The SpaceYou will have the entire self-contained upstairs area, with two bedrooms (with doors) or you can use as a bedroom plus living room. (Four single beds, or queen plus two singles.) Both rooms are included: even if there is only one of you, I will not rent out the other room to someone you don't know. You have your own upstairs bathroom, with shower and bath, and a separate lavatory.
There is a small TV in each room, and NBN wifi access throughout the house. The house is very quiet, in a low-rise, pleasant townhouse complex: the address is on a highway, but my townhouse is 4 rows back, well away from the highway.
The house is easy to warm or cool, with ducted gas heating downstairs, and a reverse cycle air conditioner (i.e. cool or heat) in each of your bedrooms . All beds have electric blankets.
Having travelled a fair bit, I have tried to provide the things that make a difference to me and that hotels often seem to lack: a small writing desk; plenty of power points; USB plugs; good lighting, including bedside lamps; hooks in the bathroom and a shower caddy etc.. Guest AccessYou can also have access to my kitchen, including the eat-in area, for self-catering, with plenty of fridge and some freezer space.
I will provide tea bags, instant coffee, and milk for short stays (up to a week).
I have a separate downstairs living area as my own space (you will need to enter or leave through this living area, but you are most welcome to do so at any time).
A NOTE FOR OVERSEAS TRAVELLERS
If you want to be in the centre of Canberra, within walking distance of nightlife etc., you may want to book somewhere around Acton, Braddon, Civic, Reid etc. But if you have a car and want to come home to somewhere quiet, my place may suit you.
Almost all tap water in Australia is drinkable. If the water is not drinkable (this would usually only happen in a small country area, with the handwashing water at public toilets), there is always a sign telling you so. Interaction with GuestsI love to help people from other countries to feel that they are experiencing everyday Australian life, and am happy to answer questions and chat.
I love to meet people from all over the world, and having travelled a fair bit and stayed in b and bs myself I know what makes me feel at home and am happy to try and replicate that for others. I can help you with plans for outings etc. as far as I am able. I have a good selection of brochures about local events etc. I may able to pick you up from the airport, train or bus, depending on when you are arriving.
Although you don't have a separate entrance, your part of the house is self-contained, so you are welcome to be as private as you like: I am happy to chat or not as you wish.
I am quite busy, and so am not always here.
And... if you are into folk dancing I am happy to try and arrange to take you to an Australian bush-dancing workshop with live music, most Monday nights, Contra dance workshops on some Tuesday nights, or to dances. (Check Monaro Folk Society website for calendar: if it is not up-to-date please contact me for details.) I may also be able to take you to Irish trad sessions and other folk music and dancing. There is wardrobe space in your rooms for hanging dresses etc. The NeighborhoodI moved here two years ago from Sydney and enjoy the luxury of living in a city surrounded by bushland. There's a reason Canberra is called the Bush Capital: although my lovely, quiet townhouse is considered to be in the "inner north", everywhere you go from here you can see bushland and hills covered with trees. It's possible to see kangaroos grazing in these bush areas: I saw some recently grazing on a walk up Mt Majura. The air is clean and the days are usually clear and sunny.
I am amazed at how much there is to do in Canberra and surrounding regions. Go to the Visit Canberra website and click on the Menu button at the top left to get a feel for things you might be interested in.
I am not far from:
Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), which hosts many major events, is opposite. (A 3 to 15-minute walk, depending on which part you are heading for.) There is also a great Farmers' Market there every Saturday morning.
Watson Arts Centre/Canberra Potters' Society (five-minute walk).
Local Watson shops (supermarket and coffee shops); Canberra Racecourse: 5 min drive
Dickson Shopping centre (large supermarket, cafes, restaurants, banks etc.): 10 min drive
University of Canberra; the Australian Institute of Sport; GIO Stadium: approx 15 mins drive
Civic: the main centre of Canberra, 15 mins drive, plenty of parking (paid).
Australian National University; Australian War Memorial; Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA): approx 15 min drive
Commonwealth Park, (location for Floriade): approx 20 min drive to parking area, then a short walk. Easy to reach by public transport.
Canberra International Airport: approx 15 - 30 mins
Many attractions: most of the big galleries, museums etc. are within a 20 min drive Getting AroundThere is one parking space here for your car, 15 mins drive to city. Canberra is easy to drive in, no big-city traffic (although you do usually have to pay for parking). I am happy to help you plan excursions to the best of my ability.
Canberra is flat and has bicycle ways throughout.
Bus to town: 3 mins walk
5 mins to Watson shops
15 mins to Dickson shops (cafes and restaurants)
30 mins on bus to city
From the city it is approx 10 mins by bus to most major attractions: galleries, museums, Parliament House etc.
All buses from here and from the city take cash. Other Things to NoteMy calendar may not be open on dates you are interested in. In this case it's worth sending an enquiry, because I may be able to change it: for example, there are some days when I can't welcome new guests, but would be happy to have someone who had checked in on a previous day.
I may also consider a reduced price for single guests (this depends on the base rate for that day).
And how about a special deal: base yourself at my place for up to a week, leave your things here while you go exploring, but only pay for the nights you stay (minimum three nights).
I don't do daily breakfasts, but I will supply cereal, yoghurt, milk, fruit, toast etc. for you to get your own breakfast on your first morning, so you won't need to shop on your way here.
You are welcome to use my washing machine and dryer.
I am usually relaxed about check in and check out times: this depends on whether I am working or not. I know what it's like to be dependent on flight times etc. Just let me know closer to the time when you would like to arrive.