About This Listing
lGBT friendly, modern designer apartment, easy access to central London - and organic chickens on the sun terrace!
This room has great views of Canary Wharf and is located in a modern apartment. Guests can help themselves to fresh eggs for breakfast from the pet chickens on the terrace!
The double bedroom accommodates one guest and the apartment is shared with the friendly gay host. As the main bedroom has its own en suite bathroom, this bedroom has the main bathroom as pratically an en suite!
It includes a spacious open-plan lounge/kitchen with a flat-screen TV and a dining area. The kitchen is fully-fitted and laundry facilities are included. Smoking is allowed on the terrace.
Barking tube Station is just 5 minutes’ walk away, whilst the Tower of London and central London is just an 15-minute train journey away.
Barking town centre features a park, a sports centre, a theatre and local restaurants and shops. For more dining and shopping options, The Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre is easily accessible via public transport.
Barking Park has a miniature railway, boating lake and cafe and is a 10 minute walk.
Barking Abbey, once site of the capital of England is less than 5 minutes away.
Eastbury Manor House is an Elizabethan building that you can visit is 15 minute walk away.
Access to the whole apartment including the terrace for sunbathing
Interaction with Guests
My working hours are currently flexible so will be around for a chat quite often!
Barking is multi cultural, down to earth, friendly.
Barking station is less than a 5 minute walk away.
Other Things to Note
Because I do have friends who stay over occasionally on the couch this flat is not really suitable for someone who works from home.
You can have guests stay over but not for more than three consecutive nights and please let me know in advance. No drugs in the apartment please. Smoking is allowed on the terrace. Because I do have friends
Really nice stay at Ryan's. Always happy to help to discover London. Nice flat with a nice private bathroom. What can I say, just perfect.
Ryan is a gracious and caring host and the apartment is faultless.
Transport and good shopping at the doorstep.
What more can be said - Highly recommended !!
Ryan has an amazing home and is a very welcoming host, was a pleasure! Great location for the tube, fantastic bed and stunning views over London from the large balcony. A hidden gem!
Ryan was an excellent, friendly host and was kind in arranging a short stay at even shorter notice. The flat is lovely (with a great view of the City from the large balcony) and the room and adjacent bathroom were clean and well kitted out. Excellent wifi was a welcome bonus and the location in central Barking very convenient. A fun, charming stay.
Accueil inexistant, aucune relation sociale : très mauvaise expérience ! Pour un prix supérieur aux autres logements similaires, de nombreuses prestations présentées sur le site étaient incorrectes : pas de petit déjeune, pas de sèche linge (obligation de vider sa penderie pour étendre son linge sur les cintres) , la salle de bain n’était pas privative car elle était utilisée par l’hôte et ses amis (impossibilité de laisser ses affaires comme on le souhaite), incursion dans la chambre durant mon absence et sans m’en informer (allant même jusqu'à fouiller des sacs plastiques fermés !), présence d’un 2ème locataire durant mon séjour.
Vers la fin, il m’a barré le chemin en me bloquant la porte d’entrée afin de me demander de payer des frais supplémentaire pour de faux prétextes. Inquiétée par ce comportement agressif, j’ai préférée quitter l’appartement 4 jours avant la fin prévue.
I didn't want to have to respond to this review as it would require me to respond to lies and false accusations but Airbnb refused to remove it so here goes! My first impressions were that this had the potential to be a challenging stay as when Aurelie arrived she immediately burst into tears. Later, she confided in me that she was finding it very difficult to be away from home. Accordingly I tried my best to make her feel welcome. I invited a fellow French speaker friend of mine round and cooked for Aurelie and my friend and we had a nice evening. Shortly into her stay her laptop broke so I arranged to borrow a friends laptop for her to use for free for the remainder of her stay. She was very grateful for this (although no mention of this is made in her review) however Aurelie gradually withdrew into spending more and more into time in her room and with that, towards the end of her stay the problems with food hygiene began. She would eat in her room and leave half eaten food and debris to rot by the window seal in her room which catches the sunshine. This got worse to the point that just a week before the end of her stay I had a weekend away and when I got back I was horrified to see her rotting food had caused maggots to appear in the kitchen! It took me 3 hours to clean them away! I also had to ask her to clean her fresh fruit compartment as vegetables had been left there for several weeks and were turning black! By this point I was very concerned and approached Airbnb for guidance - they advised me I could, via the resolution centre, make a small claim for the cleaning I had incurred as a result of her actions. I opened a case and Aurelie refused without explanation. Accordingly Airbnb found in my favour and the next day Aurelie decided she was going to leave. At this point she still refused to remove food waste from her room so reluctantly I had to enter and I removed several bags of rotting food debris. The morning before this Aurelie was going to work and I thought it important to break the ice so I approached her as she was trying to open the front door and I asked her if she could respond to the resolution centre request. She said she wouldn't but her father would. As we talked I went to open the door for her (to clarify the outrageous false allegation in her review against me).
Finally to clarify on her other false points. Breakfast, in the form of organic fresh eggs from my pet chickens Izzy and Eva were always available, which she enjoyed frequently. I have a washer dryer and I offered to show Aurelie how to use it but my offer was rejected. Aside from a friend who visited me and stayed for 2 nights I had no other tenant staying while Aurelie was - I think she would have objected sharing her room with a stranger!
Although Aurelie was the type of guest that many hosts would regard as difficult I wish Aurelie all the best for the future. I think she would be more suited to stay in a hotel in future as it is very disrespectful to treat someone else's home you are sharing in the way I have described and as the pictures I sent to Airbnb show.
As you can see from all my other reviews I encourage guests to communicate with either me or Airbnb as issues can only be resolved if they are known about (and I frequently ask my guests if everything is ok) Aurelie appeared on the surface to be ok while I think she was struggling with issues that were unconnected to this stay.
Ryan was very nice and hospitable. His apartment is very nice with good views. Bed comfortable and bathroom convenient and private. Barking is a bit far from central Loncon but area is very diverse with some good choices of ethnic restaurants. Apartment is a short walk to train/underground/overground station. Area is convenient to Olympic Park.
Ryan is a wonderful host. He was very kind and friendly. The flat is very clean and as seen in pictures. I really enjoyed my stay and would certainly consider staying again.
About the Host, Ryan
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Hi all, im just a crazy kid in a body thats heading towards 35! lol. Love being around people that are fun, like trying new things and not afraid to push the boundaries, just like me!
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