About this listing
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...
Lizzie was the perfect host, very helpful, warm and friendly. The house is also absolutely lovely. Everything was done to make us feel at home. And even if the place is little far from the center of the city, Lizzie's house remain the perfect place to spend time at Leeds. Thank you again Lizzie !
What a special place Lizzie has. Unique and you can shower with Audrey Hepburn. :) Lot's of details, light and feminine. Very much our taste. Although we met Lizzie just briefly, she had to go away so we had the place for ourselves (no punishment) she gave us a warm welcome. We really like to come again.
Lizzie's house is really beautiful and fancy, something unique. We talked with Lizzie just for 5 minutes when we arrived, then we've never met her again, but she was kind and gave us a warning welcome.
The room was large and comfortable, even if it was very cold.
The only bad thing about this place was the cleanliness. Despite our room, the toilet was really dirty, with dust and hair on the sink. The floor seemed to have never been wiped and on the toilet there was something black squashed.
The bathroom was better, even if the kitchen had spider webs and dust on the dishes and we found mould in the jam pot and dirty mugs for our breakfast.
Anyway we helped ourselves with our food, using just coffee and milk and we tried to use the public toilets when we were out for visiting.
Reading the other reviews no one mentioned these troubles, so maybe we were unlucky or it's quite normal for other countries people, but I never found this situation in other English houses, to be sincere.
So, if you don't mind about this, this is a good place to stay.
I'm so sorry that your stay wasn't as you'd hoped. I've never had any complaints before and was very, very disappointed that you had not they stay you may have anticipated.
As you may remember, I was on holiday abroad prior to your arriving and it transpires that the cleaner didn't come as planned. She is normally very, very reliable and has never let me down before but family issues understandably meant she couldn't attend to her duties as planned on the Friday day of your arrival. I didn't realise this until after you'd stayed for as you may recall, I was away that weekend and the cleaner only informed me after I'd questioned why the house wasn't to its usual standard. If you ever come to Leeds again, you'd be more than welcome to stay free of charge. You so very kindly pointed out that in reading the other reviews, no one had mentioned these and I absolutely believe that your stay was sadly and regretably a exception.
With regards to the cold, I honestly and openly tell people this in my description. Indeed, Air BnB have estimated a nightly fee of £72 which, in consideration of its age and lack of heat, I felt was excessive hence the reduced cost which I believe to be fair. It is a very old house with the original windows which aren't double glazed...
Again, if you did want to stay, it would be completely free.
Lizzie was such a lovely host - so welcoming and friendly. She went out of her way to help me with finding my way round Leeds and was always great to chat to. The house was fab too - such character and lovely big rooms. Staying here was the best decision I've made on Airbnb!
Lizzie is a great host who gave us a warm welcome when we first met. If we needed any help regarding sights, travel or restaurants, Lizzie was always there to help. The informative brochure about sightseeing and other tips that we found in our bedroom was very helpful. It really was a home from home. The great thing about the location of the B & B is that Cafe 53 is next door where we had a very reasonably priced, delicious slap-up English breakfast most mornings. In addition, there are bus-stops in spitting-distance of the B & B towards Leeds City Centre and Bradford Interchange. This was really convenient during our stay.
We would heartily recommend Lizzie's B & B to anyone looking for accommodation in Leeds who doesn't want to stay in a sterile hotel room. Lizzie is a ray of sunshine, always happy and enthusiastic, a wonderful person who enjoys having people share her very quirky home.
Thanks for everything, Lizzie!
Lizzie's house is lovely! Me and my boyfriend had a very enjoyable stay and were made to feel at home. A Really comfy bed and great decor! Everything you could want and great breakfast bits. It is a 45min walk in to the city centre and cheap cab ride.
We had a great time at Lizzie, she's got a most unique home in Leeds! She is very helpful and kind, we got a lot of tips from her about directions and travelling in the city. Her house is in a perfect location, you could reach the city centre easily and if you'd like enjoy the Nature you find a park only a stone throw away from the house.
We're very glad to met Lizzie, she was the perfect choice and we hasn't been disappointed.
About the Host, Lizzie
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