“What an amazing time we had in Sydney - staying at Philippa's and Ian's gorgeous home in Hunters Hill made the time extremely special. It so good to be off the beaten track and to experience living in the this delightful waterside location. the Hunters Hill peninsula is surrounded by water and a perfect location away from the crowds and ideal for the New Years fireworks. The home itself was magnificent and you cannot beat a room with a view and the views from every room in their home was spectacular. The write up on Philippa's home swap page understates just what a great home and location it is. The days slipped by just watching the ever changing scene of the harbourside and with our own private dock we had many a special time sitting on the dock with champagne and sunshine - that's if weren't on the terraces just watching the world go by . Perfect lazy days of summer. If we did want to get into the city the Greenwich Ferry was only a short walk and after a 20min ferry trip you can find yourself cruising under Sydney harbour bridge and into Circular Quay and if you didn't fancy that just stopping in the pub - The Greenwich Hotel was always a good option. Philippa and Ian were very helpful and well organised throughout the swap process and everything was easy. Just fantastic and we would like to swap every year to their home for Christmas is we could - in fact we will try !! . A huge thank you to Philippa and Ian.”
Harbourside home, sweeping views, pool, jetty - available 22 June to 7 August
Harbourside home, sweeping views, pool, jetty - available 22 June to 7 August
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- 4 Bedrooms
- Sleeps 8
- 4 baths
About our home
Our home is available for simultaneous and nonsimultaneous swaps. It is a spacious open-plan home, designed to maximise light and expansive harbour views. Every room in the house is filled with light and has wonderful views of the harbour. We have recently painted the whole house inside and out, retiled the upstairs terrace and entry, and put down new woollen carpets. There is a large lawn and garden with lovely established trees.
Downstairs there is a formal living/dining area beautifully decorated with antiques, and an upstairs relaxed computer/library/TV area which is used by the family for everyday living.
The open-plan downstairs family room is an extension of the kitchen, and has 3 walls of floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views over the harbour. The kitchen has panoramic views of the harbour. There are 4 double bedrooms, 2 with ensuites. Upstairs there is an additional large bathroom with bath, and a 4th bathroom downstairs. All bedrooms have large built-in wardrobes.
The family room opens to a large verandah, and is wonderful for barbqs and entertaining. At the lower level there is an extensive stone terrace and large pool which is solar heated.
Enloy kayaking, fishing from the private jetty and beach. Hunters Hill has many historical homes, beautiful gardens, and is a very quiet residential suburb, yet only a short ferry or bus ride into the city. Watch the local yacht races from the verandah, and relax beside the pool. There are many local parks, and the area is beautiful for walking. We have many excellent restaurants nearby.
- Main home
- Cable TV
- Equipped for kids
- No pets
“We have had the privilege of staying in Iain & Philippa's extraordinary waterfront home in Hunters Hill in Sydney. Hunters Hill is one of Sydney's most prestigious suburbs on the north shore with lovely original sandstone homes on a long leafy peninsula. Iain & Philippa's home is nothing short of outstanding with a view of Sydney Harbour and the City. It's a very large and comfortable home with everything you could wish for and more. There is almost no need to leave home because a better view is hard to imagine. We did of course venture out and explore the area and discovered within easy walking distance a great pub 'The Woolwich Pier' which also serves lovely food. If you ever have the opportunity to stay in this gorgeous home don't think twice.”
“The most amazing and luxurious Sydney vacation exchange. We are a family of five who spent a week in this stunning house in the January of 2015. It was the best week of our holiday. And let me make this clear right away - pictures just can't make this house justice. It must be experienced on site. First a word about Philippa and Iain. Two of the most gracious host and hostess we've ever met. They couldn't do enough for us to make sure that we had a wonderful time. The house is spacious, well-planned, well-equipped, comfortable, very private and it has a most spectacular view of the Parramatta river and the Sydney skyline. It is amazingly clean and nicely decorated and offers all you need for a great stay. Outside areas are very well tended and cleverly planned. Our kids just loved the heated pool. There's even a staircase leading down to the water and a small jetty. This house has such qualities - and don’t forget - a short ferry trip takes you to Circular Quay and all that Sydney has to offer. We were able to see everything we wanted in the area and the house was great to come back to at night. Spending time on the terrace with its view, would have been enough for a vacation on its own. Anyone making this exchange will have an unforgettable positive experience. ”
“Fantastic three week stay in lovely home on the water”
3 things they loved about the trip
- Philippa & Iain were just fantastic & very helpful
- Location just lovely - right on the water - perfect for Sydney fireworks!
- House had everything we could need
“The swap was so easy and we had a fantastic time! Philippa & Iain's home is great, and it had everything we could possibly need. The views of the harbour are to die for, and they even have their own little jetty with a dinghy. There is a park and oval just a minute away which our boys loved, and plenty of cafes and pubs five minutes away. The house is walking distance to the ferry which was really great for exploring. Hunter's Hill is a really beautiful suburb and a great place to base yourself when visiting Sydney. I can highly recommend Philippa & Iain's home if you are looking for a lovely relaxing, easy stay in Sydney - we are hoping to stay there again on our next visit!”
More about us
- Home free for non-simultaneous swap mid 2017. Looking for swap to Europe - Zurich, France, French-speaking islands, Italy, Greek islands.
- We are a retired couple and love active adventurous holidays,exploring different countries, trekking, walking, cycling with friends and family.
- Our home is very comfortable in a quiet residential area, yet fun to live in with magnificent harbour & Sydney city views, and 15 minutes by ferry to the heart of Sydney, Opera House, bridge and attractions.
Where is it?
- Buzzy restaurants
- Ottimo & Cucinetta Italian restaurants. Five Spices Asian Fusion restaurant.
- Cool bars
- Woolwich Pier Hotel great food and lively atmosphere
- Cozy cafés
- Le Village french cafe, Deckhouse waterside cafe/restaurant
- Retail therapy
- CBD easily accessible, also Chatswood shopping area, Birkenhead Point factory and discount shopping outlet
- Bit of culture
- Close to city art galleries and museums, Opera House and theatres
- Walks in the park
- Beautiful local walks amongst historic buildings and waterfront parks
- Spot of exercise
- Gyms and golf courses nearby, cycling in quiet suburban streets, harbourside bushwalking in national park nearby
- Day tripping
- Blue Mountains scenery and walks, Manly ferry ride, Bondi beach by train, Pittwater beaches and sailing, and a little further to Hunter Valley wineries
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