My home, with original features, eclectic décor (!) 10 mins from the city. Private parking and opposite beautiful park. You have your own sitting room with open fire and use of the kitchen. Double available. I think it's gorgeous (biased!).
Your sitting room leads off from the kitchen area - handy for tea/coffee needs! It has a real fire, tv with Freeview and DVD player and stereo. The double bedroom has a retro feel with my pride and joy - an orange velvet sofa! Large wardrobe; drawers and table. The house is very old, and as such, it can be a little cold in the winter months. This is reflected in the price - Air BnB guide price for a night stay is £76! You do, however, have the fire; central heating (that works ok but not on a tropical heat level!) and hot water bottles. Two duvets in the room and additional blankets too if you need them.
Guests have access to the kitchen, their sitting room (or the other sitting room if I'm not here with log burner); bathroom (obviously!). Free car parking on the drive and access to the internet.
Interaction with Guests
If I'm here, love nothing more than to chat away! I often have to work from home however, so if conversations are brief, it's only because I'm on a deadline - promise I'm not being rude! If you need to know anything, please ask away. I know Leeds quite well, especially the great bars/pubs!
Hit and miss if I'm here or not. If its sailing season, highly likely not so weekend guests have the house to their self.
There is the most beautiful park directly opposite the house with a playground for the children/those that are childlike (!); some great walks to the canal and a free tennis court for any budding Murrays out there! I've lived in this area for 13 years and love the community spirit and its close proximity to Leeds city centre. My neighbours are some of my best friends too - always a good sign. We've had a street party to raise funds for charity; a shared street allotment and countless 'come dine with me' challenges - I always lose, don't let the range cooker fool you!
The bus stop is but 1 minute walk away. Buses run every 10 minutes and go directly to the city centre (journey time - also 10 minutes). Taxis cost approximately £6-7. To walk, it takes about 30-40 minutes, and you can take the canal route which takes you into the centre of town/no chance of getting lost!
Other Things to Note
As mentioned, I live here but I'm really busy, so it's often a fly in, fly out affair for me. Please don't take this personally - I'm very sociable!
I'm known for my honesty, something I've inherited from my Dad who has never told a lie (except that there was a sweet shop at the top of the many mountains we climbed as children!). And so, this is not a new build house and as such there are some imperfections to it as it was a 14 month renovation project and I'm still tackling minor areas (gardeners welcomed!) which aren't probably apparent to anyone but me! I've tried to retain all the original features which includes stained glass windows which aren't double glazed so you can hear some outside noise. It is centrally heated too but you won't be walking into a sauna! Real fires plus the radiators do their job but it isn't tropical!
If you have any questions, please ask away. Really want any and every guest to enjoy their stay in my home.
Like to recycle so please use the bags/bins provided. The room includes a simple breakfast, but you're welcome to use the kitchen and there's a Tesco Express 5 minutes walk away and if you could clean up afterwards, that would be appreciated. Pets are allowed, particularly dogs. VERY occasionally, I look after my friend's small dog. A friendlier/cuter dog is hard to find and he's absolutely NOT aggressive in any way. If this is an issue, please let me know during the booking stage - no problem for him to go elsewhere although you'd be missing out. We think he should audition for Disney...
We had a brilliant stay in Lizzie's amazing home. Lizzie was away the weekend we stayed but had left a lovely welcoming note in the room and a great collection of breakfast goodies. I would highly recommend Lizzie's quirky home.
Lizzie made us feel very welcome straightaway and gave us info on the local area and public transport. A great place to stay for a visit to Leeds. The house was full of Lizzie's unique charm and personality which we enjoyed.
We stayed with Lizzie only two days buy we felt like at home ! We loved her vintage house, the atmosphere with the colors, the fireplace usefull in an antic cottage, and the kind attention Lizzie showed us. We were lucky to meet Blue the fostered dog, so sweet and as friendly as his "Mom" ! Sweet bed with hot water bottle, spacious bedroom, spacious red room to relax, Lizzie's house is a really nice place, we hope to come back again.
We stayed with Lizzie and her sweet fostered dog Blue for two weeks while we were awaiting to move into our permanent accommodation. Lizzie is the warmest, caring host always willing to go out of her way to help. The room was spacious and the bed very comfortable. Being a big old character house it was a tad chilly (which she'd already warned us about) but we made the most of the fireplace and provided hot water bottles which was fine. There is also a little road noise but there are earplugs and it's no problem at all if you wear them. Thanks again Lizzie!
Lizzie is one of the nicest and friendliest persons you might ever meet. We had a great stay in Leeds and felt right at home at Lizzie's house. Everything's exactly as she describes it and she will do her best to ensure that you're fine even if (like when we were there) she's very busy. My best compliments!
Lizzie made the both of us feel extremely welcome from the very first moment we stepped in! We both loved the house - super quirky and cool and by the end it really felt like home. Lizzie is great and made sure we had a tour and knew where all the important places and items were, so we never felt lacking or at a loss for anything.
We stayed for a whole week and couldn't have been happier with the trip - loved the lounge (that you pretty much have to yourselves!) as well as the lovely breakfast provided and the cosy fire - not used to the north so much, so this really helped on some of the colder evenings.
We would definitely stay here again, since we were so comfortable, and can really recommend it wholeheartedly - thanks Lizzie!
Made to feel very welcome, everything as described. Only regret was due to time constraints, we didn't get much time to chat.... even had free use of a bus pass (not illegal!)
I'm originally, and very proud, to be from Lancashire but also technically half Yorkshire. Even though I love and live in the t'other side of the Pennines, I'm an absolute coward when asked my preference of the two counties. Rather than favouring one coloured rose (white or red, a weak reference to the War there!), I opt for Dog Daisies every time! A very proud Northerner though and hope the stereotypical attributes of being warm, welcoming and friendly are ever apparent for visiting guests. If you need anything, please just ask and I'll try my hardest. Truffles and Tatinger may be a little difficult to locate however!
I'm a little bit of a contradiction which I think the house represents. Tea pots and vintage; retro and classic, quirky and random, there's an eclectic flavour to my home which I really love. There's no sense to it but it works for me and everyone who has stayed or visited seems to have the same instinct to want a guided tour? I'm still not sure what to read into that but I think it's a good thing?! It's also been suggested to ask Country House/Homes and Gardens/Bella/Take a Break to do a photo shoot. I've not pursued this option as I'd have to clean the windows and wear an apron to keep up the pretence.
On that part, the house has been a MASSIVE renovation project and, as such, there are some imperfections. It's best not to look to closely at my painting cutting in skills! It's old; it's quirky and to me, it's really become a home after the seemingly endless months of taking a 'room by room' approach and moving bathrooms; knocking down walls and wondering how to tackle the , reams of woodchip wallpaper and garden. I don't have green fingers, they're still very pink so budding gardeners are particularly welcomed!
Anyone who stays is often shocked that despite the confused décor, I have a serious love of the sea. Rarely happier than when I'm racing on a boat in my wellies and fighting to steal every last bit of wind to get to the head of the fleet / closer to the pub. I also have to say that asides from a penny sweet when I was 8, wind has been the only thing I've ever stolen (I was dared for the former offence and spent several sleepless nights expecting a knock on the door from the police!). I love it (sailing!) and have faced some fairly big challenges to date but it's been arguing tactics with my now 81 year old Dad on board our beloved boat Rice Pudding which gives me the greatest pleasure these days. He's a legend and I'm wondering now why you'd want to know that?!
Speaking of which, it's predictable, but my family and friends are the most important thing to me asides from the orange velvet sofa, my eternal stash of cheese, wine and Guinness. It's also timely to note that I'm the least shallow person I know. I also think that's funny, so hope you're getting that I've a sense (strange?!) of humour!
What else? I'm Head of Comms for Adult Social Care in Leeds and LOVE my job, mostly because I work with funny, extraordinary and committed people and the best part? I get to meet the very people we serve regularly; the elderly, people with learning disabilities or mental health support needs and folk with long term conditions. They are the jewel in the small crown (tiara) of my role there. Although I'm not great in the mornings, there's no dread going to work. I'm a very lucky Lancashire Lass with a slight Yorkshire Pudding twist to be doing what I do.
Shepherd House is a home and hopefully a warm and welcoming one.
I now feel like I've written an internet dating profile! Family motto to be shared upon asking but there's a clue in letters in the kitchen. Free first night to anyone that gets it first time (and I always pay debts!).
Any questions, please get in touch and hope to see Air BnB guests soon.
Cheers you and thanks for reading. Lizzie