The SpaceThe Darling Studio: Wilson Lane, Darlington, NSW (Sydney's Inner West)
Hi there - Please contact me before making a reservation - just to check dates are free. It is helpful if you have a profile/description on airbnb or, if you can explain a little bit about yourself and your reason for travel. Thanks so much!
For Christmas and New Year bookings, we do not take bookings less than 5 nights and also, we do not accept check-ins Christmas Day (i.e., you must check in at least the day before). For stays over Christmas and the New Year, we are often not home, but you can still stay here! Thank you.
A bargain? Airbnb advises hosts of how much they might like to charge for their unit, based on their analysis of comparable properties nearby. In July 2015, Airbnb are recommending that we charge about $148 per night (and it is fairly standard for listings to add additional $10 - $20 per night for extra guests). We decided to stick with just $112 per night to make this one of the cheapest self-contained apartments this close to the city - it is small is size but we offer GREAT service, spotless cleanliness and lots of comfort and style. We offer accommodation for a maximum of two people only.
The Darling Studio is a stylish and self-contained studio with new, contemporary furnishings. We provide short or long term serviced accommodation. Quiet, sunny and spotlessly clean, The Darling Studio is ideally located just minutes away from the University of Sydney, Carriageworks, and the Seymour Theatre.
Is there much traffic noise? The studio is situated overlooking a lane. The lane is not a thorough-fare, as mostly only our neighbours use the lane to access their garages, but occasionally you do hear delivery vans pass by for the shops on the next street.
Run by a local family, we aim to provide a warm, friendly, and client-focused service to ensure your stay is delightful. We've been doing this for over three years now, so use that experience to try to make your stay as great as possible. We offer lots of little extras, such as basics in the kitchen (e.g., olive oil, vinegar, butter, salt, pepper, fresh milk and tea/coffee, etc and lots more) to increase your comfort. FREE internet is also provided.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Natural light flows into The Darling Studio, which is freshly painted throughout. You will enjoy:
* Your own private ensuite, with toilet and shower
* A small kitchenette with bar fridge (with an electric hotplate with two burners; no oven)
* Built in (small) robe and additional storage
* Private access from rear lane
* A weekly cleaning service
* Access to a (shared) laundry with washing machine and dryer (washing detergent supplied)
* Large flat screen TV; DVD - music plays through the TV via a USB so bring your music to enjoy
* A selection of DVDs and books to enjoy while staying at The Darling Studio
* Hairdryer, iron, overhead fan, microwave, heaters, two-burner electric hotplate, toaster, rice-cooker, a hand-mixer for smoothies, kettle with tea/coffee provided + more
* FREE Wireless internet
The Darling Studio is the only short-term accommodation on site, so you will not have to hear many guests coming or going.
SO WHAT IS THE DOWNSIDE?
There's lots of things that are fantastic about our Studio, but what is less-than- perfect?
* The Darling Studio is a small space - but really well designed and very comfortable. Singles/Couples both tell us it has been perfect for them, and great value for money. They tell us things like all the little extras, the location, convenience to so many amenities and the great service they receive is more important to them.
* The Darling Studio overlooks a lane-way and so the outlook is not-so-scenic. Most guests who stay with us tells us things like that they like the 'urban-vibe', and that they are always out and about in beautiful Sydney, so they don't need a nice outlook through the day in any case.
As it is situated on an urban laneway, you will hear some noise from vehicles. Please note, it is NOT a thorough-fare so only people with garages facing onto the laneway use it. This means it not a high-volume area. Occassionally, deliveries will be made to the cafes nearby, and that can cause truck noise. Garbage trucks collect rubbish every Friday morning - so there will be noise Friday mornings for sure.
* The Darling Studio sits above our garage but the sound of the car coming and going is not intrusive and we don't use the car often. We NEVER use the car before 5am, as was suggested in one review written in late 2014.
Because we recognise these limitations in size and outlook, we price it as the cheapest self-contained accommodation this close to the city (and you get the modern, spotlessly clean presentation as bonuses, that we deliver along with terrific service).
The Darling Studio is strictly non-smoking and a no-party policy applies. See more details in the 'tab' "house rules".
The nightly rate includes internet, and a range of light/basic groceries stocked in the pantry for your first night stay. Guest AccessOur guests have their own entrance, and separate accommodation, with their own bathroom. There is shared access to the laundry (that you can use for free)
There is shared access to a lovely, small courtyard, with bench seats. The main house is separated from the Studio by the courtyard.
Guests can access the Darling Studio Wifi / internet free of charge. While the internet is usually excellent, we cannot guarantee internet in the rare event of a technical fault outside of our control - happily this rarely happens! Interaction with GuestsAlthough we live in the main house, we give you lots of privacy. However, if you need anything, just knock on the back door, call or email and we will help out. The NeighborhoodThe neighbourhood is vibrant and lovely. Once an area with a rougher reputation, it is now becoming gentrified and has a strong, family community spirit. Lots of families and academics are our neighbours. There are several local cafes and take-aways at your doorstep, vibrant Farmers Markets in our street on weekends, and we are near 2 large culture/performing arts centres (Seymour theatre and Carriageworks), if you want to catch a show while here - check out their websites. You can walk there! The studio is also walking distance to the vibrant Newtown and Glebe, yet remains a peaceful area. Getting AroundLocation & Getting Around
The Darling Studio is in a fantastic location. Despite being located within 40ms of local friendly cafes, shops and parks, it is usually whisper-quiet. It is situated on a laneway, so the outlook is not stunning, but happily The Darling Studio is only 15 minutes walk to the hustle and bustle and all that King Street (Newtown), and its fabulous cafe and restaurant lifestyle, has to offer.
As the Studio overlooks a laneway, even though it is not a thorough-fare, you do hear vehicle noise and delivery vans occasionally.
Redfern train station is just minutes away (but far enough away so that train noise is not a problem). By train, you can be at The Opera House, and the centre of Sydney, in less than 15 minutes.
We are located just minutes from the University of Sydney, while UTS and Notre Dame campuses are a slightly longer walk away (about 12 - 18 minutes).
Australian Technology Park is also just 15 minutes walk away. The Darling Studio is also within an easy walking distance to a large Shopping Centre (Broadway, and we have available a shopping trolley to help you get your groceries home with ease) and it is just a few minutes to the local train Station. The Sydney city centre is only 3kms (approx) away, or about 10 minutes by train. Two large (50m) local heated pools are also nearby within an easy, almost-flat walking distance (one is outside in a large & lovely park, while the other is undercover). Beautiful, local farmers markets occur every Saturday in our street and wonderfully funky 'designer' markets are regular events on the first Sunday of every month.
The Seymour Theatre is also within close walking distance, as is “Carriage Works” -- so you can readily enjoy its wonderful art exhibitions, restaurant, dance and drama performances. Try these links for some ideas about what to do within walking distance: (URL HIDDEN) and (URL HIDDEN) and (URL HIDDEN)
The airport is about 25 minutes by taxi.
There is on-street parking only. One side of the street is a 1 hour parking zone. The other side is free all day, with no time restriction. Note - It is very rare for you not to find a park in our street when we need one.
Feedback from our earlier guests (Before airbnb)
What a jewel: This studio is beautifully designed, practical, clean, peaceful with a lovely court yard, and in walking distance to the University of Sydney and Redfern station (one station from Central station). The hosts are most welcoming and helpful while guaranteeing privacy and individuality to the guest. The parallel street is charming, too, with student atmosphere, small coffee shops, deli and restaurants. The Darling Studio is definitely my favourite accommodation in Sydney (Stefan, German/Swiss professor, five separate visits across 2011 and 2012).
The Darling Studio is my cozy and beautifully designed haven whenever I am in Sydney. The hosts are warm and welcoming with an eye for attention and comfort. The location is ideal, a very short walk to Redfern train station and the neighbourhood is filled with charming cafes and friendly neighbours. I highly recommend a stay (Heather, Consultant, four separate visits across 2011).
I stayed at the Darling Studio for a week and the only way to sum up the place is to say it was a home away from home! The hosts were wonderful and assisted with all my inquiries (eg. location of hairdresser, train services, best eatery, etc). The Darling Studio was not only clean and fresh but contained EVERYTHING you could possibly need and more than is advertised (eg. DVD's, books, maps, take away pamphlets, shampoo, ear buds, basic foods - just everything). I would highly recommend it to anyone needing a place to stay in Sydney. The price you pay for what you get is great value and only a short distance (via train or taxi) away from major attractions in Sydney. Definitely will be staying there again in the future! (Claudia, Midwife, October 2011).
I was a Japanese visiting researcher in Sydney University and stayed in this studio for eleven months. It was very convenient for commuting to Uni. and for shopping at Broadway and Eveleigh Markets. On weekends I walked down to Cockle Bay, Circular Quay and Hyde Park and went to suburbs from nearby Redfern Railway Station. The hosts are very kind and friendly. If you want to concentrate on your work in the day and to have a quiet night, you can do it here just as I did (Professor Ueshima, 2010-2011).
What a wonderful place to stay and so close to everything important; cafes, pubs and shops. I especially loved the little touches, like a pre stocked fridge to help ease you through the first couple of days whilst recovering from travel. Lovely place and helpful happy people to deal with ... what more could you ask for! (Geoffrey, Dislocate Circus Theatre Company, 2011).
... thank you for our stay - we had a wonderful time ... The hospitality offered by you was first rate, and the little touches like providing milk, fruit and bread every so often was highly appreciated (Jim, IT specialist, 2010).
A word of thanks for making our recent 3-week stay in your beautiful Darling Studio a most wonderfully comfortable experience. The moment you welcomed us, we felt we had truly arrived in our Home Away from Home !!! From your beautiful studio furnishings, the boutique linens; towels, to the specially stocked pantry, fresh foods, and flowers, you thought of everything !! … We look forward to returning; definitely recommend your "Darling Studio"! Until we meet again, health and happiness to you all, Sincerely Crystall and Alisia (Surrey, British Columbia Canada November, 2010). Other Things to NoteCHECKING IN AND CHECKING OUT
While we have set preferred check-in (2pm) and check-out times (9 - 9.30am), we will be as flexible as possible outside of these times to accommodate your needs whenever we can.