The SpaceMy home is available as a 1 bedroom apartment when I am away for the weekend or a holiday. I like to think of it as a treehouse.
The apartment has a smart, white backdrop and is decorated with images from places I've lived. Each room has a piece of homely furniture handed down from my parents, grandparents or even great grandparents.
In your room, it's the magnificent fan-vaulted ceiling of King's College Chapel, Cambridge and my grandad's rolltop bureau that gives the space a warm, established feel. Guest AccessSettle into your home for the night with a relaxing bath or hot shower in your new bathroom.
Your bed was recently refreshed with a comfy memory foam topper.
There's room to relax in the living room, with WiFi, Netflix, Smart TV and an Amazon TV Fire Stick that will keep you entertained in your downtime.
You'll hear our city's history unfold as you enjoy your morning coffee on the sunny balcony. Whether it's Southampton's famous cruise ships sounding their horns as they depart their home port or the Civic Centre bells chiming their 17th Century melody composed right here in the city - here you're connected to Southampton's beating heart.
There's space to work at the dining table in the living room or, in good weather, the balcony table.
The drive has space for 10+ cars and you're virtually guaranteed a space before 9pm. Interaction with GuestsI offer a 24-hour remote check-in, which means I often don't get to meet guests in person, but I'll be available, or at least contactable, throughout your stay. Be sure to click the link in your confirmation email to gain all the information you need to get in. The NeighborhoodBanister Park was set out by the Victorians, who loved a tree-lined avenue. A few of their grand old villas remain in this part of Archers Road, as do the beautiful trees they planted, which make it hard to believe you're so close to the city centre.
Bedford Place, popular with students and young professionals alike, is just around the corner only a five minute walk away. Here, cafés and shops thrive during the day with bars and restaurants bringing it alive during the night.
Five minutes walking south through the city's parks and Guildhall Square brings you to Above Bar, the main shopping street, whereas five minutes' walk north brings you to Southampton Common, where you really could be in the middle of the countryside.
Don't forget there are some beautiful towns and villages less than half an hour away. I think Winchester (England's ancient capital), Romsey and Wickham, in particular, are worth a visit.
Further afield, the New Forest and South Downs National Parks are within a 15 minute drive and several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Stonehenge, the Jurassic Coast and the city of Bath are within a couple of hours. Getting AroundArchers Road is a quiet side street off The Avenue, the leafy main route north out of the city centre. From here, metres away from my place, you can catch a bus in most directions; destinations include all the university campuses and hospitals as well as the airport, docks and ferry terminal, among others.
Alternatively, the train station, virtually adjacent to the Mayflower Theatre, is only a 10 minute walk away. The same goes for West Quay, one of the largest indoor, city centre shopping malls in Europe.
Parking in the driveway is virtually guaranteed before 9pm but there is also free parking on both Archers Road and Brighton Road (behind the property, a 3 minute walk away).
Need a taxi firm? UBER is now in Southampton! Otherwise, I recommend Radio Taxis or West Quay Cars (search them). They'll text you when they arrive but if you're booking from my place, make sure that, when you book, you ask them to wait at least 4 or 5 minutes for you to get down to the street from the apartment. They have been known to be impatient! Other Things to NoteThis is the part where I answer the questions guests have previously asked me:
If you are new to Airbnb, remember this listing is a true Airbnb home rather than a self-catering holiday home. That means I live here but periodically let guests hire the apartment for a short stay. It means I have books on the bookcases and food in the cupboards, fridge and freezer. Professional cleaners handle the turnaround for each new guest and come in on Tuesdays and Fridays to help maintain a high standard of cleanliness, but I rely on guests to treat my place with the respect they would treat their own.
Guests tell me they like having the flexibility to plan their own meals, so I don't include breakfast in the cost of the room but check out my Airbnb Guidebook recommendations for cool places to eat nearby. Tea and coffee, however, are available.