About this listing
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.
Olwenn's place was a great base to see London from. We did not see a lot of Olwenn or her daughter, but when we did they were both very friendly. The apartment was large and the view from the balcony was beautiful. The only thing we didn't like was the bed itself. The futon mattress was very thin and it kind of felt like sleeping on a wooden plank. That being said, we still enjoyed our stay and would recommend staying here. Other than the bed the rest of the apartment is great and the location is good too. The nearest tube stop is only a few minutes walk away, and it's on the very well connected picadilly line. We found it well worth the savings to stay in zone 2 and take the short tube ride in and out every day rather than pay a lot of money to stay somewhere a bit more centrally located. We enjoyed our stay very much, and would recommend Olwenn's apartment to anyone who likes cats (as she has two of them).
The room was small but clean and fully matched the description and my expectations. The location was good, only few minutes walk to the nearest tube station. Olwenn was very helpful and pleasant to talk with. She provided me with some reference material/booklets on London.
Très bel appartement avec une vue bluffante sur le lac. Les chats sont très amicaux. Nous recommandons !
Great place to stay. Amazing view of the London skyline. Quiet room and location very close to Manor House underground. Good conversation with Olwenn. I enjoyed my stay.
I enjoyed my stay in Olwenn's apartment. The room was exactly as in the picture. The apartment was clean and quiet. The 2 cats were beautiful and very friendly. The bed was a double futon rather than a bed. I slept well in it. Olwenn did not leave me a towel. You might need to check with her if she will supply one or do you need to bring your own. Both pillows were very thick, my neck was a bit sore in the morning. I would be very happy to stay here again. Angela.
Olwenn was a great host. I didn't really cross paths with her too often, but she left the room very clean and comfortable for my stay. The flat is located in a nice area, just a short walk from a very central Underground line, so it was very easy to get around London while staying there. Both of her cats are amazing, and made me feel even more at home during my stay!
The location is convenient, near to underground station and bus station. Olwenn is a nice person, she is kind and her daughter is really lovely. We arrive her house a little late, but she still waiting us there! The two cats in her house are cute and active, always are willing to play with strangers. Everything is good. Will stay here again next time!