A bright room in a quiet street, close to everything Manchester has to offer...
You will be staying in a light airy private room (8.5 m2) with a comfortable king-size bed, and have shared access to the bathroom, and the rest of the house.
I like to keep my home bright, cosy and relaxed - many people have commented on its welcoming atmosphere and fantastic location.
You'll only be sharing with me (and my cat) and you may come and go as you please while you're here. In the summer, my little garden is a pleasant place to sit with a morning coffee, and the living room is cosy in the evenings.
I work from home, running a small catering business. I will provide breakfast, on a help-yourself basis, including home-made items like granola and marmalade, but since I work from home running a small catering business, I need my kitchen to myself after breakfast time, it's not available to guests after that.
There is off-road parking for your car, or for an extra £15 I can pick you up from the airport - cheaper than a taxi and you won't have to worry about finding the address!
The house also has WiFi which you are welcome to use for no charge.
Please note that I am happy to accept bookings for just one night during the winter and on weekdays, but from March to November I don't accept one-night bookings for a Friday or a Saturday night.
Interaction with Guests
I am a friendly person who enjoys entertaining and introducing people to Manchester. I have a busy social life but also like to curl up at home with a book, a film or my knitting. I love animals and have a very affectionate cat called Rhea.
I speak some French, and I also have lots of experience of explaining British ways to confused overseas visitors, so just ask me if you need directions or advice! I look forward to meeting you.
Chorlton is a vibrant neighbourhood in south Manchester; slightly bohemian in character, with lots of quirky shops, bars and places to eat, but located only three miles from Manchester city centre and well-connected by frequent tram and bus services.
My house is in a quiet street, with some great local bars, a late-opening mini-supermarket (with cashpoint) and an artisan bakery literally just around the corner. On warm nights you can smell the fresh bread being baked, which is delicious!
There is also a wide range of pubs, restaurants and interesting shops within walking distance - check out the 'guidebook' attached to this listing for just a few of the options!
I am also very happy to give you information and recommendations for things to do, places to eat out etc in Manchester and beyond.
Besides being an exciting, stylish city with interesting history and architecture, and a vibrant nightlife, this is also a good base for exploring the North West of England - it's easy to get to Liverpool, Chester, the Pennines, Leeds and the Lake District from here.
The house itself is within walking distance to Old Trafford - 15 mins to the cricket ground, about 25 mins to the football stadium - for matches, music concerts or the stadium tour.
It's also an easy tram journey to The Lowry arts centre and Media City complex at Salford Quays, and there are regular bus services to the Trafford Centre shopping & entertainment complex.
Other Things to Note
I am an experienced host, and have had guests stay here from all over the world, some wanting a quiet base for a work visit, some just wanting to relax and explore Manchester - get in touch and let me know how I can make your stay enjoyable!
Make yourself comfortable, but please remember that this is my home and treat it the way you would want me to treat yours :-)
No smoking allowed in the house - but there is a bench in the garden you can use.
You are welcome to help yourself to unlimited coffee/tea at any time, and breakfast items will be available in the mornings.
There is also a very wide choice of places to eat in the local neighbourhood, as well as in the city centre and I am happy to give you recommendations.
I will lend you a set of keys so that you are free to come and go at any time during your stay. Please don't bring any other people back to the house though, unless you have cleared it with me first.
I will carry on my life as normal, so sometimes I'll be in and sometimes I'll be out, but I always have my mobile phone with me, so if you have any queries, just call me!
I have prepared a folder full of information about the house, the local area and things to do in Manchester, which you will find in your room when you arrive. I hope you'll find this helpful, but it is always interesting to hear what guests think of it, so let me know if you discover anything else you think I should include :-)
I was out and about most of the time but had a lovely stay with Helen, she is very friendly and welcoming, a great host. She was very flexible about my check in times and when I was ill on the day I was meant to arrive she was great, we remade arrangements to check in the following day and she even let me add the night I'd missed on to the end of my stay - what a star!
It's a lovely house. The bedroom is light and airy, the blackout blind was very welcome when I wanted a lie in! The bed is large and comfy, the bedding warm and cosy. There is a spacious cupboard with shelves and hangers plus a clock radio and hairdryer in the room. The bedroom is right next to the bathroom on one side of the stairs so it feels very private and you don't have to worry about waking anyone up when you're using it.
Being able to park in the carpark nearby is very handy and the local shops and bars are on your doorstep.
Helen's home have everything you need on your trip. Warm, clean and tidy and comfortable. 100%recommended.
Helen var venlig og behjælpelig, hvis vi havde spørgsmål omkring byen.
Helen was very accommodating and flexible with check in. She was warm and friendly and open on welcoming us into her home. The room was exactly as described; very comfortable. There was homemade granola for breakfast which was nice and Helen was very helpful with local queries and transport links etc. local area was great with lots of really cool restaurants and bars within walking distance. Would definitely recommend and would be happy to stay again.
Warm and welcoming host and home, thankyou Helen (and Rhea) for a comfy easy nights stay in a very groovy area, wish we could've stayed longer to sample more of the bars and restaurants (and more of your fabulous breakfast granola!)
Helen made everything so easy. She was happy to make arrangements around me so that I didn't need to worry. Location was perfect for me and close to cool shops and the tram. And it was lovely and warm!
Friendly 40-something, living in Manchester's coolest neighbourhood! I came here for university and liked it so much I've stayed for over twenty years.
I know a fair bit about the local history of Manchester, I enjoy cooking and entertaining, knitting, theatre and music, and especially singing with my acappella choir!
I'm gay (so no homophobes please!) a bit 'leftie' and fond of wine & cats.
I've had guests staying from all over the world - feel free to browse my reviews - and really enjoy helping people discover Manchester, which is a great city to live in with loads going on all through the year.
If you're interested in staying with me, I will ask you to tell me a bit about yourself and your trip, and I will do my best to answer any questions you have. It's very relaxed at my house - you'll have your own key and be able to come and go as you please. Let me know how I can make your visit memorable.
**New from Feb 2015 - I also manage a self-contained apartment in the city centre which you can book for your exclusive use. You'll still get my personal service with booking and check-in and I'll be available if you have any problems - ask me if you'd like to see the 44 excellent reviews for this apartment from previous Airbnb guests prior to my taking it over. **