Large, clean, double-room in quiet detached home, with kitchen use, Rothwell, NN14. Off A14 easy access A1/M1/M6/A6/Kettering hospital. 45min Silverstone/25min Rockingham speedway. 10min drive Rushton Hall (see extra details re getting there back). 5min walk restaurants, shops & historic centre. Please do take the time read my detailed description & see photos :).
The guest-room is the biggest bedroom, with a large, eastward facing, bay-window receiving morning sunshine. The room has stripped, varnished floorboards and Turkish rugs (I literally hauled them home in my backpack), a comfortable double bed with white, 100% cotton bedding and a down filled duvet.
Guests tell me the bed is very comfortable, & blackout curtains help to keep out the early light morning. There are double electrical sockets on both sides of the bed, and places to put phones etc, if you need to keep devices handy whilst charging overnight.
Although the guest room is at the front of the house, you won't be disturbed by traffic as I live on a relatively quiet road. (Although it is a little busier than usual, during morning/evening rush-hours, due to the temporary closure of the Rothwell bypass.) The room has bedside lamps, desk, chair, rocking-chair, footstool and a small, Freeview, flatscreen TV with built-in DVD player. The wardrobe & chest of drawers are for guest use too. Lots of space & places to put your bits & pieces.
Happy to have couples stay, there is an additional charge of £15 per night for a second guest. Please note: the room has 1 double bed to sleep a maximum of 2 people.
As everyone has different breakfast needs, I leave it to my guests to bring/organise their own breakfast. You are welcome to use the kitchen (which is well equipped, I do have a microwave (amongst other gadgets) you also have use of a separate fridge. There is usually coffee on the go in the morning. :)
Guests have use of the guest bedroom, upstairs bathroom & kitchen (with dining area). Please do read my full description & see all photographs.
My house has off-road parking for two cars, so you don't have to worry about finding a spot on the street. If you are on a motorbike it can be securely parked at the rear of my house.
The house has a full bathroom, no en-suite, but you will not be in competition with small children, teenagers or bathroom hogs! Hot water is constant & the electric shower is good. I provide towels, so you don't need to carry these. Downstairs, guests have access to the well equipped kitchen/dining area.
Interaction with guests
I try to respond to requests within a couple of hours (usually much faster, unless I am at my boat with no phone signal). Don't be put off by the 'send request'; I like to have an idea of who is asking to stay & what brings them to the area. Remember AirBnB is personal, you are being welcomed into my home, not a hotel! After you book I will message regarding arrival times, please help keep the process stress free for both of us by responding in a timely manner.
I am happy to try & help with late booking requests (e.g. on the day of arrival). Guests have, in the past, stayed a single night, or been a regular visitor over a period of weeks or anything in between.
I have travelled the world & stayed at AirBnB spots, so know how useful host knowledge can be. I am happy to share info about my local home area & further afield.
Happy to chat over dinner / drinks or equally to leave you in peace during your stay. (The only caveat to this is that sometimes I may be out in the evening and I do need to work during the day. Please don't be offended if this is the case.)
Other things to note
I have a cat (and asthma triggered by fur...) he is nervous of new people, and likes to make the first move when saying hello. (He is becoming a little braver as he meets more guests.) He rarely enters the guest bedroom, preferring to sleep on my bed :). Please don't chase/shout/call-out at my cat.
I have hardwood floors throughout much of the house (including bedrooms) and do my utmost to keep the house cat hair/dust free. If you have mild allergies my home is probably OK for you.
One other thing - my house is nearly 80 years old and still has lots of character, as a result heating pipes can occasionally make noises in the night especially during the winter. If you think this maybe an issue please do bring ear plugs.
Finally, if you are attending an event at Rushton Hall I am happy (schedule permitting) to take you/pick you up (at a pre-arranged time) for a £10 charge, this is less than half the price of a taxi!
-Please treat me and my house as a host/home and not an employee/hotel :-).
-I expect perspective guests to share what brings them to the area and to learn a little about you in your message. You will, after all, be welcomed and trusted in my home.
- I will message you enquiring about your arrival time - please take the time to respond, it helps everything run smoothly for both of us.
-Leave your outdoor shoes at the bottom of the stairs.
-The room is for a max of 2 people sleeping in the same bed. I can't provide extra beds, nor accommodate more than 2 people. Sorry!
-My home/garden/drive are non-smoking environments.
- Be mindful of your water useage - I am on a water meter.
-I have lots of antique/old wooden furniture, please use the towel-rails and radiators for wet towels, not pieces of furniture, nor the bed.
-Similarly, coasters for drinks are also scattered around the house, please use these for all mugs and glasses.
-In the kitchen please respect that I need to prepare meals too and need space to do this; load used dishes directly into the dishwasher and leave the kitchen as you found it.
-If you need to have post sent to you during your stay please ask BEFORE giving my address to others. (Sorry bad past experience.)
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
I have travelled the world, often with my backpack and tent (and scuba gear). In August 2015 I returned from a year living and working in the USA, prior to that I was a lecturer at the University of London. Now I am studying for a PhD and taking on some consultancy work.
I enjoy meeting people both when I am travelling and closer to home. Given the chance I like to find myself in warm water scuba diving, whilst at home I am a keen cook, baker and enjoy red wine :-) as well as learning how to steer my narrowboat!