Pretty Balcony Room - 10 mins to City
Hosted by Rachel
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2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
3 baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
3 baths
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Hi,
Our Victorian home offers you a double bedroom with private balcony overlooking our garden in Finsbury Park and includes an office desk/chair. Located very close to two tube stations and many buses. We love to help make your experience of London a friendly and enjoyable one. Happy travels!

The space

Your room?
Located in a large Victorian House, the room overlooks the garden from our top floor and has its own private small balcony with small outside table and two chairs. There a double wrought iron bed and desk. The house is very old (150 years old contains some of the original floor boards in the kitchen. The house was build in Victorian times as a "gentleman's boarding house" - many original features still remain in the house - so a touch of London history.
The balcony room has woollen carpet with heavy velvet curtains which can be closed to stop daylight, but if you suffer from dust allergy, the soft furnishings can cause a problem to some people who prefer wooden floors.

Exploring Central London?

Services?
The house has two shower rooms and one spa bathroom, plus a separate toilet and so you will never have to queue!! - so more time to explore London!
You can have access to a shared kitchen (used by other guests and tenants) on the top floor (see photo). This kitchen has a number of communal items that are available to guests to use.

We love to meet people from other countries and share what this wonderful city has to offer.

Happy holidays,
Rachel

Guest access

The whole house and garden are available to all visitors who are staying. Our family and some other guests also live in the house, and so occasionally you might have a chance to meet other people when using the kitchen or shared lounge. Most of the time people are away working during the week and so the house is often empty during the day, apart from weekdays, when our office on the ground floor has staff who are able to help answer any questions you may have and they also provide security for the house.

Interaction with guests

If we are in London, we love to interact and chat with our guests in order to ensure that they have everything that they need.
Our friendly housekeeper is always here to greet guests if a booking is made when we are are out of London.


Amenities
Wireless Internet
Kitchen

Prices
Cleaning Fee £20
Security Deposit £100
Weekly Discount: 10%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is flexible
Check out by 11AM

The house has very few rules:
- You can come and go whenever you please.
- we require you to always double lock the front door when you arrive and leave, unless advised to the contrary.
- we just ask you the respect the peace and quiet of the other guests, and so we ask you to limit disturbing noise between 11pm and 7am

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - The room is on the 2nd Floor - so two flights of stairs
Some spaces are shared - All bathrooms, lounge and kitchen are shared spaces, which are cleaned regularly

Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
6 nights minimum stay

11 Reviews

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Alana User Profile
July 2017
Lovely host very helpful and kind . 5 minutes away from the tube local to bus stops

Ivan User Profile
June 2017
Location is exellent.. The room was nice.. But the main issue is that entire house is really dirty; dusty everywhere.. Dirty bathrooms.. Nobody cleaned anything and ee stayed for a week.. Had to ask for new towels..
Rachel User ProfileRachel is a superhost.
Response from Rachel:
We are very pleased that Ivan liked the location and the room he had rented, and we assume he was happy with the price, as it was at least 50% of other nearby AirBnB rentals – we are discounting heavily this month for stays of 6-7 days. However we are very disappointed that Ivan chose to wait until after he had departed to raise his cleanliness issues. AirBnB etiquette expects guests to notify their hosts of any issues during their stay. Which now means we must deal this unexpected review here, to help our future guests understand the context of his review... We understand from our son, who greeted Ivan and his girlfriend, that Ivan mentioned that he suffers from a very severe dust allergy, which he explained makes him extremely sensitive to any dust, and given that he arrived at our house in the hottest heat wave in many years, with high levels of pollution, heat and dust in London, it is not surprising his dust allergy was causing him problems, as even non-allergy sufferers were suffering that week in London. We provided a fan to help deal with the heat, but maybe that made the London dust worse. In terms of Ivan’s statement – about the house being really dirty, dusty and dirty bathrooms – we are very concerned that this gives misleading information, as we had in fact thoroughly cleaned the house, as we do for all guests, only a few hours before his arrival – with strong cleaning products. To help future guests know what specific cleaning/towels we provide (versus Ivan’s account): 1)We clean all three bathrooms before guests arrive and also our cleaner re-cleans daily. We use a special hyper allergenic filtered vacuum cleaner to clean the floors and we also scrub all bathrooms floors, hand-basins, toilets, showers. We also vacuum and mop the hallways. 2)We provide the highest quality newly washed bedding (higher than a 5 Star hotel!!)– i.e. 400 TC Sheridan 100% pure cotton sateen sheets. 3)We offer a bath sheet (very large towel) and hand towel and we are always very happy to change these when asked. You just need to ask a member of our family or our cleaner for extra towels. When I asked our other guests if they could relate to Ivan’s review they said they did not recognise his concerns and felt his review was unduly harsh and appears to have resulted mostly from his unique dust allergy and inability to communicate his concerns. Our current guests asked us to convey the following to our future guests: 1)They did not recognise his description of the house as dusty and dirty – as they felt that the bathrooms and other shared areas were all clean. In addition, the hallways and bathrooms had only recently been newly renovated with polished wooden floors in the hallways and newly painted white doors. Plus, the ceilings, walls and window frames in all three bathrooms had been newly painted. 2)They felt it most odd that Ivan had failed to disclose his severe dust allergy to his host in advance of his stay – he only mentioned it the day after he arrived, thus preventing his host from having the opportunity to plan or take special precautions to reduce the risk of his allergy being aggregated. 3)They felt it odd that Ivan had failed to disclose his dust allergy in his review, and so this gives a potentially misleading account, as his “dust threshold sensitivity” is probably much higher than the average guest. 4)They do not understand why Ivan failed to speak to our family and/or housekeeper/cleaner, who works in the house, to inform her of his cleaning concerns during his stay (we had specifically asked him to speak to her if he had any concerns/questions). 5)They could not understand why he was concerned about asking for towels, as the host was very happy to supply extra towels on request. I.e. they did not expect AirBnB hosts to change towels daily, as like hotels, they leave it to guests to indicate if they want fresh towels, and the host had explained how to do this – via the housekeeper. Ivan was a very quiet guest, who had a minimalist direct style of communication void of any pleasantries, which some people might consider unfriendly and/or impolite; but at the time, I was not concerned, as not everyone is chatty and we are very happy to let our guests choose the level of communication that they prefer. i.e. Everyone is different, and that’s what makes hosting interesting. I managed to catch Ivan on his last day as he was leaving and attempted to ask him about his stay – to check everything was OK, but he put his head down and would not look at me, or communicate – but again I assumed he preferred minimal communication and/or was in a hurry to leave. So I wished him goodbye and a safe journey home. So, it does now feel very harsh to discover, that behind his apparent shyness to communicate hid a host of issues that he had failed to communicate clearly, and which he instead left until the review stage to mention. Fortunately all our other guests have enjoyed their stay in our home and we look forward to welcoming other guests in future, as AirBnB is nothing but experiences and we greatly enjoy meeting new people from around the world, which is what makes hosting so much fun! To Ivan: We understand that you are fairly new to AirBnB (Oct 2016) and so sometimes there are teething problems and differing expectations. We hope that in future, you find enjoyment in using AirBnB and that you remember to communicate your expectations vis a vis your severe dust allergy, as no host wants to disappoint their guest. So please help your host to help make your stay a success. Thank You and Best Wishes, Rachel
June 2017

Will User Profile
May 2014
Rachel and Russel were great hosts. Their house has been the best suited to my ideal airbnb experience. It is comfortable, spacious, quiet, private with the possibility for greater sociability if and when you want it. There is a diverse mix of people staying in the house. It was very cool. Best aspect for me - the water pressure is amazing! and that is fully utilised in their amazing wetroom! omg. Thanks you guys. Sorry I had to rush off without a proper goodbye.

Zoe User Profile
January 2017
Rachel is very hospitable and respects our privacy as well. It's a huge house and we got everything we needed. Enjoyed our stay!

Hamit User Profile
December 2016
Dear Rachel, The hosts are very friendly and did their best to make us feel at home. The room we stayed was on the top floor has a nice balcony with a green garden view with big trees. Duvet set, towels, and bathrooms are clean. It was very nice that they brought nice toys to our 2 years old daughter to spend great time with it. Hamit & Tuğba & Ayşe Nil from Turkey.

Elizabeth User Profile
August 2014
I'm not quite sure what to say in a review because I don't think our experience was typical. For example, our hosts were not present for most of our stay there, so it is hard to say what our experience would have been like with the hosts present. We stayed for three weeks, and we were mostly surprised by the lack of anyone cleaning the bathrooms during our stay. Also, we didn't know that there would be so many people staying in the house, with all of the bathrooms being used quite frequently. The kitchen was small, and also not very clean. There is a washer, but not a dryer for clothes. The room was nice and spacious, though, and it was very close to the tube station, which was convenient. The Westons seemed very nice, but they were mostly gone on holiday during our stay. Perhaps it would be better to stay for shorter periods of time here, since there is no regular cleaning service, or while the owners are present.
Rachel User ProfileRachel is a superhost.
Response from Rachel:
Thank you Elizabeth for your most helpful and constructive review. The live-in cleaner/house keeper who was responsible for cleaning and looking after all your needs while we were away, failed to clean as instructed. She was replaced just after your departure with someone who did clean daily, which is no consolation for you of course. Regarding clean towels and bedding, the live-in cleaner was also asked to provide anything your wanted and to check regularly if you had everything you needed. I am very sorry that she failed to do so. Maybe she did not see you to ask. Regardless, I am very sorry for her failure to be more pro-active. The four days we were actually at home, I spent several hours the first day cleaning all the bathrooms and kitchen and then cleaned daily until we left again, but as you say we were not home for most of your stay, and daily cleaning was necessary. I am therefore very sorry that she failed to provide the standard of cleanliness that both you or I would have liked during your whole stay. I am also sorry that you were not told about the super size American washer (now banned due to its high water usage) plus separate clothes dryer downstairs which was available for your use, but again the live-in cleaner, did not check if you preferred a larger washing machine. The washer that you found is actually one of the larger 6kg ones that exist in Europe, as environmental rules ban very large washing machines that use lots of water. The smaller size of washing machines in Europe also surprised me when I first arrived, as what I considered small, are called big over here. I only wish that I had known sooner of your concerns, rather than at the end of your stay, as I would have made sure these matters were resolved immediately, as I hate to disappoint anyone staying at our home. Again apologies for the mis-communication on our part about these matters - as when I ask my staff to be pro-active in asking if you are happy or need anything, I expect them to be so, and not wait for you to ask. You are also correct, that it is easier to provide high quality service when the host is present, as delegating to staff can be problematic. Sadly my regular and super efficient cleaner was also on holiday while we were away and so the replacement one, was not up to the standard that I usually expect. When AirBnB guests are here, I usually perform any additional cleaning beyond the twice weekly cleaner's duties, as to pay for a daily cleaner, would require me to charge much higher prices. But knowing you were coming while we were away, and wanting to ensure the bathrooms were cleaned daily, I arranged for a live-in cleaner/house sitter to be there during your stay, who would also be available to answer any questions and deal with any requests, but like you I am very disappointed that she failed to meet your and our expectations. Thank you again for your thoughtful and constructive feedback. We will make every effort to prevent these problems in future. Kindest Regards, Rachel
August 2014

Margherita User Profile
June 2014
The house is in a very good position, and it is really nice and sunny. The room is clean and comfortable. The kitchen is shared with other people living in the house, you can use oil, salt and other basic things for cooking if sometimes you like to eat at home. Rachel is a lovely host, she welcomed us with fresh roses in the room and she gave us a lot of informations.

London, United KingdomJoined in January 2013
Rachel User ProfileRachel is a superhost.

Hi,

As a New Zealander I have a great love of the outdoors and anything sports related.
I spent my entire childhood either competing as a equestrian show-jumper or climbing mountains in New Zealand.
My skill as a Chartered Accountant and passion for sport inspired me to set up two sports charities for children here in London and I also help run our local athletic club, which is right on our doorstep - in Finsbury Park. I coach the young children three days a week.
As a UK Athletics coach, it has been a very exciting time in London, as since the Olympic Games, I have had the opportunity to work alongside several international coaches who coached the Great Britain Olympic athletic team. As a result I have become a "mad guru" on running technique and injury prevention, which is always a useful skill to have - for oneself especially!! But of course, I am very happy to offer guidance and tips to others, should they ask.
I speak fluent French and holiday regularly in southern France and Spain, where I have Spanish family. We also love visiting other countries, and hope to have another holiday in the USA soon....
My motto in life: Happiness comes from helping others - especially when it comes from the heart.

Languages: Français

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