An Oasis in the Centre of the City - Surry Hills


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Surry Hills is the most vibrant and exciting place, in which, to live. It is the home of artists and creative people and is replete with restaurants, theatres and galleries. There are numerous original clothing shops and interesting gift shops. The house is within walking distance of the city and is an exceptional location for those interested in unique cuisine. This unusual and exotic two storey house is situated opposite a park and comprises of two pavilions facing each other across an internal courtyard. The courtyard has a barbecue and is canopied by a fifteen metre Chinese Tree of Heaven. The upstairs deck is perfect for sunset drinks and breakfast with the birds, you don't feel like you are in the middle of the city but rather in your own little corner of paradise. There are two bedrooms with queen size beds & a study with a double size sofa-bed. The bedlinen is 1000 thread count cotton soft, soft, soft. This remarkable house has a fully appointed kitchen/laundry complete with Bosch, Smeg and Miele appliances. The diningr oom and living area house an LCD television, Wifi, Cable, dvd player, and Sony sound system, Wireless Broadband internet. The house is peaceful and filled with sunlight. Situated round the corner from Crown Street and Oxford Street you have easy access to Sydney's best restaurants, galleries and fashion boutiques. You are within walking distance of the City and Central Station and have excellent public transport outside the front door. Ten minutes to Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Twenty minutes to Bondi, Bronte and Clovelly beaches. In the centre of it all but so secluded!! Specific Description The front pavilion is a three-story, glass tower with a spiral staircase. The top floor contains a bedroom with a queen-size bed (1000 TC sheets) and television. The second level houses a bathroom and second bedroom with queen-size bed(1000 TC sheets) . The ground level of the front pavilion comprises a study containing double sofa bed, telephone/fax, scanner,copier, colour printer and wireless broadband. There is a walkway crossing above the courtyard from the second level leading to a sundeck and the second pavilion. Stairs lead down into an open, living room and dining area with polished, timber floors. This area can be heated by the open gas fireplace. The fully-appointed kitchen (Bosch dishwasher, Smeg Stove and Panasonic microwave) and laundry (Miele washing machine and Fisher Paykel dryer) are adjacent to this space. There is a toilet off the laundry. The living area looks into the internal courtyard. The property is peaceful and filled with sunlight.

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Reviews (20)

  1. Michelle L.
    We had a great stay in Surry Hills. We loved the fresh fruit, fresh flowers and clean house. So close to the quaint and nice Surry Hills. Also close to the buses and trains that take you to wherever you need to be. Lindy was great to work with! We would highly recommend this place. 09 February 2012 - 09:03:15
  2. The location was perfect for a week's stay in Central Sydney, with shops, bars, restaurants and all the major attractions within walking distance. The house itself was great - loved the quirky layout and it worked for us as there were no children staying. The only downside was that the BBQ wasn't working and we had to make last minute alternative plans for dinner guests one evening. All in all, I would stay there again and would recommend to friends planning a trip to Sydney. 23 April 2012 - 19:28:43
  3. we had a wonderfull stay at a truly unique home. Lindy was very helpful and pleasant to deal with. location was fabulous,neighborhood was fun with lots of varied spots to dine all within a short walk,excellent food stores to shop at also in the immediate neighborhood. downtown area was easily accessable by walking or bus if so inclined.We would highly reccommmend this property to anyone to use as a base to visit Sydney and its attractions. Sydey has some of the nicest people we have met in all of our travels 27 June 2012 - 13:17:10
  4. Three of us stayed at Lindy's house during the first week in July. The weather was a bit of a challenge for us (we are from Guam and Hawaii) being the middle of the winter, but the house was warm and cozy despite the chilly weather. Everything is as Lindy describes and pictures on the VRBO site. The location is great, not down by the biggest hotels at the harbour, but so close using the train from the main station or a bus. The neighborhood is upbeat and provides many excellent restaurants and shops, and there is a grocery store around the corner. Having a washer and dryer as well as the ability to cook was a real plus. Walking to Oxford Street or the station is easy, although there is a bit of a climb on the way back from the station. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely like to come back again to stay at Lindys house, perhaps during the Australian summer! One tip: before going out to by your groceries, check the pantry and freezer to see what others may have left. We did not and bought things we neednt have purchased. Then leave your nonperishables for the next tenants! 26 July 2012 - 05:08:22
  5. Bridget B.
    We really enjoyed our stay at Lindys home. It was a perfect location for a home base to explore Sydney. We loved the Surry Hills area, all the little cafes and shops were quaint and interesting. Highly recommend. 01 November 2017 - 11:33:00
  6. Andrea
    Lindy was reachable at all times and her house has all the comforts of home. We had a few questions during our stay and she answered her phone right away. She was cheerful and extremely helpful. There's a reliable cab company to call for a ride to the airport, which you can book the day before from Lindy's place. The automated message recognizes Lindy's phone number and confirms her address to pick you up. I stayed on the line to reach an actual person to be safe but there was probably no need. Fresh flowers throughout the house upon arrival. The courtyard is just spectacular and sunny. Lindy's listing was spot on in terms of location, house photos, restaurants, etc. The kitchen had all the bells and whistles of my kitchen at home. There was a small organic market around the corner and two large markets within walking distance so we made great use of the kitchen and BBQ. When our kids left, we went out for dinner in the neighborhood and the food was the best we had throughout our three weeks in Australia. We went to a Japanese restaurant one night and Vietnamese the next. We all watched a Rugby game at The Clock Bar and Restaurant on the corner. The drinks were terrific with some unique choices but all 6 of us did not enjoy our meal. Would recommend stopping in for a drink for sure. You can walk (if you have time) or bus anywhere. We did it all. Opera house, Bondi Beach, Paddington Market, the Rocks, Watsons Bay and more. We would stay here again. 31 July 2013 - 16:37:40
  7. Jim
    Situated in a delightful neighborhood and conveniently close to public transportation. Apartment was a unique and surprising dwelling and was a pleasure to return to. We were sorry to leave after our week. It'll always be one of the highlights on our holiday in Australia. 03 August 2013 - 15:13:19
  8. JP50
    We rented this Surry Hills home for a week - this was our first stop on our very first trip to Australia and it was the perfect location for our group of 5. We had 3 generations with us - a 12 year old, 2 50 year olds, and 2 80 year olds. Lindy's home is just beautiful and we were welcomed with fresh flowers in every room. The home is fully stocked with everything you need in the kitchen, baths, laundry, and office. And the entire apartment is absolutely beautiful including the courtyard garden area and rooftop dining area. We found this to be a much nicer and more economical situation than putting 5 of us up at a hotel. The location is wonderful - right in a very artsy district with tons of restaurants and coffee shops. The bus system is wonderful and we were able to get to any part of the city easily. Lindy's description of the home and the area is dead on and she was terrific to deal with answering any questions ahead of time and after. We would happily rent it again! 12 August 2013 - 04:06:13
  9. Brooke S
    What a lovely, lovely home. I stayed here for a week in September 2013 with two colleagues while we attended a conference, and we all really enjoyed it. The neighborhood is charming, and the house's location is very central -- it was a nice morning walk to get to the conference every day (at the Powerhouse Museum), and then no matter where we ended up in the city at night it was always easy to get back home. And it did feel like home from the very first day. The house is sunny and spacious, with plenty of indoor and outdoor space. We often had coffee on the upstairs deck in the mornings -- the outdoor areas just entice you to relax. I think the layout of the house is pretty clear in the description, but just in case another version helps: the house basically has two halves separated by an internal courtyard. One half has the two bedrooms and the office (with the sofabed), and the other half has the lounge/living room, dining room and kitchen. The sleeping half has the full bathroom, and the living half has a WC. You can go between the halves through the ground-floor courtyard or a walkway on the floor above it. This layout works really well for weary travellers: even when my colleagues were sleeping, I could sit my jet-lagged self in the living room and make a cup of tea and some toast without worrying that I would wake them. And then when I did fall asleep I knew I wouldn't be woken up in the early morning by everyone else moving around making breakfast. Later in the week, when we were all adjusted to the time zone, it didn't matter if one of us wanted to go to sleep early and the others wanted to stay up to work or chat or Skype. Brilliant. All of our other conference-attending colleagues were in cramped hotel rooms, and we were lounging around on the cushy sofa sharing a bottle of wine from the amazing shop around the corner, or sitting on the deck under the shade umbrella with our feet up. I'd stay here again in a heartbeat whether in Sydney for work or play. Highly recommended. 10 October 2013 - 16:40:22
  10. Dinger
    This is a lovely apartment with a good deck and a sheltered courtyard. It is a great location with restaurants, pubs and shopping all close. It has lots of character and we will certainly stay here again. 09 October 2013 - 20:32:14
  11. Janie
    This looked ideal for a family visiting for 8 days to celebrate a wedding! However we arrived to a quality far below the standard offered. A broken pipe had resulted in water oozing up through the floorboards in the kitchen and dining room and a terrible smell. Extensive renovations next door meant the light through the walkway was completed blocked and made the area gloomy. We were told a plumber would be there the next day at 7.30 am with a jack hammer to investigate the problem. The only place to wash after using the toilet downstairs was the kitchen sink. We had booked for 5 adults but the 3rd bed was not made up and the manager told us we would find linen in the office. That linen was not clean so we used other linen, even though it was stained and carrying the lipstick of previous guests. The roses left for us were brown with drooping heads. A plumber returned and connected hot water to the kitchen and made provision for waste water from the washing machine. We were unable to secure 3 external doors that evening including one that had no latching system at all. We informed the manager that we could not take liability for security, and she insisted that it could be made secure and hung up. We managed to secure one end of the apartment. We contacted the owner to explain our inconveniences. She replied to say sorry the pipe was broken and that her manager said all the beds were ready. 2 visits from a locksmith and 48 hours after our arrival the house was secured. We found a tarpaulin and laid it over the still oozing floor. On the third day a second plumber advised us that the pipe had been broken for a minimum of 3 weeks and the water bill would be high. We began to turn off the water when we were not using it to help the owner. We advised the owner of this on the fourth day of our stay and requested compensation. She replied that everything in Sydney was booked, she was unable to re accommodate us and apologised for the discomfort. Our request was not acknowledged. On day 6 of our stay a neighbour arrived to say he had 3 inches of water in his courtyard coming from the property and guests coming for lunch. We passed on the contact details we had. Coming from the hospitality and accommodation industries we were shocked how inadequately this unfortunate situation was dealt with and hope quality has been restored to this property. One week after our return the balance of the bond was returned plus some compensation but no communication for 10 days. 16 December 2013 - 02:08:27
  12. LORELEI W.
    We had planned a girls get-a-way week in Sydney. One lady in our party had a friend that lives in Sydney was turning 90 years young, and we were there to celebrate her birthday. We couldn't have chosen a better place. The location was perfect since we didn't rent a car. We (the four ladies) were able to walk everywhere. The grocery store was right around the corner, the restaurants were everywhere. The train station was walking distance, and the buses were down the street. The house was very comfortable it suited our purpose and was a better option than staying at a hotel. We were able to cook breakfast every morning before hitting the streets. One night we even cooked dinner and we had all we needed to make the meal. The one bathroom for four ladies was a challenge however we worked well with each other. Lindy(the owner) was so very helpful with our planning, we only had a 3week window to plan due to our work schedule . Her patience with the four of us sending in the deposit (in US dollars ,then converting it to AU dollars) was wonderful. We so loved working with her. I would stay there again and again. 22 December 2013 - 01:43:40
  13. Susan W.
    Very spacious. Ideal family accommodation with room for everyone. Fantastic location! An easy walk to all of Sydney's attractions. 23 February 2014 - 00:41:23
  14. Kate H.
    We spent a very enjoyable week in this lovely and interesting house with three of our adult children in January. Another of our children lives in Crown Street so this was a perfect choice to be near her and enjoy the wonderful restaurants bars and pubs in the immediate vicinity. We found the house to be very well equipped with everything one would need for a long or short stay. The beds were comfortable, the shower had great water pressure and temperature, the lounge had seating for all of us and the kitchen had every appliance one could wish for. A nice big fridge kept our food and drinks perfectly chilled and the washer and dryer served our needs well. We loved the leafy courtyard and the upper deck area was a cool and airy place to enjoy afternoon drinks and nibblies!! We all appreciated the good quality white linen, duvets and large white fluffy bath towels. All in all, our week long stay was very enjoyable and we would definitely recommend this lovely holiday property. Lindy, the charming owner was there to meet us on our arrival and explained all the workings of the house and refunded our security deposit promptly! No complaints at all!! 03 March 2014 - 04:46:06
  15. Hedley
    Great location in Surry Hills. This unique and relaxed house had everything that we needed and more. We thought it was even better than the photos. We have rented lots of places and this one was the best with a friendly, responsive and flexible owner. 08 March 2014 - 12:09:21
  16. Gwen Z.
    Unique and charming and ideally situated to enjoy the trendy neighbourhood of Sunny Hills! This is a fully equipped property where you can relax and feel immediately at home away from home. Immaculate, with spacious rooms and loads of charm. Great attention to details and needs of visitors. Lots of information and hints for first time visitors to the area and welcoming features such as fresh flowers, and essentials in the fridge! Can't wait to return! 12 May 2014 - 15:22:03
  17. sarah f.
    Really fantastic, characterful apartment in great location. Brilliant for coffee shops, food and transport further around Sydney by both bus and train. The apartment itself was peaceful and relaxed. A true oasis! Lindy (the owner) was efficient and helpful. We had a wonderful, wonderful stay. 20 May 2014 - 09:29:14
  18. Andrea
    There were 6 of us and how lucky we were to have found Lindy and her house. She answered every question we had, her house was perfect for 6, the location was walkable to everything. We could not believe our good fortune. Her place was exactly as described, clean, charming, wonderful. We bought stuff at the market and had a BBQ one night BECAUSE SHE HAS ONE! Lovely patio area. When it was time to go to the airport, I called the taxi service and Lindy's tele # is in the taxi system so they know where to come. We highly recommend this place. I don't normally go back to the same place twice but I would come back to this place in a minute. The restaurants located down the street are outstanding. I just loved everything about the house and the location. We walked to the Sydney Opera House several times. We took a bus to Bondi beach but other than that, we walked everywhere. 07 June 2014 - 23:54:52
  19. Julie W.
    This was a fabulous home for the four of us. What a great week! The location could not be better - in the city, but so quiet. We did plenty of walking and loved it. The home is very well appointed, with everything (and more) we would ever need on holiday. So much nicer than a cramped motel room, it really is an Oasis. Lindy and Fiona were a pleasure to deal with. Highly recommended! 12 December 2014 - 22:16:14
  20. Lisa H.
    This was my first VRBO experience and I couldn't have been any happier. I based my search on the cost per night for 5 when compared to a hotel and having to eat every meal out. I found the Surry Hills listing and sent an email requesting our dates, which incidentally was the same day I sent the email. I then found a phone number for the owner, for a quicker response. I called her and we then began working together to make it happen. Lindy was an absolute joy to work with and she never seemed annoyed or bothered when I had to continue calling and emailing her in order to get things sorted out. I was able to call and reserve the townhouse for the same day and was even able to extend our stay for an additional 2 days, despite the fact that she had to come to town and had planned to stay there! Lindy was a little concerned that she wouldn't have time to get flowers and fresh fruit, yet when we arrived, the fireplace was on, there were fresh flowers everywhere and a beautiful assortment of fruit. We were a family of four traveling with one of my daughter's friends. The townhouse was the perfect accommodation. After 9 days of very close quarters in an RV it was wonderful for everyone to have a little space from each other. There was not one thing that we needed that wasn't provided. We had access to public transportation, within walking distance, numerous shops and dining establishments. Lindy also includes a host of resources for local venues, attractions, bus schedules, bus cards and an entire book dedicated to making the most of your stay. We had access to a washer and dryer, portable heaters, dishes a hair dryer, extra pillows and blankets and even some toiletries. The fully stocked kitchen was wonderful and we enjoyed breakfast and lunch there every day. The home is a little quirky which only added to it's charm. I loved the spiral staircase, the outdoor courtyard and the rooftop deck. The Surry Hills location is wonderful and the vibe is fantastic. My only disappointment was in missing the opportunity to meet Lindy in person. From what I can gather, she is a really terrific person! I cannot recommend this rental property any higher. Understand, this is not a Four Seasons or a Ritz Carlton, instead it is a quirky, fun, charming and perfectly appointed Oasis in the city! Top notch customer service, great amenities and a perfect location. 01 August 2016 - 23:15:00

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