PLEASE DON'T REQUEST AN EXCHANGE OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD AS WE ALWAYS SPEND CHRISTMAS AT HOME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
Our home was built in 1892 and renovated by us in 2007, retaining its charm and original features. We added an architect-designed extension to the rear which, while modern, is sympathetic to the older part of the house.
There are two bedrooms in the old section in the front part of the house. The main has a king-size bed and the second has a double bed, plus a desk. There is a studio above the garage with a queen-size bed and freestanding air conditioner, plus table and chairs, suitable for use as a work station. We have a wooden baby's cot which can be assembled in any of the rooms.
The bedrooms in the main house have built-in wardrobes. Neither has an en suite bathroom, as we didn't want to spoil the original character of the house.
This part of the house also features a double living-dining room with antique furniture, piano, stereo and gas "coal" fire, with a lovely private verandah at the front.
The new section comprises a large open-plan kitchen, casual dining area and family room, with 106cm flat-screen TV, DVD player and stereo, plus many books, CDs and DVDs, as well as a gas-flame fireplace. This room opens via glass bifold doors on to a dining terrace, with mains gas barbecue, overlooking the 9 x 3-metre solar-heated saltwater pool.
The garage, which is accessed via the rear lane, has a small bathroom attached - ideal for showering after a swim and for use by the studio occupants.
Back indoors, the main bathroom has a large tub and separate shower stall, while the second bathroom, which doubles as a laundry, has a shower, washing machine and dryer.
We have a 12-year-old cat, Smudge, who is a free spirit but would appreciate being fed by you twice a day. If you're allergic to cats, we can arrange for neighbours to care for her.
We also ask that guests water our small herb/vegie garden and potplants.
We do not want to have to clean at the end of our stay, so are happy to pay for a professional - and assume this would be reciprocated - or swap cleaning services with you.