“My daughters and I stayed in the family house for a week. The point was to find a house in London because they were taking summer courses at the University. Sonya and Dave´s house is more than that: it´s a nice and quite house IN London! The great experience was to both enjoy the crowded center of London (by tube it takes 30 min to reach Piccadilly Line) and the silence of Barnet´s neighbourhoud. We would really recommend a swap with this nice family. They made our stay confortable and easy by being in contact during the exchange. So, if you want to visit London, sleep well and meet good people (including Cleo, their cat): that´s definitively your place to go!”
Sonya's reviewsAs a host (5)
“We spent a great new year's holiday in London thanks to Sonya and Dave. Their cosy house has a lovely garden full of birds and squirrels. From the garden gate you step directly into parkland, it is a very quiet and green location. Transport to London is easy, you have the choice of a very frequent underground and overground rail services at a short walk. There are supermarkets and a local pub nearby. King's Cross is very easy to reach and from there we had many enjoyable walks along Regent's Canal. We were surprised to see that you can walk to Camden Lock in less than 30 minutes, away from traffic and bustle. Sonya, Dave and their two daughters are lovely people, we were lucky to be able to meet and have a coffee together between trains. They made us feel very welcome at their home and left our house spotless. We highly recommend this exchange.”
“We spent last Christmas at this cosy house in Barnet. We loved Cloe the cat, and were amazed by all the squirrels in they're garden. And also the amazing big green parakeets. We loved London, and would recommend Harrods for anybody with children. Also a bus trip is fantastic to take with children. It was nice to be so close to London. It was a lovely holiday.”
“We had a great time in Sonya and Dave's house. It is very clean and so near London. You can take the tube easily and relax in the park next to their home. It was a pleasure to cuddle the cat and Sonya was very friendly in her mails. We totally recommend this house to visit London.”
“The house of Sonya and Dave is perhaps not very large, but has everything you need, including a good shower and lovely British tiles. The garden is large and lots of birds visit it. The cat is the most friendly cat ever known. But best of all, the house is a 10 minute walk away from either tube or train station, which means you are in the heart of London in under an hour, without having to switch trains. Sonya and Dave communicate very well and prompt and try to meet all your needs. Sonya's mum lives nearby and is open to contact. We spent a wonderful morning together. If you like to go to London, this is a perfect place to stay.”
Where is it?
Barnet is a great location because it is in Greater London and on the tube; also it is close to the countryside. Our house is in a quiet road. We are 15-20 minutes' walk from Cockfosters tube station, which takes you into the centre of London in 35-40 minutes or 12-15 mins walk from Oakleigh Park Station which takes you into London in 20 mins approx. We feel we have the best of both worlds, with the protected woodland to the back of the house and the proximity to London also.
Behind the woods there is a park with a play area, tennis courts and a cafe.
We are 10-15 mins walk from East Barnet centre and a short car/bus journey from High Barnet or Whetstone. Also 15 mins walk from Cockfosters centre. Each of these places has shops, cafes and restaurants with easy parking. We are minutes by car from the M25 motorway which takes you to a multitude of interesting places outside of London.
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