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I enjoyed staying with Walter and young James. The room is simple and clean and the bed comfy. I appreciated its location at back of the house as it was nice and quiet. A bit of a walk to a tram or train station but a fairly good bus line nearby.
A warm and welcoming hostfamily was waiting for us and it is due to them that we are now in love with Australia. It was a place that felt like home from the moment we stepped through the door for the first time. Walter and his family made us feel part of that loving, helpful and fun family.
The house was very clean, the room had a comfy bed with a large mattress and a great view into the lovely veggie garden with the yummiest tomatoes on earth! We were welcome to use the whole house, could cook and come and go as we pleased and Walter even served breakfast every morning with organic cereal and bread!
Great for kids too as Walter has a little son. My 6 year old daughter was allowed to use all the toys (incl. dog) and play in the garden and backyard.
The time flew by way too fast! Thank you Walter, Amanda and Jimmy for the great time we had,
Klaudia and Ava
Walter, Thank you for sharing your home away from home with us. We enjoyed being in your lovely house in a quiet and safe neighborhood. It was perfect for us as a home base while we explored the Bellarine and enjoyed the little beach towns. Walter responded to our questions and even arranged to have a shower head fixed while he was out of town. Thanks for everything.
Great host, quick responses, clear information. Fantastic set up for a young family. Would definitely stay again.
Walter and his family were away for the first night of our stay so left the key out for us. The house was lovely and the room was almost as pictured - the only difference was no TV, which wasn't a problem as we were out most of the time! The room is away from the main house, meaning you have more privacy, and has its own lock. Having cereal, toast etc. provided for breakfast was a lovely touch. We met Walter on our second day there and he was very friendly and accommodating. We didn't get to meet Amanda or their son but did meet Sugar the dog who was lovely :) We checked out the records in the shed but unfortunately didn't get time to play any!
The house is a 10-15 minute walk from a train station that takes you directly into Melbourne CBD in under 20 minutes. Northcote is a nice suburb - we wandered to the main High street (about a 5-10 minute walk from Walter's house) and there is a wide choice of cafes etc. there, and a K-Mart & supermarket.
We were only there for 3 days but felt very comfortable there and it was a great location for our trips into Melbourne CBD, with trains running regularly and until late at night. Would stay again if/when we return to Melbourne!
Walter and Amanda are very welcoming and good hosts. They are helpful and anything you need they can provide.
Walter and Amanda were great hosts, very relaxed and kindly let me share the evening meal on my first night with them. Walter and Amanda both were happy to share the kitchen, fridge and dining facilities and I felt very at home in their family home - I felt like I'd lived there ages after 8 nights of being there!
Great location for Dennis station (a 10 min brisk walk), and not far from Fairfield either (bit further), Dennis being only 13 mins from Flinders Street if you get the right train in the mornings, but the longest is only about 18 mins I think!
I was in Melbourne searching for a place to live and a job, so it was very handy getting to the CBD, and I could change trains in the CBD for other lines if I needed them. Also the house is just off the 508 (East/West) bus route (Separation Street) which traverses the train/tram lines and takes you across Northcote and Brunswick to Moonee Ponds which is very useful and ran perfectly on time when I was travelling (school holidays). Walter gave me a lift to Fairfield Boat House - a lovely spot on the river.
Also very relaxed about arrival and departure time - no fixed times were stipulated, which was really appreciated. Also they gave me lots of advice about different suburbs and local shops and transport options, which was most helpful. And good wifi connection was very handy too! And thanks for the loan of the umbrella and the highlighters!
The room is at the back of the house which gives you some privacy/quiet if needed from the main rooms in the house, and also it was nice to sit in the yard of an evening with a drink after a hard day pounding the streets.
All in all, a great stay :-)
Loved it. Walter was very easy to communicate with. Was in a perfect location for our holiday needs. Lovely balcony with views of the water. A park across the road, which is fantastic for kids - and parents can watch from the balcony! Great record and book collection, only a pity that we didn't have more time to explore them all. Highly recommend, will definitely be back again. Thanks Walter :)
Everything went smoothly with our stay at Walter's house. He replied to my questions in a timely manner and the house was as described. The house is in a quiet street and very close to the Clifton Springs foreshore. It was clean and tidy when we arrived, the backyard is also lovely, everything looks cared-for! Clifton Springs is close to everything on the Bellarine Peninsula so it's the perfect place to use as a base when exploring this fantastic part of the world!
We had a lovely weekend away at Walter's place. The neighbourhood is quiet, Walter is quick to respond to questions and accommodating. We were impressed and will likely be in contact again one day. The house is comfortable, with a nice view of the ocean. It also has a good deck with a bbq. Recommend.
I shared a house with Amanda in Uni and we also spent a summer together in the US. More recently I stayed with her in her Melbourne home and she really looked after my husband and I, showing us the sites, recommending things to do and generally being great company for us. She is conscientious and generous and great fun and makes lovely noodle soup!