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I'm a retired librarian and Welfare Centre Manager.
I've loved travelling in the past. These days I enjoy vicarious travel throught hosting others.
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Alan was a wonderful host. His place is comfortable and he was very accommodating. He even offered breakfast each morning and drove me to my destination on the last day! Fitzroy is a really cute neighborhood to explore, and this location was convenient walking distance to all the shops and restaurants as well as the tram that goes downtown.
I had a wonderful stay in Alan's beautiful cottage. Comfortable bed, lovely garden ( lemon tree, orange tree), nice location.
Alan is a nice and excellent host. I'm really touched and grateful for what Alan've done. The lemon tart is really delicious^_^
Another lovely friend Jack, is cute and gentle. I like to play with him.
Really hope to have a stay in Alan's cottage again.
A charming historical cottage in one of the funkiest parts of town. And a host the fusses over you, who owns a dog with charisma. What more would you want?
Plain and simple: Alan is an excellent host. He puts a lot thought into making sure his place's clean, cosy and comfortable. Frankly, the pictures don't do justice to how quaint and interesting the place really is. I actually found myself spending quite a bit of time just walking around the house and appreciating the various artworks and antiques he's collected from his travels around the world. Do take the time to listen to him recount stories from his adventures across the globe. Alan is certainly a man with many experiences to share.
Apart from the place, the neighbourhood's really worth a mention. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I booked my stay with Alan. Fitzroy is a neighbourhood with a lot of character, and Alan was very kind to point me to many interesting places to visit. The streets of Collingwood/Fitzroy are dotted with quirky shops and amazing graffiti art. I would recommend allocating at least one morning to trot around his neighbourhood. Be sure to ask Alan for a few recommendations on what to focus on!
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. Its Super Host Alan! He and his furry dynamic duo sidekicks Jack and Amy will come to your rescue keeping you safe and comfortable in their secluded hideaway a quiet oasis in the middle of vibrant Fitzroy.
Seriously, whilst the above may seem flippant it is based in fact.
The location is quiet, the room light with a lovely garden outside your window. Wifi reliable. Bed comfortable. Shower has good pressure. Everything written in the description by Alan is accurate. As are other’s reviews.
Generous gorgeous gracious gentleman who is also astute charming civilized cordial wise wicked and worldly who shares his peaceful secure historic haven which is also convenient comfortable. These last words also describe Jack.
The reservation, greeting (by Alan), room/facilities and hospitality were ALL first-rate! A wonderful location coupled with warm and welcoming host made my stay-over in Melbourne brilliant. A comfortable bed, impeccably laundered bed linen, ceiling fan and terrific conversation continued to impress!
Alan is a very nice man and a delightful host. He provided a welcoming 'cuppa' with cheesecake upon arrival and from then on, he and Jack the dog, made me feel very much at home.
The sunny bedroom is comfortable and nicely furnished with fresh flowers on the small table. The view to the outside courtyard with flowers and vegetable planting is quite lovely.There is everything in the room one needs : tv, wifi, comfy arm chair and desk. This is one of the best private homestays I have experienced in my many travels. Alan is a great host ..... 10 out of 10.
Once again, Alan was a fantastic host. I had a wonderful time in Melbourne whilst attending the course, and this can be largely attributed to staying with Alan.
I will continue to keep staying with Alan as long as he allows me to. And for potential guests, make sure you make your booking early - Alan's home is a very popular destination!
I could not have chosen a more welcoming house to stay in on my first night in Australia. Alan is the most generous host, his house is gorgeous, comfortable and peaceful and Jack is just adorable. Thank you, Alan for your kindness, hospitality and humour and for giving me the opportunity to stay in a wonderful part of Melbourne.
Alan was a great host and had a nice cold bottle of water waiting for me when I arrived. The cottage is just lovely and his Dog Jack was really nice to have around. The room was fantastic and very comfortable. Alan prepared tea and toast for me in the mornings and was great company. I loved being so close to downtown, easy to walk down and easy to get a street car back. I would to make another trip to Melbourne, and would definitely want to stay with Alan again,
I have no idea where to start with thanking Alan for the most beautiful Airbnb experience we have ever experienced. Alan is the most loving, funny, caring and generous person we have met since a very long time. Alan made us feel like home from the moment we arrived and we enjoyed his company very much. Thank you Alan for the talks, the amazing carb-free food - yeah right ;-), the great laughs, the delicious wines and your help. To all Airbnb people out there looking for a great host at a perfect loaction to discover Melbourne: If you get the chance to be hosted by Alan and his amazing lovely dog Jack, be blessed and be sure it will become one of your best Airbnb experiences ever. We found a great friend in Alan and we can´t wait to visit him again in the future. Bjorn - February 2013