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John and Kathryn's flat was superb for our 5-day stay. They are wonderful hosts! John gave me excellent directions from the airport to the flat, and included several methods of transport for me to choose. He and Kathryn met us at the flat, and he helped get our luggage up the stairs. The flat is bright, and has a great layout with the open modern kitchen and living room. It is kept very tidy. John thoroughly went over how to use the TVs, Netflix, Xbox, Wi-fi, and speaker system-- which makes the flat very user friendly and a lot like home. I was traveling with my 8-year old daughter and after a day of sight-seeing, it was super to relax on the grand grey sofa and chaise and watch a movie. The bathroom has a deep tub (great for bubble baths!) and powerful separate shower. The beds were very comfortable, great mattress and duvet with lots of pillows. There was ample closet and drawer space to put away our things in both bedrooms. My daughter loved the smaller room and was cosy in the day bed. This room was also perfect for the nanny when she came to visit.
The kitchen is well-equipped and there are shops nearby for food stuffs. John even stocked a bottle of wine.
John has put together an extremely useful booklet for the apartment and surrounding area. There are maps and directions for using the buses and the two nearby tube stations. It was very easy and quick for me to get to the conference that I attended. The walk to the tube through Rancourt Park is great to take at leisure.
He has also made a good list of options for eating out. We had a delicious brunch at the Hummingbird Cafe on two occasions. The Anglesea Arms served us a fine Thanksgiving of prawns and partridge-- it's a superb gastro pub with great selections for food and drink and an atmosphere of dark paneled wood, fireplace and a boar's head on the wall.
Overall, I could not have asked for a better experience in finding a flat in London. John called to check on us to make sure everything was going well-- and it was! John answered all my questions and communicated well throughout the entire process of choosing and letting his flat. We had a great experience meeting them -- and even got the chance to have a fine meal and evening with them (fun times!). This was my first experience with AirBnB, and I am very pleased! I highly recommend their flat for its amenities, location, modern conveniences, cleanliness, kid-friendliness and hospitality. We loved our stay!
John was a great host; the information package he made was very helpful as was John himself who helped us bring up our luggage. The place was just as he described and accurate to the photos. It was well kept, comfortable and conveniently located. The bathroom was clean with very good water pressure and hot water. Each room was spacious enough to feel "at home." We were out each day/night exploring the city and we liked the fact that if we wanted any food or snacks late in the evening when we returned, we could easily find some nearby (whereas in other areas many stores and restaurants would have already closed). The markets had very fresh produce at prices comparable to home. Although we were often out and about, it was nice to know we had full access to use anything in the kitchen and had the comfort of having a wide selection of movies and t.v. channels whenever we wanted. Wifi worked excellently here too, which we made much use of to keep in touch with our families. We were all very pleased with our choice of stay!
Really lovely, friendly hosts, good communication - great flat! Perfect London pad for our family of 3. Clean, cosy and bright. Everything we needed we found + more (didn't watch a movie or use game console!) Close to two tube lines, walking distance (or catch bus if feeling lazy), including Central Line which gets you to key tourist sites and Hammersmith&City which has link to Paddington Heathrow Express, both in about approx 15mins so very handy! Highly recommended and would happily stay again. The suggested Hummingbird Cafe was great & we found the Lebanese grill directly at end of street great for authentic felafel & shish. More expensive than the dodgy kebab but worth it! John & Kathryn, sorry for delay in reviewing...we loved our London stay and very much appreciated your hospitality. Best wishes, Bec & Andy & Henry
Fantastic first experience of Airbnb - John and Kathryn were so welcoming and helpful and the flat was clean and comfortable and remarkably quiet for London! Stay was faultless and the recommendations in the visitor's information 'pack' were spot on (the Hummingbird Cafe was great). Thank you.
Very comfortable flat, well equipped and John and Katharine were really nice with me. This was my first experience with Airbnb and it wa really great: all is gone as I expected.
Lovely apartment, exactly as described, in an excellent location close to transport links into Central London.
This was our first experience with Airbnb and everything went as expected or even better. I was travelling with two of my kids, and the apartment was equipped with everything we needed for our 15 days' stay in London. Virgin TV and Wi-Fi a convenient plus.
John and Katheryn were wonderful hosts, very nice and helpful. John came to meet us, helped us with the luggage and gave us plenty of information. He also left a manual with main instructions and information about nearby shops, restaurants and transport, which proved to be very useful for the first days. Highly recommended. Many thanks!
John and Kathryn were absolutely GREAT with us ! They're extremely nice and welcoming ! 2 amazing persons ! On top of that, the flat is so beautiful, so clean and it's very quiet ! When we came, we found some things to eat, and also a great bottle of wine and some gorgeous flowers ! What a wonderful welcome ! They also fitted out a bedroom for my daughter ! The first evening we ate together at a great pub, so it was awesome and they are very helpful and generous because they drive us to the tube with our luggages ! We rent many flat with airbnb and his flat was the best flat ever ! To finish we're so happy to have met John and Kathryn ! You should try it !
e stato bello avere a casa John e Katrin, abbiamo passato dei bei momentii anche con gli altri ospiti di fronte ad una bicchierata serale , sono divertenti e disponibili con tutti, e in quei giorni la mia casa era abbastanza affollata sia di altri ospiti che di parentado,una grande bella famiglia allargata.
Response from John:
thank you G! We miss you! x