I've lived in Manchester three and a half years and I've always wanted to live in Didsbury. It's a quiet, leafy, pretty, well kept South Manchester suburb with a slight middle class tinge. It's more small suburban town that some of the more urban neighbourhoods closer to the centre, but still has the benefit of a sweet location. The city centre's 45 minutes by bus' that come every few minutes 24/7 or a 20 minute drive. The airport's a 15 minutes drive. A+ for amenities and perfect vibe for my American boyfriend's first impression of Manchester and England.
David was super accommodating and helped me out of a fairly tight spot last minute when I was stuck between places. He made sure everything was taken care of. A friendly and uncomplicated stay with a reassuring host and great communication.
The house is a three storey end of terrace townhouse awesomely located on a secluded side street round the corner from the main Didsbury drag. The attic room is tucked away on the second floor with it's own petite staircase and lock which makes it feel fairly private. As the room had it's own mini kitchen (nice touch) and we're foodies we didn't use the shared kitchen. There was rarely a clash with the shared bathroom (loved the pastel turquoise fittings) and the other people sharing the house were friendly and considerate enough. The atmosphere was relaxed and we could come and go and move about as we pleased.
We adored hearing the rain pattering on the roof. The room has amazing light with the sunrise shining through the window and the sun setting through the balcony doors. The view is cute onto a typically English street. The room's large, plenty of space for two people to spend most their time. The sloped ceiling can take some getting used to for taller people (boyfriend's 6', took him a few days!).
The window and balcony doors keep it well ventilated, and the radiator and extra electric heater keep it snug when it's cold. We loved the little well lit bed nook, homey feel. You can tell these rooms have been a temporary home along many people's journeys, which gives it a nice casual atmosphere. A little worn but everything works just fine, like a well worn in snuggly winter sweater.
Someone being nice enough to let you stay in a spare room in their home kind of feel, we fell in love with the place.