About this listing
2 rooms - The big Ulysses Blue Room with king sized futon and gorgeous big windows. The smaller Red Room with large comfy bed. Both in a comfortable, colourful artists house with a lush swimming pool and outdoor entertaining area. Wifi included
2 bedrooms available. The big blue room with king sized raised futon and gorgeous big windows.
The smaller room with large comfy bed.
Both in a comfortable, colourful artists house with a lush swimming pool and outdoor entertaining area.
As well as your room you will have access to:
> The fully equipped kitchen - including juicer, food processor, smoothy maker etc..
> Zazen water filter for super yummy drinking water!
> Freshly ground coffee beans sourced locally from the Cairns Tablelands and a plunger or percolator to brew it in. Or you can walk to the cafes 2min away to get an array of different blends/styles/etc..
> Shared bathroom with great shower
> I provide the basics - tea, coffee, sugar, oil, salt and spices etc., soaps, small bathroom supplies like shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, cotton tips, laundry detergent, all blankets, linen and towels.
> Good wifi, an IPod Dock (4) and there are international power adapters for you to borrow while you are here.
My office is private though if you need something scanned/printed I am happy to do it for you :)
Interaction with Guests
I have traveled a lot myself and stayed with people all over the world so am aware of travelers needs and what makes for a good experience :)
I can easily provide you with loads of local information re swimming spots, where to find the best food and local entertainment, tours etc.
I am often home though do go away at times.
When I am away I have a friend who lives nearby who manages the house so she can help with anything you need :) When I'm home I am happy to give you space or share meals and hang out depending on how much work I have or how our schedules work out. I'm also up for dropping people into town when I can, taking people to the river for swims when time allows and will invite guests to dance classes and other events whenever possible :)
The Local Area
This really is the best part of town! It's a quiet neighbourhood and just out of the town center enough to be relaxed, without being too far away.
There are loads of great cafes nearby and all you will need including a bakery, butcher, lots of options for yummy food - sushi, Thai, Chinese, an Asian grocer, bottle shop and a small supermarket all a 3 min walk away.
The bigger, cheaper supermarket, post office and chemist are about a 10min walk away.
The Botanical Gardens are just up the road, free and well worth a look! The Tanks Arts Center is also within walking distance and has lots of great exhibitions and events (I've seen some great music there!)
There are 2 bush walks you can do close by - a 1hr return trek - The Red Arrow, and and 5hr return trek - The Blue Arrow.
There is supreme bird watching down the road at Centenary Lakes - I saw Pelicans there recently! We have Rainbow Bee Eaters out the front of the house, Sunbirds, Kookaburras and more and a good bird book for people who are interested, and we get Green Tree Frogs and Birdwing and Ulysses butterflies in the back yard :)
There are 2 bus routes close by that run every half hour or more to/from the center of town at the Lake St Terminal/Cairns City Mall. You can catch a 130,131, or 121
I have 2 bicycles for you to use for free :) It takes 20-40min to ride into town and you can do most of it along the coast.
Walking is also a good option as there is lots to see. You can walk into town, along the coast in under an hour.
A taxi to/from the airport or into the town center costs about $18 each way. Airport pick ups and drop offs can sometime be arranged for $15 each way, depending on the time/s and our availability.
There is plenty of parking if you have a car.
The tours for the Great Barrier Reef all leave from the Reef Fleet Terminal at the Pier in town. You can head in in any of the ways listed above, or arrange for some of the tour operaters to pick you up from the old post office just around the corner from the house.
Other Things to Note
As with most tropical destinations there is dengue fever in Cairns. You would be highly unlucky to get it but we like to do everything possible to avoid it anyway. It is good to bring some insect repellant containing DEET (don't worry if you can't as we always have some here) and avoid the stripey day time mosquitoes which are the only ones that carry the virus. Thanks to science 84% of the dengue mosquitoes in this area are no longer able to transmit dengue to people.
The usual basic respect and cleanliness. Please pick up after yourself and leave the house as you found it. You break it, you fix it. Please turn off all lights/power points/etc at the wall when not being used. We have solar panels on the house so conservation is key :) No smoking inside. Pets are ok so long as they are house trained, reasonably quiet and don't chew things they shouldn't! You can come and go as you please but must be respectful of others - i.e. keep it down when others are sleeping. Back door key stays in the back door. Please shut the windows in the big room and lock the front and back doors so the house is secure when you go out. Please do not bring strangers home. Respect my things! You are welcome to read any books in the bookshelf - just leave them in the same shape you found them in :) Thank you
Sophia is lovely, made me feel at home & very comfortable, as i am older & was on my own. It was a nice stroll to my art workshop week at the Tanks in the Botanical Gardens. The only downside of this AIRBNB stay is there are two rooms & only 1 bathroom to share
Beautiful and very comfortable accommodation. Sophia was very helpful and very welcoming. We easily walked to the Botanical Gardens and even the Esplanade (though some might prefer to use alternate means as it is a 1 hour walk).
Sophia was very kind and welcoming to us, even though this time we were travelling with our 2 grandchildren for the first time. Sophia very graciously allowed the six of us to ‘take over’ her small older-style dwelling. The best thing about this homestay is its site and setting - the lovely Edge Hill neighbourhood; close to the Cairns gardens, the sky-rail, the strand, the airport, the university, etc. At the easily walkable nearby shopping centre we found excellent food and cafes, especially a Thai & Laos hole-in-the-wall with the best takeaways, and Ozmosis, a modern European restaurant catering for both dine-in and takeaways (best blond potato pizza ever!!!!).
With close proximity to the airport some night noise disturbance with low flying planes but overall this was a happy stay with a kind and attentive host. We loved the pool too.
Very good location. Right next to bus route to Cairns central area.
Five minute walk to shops and restaurants. Sophia was a welcoming friendly host and an interesting person as well.
Comfortable room and generally welcoming environment. We really enjoyed our stay there. Could not want more.
I thoroughly enjoyed my one night stay at Sophia's beautiful house. She is very friendly and approachable, and took the time to show me around Cairns city centre which I am very grateful for! The house itself is superb, especially the sitting area in the backyard. The red room, although slightly small was well appointed and has enough space for two people. Kitchen and bathroom facilities were excellent. Overall I would definitely recommend this place to everyone!
Although I never met Sophia in person, she was always extremely prompt and accommodating in her replies whenever I messaged her. I did meet her friend while in Cairns though, who was really lovely and even suggested a few places to have dinner. The house is beautiful and full of character, in a more secluded and suburban area of town (I'm glad I rented a car to get around which made things much easier). There are really nice cafes nearby, some of them amongst the nicest in Cairns. I'd definitely consider staying here again if back in Cairns.
Sophia was very welcoming and made you feel at home!
Upon arrival she gave you a list of things of interest in the area and
bus time tables, cafe, resturants etc. which is very helpful.
Edge Hill is in an awesome neighbourhood and close to the airport and beautiful Botanical Gardens.
The room i stayed in was very functional. The amenities clean and tidy. I loved the Zazen water filter unit with great tasting healthy water on tap. I wouldnt hestiate to stay at Sophias again.
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About the Host, Sophia
I am a dancer/dance teacher. I've been running my own dance school for the last 9 years. Love art, travel, food, books, music and good people!
NYC is one of my favourite places on the planet though I've traveled a fair bit and am looking forward to seeing/experiencing more!
I am easy going and friendly and love showing people my little piece of paradise!