We spent one month in Ben's beautiful studio. We loved the space, the neighborhood -- and our host. Let's start with the space.
The word 'studio' tends to evoke small spaces, but we estimated the main room to be in the neighborhood of 36 to 40 square meters (380-430 square feet). Two separate spaces adjoin the large main room. The kitchen is compact but has a lovely view, a full-size gas hob and oven, a kettle and other essentials. We love gas! The bathroom (with bathtub) is buffered from the main room by a small space one could use as a reading or changing room. Between the two of us, we appreciated having two desks for working and a dining table for eating, as well as the ample storage space. With its high ceilings, abundance of natural light, its bookshelves stocked with interesting works (and the large lounge chair from which to consume them), the studio is a perfect writer's retreat or space for creative professionals.
The neighborhood made us want to stay in Glasgow forever. It is peaceful because of its greenery and style -- greenery thanks to the many trees and parks, style thanks to the elegant architecture on the surrounding streets, including the studio's own building. Yet within a few minutes' walk on either side, you can reach two vibrant hubs (Hyndland street and Byres road). Coffee, restaurants, groceries, clothes, public transport. For those looking to limber up, there seems to be a perpetual 30-pounds-for-30-days offer at Bikram's Yoga, right across the highly-rated Hanoi Bike Shop restaurant. Yeah, we took the dive.
From our first messages to the end of our stay, Ben was an outstanding host. Besides going out of his way to ensure we lacked for nothing and giving us much-needed orientation, he was a source of enriching conversations.
We've stayed at many AirBnBs. For various reasons, this will be one of the handful on the very top shelf.