About This Listing
A lovely air cond. room with ample storage. Another room to relax in and watch tv. I am Dutch by birth so know how to make you feel at home. There is also an outside garden for you to relax in or have a BBQ. Wi fi is free and super reliable.Relax
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You will feel right at home straight away and after a long day come "home" to our lovely Edwardian Period home. It offers a lovely bedroom with double bed, own separate bathroom - separate bath and shower, separate toilet, linen, towels. dressing gowns and doona included and with free access to use of the rest of the house and garden including the gas mains connected BBQ. Off street parking available. Happy to do your washing if required.
Help yourself Breakfast provided free of charge - cereal, porridge, toast, tea, coffee, orange juice and bacon and eggs are available but as I am at work you cook the latter yourselves.Other meals by negotiation with hostess. Also provide the morning paper for those who like to read the paper at breakfast. The whole idea is for you to make yourself at home and be comfortable.
Free Wi Fi and Printing and use of a lap top computer if you don't have one. Also use of a tripod stand for any avid photographers and provision of beach towels in summer. Warm coats and umbrellas can be provided in winter. And there is a piano for anyone who fancies "tickling the ivories".
We sometimes mind dogs after losing our own so must like dogs. The dog is either outside or in the back family room. Dog/snot allowed up the front of the house.
Located 12kms from city centre with only a 6 minute walk to train station for 20 minute ride to city Flinders Street or Southern Cross stations) (Zone 1 fare which is the cheapest) 2 min train ride to Caulfield Station for Monash University or Caulfield Racecourse for Annual Spring Racing Carnival or 15 minutes to Richmond station for the Melbourne Cricket Ground for cricket, Australian Open Tennis Championships and football matches and grand finals. Or change at Richmond to take train to Belgrave for Puffing Billy tour and the Great Dandenong Ranges. Buses right outside our door take you to Chadstone the shopping capital of Australia and the largest in the southern hemisphere and Southland Shopping Centre Mall in the other direction. Bus from Carnegie takes you straight to St. Kilda another tourist highlight.
Only a 10 minute drive to Brighton Beach - Walking distance to numerous local shops, cafes and parks. Also Chadstone is only a 15 minute walk away. Smoking outside is o.k.
The room is in our house, we are a mother and daughter who are acquainted with lots of international guests from our extended overseas family. We are easy-going, don't mind sharing our space and are happy to teach our guests things about Australia if they are interested.
Koornang Road Carnegie, shops and restaurants representing just about any country in the world is 10 minutes walk away and also provides shopping for Korean, Asian, Baltic/Russian, Indian groceries. The Dutch Club is also in that area.
All utilities included except for international phone calls or mobile calls from our landline
$68 A night for up to two people minimum of 2 nights.
$420 per week (7 nights)
$1,420 for a calendar month
IMPORANT NOTE: As you can see from my website I have an "Instant Book" feature and sometimes prospective guests spend time in discussion with me and lose the booking because someone has jumped in and used the Instant Book Feature. I always keep my calendar up to date so if you want it - book it!
Guests have access to their own private bedroom and bathroom and toilet (no locks on either but not necessary as they are exclusively yours and no else ever goes in there), kitchen facilities and meal table, a little fridge for their own use, garden and bbq outside, television in the family room as host has their own television lounge room. Use of computer printer if needed. Host will do their washing. Hair dryer for their own personal use.
Interaction with Guests
We interact with our guests as little or as much as they like. I am always present when our guests are here but sometimes my daughter is away.
6 minutes walk to the station. 10 minutes walk to Koornang Road shops and just about every country is represented in the array of restaurants that can be found there. 20 minutes walk to Chadstone the biggest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere. Or the bus stops right outside our door to take guests there.
Yes, 6 minutes walk to station, bus outside door, 10 minutes walk to tram. If guests have cars they can park them off site. From the airport they take the Sky bus to Southern Cross Station and from there the train to Murrumbeena station - either the Cranbourne or Pakenham lines. Driving takes about 40 minutes.
Other Things to Note
Important to treat this place as a home away from home - relax and enjoy everthing it has to offer
Smoking is permitted outside only
Please remove shoes before entering house
Respect for antique furniture.
An acceptable noise level is appreciated when coming home late.
If you get up late breakfast is still available
I will happily do your laundry if I am doing a load of washing but your assistance in hanging it on the line and taking it down would be a help if i am busy.
Help yourself to tea, coffee, etc. anytime. No eating in the bedroom please in the interests of all guests who use our room so I can provide everyone with a clean environment.
If you shop for food there is a small bar fridge available for your use in the family room
Family room where guests can relax and watch TV - hosts have own lounge room for TV watching
I was looking for a reliable, place to stay; safe, clean, and comfortable. All of that was fully provided. My experience here was rather like staying with a beloved aunt and her daughter while being about business which prevented extended contact. I was traveling alone and found adequate storage space; this room could accommodate two. I found no need to negotiate with Marlous, but conversing with her was a memorable pleasure. I am fond of most dogs, so finding a yellow lab in the yard one afternoon was pleasant for both of us. My own itinerary prevented me from staying here for the entire length of the booking; that was expected and in no way reflects any shortcomings on the hospitality here. In sum, a blessing.
Marlous was incredibly hospital. We arrived at about 5pm after a 9 hour drive, and were welcomed with open arms. Throughout our stay of 5 days we were treated like family. Marlous helped my wife cook a birthday cake for our granddaughter, who lives with our son and daughter-in-law in a small apartment, 2 km away - the reason for our visit! It was our granddaughter's first birthday party. We used to drive to our son's place every morning, and return later in the evening. Breakfast was excellent, with a wide selection of choices. Marlous's house is wonderful, well heated and well maintained, with lots of family memorabilia on the walls. As we said, we were made to feel part of the family! The location suited us being close to our son, but is ideal for any visitors to Melbourne - close to shops and the train for a 20 minute trip to the city. We left to go home feeling that Marlous is a really good friend and we intend to choose to stay there as often as we can. Highly recommended!
Marlous was such a wonderful hostess. She was incredibly generous, provided us with a good breakfast and made very sure that we had everything we needed. She and Yalenka gave us the best advice for places to go in Melbourne (Also providing us with two massive binders of things to do in the area) and even let us borrow a set of rail cards so we didn't have to purchase them. The house is also a very quick jaunt away from the train station, which was great. You will definitely feel at home with Marlous.
Marlous and her daughter are very friendly, they respect our (website hidden) daughter and i like Marlous home and their dogs very much,interior decoration of the house is elegant、beauty as the escription ,the room is very neat .Housing location is quiet, travel is very convenient, walk 10 minutes to the train station, the train to the city center 30 minutes.We highly recommend their house.
Staying with Marlous and Yalenka was absolutely wonderful. The house and the room look just like the pictures and they were very cosy and comfortable. It really felt like visiting relatives and staying in a home away from home. We had very good conversations and a lovely barbecue with our hosts and their friends. Marlous and Yalenka made us feel very welcome and comfortable, trusted us with everything around the house and made sure that we always had everything we needed and a little extra (like washing our clothes, offering us food, leaving little easter eggs for us). The house is located in a very quiet and pretty neighborhood and the city centre can easily be reached by train. The whole experience was a perfect example of what airbnb should be like. We would stay there again in a heartbeat!
I had a wonderful stay at Marlous's home. She is a delightful hostess, and also her daughter. My accommodation was great, roomy, clean, the bed was extremely comfortable and I slept so well that I slept in each morning. My bathroom was spacious and lovely decor. The house is full of character and very relaxing. Nothing was too much trouble for Marlous, and I would definitely stay there again in the future. Thank you Marlous.
From the first momnet on I felt very welcome and well looked after. I have arrived in the evening and Marlous offered/invited me to some dinner with them....Marlous and her doughter are nice hosts. The house is like it looks on the pictures. I loved it. Hope to come back soon.
About the Host, Marlous
Hello, My name is Marlous. My daughter, Yalenka, and I are keen to meet fellow travelers and learn about different cultures. I am a teacher, at a Vocational College and my daughter is a Primary School Teacher.
Originally from Holland, I am well traveled and know Melbourne like the back of my hand. I will be happy to help you with directions, advice on the best things to see and do during your stay.
We have a gorgeous large room on offer, with a double bed. Suitable ONLY for a single person or couple.
A private bathroom shower/bath/toilet is provided as well as a "help yourself" breakfast included in the cost of your stay.
We look forward to meeting you.
We have an elderly golden retriever and occasionally mind other dogs so you do need to be a dog lover. However, the dogs are only allowed in the back part of the house which keeps them out of bedrooms and the house clean.