The Space**WiFi, breakfast and CATS included - and no more dog!**
**Available for medium term stays of up to 6 months - please ask. Currently we are looking for an individual or couple to stay for a couple of weeks - or longer - while we are overseas from 28 Oct - 13 Nov. I will offer a generous discount in return for you feeding our fur children and looking after the house :-). You will need to arrive a few days before the 28th so we can show you the animal routine, but you could leave on 13 Nov if desired. Alternatively, you could stay for longer (for the regular long term price). Please send me a booking enquiry/message if interested.**
Are you looking for well priced accommodation close to the city, by yourself or with a partner? This is a 1914 character villa on a hill overlooking the city and sea. There are two double bedrooms, the other occupied by myself and partner Ciaran, with an open living and dining room and a shared bathroom. The open living area has French doors opening out to a great view over Wellington city and harbour. The area includes a leather sofa that opens out to a comfortable double bed in front of the French doors. The sofa bed is also listed on Airbnb (under "shared space"}.
The two cats - our fur children - are Mogadon-the-matriarch and Neko, the handsome Norwegian forest cat. If you are lucky, one might select your bed as their chosen sleeping spot!
WiFi, breakfast and cat cuddles are all included in the price. (Note that cat cuddles can't be guaranteed. They will let you know if you have been chosen to receive this privilege).
You can help yourself to fresh plunger coffee, hot chocolate or a variety of teas at any time. For breakfast we offer toast, home-made muesli with yoghurt or milk, juice and fresh fruit.
If you strike a famous stunning Wellington morning (see photos), you can eat breakfast out on the deck in the sun, looking out at the harbour. Who could complain about that?
Check-in is flexible as we can leave you a key. Check in before noon will require payment for an additional day. Please check whether early check in can be accommodated before you complete your booking. Latest time for check in is 9:30pm. Sorry, arrival on late flights cannot be accommodated. Leaving early is no problem however.
We love living here; beautiful sunny Wellington mornings where we can look out to the harbour and see the birds fly out from the Zealandia sanctuary. It's lovely just sitting on the deck in the peacefulness of early morning, coffee in hand, watching tuis and kingfishers feeding on the pohutukawa and flax. Come and stay! Guest AccessGuests will have access to their own private room, which is lockable; the main living area of the house (including the kitchen); and a shared bathroom. Guests can store food in the pantry and fridge. Guests can also sit out on the deck, in the verandah (like a sun room) and in the garden if you wish.
There is no off street parking, but you can park nearby on the street and it is a very safe street. Many of my neighbours have been here for years without any security issues, and it is a dead end street so not a lot of traffic. I have never had my car or my guests' cars broken into in the nearly six years I've been here. Interaction with GuestsI'm quite a busy person, often going to the gym after work, and when I'm home I'm managing my various social and volunteer activities on the computer, or developing new lemon products for sale at the markets (my "Lady Lemon" business). My partner is usually home earlier than me, and we both like chatting to guests whenever we're around. We are very happy to tell you all about Wellington and the different things you can do. We have a whole box of brochures, maps, discount vouchers etc for museums, parks, gardens and other attractions available for you to rifle through. The NeighborhoodBrooklyn is a nice suburb with a village and cinema only 7 minutes’ walk from our house. There is a chemist, good takeaways (Chinese, Indian, Burger Wisconsin, fish'n'chips), dairies, a small supermarket, DVD store, two pubs / restaurants and a Caribbean cafe. The cinema tends to play art house movies and has a great restaurant and cafe too. On Tuesdays, all movie sessions are $10 all day.
We love being in a quiet street, with birds flying around in the early morning from the sanctuary over the hill. We love the closeness of Brooklyn Village, with its art house cinema and amazing little antique store. We love being a stone's throw from the city but without the hustle and bustle of city streets.
Getting AroundOur house is on a quiet street on a hill that is close to central Wellington - either 15 mins by bus to Lambton Quay (a main shopping area) or around 30-40 mins walk to shops and the waterfront. You can check out the weekend markets, Te Papa national museum (about 40-45 mins walk), the funky shops in upper Cuba Street (25 mins walk) and heaps more. You can follow the road or you can take a track through Central Park. On the way you might take a detour to Aro Street, home to excellent cafes, bakeries and eclectic shops. Walking back up takes a bit longer (45 mins - 1 hr, depending where you are coming from, or a 15-20 minutes bus ride).
Often we host guests who are moving to Wellington or working or studying here short-term. If you are an active person you will enjoy the walk to The Terrace (CBD), Lambton Quay or the universities. You can get as much or as little hill climbing as you like, with buses for respite! Other Things to NoteDuring the non-peak season, roughly April to October, I can accommodate guests for short to medium term stays. For three full weeks or longer, the price is $300 for couples or $230 for singles. This is all inclusive except for lunch and dinner (includes the room, breakfast, power, gas, firewood, internet, land line (telephone for local calls) and cleaning) and compares well to the cost of renting an apartment close to the city or flatting long term with other people. As a medium term guest you are expected to change your own sheets (though you don't have to launder them), empty your own rubbish bin and dust and vacuum the room.
I'm happy to negotiate a good deal with you but please do not ask to pay cash on arrival, ie. transact outside Airbnb. Doing so removes the safeguards for both of us, and could get me kicked off for not following the host's code of conduct. That would not be good! In addition, Airbnb has software that blocks the exchange of email addresses and mobile phone numbers until a booking has been made. So if you try to give me your contact details before making a booking, I won't be able to contact you anyway.