The SpaceThe house is a 1970’s semi in suburban North Bristol; it’s been a much-loved home to my family for the past 23 years and has been recently extended at ground floor level, reordered and redecorated.
The kitchen is light and spacious, with a wicker settee – ideal for enjoying a cuppa or glass of wine in the afternoon/evening sun. Patio doors open out onto the garden, and there is also a separate dining area, utility area and downstairs WC. The tranquil lounge gets the morning sun and has a unique stained glass window, mantelpiece, two large comfortable settees, and a 40” flat screen (HD) TV (basic Sky package and DVD player).
Upstairs there are three bedrooms (one other also Airbnb listed: 'Double room near Parkway Station') and a bathroom - with bath and over-bath shower with glass screen.
You have your own room (with drawer and hanging space) and share the bathroom with me and any other guest(s). Bedding is all new and comfortable – duvets and pillows are feather and down filled. Bath and hand towels are supplied for your use. There is a hairdryer, and a supply of basic toiletries (shampoo, shower gel etc.), provided for guests well. Guest AccessAs well as your own bedroom, guests are welcome to use the communal areas – kitchen/utility, dining room, lounge and garden – and log onto the Wi-Fi. You are welcome to come and go as you want/need to – I’ll provide a front door key if required.
You are free to use the lounge to relax, watch television, read etc. There are DVDs and books you are welcome to borrow. Kettle, tea, coffee, biscuits and so on are provided in the kitchen. I will provide a selection of cereals, bread, pastries, spreads, yoghurt and/or fruit for breakfast. (Please let me know before hand of any specific dietary requirements or preferences and I will do my best to meet them). Cooking facilities, washing machine, dryer and iron could be available if required. Please ask about this. (There are two takeaways, a pub which serves food, and dry-cleaners - each about 2-3 minutes’ walk from the house.)
There is off street parking on my driveway, but if both spaces happen to be in use there is plenty of free on street parking round about. Interaction with GuestsI’ll do my best to ensure that I am there to welcome you when you arrive, show you around, offer refreshments and chat a bit. My work is reasonably flexible which means I am often at home during the day, but may at times be working elsewhere.
You’ll find this is a quiet and peaceful place to stay. I am friendly, welcoming and hospitable but will generally leave you to get on with what you want to do – whilst being available if needed for help, advice or information. The NeighborhoodStoke Gifford is on the North Bristol fringe, about 6 miles from the city centre. Not so very long ago it was just a village but is now a fast growing suburban hub with businesses, shops, restaurants, hotels, cinema etc. in the near vicinity. The original village is in evidence with the Village Green - encircled by the 14th Century church, Old School Rooms, Old Post Office and Beaufort Arms public house.
Amenities not far from my front door are two convenience stores, fish and chip shop, Chinese takeaway, Post Office, dry cleaner and pub. There’s a lovely coffee shop just on the Village Green, run by one of the local churches (St Michael’s) which is open weekdays until 4.00pm and on Saturday mornings. A larger Sainsbury’s store is few minutes’ drive away, and bit further on is the Abbey Wood Shopping Park – Asda, Costa, Bella Italia, Matalan and whatnot. (Both are within walking distance, 20-30 minutes or so, if you enjoy the exercise)
We are also not far from the University of the West of England (UWE), the main Frenchay Campus, and Southmead Hospital. So it’s a good location if you’re visiting either of these, or any of the other organisations and companies nearby – Abbeywood Community School, the MOD, Rolls Royce, BAE, Friends Life etc. Bradley Stoke, with the Almondsbury Business Park and Aztec West, is also close by
Bristol itself is a vibrant, cultural, multi-cultural and historical city with absolutely loads to do and see. If you want to know more about what’s on and happening, and places to visit, there are plenty of web sites, and I am happy to advise. (I’ve lived in Bristol for 35 years so I am fairly familiar with what’s here).
Stoke Gifford is a good base from which to visit and explore the local area (city, coast and countryside) as well as travel further afield. Getting AroundBuses go regularly to the city centre, from the bus stop two minutes’ walk from my house. Outside rush hour it takes about 15-20 minutes by car to access the city centre, Clifton and other places of interest. Cribbs Causeway (incorporating the Mall, the Vue and other retail parks and outlets) is about ten minutes’ drive away and also accessible by bus.
Bristol Parkway Station is about seven minutes’ walk from my house. A 10 minute train journey will take you to Bristol Temple Meads station in the centre of town. And the South West, Midlands and the North, South Wales and London are all on main lines from this station.
For drivers, there is ample free parking round here, and easy access to the M32 and the M4/M5 interchange. Other Things to NoteThe only thing that occurs to me to mention is that I have a rather quirky, elderly budgerigar, Philip. He is quiet and no trouble at all (and doesn’t come out of his cage) but is worth noting if you have feather or bird allergy. I can move him into my office for the duration of your stay if that helps.