A separate dining area - the table came from time in Indonesia.The backyard is sometime home to fruit bats and possums raiding the mango tree.
Quaint Cottage in Trendy West End

Entire home/apt

5 Guests

2 Bedrooms

3 Beds

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About this listing

Ever wanted to sample life in a traditional Queenslander? The top level of this cottage still has original features with modern additions. Known to locals as The Gingerbread House due partly to the use of colour but also because it is so inviting.

The space

The top section of this recently rejuvenated worker's cottage is settled in the Greek/Vietnamese and traditional Aboriginal Communities of Brisbane.

Famous for quirky cafes and a wide range of excellent restaurants of every style. A favourite haven for students and hippies too. Walking distance from the river walkways and 2.5 kms from the city centre (less to the cultural centre)- yet in the centre of a quiet street that was, thankfully, untouched by recent floods.

You will have access to 1 Master bedroom with a double bed and 1 small bedroom with a small double bed. An additional single bed is also available if required. There is a large private bathroom (please note that the shower is over the bath) and an open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen with access to a back entertainment deck. Unfortunately our former lush landscaped garden was damaged by building work but is being re-modelled.

Parking for one vehicle can be arranged on request. A bus to the city leaves the bottom of the street every 5 minutes peak hour and 10 minutes off-peak and the city bike scheme operates within walking distance too.

Guest access

You will have access to the top level of the house including the back verandah. You will have access to a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom - both for your exclusive use. The downstairs is private for use by the tenants renting that space - there is no access to the remainder of the house via the internal stairs.

Interaction with guests

I am currently based in Sydney but can be available by phone and will ask a friend or family member to support you if there are any special requests or concerns. If you require more bed linen, towels, toiletries please let us know.

Other things to note

The driveways either side of the house are private. They are used by our neighbours and must not be blocked at any time. As we are in the Central Business District parking is strictly monitored on the street for a maximum of 2 hours. Please request, use and return your visitors parking voucher. It is not disposable and is a closely coveted privilege! Please take a photo of it back in the drawer before you leave or you will be charged $100 for a replacement if it disappears. For the benefit of overseas guests please park only on the street side opposite the house and (this is important) facing the same direction as you would be traveling down the street. It is traffic offence to park facing the opposite way which bears a hefty fine. There is a large mango tree in the garden. It is great for cooking to make chutney but not to eat raw - you are welcome to pick them but I would suggest you do this in the day or you will be competing with the fruit bats and possums who fight over them at night!
The internet is shared with the tenants downstairs so please refrain from turning the power to the internet off when you leave.
You will need to be sure to put out the refuse bins so that they don't get too smelly/over full!
Here are the details:
Plain grey/black bin for general waste needs to go out every Wednesday night and then recycling (cardboard/paper/plastic/metal) yellow bins every 2nd Wednesday night (2nd and 4th week of month is usually recycling week but you can look at the neighbours bins to check). They are collected on Thursday morning and the time can be very early so best to put them out the night before with the lid opening closest to the pavement kerb.
The green bin is for garden waste and goes out with the grey/black bin if required.

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The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 3
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $39 / night after 3 guests
Cleaning Fee: $94
Security Deposit: $227
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM

While Children are welcome it must be noted that there is no fencing preventing access from the back of the house/ garden onto the street & internal stairs are un-gated.
If parking on the property, only the demarcated parking spot can be used, when available, as the driveway is shared with my neighbour.
Parking on the street is only possible if the resident parking permit is displayed otherwise fines apply which it is expected that you would honour.
There are 3 tenants living below who have their own independent access to their rooms. Please remove shoes and carry luggage to minimise noise and protect the polished wooden floors. There is no access to other parts of the house via the internal stairs.
Use of candles must be supervised carefully as this is a timber house.
Brisbane operates water restrictions please minimise water usage as fines also apply.
Please do not turn off the internet as the tenants below also access it.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

26 Reviews

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Tracey User Profile
April 2017
Such a great location , close to public transport which was so accessible. Westend is such a charming suburb, ideal for walks on the river and meeting the locals at coffee shops. The Gingerbread house was very comfortable and very inviting , close to restaurants , shops and southbank.
Debra User ProfileDebra is a superhost.
Response from Debra:
Lovely to meet you and your lovely daughters - so glad you had fun together in our much loved neighbourhood - come back any time :)
April 2017

Brian User Profile
April 2017
Ideal location for easing walk into trendy west end and southbank Nice sized rooms and deck

Cecile User Profile
March 2017
Debra is very helpful, friendly and very responsive. The house is located in a very convenient place. Good value for money. Lovely place.

Neil User Profile
January 2017
My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of staying in the gingerbread house for two months over Christmas. Deborah is the perfect host and couldn't have done more to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The West End is a great little hipster part of town. Only five minutes walk to amazing coffee shops and restaurants, 15 minutes walk to Brisbane's Southbank, and 15 minutes to the central business district. The gingerbread house really is the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood for exploring Brisbane.

Adrian User Profile
November 2016
Good location, walk to great coffee and restaurants in West End. We loved the Saturday morning market in Davies Park. Good bus service. Debra stayed in touch by email and responded quickly to any questions.

Marcia User Profile
October 2016
Debra's home on the West End has been lovely and comfortable. Beautifully renovated cottage filled with interesting decor and books from Debra's travels. The kitchen is fully equipped for all your culinary needs, bathroom and tub is huge and perfect for winding down after full days. The neighbourhood is perfectly located, from a multitude of cafes in the morning to a great variety of restaurants for lunch or evening. Enjoyed the Boundary St Night Markets and West End markets on the weekend. And the bus to South bank is ten mins and is a five min walk away. Debra was amazingly accessible and communicative throughout the entire time. It was so wonderful living like a local at your house, Debra!

Carl User Profile
October 2016
The apartment was as described. Lovely area with lot's going on. The apartment was nice and clean. Communication was very quick. Good location, Good host. Many Thanks.
Debra User ProfileDebra is a superhost.
Response from Debra:
You are most welcome to stay any time Carl - so glad you enjoyed our home and neighbourhood.
October 2016

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Debra User ProfileDebra is a superhost.

Warm and friendly, natural nurturer, mother to many now adult children, works full time as an advocate for children and young people who have experienced trauma. Love meeting new people, well travelled.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

About the home

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