The SpaceNOTE: While it's a lovely little studio, the occasional guest does not read very well and so right at the top here very clearly:
1) The studio is small, 2m x 4m. Comfortable but small.
2) It has a sofa bed in it, not a bed. It is the most comfortable sofa bed I could find after literally lying down on every one for sale in a furniture store in Hobart on a long day's shopping. But, it is a sofa bed and flat measures 110cm x 180cm while a standard double measures 135cm x 188cm. The space is multipurpose and (see 1 and the title, compact, so we don't have a double bed in there).
If either of these realities don't suit you, read no further, find somewhere else. We'd love to help you, but this is all we have to offer in this cosy little studio.
Down to business:
I have for years hosted helpers in a lovely little studio in my garden that is quite popular and appreciated. I do this via the help exchange (another website) mostly but I get WWOOFers too and word of mouth drop ins.
I don't ask them for money. I ask for help around the house, I'm landscaping, gardening building, have a house to maintain and can always use skilled visitors.
After many requests however and understanding that lots of folk really like the space but some prefer to pay, not help, I have accepted money to contribute to my costs instead.
And so they have encouraged an airbnb listing and I'd like to try this out.
I can host you in a small studio in the back garden (which sleeps 2 comfortably, sharing one double sofa bed), which has a deck over a nice lawn, reasonable views over the valley (albeit with our house and it's less than beautiful roof as the centrepiece of the view) and a fairly large kid's playground containing all sorts of equipment.
Take note, this is a sofa bed, and after two years of people sleeping on such, I can honestly say that most report that they are fine, but for some they are not so comfortable. For which reason I'm now on the third and best brand spanking new sofa bed I could find that fits the space in the hope that no-one is left uncomfortable, but truth is, it is ... a sofa bed, and that will never be a bed bed.
I am also very open to feedback and will try to alter the sleeping arrangements if possible, perhaps placing a double mattress on the floor in place of a sofa bed for the duration of a stay or offering another room in the house.
There's a cubby house (which could sleep one or two kids as well) which I'd rent for a little extra paying most of the money into my (10 year old) daughter's account, teaching her a little about money in the process. The cubby has a deck on top also which is a lovely vantage point for kids games and offers better views than the deck on the studio, the best we have from the property even, over the Derwent Valley.
Now the whole place is a little rustic and compact, it's nice, and many rave about it, but it's not large and it's not a 4 star hotel either, and above all the playground and cubby are not what I'd describe as paranoid 21st century kidsafe and and I'll expect you take care of your own children, if any, and ask you to sign off on that. It's not dangerous, it's just a playground like I grew up on, and hence it's built partly out of play equipment from that generation, monkey bars, trampoline (the old kind without safety netting), climbing frame, swings, sandpit, slide, water slide and such and is on the terraced side of hill and hence has moderate drops here and there between levels.
There are also a pile of lawn games and activities supported, from Boules, to Croquet, Totem Tennis, Soccer, Quoits, Badminton and the list goes on, all on a lawn terrace only 15m x 5m in size (the playground is beside it).
A small orchard surrounds the studio with an apple tree, a pear tree, a plum tree, raspberries, and more ... We also keep chickens ( usually 3) that lay eggs for us.
The whole site is north facing and receives all day sun, the studio and cubby house are well renovated and insulated.
We have only on-street parking, but are close to bus lines, only 3.5km form the CBD, about 45 mins walk or 10 mins on a bicycle. I can provide bicycles, again rustic, but functional. There's a cheap airport shuttle, the ten buck bus that should get your to and from the airport cost effectively if you have no car of your own. We're uphill form town, so getting in on foot or bike is easy and getting home is a little effort.
We'll be sharing the kitchen and bathroom of our house, and eating together as we choose, or not. Half the time I'd say I'm a family man and have routine 6:30 dinners on the table, the other half I'm in and out and running about getting stuff done.
I live with Dani, a mathematician/physicist and security guard who speaks English and Serbian. I have a 10 year old daughter, Gypsy Anna who lives with me half the time (for whom the cubby is built and who likes with her friends to stage plays on the deck of the studio to an audience seated on the lawn). And finally Dani and I have a son Leon, born in July of 2013 who lives with us full time.
The house has an open plan living space (kitchen, dining, and living areas all one large open sunny space).
We have an abundant collection of games, and I founded the Hobart Games Society ((URL HIDDEN) in 2004 and hosted all it's events here until 2011. It now meets in public halls having outgrown the space, which can comfortably host events for up to 30 or so people (every winter we have a Midwinter feast with about that many).
The studio itself is about 4m x 2m internally with a deck of similar size in front, and the cubby is very compact, but can sleep one or two small children in a rather adventurous way (fairly tight).
Finally, we keep chickens in a run behind the Studio, and they are let range free from time to time as well,. Four at present, that supply us with eggs, and the children with some exposure to animal husbandry having raised from chicks on occasion.
Note: If I'm not at home when you check in, don't worry, just go around to the back of the house, find the the Studio (you can't miss it!) and it'll be set up for you with a welcome booklet, fresh bedding and towel, refreshments and a key which will provide you with access to the bathroom and kitchen until such time as I get home. Guest AccessThe studio has power, lights, heating, wired and wireless internet.
Water is available on the deck in front of it.
A small selection of teas and instant coffee, kettle and mugs are all in the Studio itself as is all bedding (sheets, doonas, pillows etc.)
Bathroom and toilet, kitchen and laundry in the house are all yours to use whenever you need within the ordinary constraints of sharing with the family.
I keep bicycles for guests to use.
Under circumstances I have a car I can loan to you, but cannot promise up front. Interaction with GuestsWe are mostly sociable and gregarious often share meals with guests and invite them to join our family play (two children of our own and neighborhood friends).
1) We don't oblige you to be social, if you want privacy, solitude and quiet it is available in the Studio.
2) There are times when we may be scarce, due to work and social commitments and/or tired and worn out between those and not feeling so interactive. Apologies in advance, but I don't think this is too common and never unfriendly. The NeighborhoodAn inner city suburb. 3.5km from the centre of the city (walking it is Hobart, North Hobart, Mount Stuart). Fairly typical of Australian suburbs with roughly quarter acre blocks and houses on them.
Mount Stuart is a hill of course and we're perfectly situated on it for our our tastes, on the north side (facing the sun, a commodity in Tasmania most of the year), high enough that we look over the houses across the street and at the Derwent Valley but not so high that cycling or walking home is a real bother. That said it is uphill and for some (fitness depending) that will still be a slog to walk or ride up, but there is a steep approach directly from town and a more gentle approach around the hill too.
The only downside of our location, and we love it in most every other way, is that we are on a through road and hence a trafficked street. The traffic however is mild, and suburban (50kph) and focused on the peak hours with most of the day and night very quiet. it is not an arterial road, just a suburban through road as opposed to a cul de sac. Getting AroundIt's easy to walk into town (30-45 mins) or the North Hobart cafe shopping strip (15 mins) or the Lenah Valley shops (7 mins) or a bus stop (1 or 2 mins).
I offer bicycles and it's a 10min ride into town and 20-30mins back (up the hill ;-).
Buses are OK, not great, but functional. I find them a tad expensive and irregular for the short journey to town, but they do run and we are close to a major arterial commuting stretch (maybe 2 mins walk).
A taxi to/from town costs maybe $8 and to/from the airport perhaps $50. An airport bus costs about $15 and can drop off close to our place, the better the mood of the driver the closer they'll drop ;-).
Hobart has plenty of cheap car rental places, just check a phone book. Other Things to NoteWe keep chickens. Four of them. They are pretty quiet but live behind the studio.