About this listing
Spacious, bright, comfortable, clean double bedroom in characterful Victorian town house on quiet street with free on-street parking. 10-15 minutes walk from town centre, free WiFi, breakfast included. Kettle and hot drinks in room. IDEALLY LOOKING FOR MONDAY TO FRIDAY (or Sunday to Thursday) LETS. DISCOUNT FOR LONGER-TERM STAYS.
Large, comfortable double bedroom in a Victorian town house dating to 1895. The house retains many original features, including a (non-working) fireplace in the guest bedroom.
The double bed has a comfortable mattress, with feather and down pillows, polyester duvet, an extra blanket, towels, and hairdryer provided. There is a flatscreen TV in the room (with free-sat) and unlimited wi-fi internet is available at no extra cost. There are also tea and coffee making facilities in the room, plus a jug of water, water/wine glasses, and biscuits.
As our guest you can have use of our small and cosy lounge (with woodburning stove) next door to the guest bedroom - we have our own private sitting room upstairs. In summer, you're also welcome to make use of our attractively landscaped garden, perhaps enjoying a glass of wine in the sun while sitting at the garden table, or having a wander down the path to the vegetable garden and our pet rabbits. Good quality breakfast ingredients are supplied free of charge, everything you need for breakfast is laid out on the kitchen table, and you can help yourself to breakfast at any time. Bathroom is shared, but we give priority to guests, and has an over-the-bath shower with good water pressure.
The guest room is immediately inside the front door, so you won't have to trek through the house to get to it, and as our bedroom is two floors up, you won't disturb us at all if you come back late (although we would ask you to be considerate of our neighbours).
Interaction with guests
We enjoy interacting with our guests, but are equally happy to leave you to get on with things if that's what you prefer. If you like real ale, the occasional bottle of home brewed beer is often on offer (free of charge). We've got lots of local maps and information and can help recommend good places to eat, and interesting things to do. We'll do whatever we can to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable.
Newark is an attractive market town sitting on the banks of the River Trent, and is a bit of a hidden gem. The shell of Newark Castle, the inside of which has been turned into landscaped public gardens, looks out over the river and is a reminder of Newark's history as a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War.
Nowadays Newark is equally well known for its many antiques shops and antiques fairs, including Newark International Antiques Fair and Swinderby Antiques Fair, which are both held bi-monthly, on alternate months.
Newark has a lot to offer - a lively and extensive market most days of the week, a large and beautiful market square which is surrounded by wonderful examples of Georgian, Victorian and Mediaeval architecture, lots of small independent gift and clothing shops, great coffee shops, many excellent pubs offering the best in real ale and food, riverboat trips, ghost tours, and the new National Civil War Centre which opened in 2015.
St Mary Magdalene Church, in the centre of Newark, is also well worth a visit. It has an unusual octagonal spire and if you look carefully you can still see the hole in the spire where it was hit by a Parliamentarian canon ball during the English Civil War.
There is also much to offer in the surrounding area. Southwell is one of the prettiest and most thriving villages in the county - you can visit the Minster, see round the National Trust Workhouse, or go to the races at Southwell Racecourse. Its village street is lined with interesting, independent clothing and gift shops, and the Old Theatre Deli offers good food and drink and alfresco tables for when the sun shines. Nearby you'll also find Reg Taylor's Garden Centre, with its swan and wildfowl sanctuary.
Further afield, you can visit Sherwood Forest and The Major Oak, Sherwood Pines Forest with its cycle tracks and walks, and National Trust properties at Belton House and Clumber Park. Rufford Abbey and Park has attractive walks round the lake, a craft shop and exhibitions, and a camera obscura in the grounds. There are also plenty of small and attractive market towns, such as Retford and Tuxford, which are well worth a visit, and of course even more attractions to be found in nearby Lincoln and Nottingham.
We're located about 10-15 minutes walk from Newark town centre, and about 20 minutes from both stations. From Newark Castle there are half-hourly trains to Nottingham and hourly trains to Lincoln, both taking about 30 minutes. From Newark Northgate you can get to York in 45 minutes and many other destinations on the line between Newark and Edinburgh. The town is also well served by local buses.
There is plenty of free on-road parking in our street, and although it's an easy walk into town, if you do want to take your car there, there are plenty of reasonably priced car parks and rarely any problem finding a space.
Other things to note
PLEASE NOTE that we’re less likely to accept bookings from people with blank profiles – if your profile isn’t filled out, then please tell us something about yourself when you book. This is our home, not a commercial operation, and we want to welcome warm, friendly, easy-going people and to get a sense of the kind of person you are before you arrive.
Please read through all the information carefully so that you know what to expect - I’ve put in lots of detail to help you make an informed choice.
It also helps to let us know in your booking request what time you’d like to check in and out. We’re very flexible with this, but there will be times when no-one’s able to be at home to welcome you and our acceptance of the booking is likely to depend on someone being here when you want to check in.
We have two eight-month-old kittens, so if you suffer from cat allergies then you might want to look for somewhere else!
We'll supply quality ingredients for a simple breakfast - bread, butter, milk, cereal, fruit, tea, herbal tea, coffee, marmalade, jam, etc - which you can help yourself to in the morning. The breakfast table will be all set up with everything you need, and you can eat breakfast at any time that suits you.
There's a nice pub a few minutes away by foot that does food, and an Indian takeaway and a chip shop at the end of the road, as well as a small Co-op five minutes walk from the house. It's a short walk into the centre of town and you'll find loads of restaurants, pubs and coffee shops there.
Finally, Gilly is an experienced photography tutor, so if you're interested in photo tuition or a photowalk round Newark, then please get in touch to discuss your needs, rates, etc.
Non-smokers only, please.
Apart from that, we simply ask that you treat us with warmth and friendliness, as we will do with you, and respect the fact that this is our home and not a hotel. However, there are a few things we'd like to draw your attention to:
-we don’t offer full use of the kitchen, as it’s our place to cook, eat and talk in the evenings. However, we’re very happy to provide plates and cutlery for a takeaway, or to heat up a pizza in the oven for you, or for you to use the microwave, and we can be even more flexible with long stay guests.
We try to provide for you what we’d like ourselves if we were staying away from home – a comfortable bed, a decent shower, a quality breakfast, and a warm welcome.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
Hi, we're Gilly and Geoff, and we live in Newark in Nottinghamshire. We moved here about a year and a half ago (as of 2015), having previously spent 25 years in Canterbury in Kent. We share our home with an elderly cat and two rabbits.
Gilly is a photography tutor and writer and Geoff is a research scientist.
Gilly's interests include photography (obviously!), reading, visual arts, poetry, yoga, cooking, foreign and art-house film, up-cycling furniture, good conversation, and walking our neighbour's gorgeous black Labrador.
Geoff is passionate about real ale and spends much of his spare time brewing in the kitchen and sampling his own and other's products. His other interests are cryptic crosswords, racketball, foreign and art-house film, cooking, and walking our neighbour's gorgeous black Labrador.