We offer a warm welcome in our lovely quiet double room. Super-comfy bed, garden views, homemade bread & preserves for breakfast! Just a couple of minutes from public transport, 15 min from the City, 10 min walk from restaurants, cafes, shops.
Lovely, cosy double room in terraced house in a very quiet no-through road with no traffic to disturb your sleep. Bedroom faces on to garden and lots of trees. 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). There are loads of cafes close by that do great cooked breakfasts if you need one. Occasional evening meals can be arranged. You're welcome to help yourself to tea and coffee at other times.
You'll share the bathroom with us, and it's cleaned daily. Use of washing machine available at small charge. 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 £3.10 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 either bus stops or the overground train station (which operates like the tube). Trains go to Liverpool Street about 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.
Guests have access to their room, bathroom and kitchen to eat in.
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!).
We just have the one bathroom, which we share, but it's cleaned every day. 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.
We live in a very quiet crescent which has a great community feel to it. Unusually for London, we know lots of our neighbours, and it's a very calm, friendly place.
Stoke Newington itself is a great area, full of independent little shops, cafes and tearooms, with an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and pubs. Lots of green space around with interesting places to visit and explore.
We are just two minutes walk from the bus stop or the London Overground station. It's easy to get around, and we'll be very happy to show you where the bus stops are.
There is parking in the street, but we are in a controlled parking zone, so there is a £3.20 charge per day (except Sunday).
It's very easy to get to/from Stansted airport from here, and straightforward to get to Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton.
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!
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.
After an eventful journey Jenny and Kevin couldn't have been more helpful, the room is quiet and comfortable and I would recommend both it and the hosts to anyone.
I had a wonderful one night sleep at Penny's house. I was visiting friends who live close by and therefor it was perfect for me. Public transit near by. I took the 106 bus to Finnsbury park and then the southbound Victoria line to Oxford Circus,which took about 20 minutes to get to from Penny's house. The neighbourhood is quiet and very safe. The bed is very comfortable. Penny gave me keys so I could come and go when I needed. Breakfast was ready as I came down in the morning. I wished I could have stayed longer as Penny is a very nice host .
We had a great stay with Penny and Kevin. Great hosts with a very comfortable home. Our room was perfect and we had super nights sleep. A lovely peaceful little haven.
I arranged for my mum to stay with penny - she was really pleased with everything and will hopefully book in again when she's in town next.
Penny is a lovely host! The room is very confortable and big and there is anything you need. We spent a nice night here and when we come back, im sure we will repeat the experience. Also, the breakfast was incredible, including hand-made bread! Thank you!
I had another short, but very nice stay with Penny. I was only there for one night again but will certainly be going back!
Penny is really easy going and friendly.The room and bed is nice and comfortable and the neighborhood has absolutely everything you need - good transport, great little cafes/restaurants /pubs etc.
A very nice welcome with a cup of tea. Room was just as pictured. Very clean and quiet. Not overlooked with a woodland view from the bedroom window. Plenty of restaurant choice within easy walking distance. Very easy bus and tube connections. lovely breakfast with fresh fruit salad and yoghurt / toast & jam / tea / coffee.
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.