Cosy spare room offered to occasional guests in a beautiful corner of Hackney. The flat offers stunning views of London and is less than 5 mins walk from the underground (zone 2), 15 mins from Central London.
I have a cosy room normally used as an office with a new futon (sleeping area 124cm x 200cm). Will get some photos with the new bed soon. There is a chest of drawers for your use and some hooks as well as some desk space.
The rest of a flat is spacious, brand new and has splendid views of the London skyline across a water reservoir. The area is quiet, away from traffic, just geese and ducks. Otherwise bathroom, kitchen, large living room and a spare toilet to share with my daughter and myself, and two cats (just in case you're allergic). All mod cons (no microwave, no tv), wifi. There is also a large balcony where you may be able to enjoy the views over breakfast, weather permitting. Still in need of some decorating but if we get many happy customers that should hopefully improve.
The flat itself is 3 mins walk away from Manor House tube station (zone 2) so some 15-20 mins to the Centre and many buses also run from here. There are a few convenience shops nearby incl. a post office and a larger supermarket 10-15 mins walk away. We are within walking distance of two large parks, a climbing centre and the sailing club of course, as well as Green Lanes for Turkish restaurants or Stoke Newington which has a village feel and plenty of bars, restaurants etc...
Anything I may have forgotten, just ask.
Guests have access to all communal areas, bathroom, kitchen and lounge and of course the balcony.
You are also welcome to use wifi (I can't guarantee access to a laptop though, as I am normally in need of it for work).
Interaction with Guests
This is our home, we are around some of the time, and at other times, out and about going about the business of our busy lives. I normally work from home 3 days a week, so during the day I can answer brief queries.
This is a quiet area by a water reservoir, offering both a natural haven and easy access to the city. Stoke Newington is a short walk away and has a nice village feel.
Manor House is on the Piccadilly Line and central London is within access (15-20 mins). There are also many buses.
Other Things to Note
We welcome occasional guests in our spare room, but I do have a full-time job, we have hobbies, friends etc... My approach to airbnb is friendly and flexible, more like receiving a friend of a friend, not running a business. If you expect room service and 24 hours reception, you're probably looking in the wrong place.
Please make sure you have arranged a check-in time with me about a week before your arrival date. Whilst I make every effort to accommodate your arrival time in London, it may not always be possible for me to arrange my timetable to match yours. Moreover, there may be someone in the room who needs to check out. So flexible check-in means, trying to find a solution that suits everyone, not whatever time suits you best.
Please let us know if possible if you are delayed. We may be waiting to go somewhere, and it's easier if we know whether a guest is 5 mins or 2 hours away.
It's a lot easier for me to keep track of guests' check-in times, other enquiries etc... if all communications are kept on this site. On my personal email account, it'll probably get drowned in a sea of newsletters and ads, even if I respond, I may never find your message again.
A few things to save everyone some time:
The room really is too small to fit another mattress on the floor. It can fit a maximum of 2 people, there is no need to enquire about trying to fit 3 or more people.
The room is only available on a short-term basis (2 weeks maximum). We have use of the room ourselves and also receive friends and family. We have no interest in letting the room longer term.
The calendar is kept up-to-date, if the calendar says the room isn't available, then it isn't available.
Smoking is allowed but only on the balcony.
We had a great stay at Olwenn's flat! She helped us finding her flat, and after we arrived she offered us something to drink and showed us everything. Everything was as described, clean and it had everything you need.
Be sure to eat breakfast at the flat, because you are going to love that stunning view from the balcony. It is breathtaking.
To keep this short, all in all I can say, that it is definitely worth to stay at Olwenn's flat, if you are planing a trip to london. It is very well located (perfect underground alliance, small shops next to the flat) and you will be able to enjoy the 'london life' as good as even possible.
Olween nous a reçu avec amabilité et a été très arrangeante sur l'heure d'arrivée :)
Olwenn's and her daughter's warm welcome, nice appartment with a great view, two black cats (! love them), clean & quiet. I already booked for another date ;)
I had a wonderful time staying with Olwenn. She welcomed me at the door, showed me where everything was, and offered me something to drink. The room was small but cozy, and she also allowed me use of the living room area. The location was lovely and a short walk to the Underground, about a 15 minute ride to central London. I absolutely loved her cats as well, the boy cat is a big cuddler who will cozy right up to you and purr his little heart out, the girl cat is a bit more skittish but she eventually came around and cuddled with me too. I highly recommend her place, especially if you love cats! If you're not a big cat fan, you can easily shut them out of the room.
I had to cancel at short notice due to an extraordinary situation, so never got to meet Olwenn or stay at her home. Nevertheless her communications were excellent and she was most understanding as I chopped and changed my booking so could only recommend a stay with her.
Nice apartment with the same conditions as photos. Nice view, good location and is just about 10 mins walk to underground.
Unfortunately, most of the time is out to explore the city and no time to talk with Olwenn.
Highly recommended to anyone who is first time to London like me to stay at Olwenn's apartment provided you are a car lover. The cats are really cute and friendly.
It was really nice. I stayed 2 nights. Location is very good. You can take a Piccadilly tube easily.
And you can go to central London within 20min. First of all, I bet price was resonable.
I believe Olwenn's house will be good for you.