Kati's place in Croydon, a working class suburb south of London, is really quite nice. Her street is off of the main roads and gets almost no traffic; having stayed mostly in cities for the last few months, I was amazed at how quiet it was there. Despite that, the train station is just a short walk away, and it gives easy access to central London, and to Gatwick Airport. I stayed here largely because of the airport access, and it was super easy to get there when I was ready to leave. There's a very large Sainsbury supermarket a couple of blocks away, with a decent selection of organic food choices, and a few centers with shopping and restaurants a little further away, if you feel like the walk.
The guest room is on the 2nd floor of the townhome, at the front, and the back of the home has a surprisingly large, very private garden; the interior of the whole block seems to be filled with greenery and trees and it's very lovely. Any smoking is done out here, not inside (if one were so inclined), but it's very nice to just sit out in the morning and have coffee and read. The interior is simply but pleasantly decorated, the appliances are easy to use (after some ovens I've seen, I no longer take that for granted), and there's plenty of refrigerator and freezer space for groceries. The guest room is quite large, the bed is comfortable, the table was excellent for my computer work, and the internet was excellent. (I had no trouble streaming Hi-Def videos or online gaming, the most demanding internet activities). The shared bathroom was very functional (again, something I've learned to not take for granted).
Kati was a delightful person, warm and friendly and very considerate. Her adult son Tom was away at the time, and it seemed as though Kati was more the primary host here. She responded very promptly to my messages ahead of and during my stay, and was a true pleasure to stay with.
I can highly recommend Kati's place, and would gladly stay here again.