Stay in your own private spot in Melbourne's iconic St Kilda Beach - with off-street parking, separate entrance and private courtyard in a quiet setting less than 200m from Acland Street shops and cafes, Luna Park, Palais Theatre, trams and beach.
Private 1920s studio apartment at the back of our period house in vibrant St Kilda, Melbourne. Includes private courtyard, off-street parking, private entrance, spa bath, kitchenette, washing machine and dryer. Two-minute walk to Acland Street's cafes and cake shops, beach, Luna Park and Palais Theatre, but you won't hear any of that in the apartment. Tram and bus (20 minutes to CBD) within 150m. Arcadia is ideal for couples but is not suitable for children.
Guests access Arcadia via our driveway and Arcadia's courtyard. Hot water is the only shared amenity.
Interaction with Guests
We interact with our guests as much or as little as they want. With many guests we'll share a glass of wine in the courtyard, but if you'd rather be left to your own devices, that's perfectly fine with us.
We love being in St Kilda! It's full of people from all around the world and from all walks of life - and there's a friendliness and sense of community we haven't known elsewhere. The beach, cafes, markets, theatre, pubs and cake shops bring people here - and once here they don't want to (website hidden) Kilda is an inner suburb of Melbourne, 5 km south of Melbourne's central business (website hidden) Kilda is home to many of Melbourne's famous visitor attractions including Luna Park, the Esplanade Hotel, Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. It is home to St Kilda Beach, Melbourne's most famous beach, several renowned theatres and several of Melbourne's big events and (website hidden) Kilda was named after a schooner Lady of St Kilda (which moored at the main beach for much of 1841) by Charles La Trobe and the ship's master and early settler Lieutenant James Ross Lawrence.
During the Edwardian and Victorian eras, St Kilda became a favoured suburb of Melbourne's elite, and many palatial mansions were constructed along its hills and waterfront. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, St Kilda served a similar function for Melburnians as did Coney Island to the residents of New York City.
Several tram lines from the CBD find their way to St Kilda in 15-20 minutes, via the South Melbourne Market, Casino, Exhibition Centre, Botanical Gardens, Albert Park Lake and MSAC. Three lines arrive at the end of our street (in front of Luna Park) and another is only 5 minutes' walk away. A bus from the other end of our street takes you to the MCG, Rod Laver Arena and Richmond. Balaclava train station is a 7 minute walk or 2 minute tram ride away.
Other Things to Note
Our cat Smuggler may wander into the courtyard occasionally. If that's a problem for you, just let us know and we'll keep him inside.
Smoking is fine in the courtyard but not inside please.
Both hosts, Karen and Ross, were just lovely and extremely helpful. The little apartment was extremely well equipped, and has everything you need, and some things you don't, but are lovely, like fresh flowers on the mantlepiece and a box of chocolates. The private garden courtyard is sublime. All this combined with the central location, while still being peaceful and quiet, is a winner.
When I return to Melbourne I will definitely see if Arcadia is available again. I had the most wonderful stay there.
Arcadia is a private guest bungalow around the back of Karen and Ross's home. The apartment itself is adorable – much cuter than even the pictures represent – and thoughtfully stocked, with plenty of tourist books, kitchen gadgets and generally helpful things, like bug spray and band aids. Chocolates and wine upon arrival were a very sweet touch! The house could not be more conveniently located in St. Kilda, steps from nightlife, restaurants and the beach, yet their street was secluded enough to get a very peaceful night's sleep. Ross and Karen were lovely hosts, happy to offer tips on the neighborhood. It was a wonderful experience overall and I would enthusiastically recommend Arcadia to anyone. I miss it already!
Arcadia oli erittäin ihana majapaikka, rauhallinen loma-asunto, jonka pihalla oli mukava nauttia aamiaista. Arcadian sisustus oli hieno ja viihtyisä ja pitkän loman keskellä oli kiva saada pestyä matkavaatteita. Ross ja Karen olivat mahtavia isäntiä, joiden kanssa oli helppo sopia sisäänkirjautumisesta ja tervetuliaiseksi oli jätetty suklaata, viiniä ja oluet. Meillä oli myös samaa ohjelmaa ja saimme kivasti kyydin Australian Open peleihin. Suosittelemme Arcadiaa kaikille, jotka haluavat yöpyä Melbournessa ihanassa loma-asunnossa ja nauttia St.Kildan tarjoamista ravintoloista ja rannasta sekä päästä lyhyellä raitiovaunumatkalla helposti muuallekin Melbournessa.
We had a fantastic time at Arcadia over New Years Eve! The location was brilliant and close to shops / cafes / tram into CBD. But what was really amazing was how much of a relaxed oasis the place was from the hustle & bustle - a short walk off Acland St, and Arcadia was its own unique getaway. Karen provided a lot of local knowledge and tips of things to do, and the patio was perfect for a morning coffee in the sunshine.
Karen and Ross were really perfect hosts and did everything to make us feel comfortable. After a delayed flight we arrived in the middle of the night and were so grateful to find this well organised, cosy place including a welcome 'starter kit' with coffee, tea, milk, fruits and even chocolates. Access to the Appartement worked perfectly. The location is perfect, close to St Kilda's beach, tram to Melbourne, lots of cafés and restaurants just around the corner. And still a quite hideaway in a beautiful backyard with a nice and comfortably shady terrace. Karen and Ross helped us with information and really made us feel welcomed. For us a perfect start of a 4 weeks travel after a long journey coming from Germany.
The house is extremely clean and has all you will need. Walking to public transport like tram or bus is also within 5 mins. Foods on Acland street are great too. Can't think of one thing that's not good in this house.
This gorgeous cottage is an oasis in the heart of St Kilda. The hosts have added thoughtful touches such as wine, chocolates, tea and coffee. It is peaceful and has everything you need. Close to all that St Kilda has to offer and public transport. We felt privileged to have frequent visits from Speedo.
I'm a marketing manager who loves to get out of the city with my husband of 30 years. Our children are all grown up and live overseas and interstate, even though we're only 50! So we travel to see them and love to discover new places while we're there. We love architecture, landscape, photography and history. And we never stay in big hotels - that's too much like work! Barcelona and Florence are our favourite places, but we also love it when we find little villages or B&Bs that let us get to know the real culture of a place. We live in St Kilda - a vibrant, arty and backpacker-filled seaside suburb not far from the centre of Melbourne, but also enjoy getting away from it all in our little country cottage near the wild coast of South Gippsland. We rent out an apartment at the back of our house in St Kilda and the house in South Gippsland, but would also be open to having people stay in our old house in St Kilda while we're away.