Dbl en suite @ Oval tube Sth London

House - Private room · Palfrey Place, London, England SW8 1PA, United Kingdom

In the words of a recent guest: 'The house is darling, and the room itself is lovely with its private shower. The neighborhood is close to so many interesting areas, and is a great jumping off point to embark from.
I highly recommend a stay here!'

The Space

This is the spare room of a Victorian terraced house in a quiet street in a conservation area. The room is very peaceful (there's no traffic noise), at the back of the house, so overlooks my - and all the neighbouring - gardens.
It is furnished with a very comfortable double bed, plenty of wardrobe space and an en suite shower and toilet. Clean bedding and towels are provided - and plenty of spare blankets and duvets, if people need them. There's also a hairdryer and an iron. It's a good sized room, with two radiators and two windows, providing great light. There is also a small television in the room and very reliable wi-fi throughout the house. The house has recently been redecorated and there's new flooring in the guest room. There’s also a garden for guests to use. Note: the Street View on this listing seems to show neighbouring streets rather than my road.

For travellers arriving at Victoria station, my house is a short bus ride away, or two stops to Vauxhall tube. For travellers arriving at Kings Cross/St Pancras, there's a direct route on the northern line tube to Oval station. For those travelling to Liverpool St station (from Stansted or Luton airports) you can easily get on the northern line to Oval.

I’m happy to show guests around and help them get oriented.

Check-in is usually flexible. But please ask before booking, with an idea of your arrival time.

Guest Access

Guests have full use of the kitchen and living areas. In the kitchen, there are two fridges, all the usual appliances and guests are welcome to prepare whichever meals they choose. As you'll see from my reviews, this doesn't cause problems with my own mealtimes. I don't provide breakfast as I discovered guests prefer to do their own thing, which is fine.

Interaction with Guests

I always meet guests in person when they arrive, to welcome them and help with check-in. And I'm on hand to answer questions, show people around, make suggestions and generally chat.

The Neighborhood

My neighbourhood is known as Oval.
There are plenty of local shops, cafes and bars and it’s close to two parks. Just north of my area is Vauxhall, which has been christened 'VoHo' because of the mix of bohemian shops, gardens, cafes and bars. There's a great newspaper article about it in the Evening Standard.
Other cool nearby neighbourhoods are Kennington, Clapham and Brixton.

The Tate Britain gallery is just across the river and the South Bank Centre is a few stops away in the tube.

Getting around

The house is convenient for public transport (zones 1 & 2 tube stations). Oval tube is 3 minutes’ walk away (on the Northern line) and Vauxhall station (Victoria line and overground) is 10 minutes away. There are also plenty of buses into central London (either the West End or Covent Garden), taking about 20 minutes. And it's perfectly possible to walk into central London along the river, about 45 minutes at a gentle pace. There are also bicycles for hire (the Barclay Bikes), with stations in adjoining streets.

Other Things to Note

One of the things I like about AirBnB is getting to know a bit about guests before they come, so I can help and assist to make their stay a good one. That's why I really encourage anyone getting in contact to have a full profile with details about themselves and several verifications, and not just a blank square and name.

Experience: Social
Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $17 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $172
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We had an absolut great time in London and Matthew's house and the guest room was the best we could imagine: tidy and well equipped, silent and with a comfortable bed. The neighborhood is nice: cafés, fish and chips and the saturday market near the church. It was just a jump from Matthew's to the tube or bus station and from there to all the interesting places in London. Matthew was very helpful with informations - and very friendly. We can recommend it and we will come back! This was a perfect stay!

    March 2014
  • The stay at Matthew's place was very pleasant overall.
    Everything was well prepared when I arrived and was clean and tidy. The room is well equipped, has a good size and is comfortable and quiet. The en-suite bathroom is very small but functional; the shower is very good. The location is good, as it is 5 mins walk from Oval station.
    Matthew was a very friendly host, he was usually around when I left the house and came back in the evenings. I would definitely come back.

    March 2014
  • Matthew's room is very cosy and, though small, has everything you might need. It's really very close to the metro station, and not very far from the center of the city. Matthew himself is a nice and polite host.

    November 2012
  • Matthew's house is a real find- fantastically located in a nice quiet side street in a lovely part of Lambeth, a very short walk to a northern line tube station. It's very well furnished and kept, and whilst the guest room's en suite bathroom / shower are surprisingly small they are well kept and perfectly fine once you figure out the mechanics. Matthew himself was always there if we had any questions or needed anything.- efficient, kind and helpful, and very much gave us lots of space and free reign to enjoy ourselves whilst we stayed there; giving us some solid restaurant recommendations and helping us get familiar with the area quickly. I'll be recommending this place to my friends and colleagues when they next visit London.

    November 2012
  • I've stayed there for 5 days, and the entire experience was positive. The owner is very reachable, the place is comfortable, clean and practical. Your room will face a lovely backyard, beautifully done. The location is great, really close to the Oval metro station, walking distance. Many buses that will take you easily to all the main tourist attractions. And take some time to discover the area! Many great restaurants nearby, african, portuguese restaurants and cafés, italian cafés, pubs, beautiful parks. I can only endorse all the previous positive comments. Nothing shorter than perfect. You can stop looking now and just go ahead and book this place.

    October 2012
  • My friend and I stayed seven nights at Matthew's place. Matthew was a terrific host! We felt very comfortable in his beautiful house and the area (even late at night). Oval station provides perfect and fast connection to the center of London. We'd definitely recommend Matthew as host and would stay at his place again.

    October 2012
  • We had a delightful stay at Oval. The location is excellent. Very close to the tube and restaurants. The room is large and well appointed. The bathroom area is small but very satisfactory. Matthew is a charming host who is very helpful and informative but in no way intrusive. He lets you get on and enjoy your stay. Thank you Matthew we will be back and will recommend you to friends.

    September 2012
  • nothing shorter than just perfect. Matthew described his offer in a very honest way and you get exactly what you see. no disappointments at all. even the location is very convenient, just a few steps away from Oval tube station.

    August 2012
  • Traveling to London for the Olympics was enough on our minds and staying with Matthew was the easiest part. He was an excellent host with plenty of accommodations and recommendations of places to visit. We had the freedom of coming and going as needed and the room including its own attached bathroom was perfect! We would definitely stay with Matthew again as he was extremely friendly, kept a tidy place, and the location was a mere 5 minute walk to the underground. Thanks Matthew!

    August 2012
  • We had a wonderful stay with Matthew in London. The flat is conveniently located close to the Oval tube station. We had no problem getting around London during the Olympics and were able to see all of the main sights without any issue. The room was just as pictured, with a private shower and toilet. Matthew allowed us access to his kitchen and common spaces.

    August 2012
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