The SpaceYour rooms are part of the original section of a lovely old house, built in 1895. So it has all the usual features of its era - high ceilings, fireplaces, polished kauri pine floors. And it is located only half a block from bustling Beaumont St with all its cafes and eateries. You can go out to dinner and enjoy your wine, without having to worry about driving home. Guest AccessYou have access to two bedrooms, plus a large lounge room, small kitchenette and bathroom. Your rooms are located in the front of the house. You can enjoy a cuppa in the sun or a quiet drink in the cool of the evening from the north-facing front verandah.
Please note that the kitchenette is small and comprises a sink, bar fridge, and microwave oven. There is no regular stove or oven, but there is a kettle, toaster, and sandwich maker. Guests generally prefer to eat out in Beaumont St at one of the many restaurants or cafes there, and just have light meals or snacks in their accommodation.
Breakfast basics are provided including: cereal, bread, butter and spreads, fruit, yoghurt, milk, orange juice, teas and coffee.
I live out the back of the house and upstairs. Your area at the front is quite separate, except that my office is located next to the lounge room and I may occasionally need to access that, but not usually on weekends. Interaction with GuestsFor the most part I will be at home when guests are staying here, though coming and going with a normal busy life. I will be available to meet and greet, answer any questions, give directions, etc. but will be sensitive to how much interaction you would like. I enjoy meeting people and sharing stories but if you just want some quiet time to yourselves that is fine too. The NeighborhoodHaving lived here for the past 35 years, Hamilton feels like a little village to me. It's an eclectic mix of houses in little pocket handerchief streets. In Beaumont St I have my favourite haunts for coffees, meals and clothes shopping.
Depending on your time and energy levels, much is within walking distance. Lovely Gregson Park is a half a block away. The walk down to Islington Park and along Throsby Creek is delightful. And it is only five minutes in a car to the Harbour Foreshore, Honeysuckle and Darby St eateries, and our beautiful beaches - Nobbys, Newcastle, Bar, Dixon Park and Merewether.
Also nearby is the Fernleigh Track, formerly an old rail line that ran from Adamstown to Belmont, a beautiful place to walk or cycle; and Blackbutt Reserve, a lovely tract of bushland is great for picnics and walks. For golfers it is a five minute drive to Merewether Golf Course. For sailors, we are twenty minutes from beautiful Lake Macquarie. And, with the new motorway, it is only a half-hour drive to the Hunter Valley's famous vineyards; and a forty minute drive to Port Stephens. Getting AroundAll roads lead to Rome (Hamilton)! It is only a five minute walk from here to either buses or trains. If you are coming from Newcastle Airport there is a bus from the airport into Hamilton. If you are coming from Sydney Airport, you can get a train from the Airport to Broadmeadow or Hamilton. If you have a lot of luggage Broadmeadow may be your best option. From there it is only a five minute taxi or bus ride to Hamilton. Otherwise it takes less than ten minutes to walk from Hamilton Station to my place. There is a free local bus from Hamilton Station into the city. And nearby Tudor St is the transit way for buses which go all over Newcastle. Other Things to NoteRe. car parking: it can get quite busy in the street. If space is available, you are welcome to park off the street in the driveway. However, please confer with me first, as we may need to negotiate times when I might need to access the driveway. But this can be sorted!