I have a bed-sitting room available. There is a brand new, firm and very comfortable single innerspring bed.. There are a couple of easy chairs and a drop-side table/desk. .
You will have your own room, with a 32" LCD TV and DVD player. There is FREE WiFi connection in the room. There are lots of DVDs for you to borrow. Movies, documentaries, etc. Sorry, there is no wardrobe, but there is a small garment rack for clothes.. Share bathroom with 1 other person..me.
I supply good quality bed linen and doona/duvet, a plenty of quality bath towels, a bath robe and an umbrella (This is Melbourne, after all.)
There is also a hair dryer for your use.
There is central heating for winter and a ceiling fan for summer.
Kitchen and Restaurants
There is a modern kitchen which you are welcome to use. I provide, toast, tea or coffee if you wish to help yourself to a breakfast snack/. Or there are dozens of cheap cafes nearby if you prefer to eat out.
Included in your stay
There is also a washing machine and clothes line available for your use.
Obviously I prefer guests with at least some profile and a verified telephone number
The residence is a tiny 19th Century blue-stone cottage in Fitzroy. Built about 1850, it is one of the earliest cottages in the area. There’s a small garden for sun-baking, smoking, reading the paper, chilling out.
The cottage is in a cul-de-sac, so there is no passing traffic, making it a very quiet home.
I am a retired man, so my place is not suitable for anyone looking for a party house or host. I am a "gay friendly" host. That means I am gay and friendly :))
Jack, the resident dog absolutely loves visitors and will turn you into his First-Best-Friend (Bestie, in the language of The Big Bang Theory) the moment you arrive.
There is also a cat. Provided she gets her food, somewhere warm to sleep and the occasional cuddle, she is fine. Both pets live inside, so this is not a good house for allergy sufferers.
This is a very welcoming cottage in a wonderful location in a vibrant area.
I thoroughly enjoy being an Airbnb host and will try hard to make your stay a very enjoyable one.
Public transport is almost at the door. (1 minute's walk away)
Fitzroy is an inner-city area, full of Victorian homes, wide tree-lined streets and a vibrant "coffee and cafe culture".
Within a very short walk there are dozens of cafes, funky shops, book shops, art galleries, live music venues, gay venues, sporting venues, gyms, pubs and beautiful public gardens.
There is an outdoor heated swimming pool 10 minutes walk away. The famous Brunswick Street is just 3 minute's walk away.
Smith St, another source of cafes and shops is 1 minute walk away. A supermarket and a green-grocer are 60 seconds away.
Fitzroy is a very gay-friendly area.
Melbourne University is a short bus ride, or about 20 minutes walk away. It is walking distance, about 20 minutes, to CBD (Central / Downtown) – or a 10-minute tram ride.
15 minute walk to famed Lygon Street Carlton - the Italian restaurant precinct.
It's about a 30 - 35 minute walk to the MCG (Grand Final site) and the same to Rod Laver Arena (how of the Australian Open). Much of the walk is through beautiful parkland.
There is a bus 10 -15 minutes away, which would take you to both in 10 minutes.
There are direct tram or bus routes available to:
- the City
- Docklands & Etihad Stadium
- South Melbourne
- the Grand Prix site
- St. Kilda
- Melbourne University
- LaTrobe University
- Easy access to the Australian Open venues, AAMI Park
Guests are welcome to use the kitchen, the sitting room, the garden and laundry facilities.
There is a TV and DVD player in the guest room and guests are welcome to borrow any of my movies, documentaries, etc.
Interaction with Guests
As I live here too, host and guest interact every day. I am happy to help with tourist advice directions whenever needed. At times I may even be able to drive you to your destination.
Fitzroy is a vibrant area. The is an eclectic mix of old time residents, artists, migrants and refugees; there is a gay 'community', students, singles, professionals, families and all age groups.
The area abounds in cafés and restaurants and many small art galleries.
There are two trams. One is 60 seconds walk from my place. The other is 3 minutes walk. Both take you to the city, Docklands or St. Kilda.
It's about a 15-20 minute walk to the CBD.
Rod Laver arena (Australian Open) is about a 30 minute pleasant walk, 50% through the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens.
24th September 2013
I've had to discard two sets of sheets and pillow cases because of indelible make-up stains. PLEASE wash off make-up before going to bed.
Conserve water! We are the driest continent on earth. Though we have water right now, the next drought is just round the corner.
No overnight guests.
Other than that, just basic courtesy between us and we'll get along fine.
Awesome host and house. Was perfect for discovering everything Melbourne. Would definitely stay again! Thanks Alan!
Alan is a wonderful host and provided excellent directions from the airport to his cottage, which is absolutely delightful and so close to everything - shops, transport, bars, restaurants. The home is very clean and in a quiet location. It's like stepping back in time, but with all the mod cons. I highly recommend staying here.
I had a unique and fantastic experience staying at Alan's place. First, the location is perfect : the house is in a quiet street yet 2 minutes walk from the buzzing creative vibe of Smith st, and Brunswick st. And close to the tram stop.
Alan your host is a generous, kind, welcoming man with a fantastic sense of humour. He gave me the best advice and introduction to the city and the surroundings, His pets are really quiet and friendly.
The room itself is perfect size, quiet, the bed is really comfortable and you even get a bathrobe! I want to come back!
I could not have hoped for a nicer stay, Alan was generous, kind and welcoming. I felt so comfortable and wish I could have stayed longer for more stimulating conversation, first class hospitality and comfort with someone who felt more like a friend. Jack the dog and Amy the cat are equally as charming. Thank you Alan, I will certainly be back!
This is everything the listing says, and more! The cottage is beautiful, the bed not only extremely comfortable, but the sheets are freshly ironed. Alan and Jack are most kind and generous hosts, you really are a welcome guest. And Fitzroy is such a convenient and fun location for a visit to Melbourne. I'll be back.
Thank you for being such a great host! Especially since I got lost like a total idiot when I arrived. Alan was nice enough to try and look for me, even driving me to Rod Laver Arena since I was running late for my session. Lots of long interesting conversations - I would have stayed longer if I had the time - lovely cottage is perfectly situated in the neighborhood near nice shops and cafes. Love and affection from the sweetest dog ever was an added bonus. Warning - if you are not one for pets or an animal lover this is not the place for you.
Alan's home made jam is the bomb as well :-)
Outstanding host and premises. Alan's directions were precise and accurate. However, I was unable to read the tram stop numbers, alighting instead at stop 20. No matter. It was a short and pleasant walk back. Lovely main street with many eating places open (9.30pm on a weeknight).
Warm welcome, and nothing was too much trouble. Alan's dog Jack (pictured in the circle) has Alan thoroughly house-trained, and was also very welcoming. Alan served mango and croissants for breakfast, and even drove me into the city.
A delightful short stay.