About This Listing
Campsie is an awesome area about 12kms from the centre of Sydney. It's cheap, very Asian influenced and super fun! Not touristy at all. Our old guesthouse "Scruffy" is falling down around our ears but in the mean time we offer cheap, private rooms.
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This listing is just for one bedroom.
Room 6 is a good size room and has a double bed, with space to add in more beds or mattresses if you would like. It's best with no more than three or four in the room. It has a desk, small fridge and cupboard.
Campsie Guesthouse is very old so be prepared for a scruffy paint job, and bathrooms that certainly aren't modern! Although the house is scruffy and falling down in parts it does meet all standards of safety - there is an up to date fire panel and alarm system, proper closing fire doors on each room, and each room locks for privacy. The house is not overcrowded and much more peaceful than your usual hostel. It's more like one big share home.
There are seven separate bedrooms with a very flexible set up. The biggest room (Room 2) will fit a family or group of friends, the smallest (Room 5) is just big enough for bed and desk.
It's hostel standard and at most there can be 15 people on that floor of the building sharing three bathrooms, a common room, and a kitchen. Foxtel/Cable TV is in the lounge room, and we also provide a house cleaner once a week along with fresh hotel quality linen for your rooms. Wifi is free. We don't however have any air conditioning – just fans.
We have a huge verandah and an outdoor courtyard too with BBQ and smoking areas so there is quite a lot of space and it's a relaxed, cheap and cheerful place to stay. There is an outside laundry with coin operated washing machines and dryers.
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I do not live on site, but we have a live in manager, Maggie. The house is set up for independent travellers. We don't have a reception desk and you will be left on your own to explore the city. Of course many people stay on long term and end up making good friends in the house. If you haven't shared a house before, or lived out of home or travelled much then you may not enjoy this property. If you're happy to meet new people then you may love it – some of our guests stay as long as 10 months!
Their room, a common TV area, common kitchens and common bathrooms, common laundry, common wifi.
Interaction with Guests
House managers Helen and Megan are very friendly and available by phone. They visit daily to help out as needed.
Campsie itself is not a tourist area. It's a mostly Asian area with a tonne of great local shops, supermarkets, a shopping mall, cafes and restaurants. All only a five min walk away. It's cheaper to stay where the locals live and eat than in the city or at the beaches!
From here it will take you 20-30 mins on a train into the city centre and about 40mins-1 hour to get to the beaches. You can catch the Burwood 400 bus from the Airport directly to our house making it very cheap.
Other Things to Note
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PLEASE NOTE: We try our best to give you the room you booked but due to the unpredictable nature of juggling multiple guests who extend alongside upcoming new bookings you may be given a different room in the same guesthouse. If this would cause issues for you please consider other AirBnB properties. In trying to be fair we do not ask existing guests who love us to move out of rooms for new guests if a similar room in the house is instead empty
"Photos on the site may differ slightly from the actual room as we replace furniture and bedding as needed and have fun rearranging at times."
This is not a party house, but can be social and you may make friends. Please be clean, drama free and with no drug or alcohol issues.
We had a good Time at Campsie guesthouse. Hélène and Megan was really available to our need. If possible the house should be cleaner.
Train station and supermarket near the house. Free parking if you have a car.
The Guesthouse is great and very well organized! We were at the second floor and it is pretty independent, quite and clean. All the other guests were nice and the kitchen is a good place to meet new people or just chat while cooking. The train station is less than 10 minutes by walk.
I really enjoyed staying here! It's walking distance the the shops and is a really nice multicultural area! All the other guests were lovely, the managers Megan and Helen were amazing and super friendly, my boyfriend and dog for along with them very well.
Absolutely the right place to stay in Sydney! The neighborhood is lively, lots of shops, small restaurants for delicious lunch or dinner with good value for money. We enjoyed all the meals we had in the nearby restaurants. The streets are crowded with ordinary people from all over the world attending to their everyday shopping, nothing upscale like in the centre of the city. The train station is close and offers you easy access to anywhere in the city. Also the bus system is excellent.
The garden house works well and the main house is very near by. The birds on the tree wake you up on in the mornings but the surrounding is very quiet and peaceful. Janne tried to fix Jody´s old Mitsubishi van which we could have rented but a major problem with the gearbox prevented that. The beat up van would have been an excellent means of travel but instead we had to rent a brand new Hyundai… booooring!
Jody, Elliot and John are just lovely people! We miss them already! We had interesting discussions with Jody, played mailman with Elliott and enjoyed drinks with John. The atmosphere is so friendly and easy going that you feel like home at all times. Wish to return Campsie one day!
Liisa and Janne from Finland
Scruffy Old Campsie is a lovely place to stay, if you're planning to stay a couple of days of weeks in Sydney. It is a quiet, clean place and perfect for couples and families. Jody is easy going and try to arrange everything to your wish. I would definitely go back, when I am in Sydney in again.
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About the Host, Jody
I'm a 37 year old solo mama of one boy, Elliott, who is five years old. I was looking for some way to stay home and raise my son without working long hours so I started renting out rooms in my personal house. That grew so busy I found an old guesthouse, and then another one, and now I have over 55 rooms for rent!
I live at The Rex with my son and our dogs currently. We also have a live in house manager couple, Helen and Megan who manage the Sydney business.
We're a friendly bunch and happy to help you get settled in Sydney or Tamworth and give you some local knowledge. If we are busy then we have instructions on how to check yourself in without our help and we will try and say hi during your first few days!
We love independent travellers, students and families who aren't looking for "the party scene" but want more a friendly, home like vibe. We're very LGBT friendly, love people from all backgrounds and children of all ages. The guesthouses are older style, very basic and clean with a bit of character. Most importantly the guesthouses are safe and in local areas!