I'm a Dad of 5 girls, living in Ardmore, PA 19003 here in the USA. We host exchange students all the time. I'm a playwright, actor and with 5 daughters, I'm kept very busy. Oh, and I'm English!
Mark was a very welcoming and considerate host. My room was comfortable, warm, and private. The location could not be better if you are visiting a child or friend at Haverford College, as I was. I am very grateful to Mark and his family for a superbly affordable and comfortable stay in their home. Thank you, Mark!
We were happily surprised to arrive and find a houseful of kids and pets, a real family life, and Mark Knight presiding so nurturingly over it all. Our accommodations in this working-class neighborhood and home were the third floor, with the shared bathroom on the second. It gave us plenty of contact with the family but, up on the top floor, a bit of remove from it all, too. Mark's home is cozy and casual -- no fancy anything, just real life in an active home decorated enthusiastically with lots of favorite artwork and clues to Mark's passion for local theater. The house is a stone's throw from Carlino's, an Italian deli voted Best in Philadelphia many times. What a delightful place to grab a bite and a cup of coffee. The hospitality was wonderful and we look forward to returning as our travels call us back.
Visiting my daughter at Haverford this fall, this was the second time I've stayed with Mark and his family, and just as before it was a lovely experience. They are simply grand -- and interesting! -- people, and they are completely welcoming. I look forward to visiting them again as my daughter makes her way through her senior year...
Mark was a generous and enthusiastic host. He was up to welcome me when I arrived late at night and made sure I had a late night snack by my bedside. In the morning he served me tea, yummy cranberry toast with apple butter. Mark is also a very interesting person to share ideas with.
The room is on the third floor. The pros: the room is large and sunny, the mattress is comfortable. Parents could easily stay with kids in the same room. It is easy to come and go as you please as a key is provided. I never had trouble finding on the street parking. This home is very close to Haverford. Mark also provides a universal charger in the room so any type of phone can be charged, and of course there is the above mentioned hospitality. Guest have access to the kitchen and can leave a thing or two in the fridge. Possible cons that some guest may want to consider: the two flights of stairs are a bit steep and narrow - fine for the able but could be tough for some. There is one bathroom shared by guest and family and it is down one floor making a trip in the middle of the night a bit harrowing. And for those who prefer a "neat as a pin" environment this space is more on the homey, casual side.
In summary: I had a great stay and appreciated Mark's easygoing nature and delicious breakfast (he even does gluten free!).
I stayed with Mark and his delightful family while visiting my daughter at Haverford, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Not only was his home convenient to the college, but he could not have been more welcoming and accommodating -- particularly since I was burdened with a broken foot and needed special help moving around. I would stay at Mark's again without hesitation, and would look forward to it!