About This Listing
A bright, quiet, single room, available June to19th September only. This room overlooks a quiet road to the front and gets all the morning light. The room has a comfortable single bed, large desk, chest of drawers and fitted wardrobe.
This room is in an artist's house. The house is full of colour, light and art works.
Guests will have access to a shared bathroom (additional toilet downstairs), kitchen, living room and garden.
Interaction with Guests
The guest will have as much or as little interaction with the host as they wish.
Wivenhoe is a picturesque, lively, riverside village and very convenient for Essex University. My house is quite central, in a quiet, friendly street, 7 minutes walk from the bus stop and 10 minutes walk from the train station. The university is 40 minutes walk along the road or riverside or 10 minutes on the bus. Many academics live here, as well as many artists, poets and fishermen. There are 12,000 inhabitants, 60-70 societies, 5 pubs, several restaurants, and a good co-op. In the press Wivenhoe has been called 'a hidden gem' and 'The Hampstead of Essex'. It is near to the coast (15 minutes by train) and the wilds of Suffolk but is also on a direct train line to London (1hr 10mins).
There is a good public transport system. Frequent busses to the University (10 minutes) and Colchester (20 minutes) and a railway station with direct links to the coast, Colchester and London. Many of the university staff live in Wivenhoe because it is picturesque and much more convenient for the university than Colchester.
Other Things to Note
Many people come here for holidays or short breaks. Others choose to live here and commute daily to London. Lovely river walks. During summer weekends at high tide a mini ferry operates up and down the river between Wivenhoe, Fingringhoe and Rowhedge.
No smoking and no pets please. (I have a cat.) I'm happy for you to have light use of the kitchen (microwave) and can offer some space in the fridge.
Caroline was very nice and the house was pretty with lot's of her art spread around the place. Breakfast was her own tasty variation of muesli. A comfy bed in a nice little room and a good WI-fi. A short walk from Wivenhoe high street which has a few nice restaurants, shops etc. Well worth going to if your visiting Colchester and want a break from the city bustle at the days end.
Caroline is a kind and friendly host and she made me feel right at home during the two weeks I stayed (she also makes a cracking muesli).
I was in town for a summer school at Essex university. Wivenhoe is ideally placed if you prefer to stay in a charming town rather than on campus and Carolines house is only a short walk away from a well-connected bus stop. Walking is also possible, the slight detour through the Wivenhoe trail is worth the extra steps.
Staying with Caroline was a treat! She went well out of her way to introduce me to the area and it was wonderful to get to know her as she is a remarkably interesting person. Wivenhoe is lovely (very quaint and quiet) and Caroline's house is really central so ideal for visitors to the University of Essex.
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About the Host, Caroline
I'm an artist working in glass. My house and garden are filled with my creations and experiments. I also exhibit. I make everything from jewellery to sculpture, with lots of different things in between. I love being creative and/or busy. I also love meeting and being around people and welcoming them into my home. In my spare time I help out with the village cinema and ferry and also started a walking group which has now evolved into evenings sharing food and watching DVDs together as well. In the 1960's I hitch-hiked around the Middle-East for two years, and I still backpack to exotic places whenever time and money allow. Favourite places so far: India, Ladakh, Nepal, Morocco, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Cuba, ...... and I always prefer to stay with a family or in a back-street inn rather than a smart hotel. I like 'world' and 'classical' music and lots of different types of food. Favourite book of all time: 'Siddhartha' by Herman Hesse. As a guest, I hope I'm sensitive to other people's cultures and environment. As a host, I hope I'm friendly, relaxed and welcoming but also able to leave people in peace, as appropriate.