Our Victorian-era home was built in 1892 and renovated 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 for you to spread out and enjoy quiet time.
In the original section, which is at the front of the house, there are three bedrooms, plus a double lounge-dining room with piano, stereo and gas "coal" fire. The main bedroom has a king-sized bed (183cm wide x 203cm long) and the second has a queen-sized bed (153cm wide x 203cm long). The third bedroom has a sofa which folds out into a double bed; we also have a wooden baby's cot which can be assembled in this room. We normally use this room for storage during exchanges but can make it available if you are offering similar-sized accommodation - or there are other factors, such as location, that make your home irresistible!
All bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. They won't be empty when you arrive but there'll be plenty of space for your 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.
We ask that guests regularly water our small herb/vegie garden and potplants. During longer stays, we also request 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, at your expense. They currently charge $125 per service.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DON'T WANT TO VISIT THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE DURING COLD WEATHER, SO WILL ONLY CONSIDER NON-SIMULTANEOUS SWAPS IF YOU WISH TO COME HERE IN SUMMER.