We took a road trip down to Bristol for a few days, we usually book a holiday let or Premier Inn, but this time we decided to try out an Airbnb. Airbnb is a company that people use to lease or rent short-term lodging including holiday cottages, apartments, homestays, hostel beds, or hotel rooms.
We booked a 5-bed family home in the centre of Bristol. It had all the home comforts including a washing machine, dishwasher and washing line. If I can do all the washing whilst we away then that is a massive plus, because who likes coming home to mountains of washing?! It also had a play room with toys for the children, trampoline in the garden and a snooker and table tennis table.
We made our booking directly with the host (home owner) through the Airbnb website. You can chose to pay in two instalments or the full amount straight away, and there is no fee for cancelling which is a massive plus when you have children, because who knows what is going to happen. There is an administrative fee (which is how the site make their money) which is added to the total at the end of the booking and it does make quite a difference to the price, so be aware.
The host couldn’t have been more helpful and it was great that you could ask someone that actually lives in the house/area and get a “real” answer. We had a few problems with the electrics whilst we were there and it was great how quickly it was sorted out, even though the home owners were in Thailand. The neighbours were wonderful and happy to help out with local information.
The house was lovely, just like the photos on the site, so no nasty surprises when we arrived. It was really clean and ridiculously tidy! It had a homely feel and was like having a cuppa at your friends house. The kitchen had a huge table which overlooked the garden and it was perfect for the 8 of us.
The only thing that I found a little bit unsettling was that it was actually somebody’s house, stupid I know, because I knew this before we travelled. I’m sure some things had been put out of the way, but there were still personal photos and belongings in each room. I have to be honest, I would hate someone else staying in my house and playing with the childrens toys.
I found it difficult to relax as I was worried about the children touching ornaments or breaking plates. I’m glad to say that nothing got broken or damaged!
Having somewhere safe for the children to run around and let off steam was brilliant. It was lovey to sit be able to sit down in an evening when the children had gone to bed and relax, just as if we had been at home.
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