Our first airbnb experience

26th November 2017

Like most people, Matt and I like to get away as often as we can. Not just abroad but in the UK too. We like unwinding in spas, spending the week taking Luna on mammoth walks, curling up in front log fires…  We’re fortunate enough to have a few mini-breaks under our belts now but one thing we hadn’t experienced was an Airbnb. Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service which enables people to rent out accommodation on a short-term basis or of course, to stay in these places.

A couple of months ago, we decided to go away to celebrate our 6th Anniversary. Having been away recently to North Star and not being able to take Luna with us, we thought it was only fair she got to come along for the ride too. That ruled out most hotels and we didn’t really fancy a b&b although I’m aware you can get many pet-friendly options. What we really wanted was a whole place to ourselves and more specifically, we wanted to be by the sea. I remembered a few friends had recommended Airbnb so turned my attention to the website which was super simple to use. I’ll admit it was hard not to get pulled in by some of the stunning properties which included romantic treehouses and chalets tucked away in the mountains.

Finally, I settled on a property called ‘the beach hut‘, a lovely little cottage in Sheringham, Norfolk. Unlike when booking a hotel, the majority of the time you will need to ‘request to book’ which allows the owner to check your details and decided whether to approve or not. The length of time depends entirely on the owner but we found this was still fairly quick although it could be a bit of a pain if you need to know instantly.

After our booking was confirmed, we were able to communicate with the owner Neil directly. This was really helpful in finding out more information such as recommended restaurants and walks we could take Luna on. I really liked this aspect of Airbnb as it appealed to by super-organised nature and it also made everything feel really personal. A few weeks before our break, we received documents that explained everything we needed to know such as check-in times, where to park and what we needed to bring. It was really handy to be able to refer to this on my phone whenever I needed.

We arrived in Sheringham to quite frankly abysmal weather. It was pouring with rain and I was a little nervous as while I wanted to keep cosy, I didn’t want to be trapped inside all the time. The beach hut was adorable though and I was really pleased with our choice. The open plan living room and the kitchen had lots of little touches which paid homage to the location by the sea and offered everything we could want to prepare a home-cooked meal. There was even a dog bed and blanket for Luna which was a really nice touch. Upstairs was definitely my favourite, mostly thanks to the gorgeous roll-top bath we used multiple times with lush bath bombs over our stay.  The fairy lights strung across the wooden beams helped make the nights extra cosy and we loved the mezzanine floor which could be accessed by wooden steps and offered another double bed should there be more people in your party.

We spent our two days in Sheringham eating good food (thoroughly recommend The Sitting Room), taking walks along the beach and exploring the area. It was a really lovely chance to take things easy and spend some quality time together. Would we book an Airbnb again? Most definitely. There is such a large array of choices, whatever country you are in or wherever to visit and your bound to find something to suit your budget. Our own little beach hut was really reasonable at £65 per night, especially considering that included a whole place to ourselves with full kitchen! I’m excited about booking our next Airbnb trip though with so many choices, who knows how long that might take! I’d love to know what your own experience with Airbnb is – let me know in the comments!

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