About this listing
We offer a warm welcome in our quiet double room. Own bathroom. Super-comfy bed, garden views, homemade bread & preserves for breakfast. Room overlooks lovely green, leafy Abney Park. Two minutes from Stoke Newington station, less from the bus stop! Five min walk from restaurants, cafes, shops, 15 minutes from the City, 40 minutes from West End. Wifi available.
Lovely, cosy double room with own bathroom in terraced house in a very quiet no-through road with no traffic to disturb your sleep. Bedroom faces on to garden and Abney Park. There's a very comfortable double bed (4ft 6), space in the wardrobe and chest of drawers for your things and plenty of books to read plus unlimited wifi. There's also a radio/alarm clock, a hairdryer and loads of sockets for you to charge your laptops/phones.
As well as a warm welcome, we provide clean cotton bedlinen and towels, plus continental breakfast (fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, cereal, toast - homemade bread and marmalade/jam, tea/coffee). Occasional evening meals can be arranged. You're welcome to help yourself to tea and coffee at other times. Please let me know if you need gluten free bread/lactose free milk etc.
Use of washing machine available for guests staying more than two nights (please note we don't have a tumble dryer!). There is usually parking available in the street, but we are now in a controlled parking zone, so if you need to park, there will be a £2.00 a day charge during the week and Saturday mornings (free between 6.30pm and 8.30am, after 1.30 on Saturdays and all day on Sundays).
Stoke Newington is a trendy, vibrant area. Great public transport, and very easy and quick to reach most parts of London. We're two minutes walk from bus stops or the overground train station (which operates like the tube). Trains go to Liverpool Street every 15 minutes, and you can get the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan tube lines from there. The 106 bus goes from the top of our road to Finsbury Park, which connects with the Victoria and Piccadilly lines. I'll be happy to show you where the bus stops and the station are, and I've drawn a map showing you which buses go from/to where.
There are masses of bars and restaurants within walking distance - Turkish, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Mexican, Chinese - you name it, we probably have it! Most are only a five or 10 minute walk away.
We've got beautiful Abney Park cemetery just behind our house, where the founder of the Salvation Army's buried. It's an old, Victorian cemetery which now operates as a sort of nature reserve with managed woodland and a huge variety of flora and fauna. That's what makes this road so quiet - you wouldn't know you're in fairly central London.
Clissold Park, with a lovely cafe, tennis courts and lots of green space is just a stroll away, and Stoke Newington Church Street is full of fab independent shops and restaurants. Clissold Leisure Centre is about a 10-15 minute walk from us with swimming pools and gym. There are several cinemas close at hand if you fancy catching a film.
Islington is a short bus ride, Camden, with Camden Lock Market, just a bit further. But there's plenty to keep you in Stokey.
We pick up a copy of Time Out magazine each week so there's always one around for you to see what's on in London during your stay. We also have a few different guidebooks to London - hidden and more obvious - to help you decide what to do, and an A-Z you're welcome to borrow so you don't get lost.
I work from home as a freelance copy editor (my husband Kevin runs a small educational charity) so I'm here quite a bit and happy to show you where to get public transport and Oystercards (the cheapest way of travelling around London), or help out with anything else you need to know. We want you to have a good time, and you only have to ask!
Unfortunately we do not have facilities for babies or small children.
Guests have access to their room, bathroom and kitchen to eat in. You're also welcome to sit in our courtyard garden on the rare occasions the weather is warm enough!
Interaction with guests
You'll be staying in our house with us, and normally we'll greet you with a nice cup of tea or coffee to get to know you a little (you might even get cake).
You have your own bathroom. I'm almost always here at breakfast time to get your coffee or tea for you and to make you some fresh fruit salad. We are both happy to help if you need any information about staying here in London. There's an assortment of guidebooks in your room, but we can always look up anything else you need to know or tell you a bit more about Stoke Newington, or how to get to anywhere else in London.
Other things to note
Please tell us a little bit about yourself before you book. Many people just seem to have blank profiles these days and we like to know who will be sharing our house with us.
Check in time. We try to be flexible to accommodate guests' travel arrangements, but the latest check-in is 10pm, and we prefer before 9pm (during your stay here, you can come and go at whatever time you like). Happy to get up early to make you a cup of tea if you have an early flight.
We'll give you breakfast from any time in the morning until about 10.30. After that you're free to make tea and coffee and there will be fruit salad and yoghurt in the fridge.
This is strictly a no smoking house.
Our house is our home, so please treat it the same way you would your own home - with care, respect and consideration. We're pretty friendly, so say 'hello' to us when you come in, and let us know when you're going out.
You're welcome to bring takeaways back, but please eat them in the kitchen and not in your bedroom. We've discovered that curry + white sheets is not a good combination.
Please don't bring other people back to the house without asking us first.
If you come in late, please remember to lock the door behind you and don't let the cat out!
Please note for security reasons you will need to bring photo-identity with you (passport or driving licence), and I will take a copy of this.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
We – that's me, Penny, my husband Kevin and our cat Millie – have lived in Stoke Newington for a long time and love it for its mix of people, ages, cultures, restaurants and all the rest! Interested in music, theatre, dance, most of the arts, food, conversation, crafts, some sport (my husband is better at sport than I am!), travel and probably spend too much time with my nose stuck in a book. We occasionally get itchy feet and have managed to travel to Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, India and quite a bit of Europe. However, the list of places we'd like to visit is considerably longer!
We have both worked in the voluntary sector for about the last 15 years. I'm a freelance writer/editor, knitting junkie, foodie, bread-baker and animal lover, my husband Kevin is ceo of an educational charity, sports fan, animal lover. I play badminton and tennis when I can to keep fit. I also volunteer for a tiny animal welfare charity in Goa, and fundraise for them in the UK.
I speak some French and Spanish, both badly, but I do try!
We're both pretty laid back, and are happy to welcome you into our home.
I work from home so am here most of the time. Happy to help out with any questions you have. Please just ask.