PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST AN EXCHANGE FOR CHRISTMAS-NEW YEAR, AS OUR HOUSE IS NOT AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER 2018 OR JANUARY 2019.
Our Victorian-era 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 distinct living areas - one at either end of the house - so plenty of room to spread out and enjoy quiet time.
In the old section, which is at the front of the house, there are three bedrooms, plus a double living-dining room with antique furniture, piano, stereo and gas "coal" fire, and a lovely private verandah leading off it.
The main bedroom has a king-size bed (183cm wide x 203cm long) and the second has a double bed (137cm wide x 187cm long), plus a desk. The third is currently used as a child's playroom, with a sofa which folds out into a double bed. We have a wooden baby's cot which, if needed, can be assembled in this room.
All bedrooms have built-in wardrobes (those in the second and third bedrooms are partly used for storage but there's plenty of space for guests' clothes). None of the bedrooms has an en suite bathroom, as we didn't want to spoil the original character of the house.
The new section, with tiled floor, 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. It opens via glass bifold doors on to a dining terrace, with mains gas barbecue, overlooking the 9 x 3-metre solar-heated saltwater pool.
There's a lockup garage, accessed via the rear lane, with a small bathroom attached - perfect for showering after a swim.
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, toilet, washing machine and dryer.
Our automatic Honda CRV is available for exchange. While not new, it's roomy and reliable.
Our 14-year-old cat, Smudge, is a free spirit who pops in twice a day to be fed. 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. During longer stays, we also ask that you water our front garden once a week, especially during warm weather.
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. We have a team of four cleaners who come for an hour once a fortnight and, if needed, we can arrange for them to continue this service during your stay. They currently charge $125 per service.