About this listing
A double bed in a private room in a modern courtyard style home, conveniently located to public transport, and about 10-15 minutes from the airport, the city, and the sea. Guests have exclusive use of bathroom, toilet & wash area adjacent to room.
This listing is for a double bed in a guest room, in a house where we live. The room is best suited for 1-2 persons, with exclusive use of guest bathroom, toilet and wash area. There is a possibility of adding in a single room if requested for a small extra charge, or a small single bed in the double bed room.
** In 2015, a minimum of 50% of the per night booking will go towards fistula projects in Ethiopia and Tanzania including the Hamlin Fistula Project in Ethiopa (check it out on Facebook or the website) to fund the treatment of childbirth injuries and the training of midwives in Ethiopia. This charity is founded by legendary Australian, Dr Catherine Hamlin. Also, the Barbara May Foundation (with Dr Andrew Browning) providing sustainable maternal health care in developing countries. In the first five months of 2015, I have sent $2000 to the Hamlin Fistula project. Thank you for your contribution to this very worthy cause! In April I sent $210 to the Barbara May Foundation, (website hidden). I have also given $200 to Nepal for emergency relief via an on the ground local agency.
** In 2014, I supported a range of KIVA micro-loan projects, (website hidden) ** This is ongoing, as funds are recycled into new projects.
Our house is in an inner suburb locale, 10 minutes on tram to CBD or to beach. From the airport, the taxi will take 10-15 minutes to our home. Taxi costs about $20-$25. Frequent buses go along Anzac Highway out of city. It's a short walk to the local Centro shopping centre on Anzac Highway. Modern courtyard style home with modern conveniences. Delightful garden with fruit trees and vegetables offer a sense of sanctuary. Enjoy breakfast on the patio or a freshly made coffee at any time, and enjoy the sounds of the birds that visit the garden, and the park next door. We have 4 lovely chickens that provide fresh eggs each day, and you are welcome to enjoy them for breakfast.
Access to broadband internet (wi-fi) at home by arrangement. Please respect that access to the internet is complimentary and really only for checking emails and web (not for downloading movies etc that use up our monthly allowance).
The living area is an open glassed area with dining, lounge and kitchen in one. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen for food preparation.
Our house is close to the Main South Road, with easy access by car to the vineyards in McLaren Vale (south) or Barossa Valley in the north.
We have goldfish, four chooks (chickens), and no inside pets.
There is a guest toilet, separate guest bathroom with shower and bath, and a wash area with large mirror. Bed linen, towels and basic toiletries provided.
The house is single story - no stairs!
We are a friendly couple, with experience in hosting people from many different countries. Please note we both work full-time but sometimes will be at home specifically to work on projects.
Please respect no drugs, and no smoking inside during your stay.
I'm in the process of creating a blogsite with ideas for visitors. Adelaide has many attractions, listed in Lonely Planet's Top 10 to visit in 2014. But there are many attractions less well known. You might like to check out the blogsite for ideas (need to update it!): (website hidden)
Exclusive use of guest bathroom, toilet and wash area. Access to kitchen if needed for food preparation, and for making tea/coffee etc.
Interaction with Guests
Working full time, we are limited in how much time we spend with guests, but do enjoy conversations with guests over breakfast and in the evening (though we also need our time for R&R after a day's work!). We have met some wonderful people through AirBnB and love the opportunity to provide hospitality to visitors. We also respect sometimes guests just want some R&R on their travels, or have plans to visit friends and family or tourist locations. We are ready and willing to support guests if they need any assistance in making plans for what they will do in Adelaide to make the most of seeing the city and surrounds.
It's very close to main roads and public transport, but very quiet as well. We have a park over the back fence with many trees, so there's plenty of bird life in our neighbourhood. It's a very safe and friendly area. Close to shops as well (supermarket, chemist, Kmart, fast food outlets, banks/ATM, doctor, dentist, etc).
It's a 5 minute walk to Anzac Highway to catch bus or go to shops, or walk in other direction 5 minutes to tram. The energetic can walk into the city (~ 40 minutes).
Other Things to Note
The New York Times has listed Adelaide as one of the Top 52 places to visit in 2015. The only Australian capital city on their list. Here's just the first paragraph of why Adelaide is recognised as a top international destination.
"Sure, Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is close to both wine country and beaches. But there are more reasons to stay in the city, thanks largely to an energetic arts scene — anchored by festivals like the Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, SALA Festival and the biennial Adelaide Film Festival — and robust dining scene that encompasses everything from street (Fork on the Road) to posh (Hill of Grace Restaurant, atop the redeveloped Adelaide Oval)."
And in March 2015, ADELAIDE made it to a UK newspaper’s list of best places to live overseas. The list was part of a month-long series on the best places in the world to live, published by the News Corp-owned Sunday Times. Adelaide was named first on an alphabetical list of best places to live overseas. The City of Churches was described Adelaide as “one of Australia’s best-kept secrets”. “Small and perfectly formed, Adelaide is one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, full of elegant tree-lined boulevards, homes with lacy verandas and beautiful parks and gardens,” the paper gushes. “It has the prettiest cricket ground in the world - the locals are obsessed with the sport - and one of the starriest night skies”. “The central food market will satisfy every culinary craving, while the vine-clad Barossa Valley is on the doorstep. It also has the lowest house prices of any Australian main state capital: an average of $AU520,000”. Other cities on the list include Amsterdam, Florence, Austin, Barcelona, Hong Kong and San Francisco.
I'd add, the CBD is easy to walk around (flat, as well as small, everything's easy to reach) with free public transport in the CBD itself (tram and specially marked buses).
A folder with information for guests is available on arrival.
No pets, no smoking, no drugs.