My home is close to all the attractions London has to offer be it world-class arts and culture; great museums, brilliant theatre, exhibitions, sporting events etc.
Harrow is on the Bakerloo, Metropolitan + Piccadilly tube lines + London Overground. It has pubs, cafes, restaurants, cinemas + parks.
8 mins by rail to Wembley and it's world famous stadium. Less than 15 mins to Euston and Baker Street stations.
The house has been newly renovated and is bright, clean and comfortable.
My home was recently re-furbished. It is modern, cheerful, bright and clean which makes it both comfortable and welcoming. We have very fast broadband via Virgin Media.
The double bedroom has a very comfortable 3/4 double bed (i.e. 4ft or 122cm wide), full height double, mirror fronted wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk, bookcase, bedside table and two chairs. It faces East so it is bright and sunny and overlooks the garden.
Please note that whilst I am very house proud and like to keep my home clean and welcoming I do not iron any of my bedding - life is just too short!
Disponible para huéspedes
Whenever possible I try to offer a flexible check-in time to suit my guests. Guests should always let me know, when booking, what time they expect to arrive in Harrow and I will do my best to facilitate them but will confirm check-in times according to my diary. Clear communication is key!
My guests have a comfortable double bed in a large double room. They will share the bathroom with one other - me! I would ask guests to be considerate in the amount of time they spend in the bathroom, to wipe splashes from the floor and to leave it as clean as they find it. There is storage space allocated in the vanity unit for toiletries. Please keep the shower cubicle and wash basin clear of personal items.
Guests will have access to the kitchen and dining room, the garden and sunny patio. Whilst you are welcome to help yourself to tea and coffee and use the microwave and fridge please note that full scale cooking is not permitted.
The eating or keeping of food in the bedroom is not permitted. There is allocated cupboard and fridge/freezer space in the kitchen. It is far nicer, and more sociable, to eat in the dining room or on the patio - weather permitting, more hygienic too!
Atención a los huéspedes
I live in the house and will be available to give help and advice whenever needed.
I aim to provide a relaxed environment where guests can feel at home, be safe and enjoy their stay.
I am happy to provide a simple continental style breakfast for my guests.
Otros aspectos destacables
Guests are welcome to help themselves to tea and coffee and to use the microwave and fridge. There is also allocated space in one of the kitchen cupboards for storing foodstuffs; please note that full scale cooking is not permitted. Please leave the kitchen and dining room as clean as you find it.
I am happy to provide a simple continental style breakfast for my guests - just ask!
Important, Please Read All House Rules. They form part of your Contract!
My home is a shoe free zone!
Sorry, visitors who have not booked through airbnb are not allowed to enter my home.
Smoking is only permitted on the patio and in the garden.
Candles and night lights are a fire risk and are forbidden. As is the storage and / or use of flammable materials.
Guests are welcome to use my kitchen to heat ready prepared meals in the microwave but not to cook full scale meals. There is allocated space in the fridge, freezer and kitchen units for storing your food and drink if needed.
Please note that the storage or consumption of food and drink (except water) is not allowed in the bedroom. Guests have full use of my bright dining room. Also, weather permitting, al fresco dining on the sunny patio.
There is a nominal charge for use of washing and drying machines to cover cost of electricity, detergent and fabric conditioner.
If any house keys are given to guests they must be looked after properly. If lost the guest shall be liable for the cost of hiring a locksmith to supply and fit new locks to the front door. By accepting my house keys my guests agree to accept this liability.
I want my guests to be able to relax and enjoy their stay but to be considerate and treat my home with respect.
If my home appeals to you and is what you are looking for, then please enquire providing your full name, country of residence, state the purpose / reason for your visit and tell me more about yourself. I have been verified by airbnb and only accept those guests who have taken the time to be fully verified too. Thank you.
N.B. Airbnb ask all guests and hosts to publish a clear photo of themselves and write a profile which serves to introduce them to other members of the Airbnb community. This is in the interests of all, and, along with the verification process, serves to protect guests and hosts alike. Please take time to compose and upload yours if you have not already done so. Thank you - I look forward to reading it! Please note I will not accept bookings from those members who have not been verified, do not provide an informative profile complete with a clear photograph nor share with me the reason for their trip to Harrow.
New to airbnb guests will find the following article by S. Porges illuminating. Always remember that airbnb host accommodation is NOT an hotel. If you are looking for an hotel experience then please do book one!
Dear Would-Be Airbnb Guests: Here's Why Hosts Keep Turning You Down
Seth Porges , CONTRIBUTOR
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
As a longtime Airbnb host, I've turned down my share of potential guests. I've also spoken to a number of would-be users who have been frustrated with their inability to find a place to stay on the site. It seems that, no matter how many hosts they message, nobody is willing to rent them a room.
I hear you guys, and I'm here to set you straight as to why. Thing is, what many first-time Airbnb guests don't quite get is that the site has as much in common with OkCupid as it does ExpediaEXPE +1.61%
In order to book a room, a host (unless they happen to have the "Instant Book" feature turned on) has to manually accept your stay. That is, a host has to look at your profile and messages and quickly determine that: "Yes, this is somebody I feel comfortable having in my home."
And like an online dating site, how you present yourself—be it in your profile or the messages you send—makes a huge difference when it comes to other users' willingness to let you into their lives. If hosts are turning you down, or simply ignoring your messages altogether, here's what you're doing wrong, and how to fix it.
You Have An Empty Or Incomplete Profile
Does your profile have a real picture, or did you put up a fuzzy photo of your dog? Does it tell us anything about you and your interests or personality, or is it blank?
Here's the deal: Airbnb hosts want to know a little bit about who they may be letting into their home (wouldn't you?), and are far more likely to accept a fleshed-out personality than an anonymous profile. So if you have a barebones profile or a photo that shows anything other than a clear image of your face, you're far more likely to have your stay denied. Lets put it this way: At the recent Airbnb Open in Paris, one of the conference's biggest applauses came after an Airbnb executive announced that all guests would soon be required to have actual photos of their faces.
Your Message Seems Copy-Pasted
Does your intro message feel like something copy-pasted to a dozen other hosts, or did you take the time to personalize it to me and my listing? Does it mention anything in my profile that demonstrates that you read and internalized it—and therefore won’t be surprised when you show up and find out it’s a fifth-floor walkup, for example? Experienced Airbnb hosts know that a guest is far more likely to be a good one—that is, a low-maintenance and pleasant person who leaves a decent review—if their expectations are met. Your message is the place to demonstrate that your expectations are in line with what the host is offering.
Still stuck? Here's a cheat sheet for how to write a good Airbnb message: Introduce yourself, clarify what dates you are looking to travel, give the purpose of your visit (Is it to visit family? Attend a conference? Go to a wedding?), and cite something specific from the listing that appealed to you (the decor, location, a specific amenity... anything that shows us you actually read the listing). Then end the message by (and this is absolutely key) asking if the dates are available and if you can stay. The act of asking—as opposed to demanding the dates or trying to push a booking through without permission—shows that you respect the host and their home, and will go miles towards getting you a successful booking.
You Asked For A Discount
Many guests think that, hey, it can’t hurt to ask for a deal. Right? I’m here to tell you that, yes, it can hurt. Pop over to one of the Web’s many Airbnb host-centric message boards and you’ll find that many, if not most, experienced hosts not only won’t negotiate on price, but also won’t book guests who ask. Even at full price.
Why? There’s a perception in the Airbnb host community (and one that comes from experience, I might add) that guests who ask for discounts tend to be high-maintenance, nitpicky, and are more likely to leave negative reviews or complain about their stay.
To see what I mean, I’m just going to quote from a recent post on the (URL HIDDEN) message board:
“You must decline negotiators. They are throwing out red flags by disrespecting you. From experience we can tell you that accepting negotiators will bring you the worst guests. People who have no compunctions about bullying you and are looking for all they can get for the lowest price. I would rather have it sit empty than kow-tow to that type of guest… They just want to win, and think about (URL HIDDEN) that the kind of person you really want in your home?”
You Asked A Ton Of Unnecessary Questions
Before you ask your host any questions about their listing, you really should read the full thing first to see if it’s answered within (spoiler alert: it probably is). Worse, asking too many questions may actually cause a host to decline your stay.
Airbnb hosting can be time consuming, and it can be rather aggravating answering the same questions again and again. There’s also a (totally accurate, I might add) perception amongst experienced Airbnb hosts that guests who dutifully read the entire listing are the best guests, are most likely to have their expectations fully met (hey, they know what they’re getting into!), and leave the best reviews.
Again, I’m just going to quote a post from a user on (URL HIDDEN)
“After the second email where they are just asking random, redundant, ask-and-answered questions and do not commit to a booking I don't reply and usually take them off pre-approved. It’s a good way to weed out overly needy guests and attract low-maintenance, seasoned travelers.”
You Left Nitpicky Reviews On Past Stays
Sure, the reviews left for guests by past hosts are important, but the dirty little secret is that they aren't nearly as important as the reviews you yourself have left on hosts you've stayed with. Hosts live in constant fear of the dreaded Bad Review. So you better believe we check what reviews a guest has left for previous hosts they’ve stayed with. If these reviews come off as unfair (“the sheets were the wrong color,” “it was raining the entire time,” “they didn’t provide a service that was neither advertised nor asked for”), a host is apt to assume you’ll be a needy guest who will leave a bad review, even if the host goes above and beyond to keep you happy.
As reddit user ASayWhat put it:
"I look at the reviews they have left for other hosts and check for things like nitpicky complaints about their being a smudge on the baseboard, scratchy toilet paper, etc. and/or a mismatch between what they said happened and what the host said. Some guests leave a really nasty review for hosts when other guests haven't and that is telling. These people are hard to please and don't mind sharing petty thoughts in public. I can do without them personally."
If you have good reason to leave a bad review, you definitely should. But the fact is we’re humans and not hotels, and the best Airbnb guests understand that—and come with expectations to match.
Author: Seth Porges
In 1998 I went to live in West Africa and spent sixteen years there. Now I spend winter in Africa and the rest of the year in my London home.
I love travelling, particularly around Africa, but also USA and India. I enjoy meeting new people and exploring new places.
I also enjoy reading, going to the theatre, Kundalini yoga, music and gardening. My latest hobby is kayaking! I started in summer 2016 and find it enormous fun.
I am a people person and I get a deep sense of satisfaction from helping others.
My life moto? What goes around comes around, or, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I believe in karma!