Our Story

At UnderTheDoormat, we’ve worked and travelled around the world – and think the best way to discover what makes a city tick is not just by being another tourist, but by living like a local.

That’s why our goal is to help people experience a new way to travel.

By staying in the homes of locals while they are away, you can step into their lives and unlock the secrets of the city. Every home we feature is hand-picked for its character – in vibrant neighbourhoods filled with personality. Our aim is to provide the amenities of a hotel, but without the cookie cutter experience, which is why we include fresh towels, linens, toiletries and employ a housekeeping team to deliver a professional clean after your stay leaving you with a few less things to worry about on your travels.

We believe that travel should be personal, inspirational and memorable, something to share when you return.

That’s why when you open the door with UnderTheDoormat, you’re holding the key not only to a new home-from-home – but also to an unforgettable local story.

How We Started

Collectively, our team has lived in more than 10 (and visited over 75) countries around the world. So it’s fitting that our story has its roots across the globe. From the concept that founder Merilee imagined while traveling to Switzerland, Cuba and Colombia, to our name, to the first business plan – everything truly has been a team effort.

We’re thrilled to be doing what we love, which is helping travellers enjoy a more authentic city experience, and enabling homeowners to earn income effortlessly while they’re away.

Since our inception, we’ve learned a lot and are excited about the adventures still to come. Today, UnderTheDoormat features a growing portfolio of homes across London, and we’re looking to expand into more cities globally very soon.


Our Values


Be open

From our homeowners opening their homes, to travellers opening their guest guide for the first time and embracing new city experiences, a sense of openness is at the heart of UnderTheDoormat.


Inspire trust

The trust to open a much loved home to guests. The trust to look after that home when the owners are away. At the heart of UnderTheDoormat is the trust and integrity we expect from others and from ourselves.


Share experiences

Every home unlocks the secrets to a fascinating part of the city. By sharing our guests’ experiences, we hope to inspire other like-minded travellers to create their own memorable local stories.


Stay authentic

A rewarding and meaningful way to travel – every time. By staying in characterful, cared for homes and seeing the city through the eyes of a local, you will enjoy a truly authentic travel experience.