are shared - The living kitchen is a shared space. The sitting room is shared in that access may be required to the office space.
Cancellations
Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Availability
1 night minimum stay

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British-Chilean couple both working in the creative sector, one around economic development, the other around graphics, photography, illustration and the sale of contemporary visual arts.

Neither of us smoke and we drink very much in moderation; when we do, we enjoy sparkling and fine wines, and the occasional malt whisky. We both enjoy trying different cuisines; current (and some enduring) favourites are French, Italian, Lebanese, and Thai. We both love to cook and bake, and we enjoy eating healthily, so there are plenty of pulses, legumes and salads on the menu. We tend to use Natvia, a natural sugar substitute, for baking, so our cakes and biscuits are sweet but without the health challenges presented by sugar!

Andrew has an extensive collection of books - fiction and non-fiction - which you'll find in the sitting room and dotted around the house. If you are with us for a few days, we're happy for you to take one of the shelf, settle down and have a good read. Similarly there's an eclectic selection of DVDs and CDs, just waiting for you to play!

We enjoy walking with our dogs. The north Bedfordshire countryside is a hidden English gem, easily missed on the journeys north on the A1 and M1, and we're enjoying getting to know it better.

We travel a lot with work; Andrew has worked with both the British Council and the United Nations, spending time in countries as diverse as Colombia, Indonesia, Lebanon, Tanzania and Vietnam. He also lived for a time in India. When we travel we are always looking for homes away from home as we both love to cook and to be as comfortable as possible, without too much fuss! Endless nights in a hotel can be pretty soul destroying.

Clean spaces, with a comfortable bed and good bed linens, are a must. Ideally with a quiet space to work. High speed wifi is also essential as we keep in contact with our work and families by !

We also appreciate how important these things are when people come to stay with us, so we aim to have a clean and tidy house, which has quiet spaces, comfortable beds, adequate storage, and a reliable internet connection! We also aim to provide tasty food.

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