Air BnB: My 1st Experience

Air Bnb.
It’s a site that many have heard of but not that many have used.
…Ok that’s a lie.
It seems like everybody has used it and I was, once again, extraordinarily late to the party.

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I’d seen various posts on Air BnB from trusted (to me) bloggers such as Relokate and Expat Edna but it wasn’t until Edna sent me a referral link which gave us a savings code that S and I actually signed up to use it.
Because yano.
Can’t resist a cheeky little discount!

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We had booked some time off in the beginning of the year and had originally planned to book a last minute trip away but as the dates grew closer and the last of the warm English summer nights crept in I realised, I didn’t want to leave the UK.


I was completely baffled by it too.
We had a whole eleven days where we could have gone anywhere in the world and we chose to stay in the UK. More specifically England. I’ve fallen head over heels for this country of mine and despite living here for 23 of my 24 years, these eyes haven’t actually seen a whole lot of England and S and I are looking to change that, so when our time off came around we decided to book a last minute trip to Cornwall and book our accommodation using Air BnB.

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The whole process was fairly simple.
You search for the area you want to stay add the dates you’re looking for and then you can filter your search based on price, specific location, amenities and whether you’re looking for a room or an entire place.

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Both guests (people who are looking for accommodation) and hosts (people who are providing accommodation) can leave reviews so you not only get to see see what other people thought of the accommodation, but what the host thought of the guest. A feature that I adore, especially as so many places get slated on TripAdvisor when many were just terrible guests with unrealistic expectations.

We decided to stay in Newlyn and we booked Sealanes Studio Apartment, which was run by Ali.

Everything was booked extraordinarily quickly and three minutes after she accepted our booking my inbox pinged with Ali letting me know that she was out at the moment but would send over the directions and house details as soon as she got home. Five hours later the directions were in my inbox and three days later we were all set to go!
The check in time was fairly later than what I’m used to (5:30pm) but it worked perfectly for this trip as the drive to Cornwall takes around four – five hours from our home so it meant that we didn’t have to get up super early and that we could stop for lunch on route.

Arriving at the apartment was fairly nerve-wracking.
It felt weird going up to somebody’s house to be let in.
Like when you were younger and you used to knock for your friend and you weren’t quite sure if you had the right house or not. But Ali was there to greet us, and with a quick drive up the narrow, steep, winding bend to the back of the house, we were “home”.

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Sealanes Studio is an apartment studio situated with Ali’s home.
It’s located on the top floor of her house and is completely self contained with a separate entrance to ensure privacy. The studio is small but incredibly spacious at the same time and the layout works extraordinarily well, especially in the kitchen where space is limited. Ali has utilised the space to the best of it’s potential and whilst it may have looked small, it never once felt it.

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The location of the apartment worked perfectly for us, however if a guest was looking for disabled access or an easy walk then it’s not the accommodation for them as it’s situated up a very steep hill and has stair access and was a short drive to the local town. The drive to the apartment entrance was pretty hilarious as due to the nature of the narrow road we needed to reverse up the first part of the hill, so that we could drive forward up the second part!

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Having not used Air BnB before I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect whatsoever but Ali, our host, was kind, informative and whilst we didn’t see her much during our stay (we were always out exploring!) she made us aware that she was always available if we needed her. She also went above and beyond with all of the little touches in the apartment – not only did we have large fluffy towels and a comfortable bed, but we had heating, great wifi and when we arrived Wednesday evening we discovered that she had laid out a selection of breakfast ingredients including a fresh loaf of bread, eggs, milk, fruit juice, butter, jam tea/coffee etc for us for the following morning.

I don’t know if all of the hosts are as lovely as Ali was, but I know for certain that it’s cemented the fact that I’ll be using Air BnB again!

So tell me.
Have you ever used Air BnB?
If not has this changed your mind at all?
If so tell me all about your experiences!

PS) Haven’t signed up with Air BnB yet?
Use this referral code to get £13 off of your first booking!

  • Ahhh it looks so cozy! I’m so glad your first airbnb experience went well (I would’ve felt badly if I’d talked it up so much and you hated it!) xo

    • It was such a lovely way to stay! We’ve been looking at Air BnB for so many other places too and there’s some really unique accommodation options out there! xo

  • I tried AirBnB for the first time this year too, and the host was really awesome! She picked us up at the train station, drove us to the flat, gave us recommendations on where best to eat in town, and left food for us to eat for breakfast as well as condiments for if we wanted to cook and stay in.

    • What a host! I love it when people go the extra mile xo

  • The joy I find in AirBNB is more often that not, it’s a home away from home. Unbeatable.

    • Completely agree!
      I mean sometimes hotel resorts with feathers for mattresses are amazing, but I definitely prefer the home from home feeling! xo

  • You guys got a charming place with a great view and a very accommodating host. 🙂 This post makes me want to try AirBnB all the more!

    • You definitely should Patricia!
      There’s so many types of accommodation options available and I’ve heard that so many of the hosts are lovely. Let me know how you get on if you do try it! xo

  • Elise

    That’s a super cute looking place! They only time I’ve used air bnb was to book my friend into my apartment building in bkk and it worked out great. It’s a nice change from hotels rooms because you get more space and stuff. Nice pics! look like a good trip. 🙂

    • It was incredible Elise – Cornwall has such beautiful places!
      I love hotel rooms because you just can’t beat room service sometimes, but i love that there’s a new option on the market with such varying price points. Makes a very nice change! xo

  • Leigh

    I have rented out my Chicago apartment on Airbnb a few times and had great experiences. Haven’t used it as a guest yet, as I lean more towards points programs 😉

    • Yeah point programmes are super beneficial, especially if you’re travelling regularly.
      I’m not travelling much at the moment due to work commitments but once we get back out on the road again we’ll definitely be looking into them. Are there any you recommend / prefer using? x

      • Leigh

        I have the Starwood AMEX card, so earn points there and love their hotels – Westin, W, Sheraton, etc – a year’s spending is covering 7 nights in Asia next spring! I also belong to Intercontinental Group – mostly for the Holiday Inn Express chain, which is dog friendly and great for road trips!

        • That’s awesome!
          Will definitely be keeping them in mind – thanks for sharing xo

  • Audrey

    It sounds like a great first experience! I’ve been using AirBnB for years and I love it! It’s made my travels a lot more affordable, plus I love having a little kitchen where I can prepare a snack or a meal if I don’t feel like going out to a restaurant.

    • It was such a great introduction to the Air BnB world and now we’re hooked.
      There’s so many unique places to stay as well which mean you get such variety with your accommodation, and i’m totally with you on the snack front! xo

  • I love Airbnb! I’m currently travelling through Spain and have booked almost all of our accommodation through Airbnb and I’ve been blown away by how awesome our accommodation has been. I’ve used it at least 10 times and yes – some experiences have been better than others, but I’ve never had a bad experience. Happy travels!

    • It’s such an incredible site isn’t it?
      I think my favourite parts are the unique accommodation options combined with the way that hosts can review guests too. Makes it a lot more fair in my opinion! xo

  • Nafisah Akhtar

    Late to the party but i came across this post whilst looking at your other travels! I’m a huge fan of AirBnB, it’s been amazing at putting us in areas we normally wouldn’t have discovered otherwise, be it a city trip or somewhere more remote. I’m hoping to go to Cornwall myself this year – just finding the time and like you said it’s a good 5 hour drive from me too. What did you think of cornwall? Any tips? 🙂
    Also, check out my fairly new blog if you like, i’ve covered a few UK places that may sway you to visit.

    • Hey Nasifah! Welcome, welcome.
      I agree about Air Bnb being amazing, especially when it comes to the lesser known places. Plus a good host can make all the difference – just can’t beat those local recommendations!

      Cornwall is best in summer in my opinion, it takes on a quintessentially English atmosphere and there’s just something about munching on fish and chips whilst taking a stroll along the coast. Exploring wise there’s so much to see and do, I loved our time at St Michael’s Mount and the Minack Theatre but I also loved just driving along the country roads and ending up in random places to, I’d say there’s a little bit for everyone no matter what your preferences! One thing we didn’t get a chance to do (due to timing) is go across to the Isles of Scilly – but I’ll definitely be going next time I’m that way so will have to keep you posted on that one!