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
The time of me and my family in Sophia's house was pretty good. She left everything organized for us. The rooms was exactly the same of the pictures and the space outside of the house is very relaxing!
We appreciated a lot been stayed in her house and if we have another opportunity to stay in Cairns for sure we could contact Sophia again!
This was our first Place to stay in Queensland After having been for 3 weeks in southwest Australia. My 5 Year Old son and I just Loved to stay at Sophias house. We had so much Fun in the Pool and sitting outside inspite all the Rain we had During the few days we stayed at Sophias house. She was very patient explaining everything to us and giving us all the Information we needed to get easily around cairns. I Even could do my Diving on the Great Barrier reef. Thanks to Sophia for her warm welcome and her beautifull clean house.
Sophia is really sweet and took us out for a trip to the night market and to Fitzroy Island. We enjoyed our stay at the house! It has a nice garden with pool and we could grab bikes whenever we liked. The inside of the house is a little bit messy but besides that a good place to stay!
Sophia is a most lovely host. Warm welcoming and laid back. We felt very much at home in here. The pool is a wonderful cooling shelter from the summer heat.
The house is very clean. Just great place.
Oooh. AND the location is amazing. Shops and cafes and enormous botanical garden and big hill all right there.
A really nice comfy place. Sophia wasn't there to meet us as she was in Sydney, but we had no problems getting in and making ourselves at home. Wonderful! Sophia was very helpful with tips for our visit to Sydney and New Zealand. The internet was a problem at the beginning, but it was a telecom company issue and Sophia as soon as she got back.
Sophia's house is very special, and located in quite area. There is a special gardan with swimming pool, and coco tree, which it 's simlier like forest feeling. The red house is small, but kitchen and office is special with many magnet fridge,cards.I guess Sophia has strong passion for her life. We checked-in too early, as Sophia was on her vacation out of Carns, her friend Dennis came to house to clean up. After cleaing, the house is neatly. I have to mention Sophia's service is sooo good. She left us a long message including taxi, restaurant, bicycles, and every details. we all like theirs house.
When we finally tore ourselves away from the place, we were enthralled by our hike through the nearby Botanical Gardens into a mountainous, tropical forest. Her bicycles got us to town in about 20 minutes.
Sophie creates an oasis for people and wildlife alike! A swim in the saltwater pool in her jungle backyard inspired this poem:
Last night, in the grotto pool
we danced to the rhythm of the frogs and crickets.
The stars of the Northern Cross
above the backyard foliage.
The moon in a wonton pose
on her back with her belly prominant.
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