About the Homestay
We have been hosting young people for over 7 years and love having visitors with us. We often have two or three guests at a time making for lively conversations. My husband and I have two friendly dogs. Our home is a short distance from downtown Boston and Harvard Square with public transportation just steps from the front door. Our neighborhood is quiet and very safe. Our price includes breakfast which guests serve themselves and dinner which we prepare and eat together.
2 Dogs, Cat
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Air Conditioning
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our House is located on the North side of Newton a short distance from downtown Boston and Harvard Square, Cambridge. There is a bus stop one block from the house and a number of bus routes are available at the stop.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Bus Stop
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Half Board
Laundry is done by the visitor and can be done on any day or time but not past 9 pm.
Host will wash sheets and towels every two weeks (typically on Saturday). If you want your sheets and towels washed, please leave them in the laundry room before 10 AM Saturday morning.
The hosts request that you be respectful of others when doing laundry.
The house is cleaned every two weeks by a service or the hosts. You are responsible for your own room.
Toiletries may be kept in the bathroom but you will be sharing the bathroom with another student.
Please be respectful of others and keep the bathroom clean – do not leave dirty clothes lying around. Do not leave wet towels on any piece of furniture or on the floor. There are towel racks and hooks in the bathroom and towel hooks on the doors in your room.
Each visitor is responsible for putting their dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
Outside food is allowed in the homestay but should NOT be eaten in your room. Use of the kitchen for cooking is also allowed and we welcome participation in meal preparation.
You are on your own for breakfast. We always have yogurt, cereal, milk, fruit and toast. If there is something else you would like, let us know.
Dinner is served between 6:30PM and 7:30pm (or depends on visitors’ schedules, whatever is good for every one). If you will not be home for dinner on the weekends, please call or text by 5pm.
If you will not be home for dinner and want dinner saved for you, please let the host know before dinner time. Your meal will be on the counter. If you will not be eating at home, please text Lee or Tabetha by 4 PM
SPECIAL HOUSE REQUESTS
The hosts go to bed around 10:30pm. If you are staying awake, we just ask that music and the television be turned down. Please be considerate of others when returning home after 10:00pm.
If you have forgotten your key, please notify the hosts before 9pm so arrangements can be made.
Visitors must buy their own phone cards for international calls
No overnight guests are allowed unless permission is given.
NO SMOKING in the house at any time. Visitors may smoke outside but dispose of smoked cigarette in the garbage outside and not on the yard.
Turn off all lights and electronics when you leave the house and when you go to bed.
Please make sure the door to the kitchen and the gate are in place to keep the dogs in the family room/kitchen area.
The hosts must be made of your plans on the weekend. We would like to meet your friends and find it helpful to have their cell phone numbers and their host family contacts in case of emergency.
Please let us know if the bathroom sink or shower is draining slowly. The house has old plumbing and sometimes we need to unclog the drains
• Please lock the door whenever you leave the house.
• Please do not bring any food into your room – water is fine but all eating should be done downstairs.
• Please bring the trash down from your room on Wednesday night and leave it by the back door.
Smoking is not allowed.
To summarize it up, I definitely recommend everyone to stay at Tab's and Lee's home!
Since the day I arrived, I felt like I had a "new home" in Boston, where I stayed for 2 months. Tab and Lee were so friendly at any time and we spent some great evenings together watching TV or just talking about everything you can think of. I also took the two dogs Henley and Rugby and the new cat Samantha into my heart. The food was amazing, the room was clear and very comfortable. I cannot complain about anything during my stay at their place and hope I will see you/them again in the future!
This guest awarded the host 3 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.
I’m so luck to find tab and live in a lively blue room.I enjoy tab to share about raise two daughter experiences. Bunny have learnt a lot English also make a lot friends. I always remember when weather is turn colder your living room fire so warm.Our were around table have a yummy dinner and play cards game. Just like a family. I appreciate your truly love Bunny as a granddaughter. I love your and your family.
It was a unbelievable experience in Tabetha´s amazing house! I really enjoyed my time in Tab´s home. The house is big, and very comfortable, neighborhood is safe and convinience. I loved Lee´s dinner each night, it was delicious and healthy. My room (pink) was big and perfect for me, and my housemates were international students whose talked with me like Lee and Tabetha, It was good for improve my english skills. I remember all special moments in Tab house and really recommend it, Lee and Tabetha was more than host for me, they was my family in my stay there.
This guest awarded the host 5 hearts but didn’t leave any comments.
I stayed there together with my husband for a little more than 6 months. Such an amazing welcoming environment. It feels like you are part of a family. They will really try to let you feel at home, they cook amazing (yes!) food and you can talk with them about literally anything. The animals are very friendly and great to have around. The house is big, we stayed in the brown bedroom, very good bed and a lot of space to work and relax. Good bathroom as well. It's walking distance to buses to Boston and we biked a lot as well.
Would definitely stay there again and if we ever go back to that area we would contact them for sure.
Best.Host.Ever. Tabetha and Lee are so lovable and affectionate who will treat you as part of their family. I really felt home during the short stay with them.
I stayed in their Pink bedroom for a month. The room is cozy and the bed is really comfortable. Tabetha and Lee are very welcoming and very helpful. There is a well equipped kitchen where we make our own breakfast. We always had salads and different kind of dinner every night. The neighborhood is quiet and safe with big houses, not crowded. The location is blocks away from the MBTA bus stop and 2min drive to the I-90 highway. There are two big dogs, they are well trained and very friendly. I had so much fun staying with this family. Thank you so much to Tabetha and Lee for hosting me for a month, I surely enjoyed every single day of it. Good Luck to you all! ---Ella
Tabetha and Lee are absolutely amazing hosts! They really make you feel like being part of a family.
I received a very open and warm welcome without any awkwardness and they really helped me settling down in the city with lots of useful advices. The food they cook for dinner is simply delicious and very diverse, so I enjoyed coming home in the evening to have dinner and a chat with them.
The rooms are all spacious, furnished with a comfortable bed and a desk so you can study or work in your room.
Be prepared to share some space with the two dogs. I loved that as these guys are very friendly and playful.
To sum it up, I had a splendid time in their house. The 5/5 rating comes from the heart.
Thanks for all the notable memories!
Passei 30 dias com o casal Tabetha e Lee, seus dois lindos cães e ainda, dois gatos. Meu Inglês ainda é muito deficiente e isso prejudicou a nossa comunicação, infelizmente. Mas a experiência foi muito boa, a imersão no idioma e num lar americano. O casal é bem tranquilo, seus pets são muito sociáveis, a casa fica numa localidade excepcional, o quarto que me deram é muito bom e amplo e o maior destaque, sem dúvida, fica por conta da gastronomia. Sempre cozinham coisas variadas à noite. Os jantares, mesmo os mais simples, são muito bons. Em Inglês posso tentar dizer, com o auxilio do tradutor on line: I spent 30 days with the couple and Tabetha Lee, his two beautiful dogs and also two cats. My English is still very poor and this detracted from our communication, unfortunately. But the experience was very good, language immersion and an American home. The couple is very quiet, their pets are very sociable, the house is in an exceptional location, the room they gave me is very good and large, the highlight undoubtedly is due to the cuisine. Always cook different things at night. The dinners, even the simplest, are very good.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.