Divine, magical house so near the city though you wouldn't know as it is so peaceful and almost rural out in the garden! Sweet and full of character, Quirky Way is a true charmer. People always comment on how it's even better than the pics!
I have a gorgeous 'designy' but character-filled 2 bedroom weatherboard cottage in the inner city suburb of Rozelle, right near the city (5 mins by bus). I let the house periodically when I am away myself so it is often available but not always. Please email me with any queries.
The individuality and light in the house is the main thing you will notice. Also that a fertile sub-tropical garden can be seen and enjoyed from every room. The romantic, generously proportioned bedroom just about sits in the garden, which wraps around two sides. It looks out to the very handsome St Josephs church from the window, which glows pink and gold at sunset...an unimpeded view from the bed should you be feeling so inclined!
Though the house is absolutely charming in its 'vintagey' way, it does 'keep up with the times' too: lovely modern bathroom, mod cons including air con in the bedrooms, and two flat screen tv's.
The garden can be plundered for herbs and vegies depending on time of year, and there are several wonderful 'outdoor sitting areas' available for your morning or afternoon tea to be taken, outdoor cushions provided.
Considering how close the house is to the hub of the city, it is nice and quiet, with only ambient and the usual neighbourhood sounds to contemplate. All living is done out the back, around my lovely private garden.
The house is filled with my rather eclectic artworks and collections - I love 'vintage' anything so if you're into that you will love 'Quirky Way'. It and its owner have been photographed many times for magazine shoots over the years.. It's a place with the kind of 'take me home' charm that you just might not want to leave behind!
There is a great new organic cotton mattress in the main queen sized bedroom. There is room for a third person to sleep in the second bedroom(doubles as an office when I'm there) , in a sweet old cast iron bed with gorgeous new comfy mattress also! Both rooms look out onto the garden so you never feel 'hemmed in'. There is a good gas hob/cooker in the kitchen and all the pots pans and cooking things you could need, the shower runs on gas hot water that just about never runs out, there is a heavenly full-sized bath in the bathroom and a small gas BBQ outside if you're feeling outdoorsy of an evening.
The neighbourhood is lovely, quiet and close knit...the house is near the end of a sweet cul-de-sac with a generous park at the end of it. Buses galore leave from Victoria rd, a 3 min walk through the park. There are so many great little restaurants and shops in Rozelle that you will want for nothing. The 'Three Weeds' is literally 4 mins walk away- a landmark Sydney pub...these days it is very classy with good food! Also there is a gorgeous walk all the way along Darling st that I highly recommended that takes you to the next 'village' of Balmain. This is a very historic and engaging area of Sydney...and what a way to enjoy it by having a few special nights in a special 'quirky' place:)
Its so friendly and mostly very quiet!
Folks tell me they do very well just at the IGA EXPRESS in Rozelle. (649 Darling st, Rozelle)
It is a 10 min walk, up victoria Rd, turn right, a block or two down on your left,
amongst all the cafes etc.
Or there is the big WOOLIES in Balmain, if yr driving, or fancy a 20 min walk all along Evans st.
Or: there is a sweet little grocery store that has a lot of things you may need the next
street down. There is also a nice oval down there for a jog if you need one!
It’s called Easton Park Grocery Store (Denison St, cnr Alfred) and is run by locals
and, it is, well, nice:) friendly, local.You can walk thru the creamy brick housing estate
adjacently across the street to get there:) It’s a sweet little stroll!
BELLE FLEUR - 658 Darling St, Rozelle
Make world class chocolates. Truly delectable. Belgian cocoa...just divine!
BREAD : 660 Darling St, Rozelle, ‘Victoire’ up on Darling st OR there’s a little french Bakery
at the end of Red Lion st (off Evans) called ‘La Bacanz’ that does nice loaves
and croissants etc too.
There’s quite a few nice little day cafes around here:)+ Essential Ingredient also for the foodies:)
LA GRANDE BOUFFE - 758 Darling st Rozelle is good for a semi-posh dinneror lunch.
V good quality nice fresh French food, usually served with wonderful free ACCENT!
The oddly named ‘Egg of the Universe’ (711 Darling St, Rozelle) cafe is for the more herbally
minded..it does good coffee and great breakfast...with meat too!Yoga too, many times daily.
DONT MISS ROZELLE MARKETS
Saturdays and Sundays- early (about 7.30am) til about 3pm
held in the Rozelle Public School on Darling st. A Famous and lovely flea market.
Also good: Orange Grove Market Saturday mornings 8am-1pm.
(Orange Grove Public School, cnr Perry/Balmain Rds, Leicchardt)
A leisurely 20 min walk along Lilyffield Rd on a saturday morning. Fabulous fresh produce.
AROUND THE AREA
‘The 3 Weeds’, AKA: The Rose, Shamrock + Thistle up at 197 EVANS ST.
Walk up to the park (O’connor Reserve), veering to the left once you’re in it, you will
see the park continues over to some houses on the left, walk that way, take the exit,
and you should find that that is EVANS st (there’s a red post-box there too),
Turn left, walk about 50 metres and there’s the pub.Great food out the back in the bar,
and the ‘proper’ restaurant is hatted.
THE RUBY is up on victoria Rd on the edge of the park.
It does some nice grub and decent drinks, though if yr a cocktail fan the Weeds is it!
The Corner Bar, up at 632 Darling St - across the other side from the IGA.(see below)
It is a great little small, buzzy bar with groovy food and drinks.
any bus above 501 will take you straight into town from Victoria rd
THE LOWDOWN ON THE LOCAL STUFF/GETTING AROUND
BUSES I get the buses with numbers over 501 straight into the city from VICTORIA RD,
which is the very big road you probably came in on. There are a few bus stops close by
but I use the one opposite the big BP Petrol station. I get there by walking thru the
little park that is at the end of Quirk St, walking straight up towards Victoria Rd,
and crossing over at the lights. It’s about 20 metres from there.
To catch the bus from here without a ticket may be a problem during peak hours, however.
You are best to hunt down a TRAVEL TEN or day pass from a newsagent or 7-11 store.
There is a tiny little shop right near the bus stop that is open somewhat sporadically.
TAXIS call 131 008 or 132 522
CAR There is a visitors permit on the fridge, please use if if you’re parking
your car in the street daily. PLEASE do not forget to return it:) It is GOLD!:)
Hope you don't mind watering the garden during your stay:)
We’ve just returned from a three week visit to Australia and stayed at Quirky Way for just over one week. Skye herself is a lovely host and great fun, her house is delightful, so much so that we’d like to live there permanently! We agree with everything that’s been written by previous reviewers. The house itself is very well situated, being only a short bus ride to the CBD and the shops and cafes in both Rozelle and Balmain are well worth exploring. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would certainly recommend Quirky Way as an excellent base for anyone planning to visit Sydney.
Very interesting place, with lots or artistic touches. Unfortunately I used it only to sleep, as I had very busy days.
Skye was extremely efficient and helpful.
You couldn't ask for a more generous, more accommodating host than Skye, nor for a lovelier little cottage in the inner west. Quirky Way is in a surprisingly quiet little street off Victoria Rd, so very close to many bus routes and to Rozelle's useful shopping strip, cafes, foodie shops and markets. The house is full of natural light. Its spaces flow easily, have a girly charm and are full of Skye's arty-craftiness. The bed is really comfortable, and the kitchen, bathroom and laundry provided us with all the gizmos we needed to make ourselves comfortable during a long stay (with the exception an interior dining table - you sit around the kitchen counter on bar stools which works fine for three or four people). The garden is lovely to wake up to, lush, with lots of nooks and seating for a crowd. We were back in Sydney visiting grown children and Quirky Way has been a haven for us, a place where we've felt very much at home.
Our stay at Quirky Way Rozelle was wonderful. Skye was so just nice to deal with. Location was just perfect for us and her home was very comfortable. Would recommend.
Skye is a delightful host and her charming house and lovely garden are a pleasure to stay in. I spent a fortnight here and found it to be clean, quiet, very comfortable, well stocked and very convenient to public transport…..just 10 minutes by bus to the city centre.
Skye's artistic and creative talents have been given full vent here, and I have no hesitation in recommending Quirky Way and hope to stay here again.
Skye's place is really a home far away from home. When you get into the house it's like experiencing the unbelievable. The house is really well amazing in it's little art details placed by skye herself. Everyday you experience something new. Her place is near the city of sydney. It takes you about 10 minutes with the bus so nothing to worried about.
Skye herself is a lovely, wonderful, interesting and amazing woman who made our stay unforgettable. She was a great help in finding best spots around and in sydney. Her house is a masterpiece in creating and sharing her art. So go and experience it for yourself. We will definitely come back. Highly recommended.
I rented the place for my parents who were delighted to spend a couple of weeks in this lovely home. it s perfectly located for people who want to explore Sydney and its surroundings as it has a very central location to offer with great access to public transportation. the place itself is filled with sunlight and makes one feel home away from home. the owner was very helpful and supportive in many ways. definitely would recommend quirky way to friends and family.
We had a beautiful weekend at Skye's. The garden is a magical place to have a meal. The interior is like a romantic film set. I don't think I have ever been in an environment with so much love and creativity everywhere. The kitchen is well supplied and it was an extremely relaxing place to be. I had the best sleeps and magical light comes into the bedroom. Also very convenient to get buses into centre of Sydney.
A lovely house and garden so close and convenient to Sydney CBD and other attractions. Good bus links only minutes away,plus a small park / play area yards away. Very quiet at night,but during the day we encountered lots of building noise due to house reconstruction next door which was no fault of the owner. Weekends were fine.
Car parking ok but be prepared to use adjoining roads on occasions.
Host extremely helpful and easy to communicate with.
Overall,the house worked very well for us.
Our stay at Skye's place was superb! Skye went out of her way to get the place ready at the last minute and made us very welcome. The place itself is lovely and wonderfully and 'quirkly'decorated. Very stylish and creative. My partner , 1 yr old and I were very much at home. Beautiful gardens incl herbs and veggies and a park for our hub 1minute away
Thanks for a fantastic stay Skye!
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