Homestay in South Melbourne - Melbourne, Australia
From $85  /   per night

About the Homestay

Cosmopolitan Stylish

Jo is a Casting Consultant and Gil has been an actor working in Stage, Film & TV. With their love of people they decided to open up their home to like minded travellers who are looking for a different experience rather than staying in a Hotel. They love to travel, cycle, walk, theatre, movies and generally love socialising with people. Emerald Cottage is Heritage listed, built in 1876 is one of the first houses built in this area. It is tucked away in a very quiet street of South Melbourne. You would never know you were so close to Melbourne CBD!!! Only 2klm from the centre of Melbourne.

The ideal base to stay for business travellers or couples who want to explore Melbourne or visit its sporting and cultural events and sites.
It is a delightful and private queen bedroom with brand new en suite, plus additional living area in a striking period home just metres from the Iconic South Melbourne Market.
Amazing Coffee, food and boutique shops surround the area making it the perfect spot to stay.
Featuring a light-filled lounge with central heating, TV and DVD player. The bedroom offers a queen-size bed with gorgeous bed linen, including plenty of wardrobe space. The new tiled bathroom is stylish and features a walk in shower. The combination of heritage features and furniture gives this apartment a modern, but homely feel.
The kitchenette is fully equipped with tea and coffee making facilities as well as a breakfast basket filled with fresh provisions from the South Melbourne Market. In addition to these conveniences it also features a microwave, fridge/freezer.
WiFi is included, so our (business) guests only need to bring their laptop.
You can’t be more central than this. South Melbourne is the place to be!!!

Close to public transport, beach, culinary delights, fishing, Golf, museums and galleries, shopping, swimming activities, hot sea baths, tennis, water sports, windsurfing/kite sailing, Melbourne sporting events.

Bath towels provided, broadband internet, tea and coffee, Hair dryer, Gas Heating, Iron and ironing board, Kitchenette, Linen supplied, Microwave, Street parking, Cable Television & DVD , Walk to the shops, parking permit available.

House Facilities
  • Parking
  • TV
  • Internet Access
  • Smoke alarm
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

Bedrooms available for booking


Emerald Cottage
Double Room
Sleeps 2

Bathroom ensuite (within room)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates

The bedroom offers a queen-size bed with plenty of wardrobe space for 1 person or for a couple. It's on the ground floor. The newly renovated bathroom is stylish and features a walk in shower. Also separate living space .

  • TV
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Mirror
  • Fridge
  • Radio
 1 guest
2 guests
Nightly Price
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How it works

About the Area

It is tucked away in a very quiet street of South Melbourne. You would never know you were so close to Melbourne CBD!!!

This bed and breakfast is in the perfect spot for a Melbourne visit or work commitment and offers so much more than just a place to sleep.

The tram which stops around the corner will take you straight into the heart of the Melbourne within 10 minutes. Nearby trendy St Kilda is only a pleasant 20 minute walk along the bay, while sporting parklands, Albert Park Lake and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre is a short walk in the opposite direction.
Jump on a tram, walk to the cricket at the MCG and Etihad Stadium or visit the home of the Australian Open Tennis tournament. Not to mention walking distance to the famous Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit.

Local Area Facilities
  • Tennis
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Cinema
  • Museum
  • Shopping Centre
  • Water sports
  • Sports arena
  • Health club
  • Fishing
  • Restaurant
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station
  • Hospital


Please note that only a light breakfast is included in the room rate. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Light Breakfast

House Rules

Full payment required on arrival .
We expect you to treat our house as if it was your own - with respect!

smoking outside

Smoking is not allowed.

9 Reviews

  • 4 hearts
    May 2017

    We enjoyed our stay at Jo&Gil's home .
    The place is very pleasant and cosy . We were so pleased to meet so kind people ,very helpful.
    During our stay they always want to make sure that everything was well for us .Their advices were always good as the very appreciate Italian Restaurant in St Kilda .

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jo & Gil in ,

    Thank You Chantel fir your review. We also enjoyed having you stay with us. You treated our home as if it was your own . So glad you enjoyed your time here in South Melbourne.

  • 5 hearts
    January 2017

    I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Gil and Jo in South Melbourne.

    Both were very welcoming and gave some good information on the local area. The room and living area was exceptionally comfortable and more than met my expectations. The room also represents good value for money being so close to the city.

    The location is brilliant with ready access to Melbourne City either by tram or walking.

    I would certainly recommend this property to those thinking of a trip to Melbourne.


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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jo & Gil in ,

    Thanks Bob. We really enjoyed having you stay with us at Emerald Cottage.
    Hope the rest of your trip is good.
    J & G

  • 5 hearts
    January 2017

    My daughter, best friend and I stayed at Emerald Cottage with hosts, Jo & Gil. for just under a week. I wish it had been longer. Jo & Gil were delightful, accommodating and extremely helpful - even offering to drop us off to the sky bus terminal. The home is centrally located - just a few minutes to the trams/light rail and the local markets. The bedroom was well-equipped with a lovely renovated bathroom ( loved the spacious shower) and bed linen and towels luxurious. In addition, having a separate lounge room/2nd bedroom with mini kitchenette was a great bonus. Fresh fruit, meusli, bread, preserves, tea, coffee, cold water were readily available and Jo kindly catered to my food needs ensuring coconut water was in the fridge when I arrived. Having daily conversations/quick chats made us feel very much at home and invited. They were able to provide us with much local knowledge regarding restaurants, places to visit and transport. Thank you both for a wonderful stay and we will be sure to recommend you to all our Perth friends coming to Melbourne.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Jo & Gil in ,

    Thanks so much Erica fir taking the time to write your wonderful review. Warm regards. J & G

  • 5 hearts
    April 2016

    I was having assessment for my study in Melbourne & I needed accommodation where I can concentrate on my study & keep peace of mind for the assessment. I enjoyed the peaceful time at Jo & Gil's home & they actually helped me a lot to get through the time. Also enjoyed talking to them when we have a time. Easy & comfortable to stay with. There is a nice balcony upstairs where I should have enjoyed sunshine (no time for that as I always came back home late..!) The room was warm & very cosy, off course, very clean everywhere.

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  • 5 hearts
    April 2016

    My stay with Jo & Gil was very comfortable, plenty if room & lovely & clean! Jo & Gil were really helpful with directions and ideas. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a stay with them, will probably stay again myself. Close to all facilities.

  • 5 hearts
    March 2016

    Emerald Cottage was lovely. The rooms were great. So close to transport and Gil and Jo were super helpful and friendly.

  • 5 hearts
    March 2016

    It's a very lovely place. Jo and Gil are very helpful and they provide very nice breakfast. Transport is very convenient. I stayed here for 5 days and enjoyed Melbourne very much. I highly recommend this place.

  • 5 hearts
    February 2016

    Jo and Gil were amazing. Their house is beautiful and a great location. Highly recommended!

  • 5 hearts
    March 2014

    My stay was excellent, the hosts were very helpful and accommodation, and the property was beautiful.