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Country stay for Gatwick Airport, London, Brighton

SuperhostBalcombe, England, United Kingdom
Entire flat hosted by Kathryn
4 guests1 bedroom1 bed1.5 bathrooms
Entire home
You’ll have the apartment to yourself.
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the lockbox.
Sparkling clean
12 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
Kathryn is a Superhost
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A self-contained flat near Balcombe village rail station, two stops to Gatwick Airport, 30 mins to Brighton, 40 mins to London by train, 40 mins to Glyndebourne by car. Lovely country walks. We live next door and are usually here if you need help or advice. You have access to our garden. On parle français, wir sprechen deutsch, and (+ o -) parliamo italiano, hablamos castellano, e falamos português. Off-road parking. (Access: one step at front door, two steps inside flat, steps to station.)

The space
Our house (the oldest part built in 1795) used to be a coaching inn (once owned by Queen Victoria) and was then a pub. It is now a family house incorporating this small flat, which has its own facilities and its own front door. Ideal for business stays, airport stopovers, for couples, or parents with one or two children (or close friends), who can sleep on the sofa bed. The bathroom has a bath and over-bath shower. We love cooking, so we think you will find everything you need in the kitchen, and plenty of crockery, but we are only next door if there's something you need to borrow. We'll leave breakfast for you in the fridge, and will check on your breakfast preferences, allergies etc, before you arrive. You are welcome to wander/sit in the garden. (It is full of breakable flowers, so not for children's ball games! There's a recreation ground with playground nearby.) Parents of small children please note that the front door of the flat leads almost directly onto the road, and in the garden there is a small pond, although the garden is gated. Please shut gates behind you or chickens may escape! There is good wifi throughout, also in most of the garden.

Guest access
The flat, garden, car park.

Other things to note
This is a non-smoking flat, and we would ask smokers to stand well away from the house so that smoke doesn't waft back in! Thank you!

Over the cooker, the extractor fan works when you pull the unit towards you.

The curtains open and close with hidden strings to the right of the windows. There also also thin white blinds on those windows (which you might not notice) for privacy, although no one is likely to walk down the little private path behind those windows.

The light switch nearest your front door activates the movement-sensitive outdoor light by your front door, so please leave it switched on.

The boiler is behind the bathroom door. Hot water works automatically, no need to switch the boiler on for hot water. To change central heating timing or to turn it on constantly or off constantly, open the flap on the boiler and flip the little white switch to non, off or timed.

There is Freesat TV, also a Chromecast via which you can watch things through your phone. The wifi code is in the flat.

If you wouldn't mind putting food waste in the little yellow container, our chickens will be happy, and what they cannot eat we'll compost. We'd also be grateful if you would put paper, card, glass, metal and plastics in the little white bins. Thank you!
A self-contained flat near Balcombe village rail station, two stops to Gatwick Airport, 30 mins to Brighton, 40 mins to London by train, 40 mins to Glyndebourne by car. Lovely country walks. We live next door a…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Kitchen
Wifi
Breakfast
Laptop-friendly workspace
TV
Washing machine
Iron
Hair dryer
Hangers

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Balcombe, England, United Kingdom

Balcombe is a small village in the wooded hills of Sussex, on the main London to Brighton railway line. We are 15 minutes by car from Gatwick Airport, 10 minutes by train, yet the planes rarely fly over us. In the village, 5 minutes' walk away, there's an old, friendly pub that does good food and has an interesting range of wine, spirits and beer, and a few local shops. There is also a tea room serving lunch and cakes, as well as some good restaurants a short drive away (10 minutes). This is great countryside for walking, and there are several visitable gardens nearby (you need a car to get to them) - Nyamans, Borde Hill, Sheffield Park, Wakehurst.
Balcombe is a small village in the wooded hills of Sussex, on the main London to Brighton railway line. We are 15 minutes by car from Gatwick Airport, 10 minutes by train, yet the planes rarely fly over us. In…

Hosted by Kathryn

Joined in April 2015
  • 141 Reviews
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We are a couple in our 60s, working from home in wine, writing and translating. We love travel and have enjoyed staying in all kinds of Airbnb places around Europe, both on holiday and for work, sometimes with our children, who now live away. We love gardening, cooking and eating! As hosts we hope we'll make you feel as welcome as we have felt elsewhere.
We are a couple in our 60s, working from home in wine, writing and translating. We love travel and have enjoyed staying in all kinds of Airbnb places around Europe, both on holiday…
During your stay
I am normally here to help with whatever you might need.

If we are out when you arrive, there's a key in the key safe beside the front door of our house, up four steps from the road, on the terrace. The flat is more or less at road level. There's an info sheet inside. We'll let you know in advance if we are going to be out at your arrival time.

If we are here, please ring the bell, as we'd love to say hello and show you a few little things about the flat. When you leave, please ring our bell or drop the keys through the HOUSE letterbox. That way we can say goodbye, and/or we know we can clean the flat ready for the next guests. With flexible checkout time, it can be hard to know when guests have gone!
I am normally here to help with whatever you might need.

If we are out when you arrive, there's a key in the key safe beside the front door of our house, up four steps…
Kathryn is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Languages: English, Français, Deutsch, Português, Español
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: After 15:00
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events