About This Listing
Light sunny 1 bedroom apartment,sleeps up to 4 with living room sofa bed.Own access.Tranquil location two minutes walk from village shops,park,restaurants cafes and bus stop. Waterviews .Central Sydney 10 minutes away by bus or ferry.Parking permit.
This space is ideal for a single or a couple on holiday or short term business contract. The living room has a sofa bed that sleeps an extra two.Self contained facilities include fully equipped kitchen-living room with gas hob and oven,dishwasher,microwave, washing machine/dryer,fridge /freezer and bathroom with walk in shower. Equipment includes flat screen TV ,portable radio/CD player with ipod port, iron and ironing board,hairdryer and free wifi. All linen is supplied, and porta -cot available on request for an extra $50.
Our guests love the private "secret" garden and patio , leafy and cool, but is always bathed in morning sunshine; so peaceful and yet a stone's throw away from all amenities you could possibly want - transport-shops- restaurants- pubs - even a cottage hospital!
We provide a parking permit for guests with a car.
There is a separate entrance through the Garden. You have your own patio and everything is self contained.
Interaction with Guests
We live on site upstairs so can help with any issues or queries. If we are unavailable our friends will be there to help if required.
Balmain is a village and feels like a (website hidden) is one of Sydney's oldest suburbs, very pretty old houses and cottages and parks and water views everywhere. There are tons of restaurants cafes and delicatessens. Gladstone Park with it's barefoot bowling club and bistro is opposite the house.
You can walk everywhere,no need for a car, but a visitor parking permit is available should you need one. A bus goes direct to the city every 10 minutes in peak hour and every 20 minutes the rest of the day. The joy of Balmain is the regular ferry service, just a 10 minute ride to the centre of the city.Ferries to the city leave regularly from two terminals, both walkable.From the airport a taxi is the best bet,approx A$50/60 . It takes about 30 minutes.Alternatively- a train to Town Hall, then 442 bus to Gladstone park Balmain
Other Things to Note
Only two rules: no smoking indoors and no pets.
The apartment will be cleaned before you arrive, and when you leave. You are responsible for cleaning the flat and putting out the rubbish during your stay.
Alison was very efficient with all correspondence. Although she was away when we stayed there, her friend met my husband letting him and explaining everything clearly.
She was even kind enough to deliver an umbrella to us to cope with Sydney's downpour that weekend.
The location of the flat was perfect, walking distance to all the great cafes and restaurants of Balmain. It contained everything you needed plus a few extras, such as the coffee and plunger. Due to the steep steps it would be difficult for anyone with mobility issues.
Alison was very welcoming and the apartment was equiped with everything... even a coffee plunger. It was clean and cosy with a very comfortable bed, great shower, and wonderful views from the patio. It was the perfect place to stay in Sydney. The house is only a two minute's walk away from the Balmain main street, which has great cafe's and shops. I would definitely come back again.
Alison's place is very comfortable and close to Central Balmain. Everything you'd need is there and she's a wonderful host! Thanks Alison.
Alison greeted us on arrival, very warm and friendly. Alison showed us around the unit and then mostly left us alone but we could contact her at any time if needed. The unit was clean and tidy and we liked the touches of bread, milk, butter, cereal etc and especially the chocolates! The unit itself was very comfortable, the bed was great and we had everything there we needed.
We were sorry to miss you but Barbara was very helpful in settling us in.
It was cold and wet so we were pleased of the heater and cosy flat. The kitchen was very well equipped even down to herbs and we loved this. Also our bed was lovely and comfy. We were also pleased to have a washing machine dryer because of the rain !
We did find the access difficult, and I think the heavy rain made it worse. Probably in better weather it would have been lovely to sit in the garden. Proximity to the village was very handy.
About the Host, Alison
I am English, living in Sydney Australia. Married, two daughters. I used to produce science television. I now bring together an international conference of people who produce and broadcast science and history television. It is a unique window on the world and enables me to travel extensively - mostly in Europe and North America, but also recently in Malaysia and China. Our family is passionate about food and wine and we all love to cook. I also love biking and walking, books and theatre. If you stay in our apartment we can give you great leads for enjoying the best Sydney has