Small cosy room with a view, beautiful surroundings, yet close to main attractions. Bus stop right outside house. Shared use of bathroom, kitchen & sitting room. Full English breakfast. Wifi, Fresh linen & towels provided. Your home away from home.
Small cosy bedroom in lovely Georgian flat, Stoke Newington, Hackney, in a tranquil area whilst conveniently located to explore London or be close to friends.
In addition to the guest room you will share the bathroom, kitchen, living room with windows down to the floor. Your room has a great leafy view. The house was built by Thomas Cubitt in 1826. Cubitt is well-known for the houses he built in Belgravia and Tavistock House for Charles Dickens.
My flat is on the first floor as they say in England, up two flights of stairs.
It's a lovely light and airy flat with the kitchen getting the sun in the morning and the living room, the evening sun at the end of the day.
With the bus stop right outside the flat, you will feel like having your personal taxi that takes you to a myriad of places.
You will have a great start of the day with a lovely breakfast. During the week I will prepare breakfast between 7 and 9, on Sundays between 8 and 10.30. Outside of those hours you can help yourself to breakfast, including on Saturday when I leave very early.
The full English Breakfast includes a variety of eggs (poached eggs, fried eggs or scrambled eggs. You can choose to have them with sausages, bacon, tomatoes and/or beans. There is also lovely fresh baked bread from the local Spence bakery.
You can choose between filter coffee, cappuccino, a variety of teas, orange juice, yoghurt, muesli, cheese, jam and whatever else you fancy from what is available. If you have any special requirements such as no dairy etc let me know beforehand and I will make sure to adapt your breakfast for you.
The bedroom comfortably suits a single person or a couple. It is not suitable for two individuals that won't share. It has a standard double bed (140cm x 200cm) has two futon mattrasses with two duvets to make it even softer. You will also have the use of a full length cupboard. The room benefits from double glazing.
There is a shared light airy bathroom. Fresh linen, towels and a wash hand are provided as well as your own bath mat. If needed you can use an iron and ironing board. There also is a small hairdryer and a plug convertor.
You will have the benefits of surrounding greenery, while being close to the centre of town and other hubs of activity. Little cafes, restaurants and small shops are round the corner, so this is your opportunity to enjoy a quality stay whilst being close to town.
The flat is conveniently located for the centre of town, the main tourist attractions or trendy Shoreditch.
I don't have any pets, but my downstairs neighbours have a cat and a dog, which you sometimes will see in the garden.
We are happy to help with suggestions of things to do, and the welcome manual you will be provided with upon arrival includes tips on where to eat, places of interest and what to do.
I'm the only one in the flat and I work in Stoke Newington in the design sector. As Stoke Newington is the place where many writers, artists, musicians and media people live I feel very much at home in the area and never get bored.
The flat is up two flights of stairs. There is no lift.
If you are interested, bookings should be made at least 2 days in advance and for a minimum of 3 nights.
The bathroom, kitchen and sitting room are shared.
The flat has Wifi, and a large TV with HD Screen in the sitting room with all the digital channels, which you are free to use. It has a large sofa designed by Wawa (a local design company) to watch your favourite programmes on the TV in comfort. There is also a large table in the sitting room which you can use at any time.
There is a fully equipped kitchen with a washing machine, and a table which easily seats 4.
You can use the kitchen or the sitting room for your lunch or occasional evening meal. I am not around during the day, but generally during the week.
I have a large collection of vintage and unique CDs, vinyls and tapes, which you can listen to. The kitchen has speakers to listen to your favourite music on your I-Pod.
There is also a great collection of books, including on London and other countries which you may want to read.
Interaction with Guests
I live in the flat myself but I work during the day. I will always make sure to welcome you when you arrive and ensure you feel at home.
You will be given a key and can come and go as you like.
There is a lot of information in the welcome Manual but I will always be available in case you have any other questions. Whether this is at breakfast or in the evening or during the weekend.
The area is very friendly and Stoke Newington Church Street is full of small shops and little cafes and restaurants.
It is child and animal friendly and the greenery makes you feel outside of London whilst benefiting from the good transport links to the centre of town and attractions.
The flat is well situated, being in the middle of the fondly regarded bohemian style area of North East London, Stoke Newington. It's a couple of minutes walk North to Stoke Newington Church Street where there are many restaurants, cafes, delis, shops, pubs, a nice park (Clissold Park), and a great local bakery.
To the south west , 10 minutes down the road is Dalston, with its many clubs, bars, galleries, live music venues and eateries.
Beyond that 2.5 miles further down the road is Shoreditch, famous for its street art, galleries, music scene and vintage shops. It is now the epicentre of London's creative media and arts community. It is also filled with its own distinctive cool bars, clubs, and restaurants, two famous markets (Brick Lane Sunday Market & Spitalfields Market). And many many galleries
We are based in Zone 2. The easiest is to buy a Pay as you Go Oyster card immediately when you arrive, which you can top up as needed.
The 73 and 476 buses stop outside my flat and you will feel like having a personal taxi. The 73 also runs throughout the night so you can come home at any time.
But if you want a tube nearby then this is not the place for you.
The famous 73 bus route crosses London down through Islington to Kings Cross, riding through Oxford St, passing near Buckingham Palace and down to Victoria. Also the 476 which goes to Euston Station. Both buses stop in front of the house.
There are plenty of buses from Stoke Newington Green 2 minutes down the road that run 24 hours to all other parts of London and major attractions such as Westminster, the Tate, and St Paul's amongst others. The overground to Stratford (access point to the Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford is 5 minutes away - it will only take you 20 minutes to get there.
There is resident parking from 8.30-6.30 during the week and (phone number hidden) on Saturdays. I can sell you visitor parking vouchers if needed for a day or 2 hour slots. Free parking is about 20 minutes walk away.
When you have booked you will receive further details before you arrive on how to get to my place from your point of arrival in London. As the bus is in front of my house, there should not be a need to take a taxi.
Other Things to Note
If you are looking for a tube close by, then this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for a quality stay, a home from home and great cooked breakfast, then you are in the right place.
In addition to your room you will be sharing the kitchen, sitting room and bathroom with myself.
Please note that the room is small, but there is plenty of space in the cupboard to put your things. An empty suitcase can be left outside in the hall of my flat.
The flat is up two flights of stairs. There is no lift. I am happy to help carrying up your suitcase(s) if needed.
As I work during the day, it is important that we can communicate clearly particularly upon arrival. This means letting me know via text or other means in case your arrival is delayed, having a means of communication upon arrival and being able to let me know a clear time of arrival and stick to this.
I expect to mostly communicate with the person who stays in the room and as I will need to explain how things work in the flat, therefore it won't work if someone else collects the key on behalf of the person staying.
In addition to English, I also speak Dutch (my mother tongue), Spanish and manage in German and French.
When you book, please give a bit of information about yourself as well as the reason for your visit. As I will be welcoming you into my home it will be good to know a bit more, also to make sure that my flat is the right place for you.
If you want to know what you can expect read the reviews which also gives you an idea of the countries and guests that I have received.
They range from visit to families and friends, longer stays, sightseeing or a home from home before finding a place to live in London.
You will be provided with a key and you are welcome to come and go as you please.
Check in times are flexible. However you should arrive at my place before midnight. This means arriving around 9.30 pm by plane.
No Smoking allowed.
No overnight guests.
In case the next guest arrives the same time, I ask the leaving guest to vacate the room by 12 noon, and ask the arriving guest to use the room from 3pm. However in case the plane leaves late or arrives early this can be accomodated and the luggage can be left in the hallway in my flat.
In addition to a continental breakfast you can make your own tea and coffee during the day, but please keep the kitchen clean as this is shared with myself. We do not have a cleaning fee.
Let us know beforehand if you have a food allergy or don't eat meat so that we can take it into account when buying for your breakfast.
Dieneke is the sweetest person in the world ! Her flat is very clean and charming, cosy and spacious.
We had a lovely and warm bedroom with a very confortable bed and a closet, and we shared the bathroom with Dieneke.
Even though the flat is not linked to any tube station, is it very easy to get here and go in central London, as several buses stop just in front of the house every few minutes.
We had not enough time to spend much time in the neibourhood, but it was a really lovely place.
Dieneke was really flexible, nice to us, and gave us many advices about London.
Each morning, we had the chance to have a huge and divine full English breakfast made to our tastes by Dieneke. We talked a lot with her during those times, and it was really nice !
We would warmly recommend to stop at their flat, and would come back with a great pleasure ! :)
This was my first visit through Airbnb, and I am so grateful to Dieneke for making it an absolutely wonderful and positive experience. I was in London auditioning for my Masters Degree in Music and needed a place to stay last minute. Dieneke welcomed me with open arms and a warm spirit (despite the fact that I was brand new to Airbnb with no references or experience). She made me feel right at home in her cozy, period flat which I fondly call "the cottage flat." The nice wooden walls and floors and window frame in my bedroom made me feel like I was tucked away in a little cottage behind the front garden, and it was just the right size for me and my many large bags of luggage. When I first arrived, Dieneke invited me to a fun artists' open house. We hit it off right away. Not only did I find Dieneke's company so enjoyable, I also found a dear, life-long friend in my new Airbnb host. She also introduced me to a friend of hers who is in the opera business, and we all enjoyed so many interesting conversations. Dieneke offered me such valuable and supportive career advice over her incredible breakfast feasts which she provides as part of the Airbnb package. Her poached eggs are to die for, and she was so gracious to accommodate my food allergies and buy me fresh fruit and gluten-free bread. On one of the evenings we giggled over her home-made Bishop's wine while we made Christmas creations and decorated the flat for the holidays and on my final night she and her friend, Manuel cooked me a feast of traditional Mexican enchiladas and minced pies with Christmas crackers for dessert. I felt like part of the family, and I was so sad to leave my "home away from home" the next morning. Having a room of my own with freshly laundered and ironed sheets on the bed, and a friend to come home to after many long and grueling days of auditioning made a world of difference. The simple things...
I consider myself very fortunate to have landed at such a special place in London, and to have had Dieneke as my first-time Airbnb host. Even when I became very ill, she took incredible care of me and made sure I was well nourished and hydrated with her home-made soup and hot toddies. This experience has completely changed my attitude towards travel. From now on I only wish to travel Airbnb! Thank you Dieneke, for your TLC!
What a lovely review and welcome to the wonderful world of Airbnb! You were the SuperGuest if anything like that exists. leaving everything clean, washing up even where not needed, and the days I didn't cook you breakfast sorting yourself out. But you were also a real pleasure to be with and such a warm and kind person, and yes indeed you have become part of the family. My friends you met also warmed to you, and wanted to see you again. The frog brooch and your lovely card will be a lovely reminder of your visit. We so much enjoyed your opera singing on the last day. What an amazing voice you have, and what an honour to know you. Thanks to Airbnb we gained a great friend. Do keep us posted and I am sure you will be doing very well. And it goes without saying, my house is always open for you.
Dieneke is a perfect host. She was always available for help and explained everything on arrival. The room is small but has everything you might need and the rest of the flat is available if you need more space to sit and chat. We were well looked after, Dieneke was willing to make breakfast and the muesli was delicious. The location is ideal for getting around on buses. We had a great time !
We enjoyed our stay with Dieneke a lot, largely because of the sweet and interesting personality of hers. The house is a beautiful old house which I loved. In fact, I always try to find this kind of apartments and houses when I travel :) Even though the room was small, it was ok, because all the places I've stayed at in London are also quite tight on room, because it's a hugely expensive city. The breakfast was lovely and we really enjoyed chatting with Dieneke. The tips and directions she gave were wonderful and the Stoke Newington area was cool and full of interesting little restaurants and shops.
Overall I really enjoyed the stay, this was first time for me so there's a few things I'm not familiar with but I really enjoyed. She kindly explained to me about some house rule and travel tips when I arrive so I didn't have any concern to stay. The house was lovely, of course it's not new one but I loved each feature of house or decoration, and there was enough equipment for me. Also I really enjoyed talking with you while breakfast or night time, it was great to talk a lot of things this is definitely one if great experience of my stay. So thank you so much accepting me!
Dieneke is a great host. We had a great time at her flat. She was very polite and always willing to help in anything we needed. She was always ready to prepare us breakfast, always asking what we would like to eat to have it prepared before we left the next day she made sure to have the food we could eat.
One day she invited us for dinner, she prepared a traditional Dutch dish that was so delicious this was great because we were able to know a bit more about our host. We were able to speak Spanish with her, so that made us feel like we were at home.
We really appreciate everything that Dieneke did for us, it is really a great place to stay we had a great time. I hope we can see you soon!! Gracias
Hola Sonia and Rosario
It was lovely to have you both as guests and being able to share the Dutch gourmet with you. After you left we had a lovely Mexican meal, meatlballs with the lovely chiles you left us. We will remember your stay for quite a while yet with the mouthwatering moles you gave me.
You are always welcome here. All the best to both of you.
Dieneke (and Manuel)
Dieneke Ferguson is a wonderful host. She is friendly and thoughtful and provides a wealth of information about the area, travel possibilities, events etc. In addition, as a highlight, she provides delicious and expansive breakfasts every morning, with a wide variety of choices along with unlimited great coffee. She has created a warm and inviting environment so that you truly feel that you are a guest in the home of a friend. The location is good and well served by major bus routes. Although there is no tube stop nearby, we found getting around easy using the bus system which does link to numerous tube stations if you need to. Stoke Newington’s Church street is a short walk away (or Bus if inclined) where there is variety of cafes and restaurants and shopping of all kinds. A little walk beyond that is the High Street which is a busy shopping area with a wide variety of possibilities. The neighborhood seems to be safe and hospitable.
The bedroom is a little cramped for two but, with a little adjustment and rearranging, we managed. Also the lovely, light-filled sitting room is available for relaxing and reading and I used that frequently. The WiFi worked flawlessly.
If you are looking for a warm, friendly environment with great, nutritious breakfasts, Dieneke’s flat will fit the bill.
I love living in East London, and have done so since the late 70s, when I came here from Holland. I love the multicultural aspect and specifically in East London the amazing creativity that is here. I feel very much at home. I love design and set up an organisation called Hidden Art that promotes and supports designers /makers. Initially only in London but later on all over the UK. Still a large percentage of designers/makers are based in East London. We have also gone to the Milan Furniture Fair once a year. In 2014 Hidden Art is 25.
In the 90s East London was a rough no go area, but organisations like Hidden Art have contributed to change this over the years. Now it is the coolest area in London. "(website hidden)" just recently opened a campus in the area, and in addition to the design cluster there is now also a strong digital cluster - young people who are extremely creative with digital technology. I am very interested in the design and digital clusters working together.
I spent many years facilitating exchanges between creative designers and crafts people which included countries like Peru, Mexico and Cuba.
I often travel by bike, a trusty Dutch bike, all over London and to work.
I love cooking, travelling, local history and photography. When I travel I enjoy staying with local people as it gives you more of an insight in the place.