Well. It's hard to start a review when all you have to say is "Oh, wow, yeah, look at that! My Goodness! Don't they think they should be staying in this room and not tourists! Oh, yummy!" ... to say the least.
The Concept: "It's good for us, it's good for the environment, so it's good for you."
Valerie and David AND Rollo live in a very carefully furnished and established home. From "Take off your shoes, please." to "You can turn on the air cleaner in your room.", you will enjoy the everyday luxury of knowing you do not harm to the environment.
The bed was so great it made my back ache vanish in two nights!
First thing though, do read the letter they left in your room. It contains handy information on who they are, where you are and what is good in all this. Do ask lots of questions, Valerie and David are full of good ideas about where to go, how to get there, etc. They will greet you in the evening when you return (if they are in, otherwise they leave this job to Rollo). They are very respectful hosts and don't overload you with questions about your trip and who you are. But they are more than willing to help if you need advice. And even if you are very clear on all your programs, do ask them for some useful tips and advice.
The Practice: "We made this ourselves."
Then it's morning time. Oh, yes. Good old morning times. The breakfast is extraordinary. I have taken home a bit of Valerie with me and now eat Granola with oven grilled plums. Thanks for this, Valerie.
Valerie and David and cheese-hungry Rollo will be in the spacious kitchen waiting for you with a "Tudor feast" for breakfast (much better then Heston Blumenthal's). Their idea is that you don't only get a bed but they want to know you better. After all, you are in their home, so do feel like part of the family for your stay.
Valerie will break down any barriers between cultures and backgrounds. We were amazed how many of her guests are returning for the third time or even more.
You will get a stay that you will never forget. Learn new ideas for making your life better and get somewhat fatter (like I did ... all that exquisite cheese platter at breakfast.)
Don't overload your luggage with shampoo and soap. They have lovely biodegradable stuff to help you groom yourself. Hairdryer and water purifier is part of the set up and you even get a Mac computer in your room on the upper floor. And tea and coffee on your bedside table.
Tip1: Go and see Chiswick house and the Farmers' Market on a Sunday morning. You'll love the Thames.
Tip2: Check out opening times of Fullers' Griffin Brewery while you are at it and stop for a pint or lunch at The Mawsons Arms (The Fox and Hounds). Don't go on a Sunday morning as they are not open usually until lunch. We went there when there was a National Trust visit to the Brewery but the lady at the bar so kindly served us and had an idea of taking some photos behind the bar. Lovely!
Thumbs up for Valerie and David and a big thank you from Budapest and Milan!