Lovely room in a family house!

House - Private room · Purves Rd, Brent, England NW10 5, United Kingdom

Hi, we're a friendly warm and well-travelled couple with a 23 month-old boy and a lovely house in a convenient and sought-after location. Will is a journalist working upstairs from our loft and Petica is a full time mother who normally works in tv.

The Space

This is a charming and quiet Victorian house with a distinct style, and I think if you come from abroad you would feel you were truly staying in an English house - though with evidence of much international travel in the house's decoration!

We're based in a convenient and vibrant residential location popular with media and arty types. You could hang out in this area for weeks and not get bored - lots of trendy bars and pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, boutique clothes shops, parks and clubs and the lovely Queen's Park with tennis courts etc. As well as supermarkets, farmer's market and so on. It is really one of the nicest parts of London in the spring/summer.

The room itself looks out on the garden, has a 125cm-wide double bed (with a brand new mattress as of 20th March 2014) with storage drawers, hanging space, shelves, and a little desk-bureau. . The bathroom is nearby and shared with us, but there is also a pleasant shower room and a third toilet, so it's never crowded. There's a lovely garden, and a well equipped eat-in kitchen. There is wireless broadband all over the house.

I should say that our garden backs onto the trains of the Overground about 30 metres from our house, but they are amazingly quiet and there has never been anyone complaining. There is also a skipyard between our garden and the trains, but this is not a problem either unless you are very fussy about seeing a few skips and a lorry or two! If they make any noise, it's after 8am in the morning and only on weekdays, and only for 10 mins or less at a time.

Please note - clean and tidy, responsible grown-ups preferred, who are sympathetic to toddlers! We are particularly open to single people who want to stay longer than a week, but get in touch whatever you are looking for!.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Guest Access

Sitting room (within reason)
utility room (with washing machine)

Interaction with Guests

We are around all the time and can interract as much or as little as you like! We generally eat early in the evenings though before the toddler goes to sleep, so we would be unlikely to be eating dinner with you in the evenings. We would expect that you would be out for much of the day, on weekdays.

The Neighborhood

The community feeling, the houses, the park, the convenient transport, the amenities and shops.

Getting around

We can go easily in any direction from this location. Buses and trains and tubes take you to all sorts of interesting places within 5 to 25 minutes! Or you can walk - for example, along the canal to Camden, or down the hill to Portobello Road.
It's only 30 seconds from our house to the Overground train (Kensal Rise) which gets you to East London in 25 minutes, and to Richmond and Kew Gardens in 20 mins, Camden and Hampstead in 12 minutes, Shepherd's Bush Westfields shopping centre in 10 mins; and the Bakerloo line tube (Kensal Green) nearby is also very convenient (20 mins to Oxford Circus, 15 mins to Euston) . You can get lots of buses to useful places - Notting Hill is 15 mins away, kensington, Sloan Sq, etc.

If you have a car, it is possible to pay for a permit (either around £1.50 a day) and we're extremely convenient for motorways ( M1, A40/M40, and M4, and north circular) or there are carclubs you can sign up to.

Other Things to Note

If you are staying more than a day or two, it would probably be better for you to buy your own breakfast ingredients but you are welcome to borrow larger and costlier items that you wouldn't finish during your stay - eg Marmite!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $35 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $692 /week
Monthly Price: $2161 /month
Security Deposit: $259
Cleaning Fee: $17
Cancellation: Moderate
  • Petica, Will and little Billy form a really, really nice family. it's difficult to imagine how I could have felt more at home and more warmly welcome. It was a wonderful stay, in a very pleasant house and surprisingly convenient location, and I would go back anytime. My only reservation concerns the bed, which is ok but not very exciting - it would definitely be very small for two people - but then I stayed one month, which is long. All the rest gets top grades! The garden is a very pleasant summer addition. And Will's quiet sense of humour (Petica was usually busy with the baby) was a treat after my busy and exhausting days.

    August 2012
  • Petica's house makes your experience very special. The house is extremely charming, with an Asian touch and an incredible spirit as Petica.

    As for the location and the environment, I found it perfect and convenient. Within 15-20 minutes you are in the heart of London.

    I highly recommend Petica's house, as Petica herself who is an amazing hostesss and who will make your stay in London memorable!

    December 2011
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Cheltenham Ladies' College, University of East Anglia, University of London
Hello! I'm a mum - and a wannabe artist - and someone who used to make tv documentaries about art, before I had a baby! I grew up in China, Malaysia, Hongkong, Rome, and I've also lived for periods in Venice, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Madrid, and travelled in about 40 other countries. I like interior design, craft, art, I studied History of Art and have an MA in anthropology and another degree in Landscape Design.
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