About this listing
The room has a double bed and a desk ideal for studying, working from home, or just catching up on emails. The flat is situated on a quiet, leafy residential road with easy access to public transport. There is a park with an outdoor gym near by.
There is a chest of drawers, wardrobe and desk and chair that you can't see in this photo.
A spacious double bedroom (I have two rooms for rent - this is the green room) is offered with shared use of bathroom, kitchen (including washing machine) and garden.
The room has a double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a desk and chair for studying.
I provide clean bedding and towels and a spare set of linens in the room if you want to change the sheets / get a fresh towel (just leave the old ones in the washing machine and I'll wash/dry and return them to you.
I work irregular hours and so can't offer to make you breakfast as I never know when I'll be around, however you will have your own shelf in the fridge and a share of a shelf in the food cupboard so you can buy and store your own food.
I clean the common areas of the flat once a week and ask that you keep everything clean and tidy - wash up your own pots and pans (or put them in the dishwasher), wipe down kitchen surfaces after use, hang up towels etc.
The flat is on a leafy road in Walthamstow, east London, close to the William Morris Gallery. It's about a 10 minute walk to the centre of Walthamstow where there are excellent transport connections to central London (Victoria line tube, 25mins); Liverpool Street (overground train, 20mins); Stratford Westfield shopping centre/Olympic park (bus, 25 mins).
If arriving by air, it's easy to reach us by public transport (Gatwick Express/Victoria line from Gatwick; Heathrow Express/Piccadilly line/Victoria from Heathrow; Stansted Express + bus from Stansted). If you are driving, we're a few minutes from the North Circular, M11 and connections to the M25.
It's a cosmopolitan area, with people from South Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa, and a large population of artists, filmmakers and other creatives. The Rose and Crown pub has a small theatre attached and monthly comedy nights, there are regular jazz nights on Wood Street and the E17 Art Trail in June in which you can visit artists' studios and houses to see their art (and often also enjoy a cup of tea and a home made cupcake).
We have the longest street market in Europe, where you can buy cheap fruit and veg and there is every type of restaurant you could want from tapas to Turkish, Indian and Italian. We also have the best convenience store in the UK - famed for it's bakery and bacon jam.
I like to run so I can recommend a good 5 mile route across Walthamstow marshes that ends at a cafe that serves excellent coffee and food (you can catch the train back). Alternatively, you can catch the bus to the River Lea and walk down the river to the Olympic park and beyond via the picturesque canal system.
I work from home in the evenings a lot, and I'm currently using the living room as my live/work space so it's out of bounds to guests. I have set up a small office outside the room with a desk, chair and small library with a selection of London guides and fiction/non-fiction books that you are welcome to borrow. Most guests set up their laptops here to watch films/TV on their computer as I don't have a TV.
Most guests come to stay for a month whilst they find their feet after moving to London for university study or work. Some have decided to stay in the area long term. Other guests are looking to buy a property in the area and come to stay to try out the area and to be handy for viewings.
I often have requests from long-term guests who want their friend/partner to come to visit for a weekend or two. This is usually fine but please check with me in advance. If it is agreed that you can have an overnight visitor, there is an extra fee of £15 per night WHICH MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE OF THEIR ARRIVAL via AirBnB.
The bedroom (which has a lock on the door), the kitchen (with a shelf in the fridge and half a shelf in a cupboard for food storage), the bathroom and the garden.
The other room is my live/work space, so it's out of bounds.
Interaction with Guests
I work irregular hours so may not see you very much during your stay. I'm always available on email/text if you have any questions during your stay.
It's a tree-lined street in a residential neighbourhood with a lovely park right next door. In the park you'll find a museum, two cafes, tennis courts, skate park and an outdoor gym.
In recent years the area has begun to change with new businesses moving in - such as the Swedish cafe Bygga Bo - and local pubs - such as The Bell - being given a gastro pub makeover.
The flat is approx. 15 mins walk to Walthamstow Central station, where you can get the Victoria line (Zone 3) to Oxford Circus in 25 minutes. You can also get the overground train into Liverpool Street in 15 minutes. A bus station serves east and central London.
If you prefer not to walk you can catch the 123 bus from the end of the road to Blackhorse Road tube station.
No smoking allowed in the flat.
As it is a ground floor flat it's important that security is maintained at all times - that the windows aren't left open when you are out of the room and the front and back doors locked before you leave the flat. We've never had any trouble, but nor do we want to!
You are welcome to use the washing machine - there is a clothes line in the garden for drying, or if it is wet there are radiators in the hallways. There is also a dishwasher, which means you don't need to do any washing up if you cook, just stick everything in the dishwasher and you can go and do something more interesting instead.
Nicola is extremely welcoming and thoughtful and always quick to address anything that a tenant may need while staying with her. Her flat is clean and cozy and she is a considerate host who is within reach as needed but otherwise allows for everyone in the household to have space and privacy. It's very easy to highly recommend her and her flat.
Nicola is a very considerate host, who plans ahead and was very flexible considering our check-in time. Apart from the things mentioned in the description, the room was also fitted with a laundry bag, an umbrella, a hair dryer, travel adapter and earplugs. The flat itself is very quiet but in the room you hear quite a bit of noise coming from upstairs. Nicola was very easy to communicate with, although it took getting used to communicating over airbnb-texts while staying in the flat together. Upon arrival we had a small issue about dust in the room, which Nicola tended to instantly. During our stay she mostly kept to herself and pretty much let us have the flat to ourselves.
Although the overall experience was not for us and we cut our stay short, Nicola was very understanding and instantly offered to refund us for the time not spent, which I thought was really nice.
Nicola is a very kind, helpful and dedicated host. Her flat is comfortable and quiet and I really enjoyed my stay there. Lloyd Park just behind the house and the adjacent William Morris Gallery were my favourite places in Walthamstow. My working place was quite central in Bloomsbury and transport connections were convenient.
Excellent overall experience - Nicola was a great host and very accommodating.
Nicola was great to stay with, she was very flexible with my arrival and departure times. The room was very comfortable and the kitchen bathroom all clean and tidy. I would definitely stay again.
Nicola was a very polite and friendly host, who plans ahead for her guest, including the wifi password in a binder, local restaurants, sights, and maps of London. While I didn't interact much because I was enjoying London, she's a very down to earth woman who is easy to get along with. If I ever come back to London, I will definitely consider staying again.
Lovely room, lovely area and lovely landlady. Would recommend staying here to anyone.
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About the Host, Nicola
I'm a TV producer and published author and often combine travel with work (research trips, meetings, conferences), which means I am usually out and about most of the day and evening and just need somewhere to sleep/shower. I am independent and very respectful of other people's space and travel light so am a very low maintenance and quiet house guest.
I've lived/worked in Chile, Zimbabwe, Lanzarote and New York City and enjoy exploring new cities (Europe mostly) and the great outdoors (American mid-west and Alaska), so have lots of experiences to share.
Most recently i've been traveling mostly to documentary festivals as research for a book, so here are some of my favourite films from recent trips:
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