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TravelPod Member ReviewsBay Tree House Bed & Breakfast London
A great breakfast this morning - cooked to order and with many options. Then, did take-away for dinner and bothered our hostess with several requests - which she graciously fulfilled - always with a smile! Thanks, Jasmine!
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Highly recommend. This is a top rated B&B. And, it's not too pricey. Small and intimate with our great hosts - Janice and James. Arnos Grove is about 20 minutes by underground to the City. We bought Oyster Cards and used the service every day. Book well in advance if you want a gentle experience
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bay Tree House Bed & Breakfast London
Felt like home!
My friend and I stayed at the Baytree for our 3 day trip to London and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Even though we live on the other side of the globe, we felt like we were at home. James and Janice were perfect hosts. The rooms were spacious and clean (we stayed in the Rose Room) and our bathroom was very roomy too - with heated towel racks. A fresh made to order breakfast each morning was a huge treat and the conversation around the table was great. My traveling companion fell ill while there and Janice and James did everything they could to make sure she was comfortable even offering to run to the market for her. They picked up our train passes for us and even arranged for a cab to come get us at 4:30am on the last day when we had to catch a very early train to Paris.
Though they were not in the downtown area, that was fine. It was quiet and comfortable. And if you wanted to stay out at the pubs late, there is a night bus that takes you right back to the top of their block. I look forward to returning very soon!
Clean, convenient and Super Friendly
James and Janice are very friendly, genial and obliging hosts who throw in extras, like Granola bars, cookies, cups of tea - you feel like a visiting friend more then a customer, but you don't feel cramped or squished into someones spare bedroom. Thier B&B is convenient to the Piccadilly line which goes through to Heathrow. They are in a quiet residential street that has shops and restaurants and Pub(s?) between their location and the tube station. The accomodation is very clean and top-notch, and the breakfast will not leave you hungry! Excellent value, and ever the more so since it is London! On my top list of best accomodation deals anywhere, anytime!
Book early - this is a deservedly popular B&B - !
Very Warm and Personal.
My wife, our son (11) and I were with James & Jan for 4 nights and were delighted with every aspect of our stay. They were warm and welcoming from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. It really was like staying with good friends.
The accomodation is to a good standard and well maintained with quality furniture within the rooms and very comfortable. There is an interesting selection of books available to while away the hours and rest your weary feet in the quiter moments. The rear of the property faces the Railway track (approx 250 metres away) and for all my trying I couldn't hear anything as trains passed - bliss.
The location is excellent being just 3 or 4 minutes walk from the tube station which runs a very regular (every 5 minutes) service to London (Piccadilly line) which takes 20 to 25 minutes depending on where you want to go. Its an ideal location for short trips to London for sightseeing or theatre trips. Travel was cheap and cost £5.40 for an Adult off peak Travelcard (travel after 09.30) and £1.00 for a child (up to 15) and covered trains/buses/tube to almost every part of London.
Breakfast is always plentiful and could be a Full English or cereal or croissants/pancakes/soda bread or all of them if you wish. The selection varied on a daily basis which kept breakfast interesting and fresh. James/Jan were always very quick to assist with any problems or questions you might have including advice on how to save money on various places of interest. And somehow breakfast was so relaxed because the conversation kept on coming and on subjects as diverse as you like.
The local pub also serves the biggest and hottest meals you could possibly imagine. A winner. And there are a selection of other restaurants fairly close by.
In summary - we wanted a personal place to stay. We were welcomed as friends and felt that we left as friends. Fantastic.
Feels like home...
As a family of five (3 teenagers) traveling is always an adventure! Some friends who live outside of London had recommended Bay Tree House Bed & Breakfast as a nice place in a quiet neighborhood not too far from the sites and just a short walk from "the tube".
We were warmly welcomed by James & Janice Monaghan and then shown to our oh-so-comfortably-decorated rooms. One of our rooms even had a beautiful view of a park that sits right behind the house. The bathrooms are all brand new and sparkling clean and the beds were like home except that the sheets were ironed - what a treat!!!
The dining room was sunny and inviting and the breakfasts were delicious, everyone enjoyed trying some of the local fare. The Monaghans were very helpful and full of great ideas on how to make the most of the trip. Even some good tips on which pubs to visit.
We had a wonderful stay and would sincerely recommend this B & B to anyone who is traveling to London but wishes to stay just a short hop from all of the hustle & bustle.
Plans kept us from staying, but the friendliest B&B I found
Unfortunately we never got to stay at the Bay Tree House. We had a room booked for our family of four but circumstances kept us from fulfilling our vacation as planned. I would like to share that the Bay Tree House was the friendliest B&B in all my searching and emailing. From the looks of other reviews, this must be a wonderful place to stay. Maybe we will get there some other day.
A home away from home
This is a place I heartily recommend to anyone visiting London! Having stayed in some awful accommodation on previous visits, this was almost too good to believe! The rooms are large, comfortable and cosy, with ample storage space...the bathrooms are also large, with big showers and fantastic heated towel rails. All is kept spotless, yet the rooms are cleaned so discreetly that you barely notice anyone's been in! Breakfast is huge and delicious and can keep you going for most of the day! James and Janice are just lovely, so hospitable, making you feel like a guest in their lovely home and always ready to help out with anything! They really opened up their home to me and made me feel so comfortable. There's always 'nibbles' and a lovely conservatory in which to lounge about, plus tea and coffee anytime! Plus the area around is nice and quiet and feels very safe...and at the same time, so close to central London via the underground, with the station just a corner away. My only hesitation in recommending the place would be only for fear of finding it fully booked next time I'm in London! :) Otherwise, I suggest anyone who wants an experience in what was literally a home away from home visit this B&B.
We saw their homepage at internet and e-mailed them with a question of vacancy. The answer we got was long and we got a good feeling about the place.
We are a Norwegian couple with to children that stayed for three nights. We had the Blue Room. It was all we needed and everything was very tidy and clean. James and Janice were very helpful, but careful not to intrude. We all felt they opened their home to us and somehow included us.
The breakfast was good and tasty with good alternatives for the children. The pub just around the corner (Farmers) had exellent food and drinks.
This is a much better place to stay than in an anonymous hotel when you arrive from abroad and want to experience London.
Best B&B for the buck - and just like home!
James and Janice Monaghan run a superior B&B located in a quiet rediential area, just north of London. Bay Tree House has all the comforts of home, and the Monaghans invite you in as friends, not just as visitors. Their well-stocked kitchen and pantry is always open, and the conservatory is a perfect place to read, eat or sip a cup of tea. The rooms are also most comfortable, and our en suite double was a model of comfort.
I recommend this place without any hesitation - it's the model for all B&Bs!
Just like home, except you don't have to clean or cook!
When my wife and I arrived at the Bay Tree House after an 11 hour flight from LAX, an hour trip into London, followed by a 25 minute tube trip from Central London to Arnos Grove, we were ready for rest and relaxation. And we got it! James and Janice Monaghan welcomed us into their lovely B&B, took our heavy bags and offered us cool refreshment. James and Janice were the best hosts, ever! Ask about haggis at your own risk, I liked the spoonful that I sampled.
Every day we started with a great breakfast, full English for me and lighter for my wife. We met some very nice guests (English, American, and others) on various days in the breakfast room. I never seemed to run into them in the hallways, though - another way of saying that our room was very private. We had a nice view over the backyard and could see the park grounds beyond the yard (PS, I had never experienced hot-towel racks for post-shower use, but I sure wish I had them at home).
James and Janice were very helpful in offering tips and advice on things to do and how to do them right. The Indian restaurant near the Bay Tree House had the best tandoori chicken that I have ever eaten. However, we generally ate in the evenings at the next tube stop (about 2 minutes away, further out of London ...Southgate?) because there were quite a few more places than Arnos Grove. The Spanish Tapas place was quite good and the Weatherby's was a good family place, it wasn't smoky like many of the pubs were.
Arnos Grove is about 25 minutes north-northeast of Picadilly Circus, Leicester Square (Central London) via the tube. I felt it was worth it to get out of the noise and congestion of London. You can pay more to stay in smaller surroundings in the City, or choose, as we did, to have a 'homey' experience at the Bay Tree House.
Lovely home, lovely people
This is a beautiful home in the suburbs of London. Jim and Janet (hosts) are so friendly and gracious, they make you feel as if you are related to them! The food is delicious, the rooms are charming and newly renovated, and it's a great value (especially for London). All the rooms have their own full bath with them. The tube is a four-minute walk from their house. There is also a large park nearby and a fabulous Indian restaurant. If we ever get back to London, we hope to stay here again.