About the Homestay
We have a large 5 bedroom modern home (7 years old) in North Balgowlah (4.6 kms from Manly Beach). The home is perfectly set up for home stay guests with private entry, 2 bedrooms, own bathroom and basic kitchenette/ laundry. Home stay accommodation is in private area of home with own sunny courtyard. The home also has a beautiful family swimming pool and spa area which is gorgeous in summertime. We are a family of mum, Dad and 2 sporty boys, in a very friendly neighbourhood. Bus to nearby Manly, Beaches and the city is a very short stroll (Bus stop is at the end of the street 2 minute walk). Also great bicycle tracks that lead to Manly and the beach for easy transportation.
Journey time to Manly by Bus approx. 20mins approx. the same time to bike ride.
- Bikes for use
- Swimming Pool
- Internet Access
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
our home is located is North Balgowlah in a suburban street with friendly neighbours. We are very close to Manly with a regular 20 minute bus service that leaves from just outside our home. It is also an ideal location for bike riding to local beaches (the bike tracks are fantastic). Buses also run to the city approx 30 minute bus service, Manly Ferry is an iconic way to travel to the city to see all the beautiful sights of our amazing city
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Amusement Park
- Water sports
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Welcome to our Homestay I hope you find your accommodation comfortable and to the standard you expected.
Upon arrival I request the following;
Full payment for your stay (in cash)
If you decide to leave earlier than arranged, a refund of the difference can be discussed, we appreciate 48hrs notice for this.
A copy of your passport, I will take a copy of this and keep for security purpose this is in the interest of us and also yourselves.
Your room and Bathroom are your responsibility while you are here.
Please flush the toilet after every use (even at night time).
There are cleaning products in the bathroom cupboard we appreciate the bathroom being left how you found it.
On occasion you may be sharing the bathroom please respect each other and keep it in a hygienic manner, if there are any issues and this is not happening I need to be told so I can deal with it for you.
A clean towel and sheets are provided, if during your stay you need clean ones please let us know and they can be replaced.
You are welcome to use the washing machine, there is laundry powder provided. If you do not have a full load please let us know (we always have washing! and prefer not to waste water by running a small load.
The dryer is for use in wet weather only.
Homestay guests are not permitted in the upstairs area of the home at any time, this is our own private family space – we respect your privacy so please respect ours.
The children know they are not permitted in your space if you feel this is not happening please let me know.
It is most important to us that you respect the children at all times.
KITCHEN/ FOOD PREPARATION
The kitchen will always be left clean, please leave the kitchen how you find it .
A self-serve breakfast is available to you of toasts/ spreads/ cereals/fruit and eggs. If we do not provide what you like to eat from this selection you are welcome to purchase your own food and store it in our fridge (there will be a shelf allocated to you.
Is not provided if you are wanting to eat lunch at home you will need to supply your own food for this
You are welcome to eat dinner with us, this needs to be discussed at Breakfast time so I can be prepared to cater for you (I must know ahead of time) A flat fee of $10 per person per meal will be charged at the end of your stay.
Note: I will not always cook dinner, there will be nights that dinner will not be prepared.
If we offer to take you out for dinner to a restaurant or call in takeaway food this is at your own expense.
Please help yourself to fruit in the fruit bowl, if you require additional snacks you need to purchase these yourself.
Tea/ coffee/drinks (non-alcoholic)
Please feel free to help yourself.
You are welcome to use the pool at all times.
We have bikes for you to use, there is a lovely bike track that goes into Manly. Please ensure that the bike is locked up when not in use, if the bike is lost or stolen you will be liable for the cost $300.
Feel free to use our wifi
Password is – brightearth302 (If we notice excessive downloading occurring additional charges may be incurred.
Buses to Manly are very close by the closest stop is Seaforth shops (about a 10 minute walk away) (opal card required)
Buses to Wynyard (city) depart from the end of the street Mon-Fri only. Please ask me for timetable.(opal card required)
Manly Hop/ Skip/Jump bus is free and departs from Frenchs Forest Rd (5 Minute’s walk away)
I am happy to drive you to the airport on completion of your stay if the time suits my working hours I will charge $50 for the transfer
Lost keys incur a fee of $15
Please take out personal travel insurance to cover yourself in the event of any injury or sickness, we do the very best to ensure a safe environment but will not be held liable if such an unlikely event does occur.
At the end of your stay you will be emailed a survey to complete from homestay.com, we really appreciate your feedback this is the best way you have of letting us know what you think.
If you need anything at all please ask – I am very happy to help you organise your daily activities and offer local advice. The most important thing is that you feel welcome and happy and enjoy being part of our family for the short while you are here.
Smoking is not allowed.
I spent with a friend 2 weeks over christmas and new years eve with this lovely and little bit crazy family!! This stay was great and the family is very nice, Belinda helped with a lots of things, gave us many times a lift to the bus station and was very open-minded. In this time also other guests were there and we had a amazing time all together! The area is quite and good to relax, not so far away from the Manly Beach and the bus needs 30 minutes to the city.
After a few days we felt like home and it feels like we were a part of the family. Thanks guys for this amazing two weeks, i highly recommend this homestay and i hope i can come back :)
Belinda has a very beautiful house. The whole family itself was very nice and friendly. It was no problem to stay a night longer, to wash the clothes or have a small pool party with the other house guests which were also very friendly and to bring along our friends. It was a family atmosphere at all and we would come back again! We were involved from the beginning.
The only thing we missed was a wardrobe in our room (but Belinda cleared up the room for us; usually it used as an office). The other house guest rooms have a wardrobe.
While visiting family during November/December, we stayed in this lovely comfortable family home.We were made very welcome by all the family. The outdoor decking area is wonderful for a relaxing breakfast in the sun. Their fantastic pool was made available to us and our grandson loved visiting for a swim with Belinda's young son. Local buses give easy access to Manly and the city. The bedroom area is accessible from a private entrance and your time spend here can be as private as you choose it to be.
Belinda war sehr hilfsbereit, uns wichtige Dinge zu erklären, uns zu unterstützen und hat uns mit dem Auto mitgenommen, wenn es für sie passte
Sie lebt in einer ruhigen Gegend in einem schönen Haus. Es gab ein reichhaltiges Frühstück, wir könnten auch selbst kochen.
Lovely place, enjoyed to stay with this frendly family. Thanks Belinda for sharing your time with me, helpful advices and your delicious meals. :) hope to see you again. Dimi
Myself and my partner Kyle stayed with Belinda and her family for 2 weeks over the Christmas and New Years period of 2016 and I cannot explain how lovely and welcoming Belinda and her family are, They we're so accommodating and catered for all of our needs and exceeded our expectations, i highly recommend anyone to stay with them as they make you feel so welcome, they included us in everything and made us feel like we are at home away from home, they have such a beautiful home in a great location for exploring the manly Dam and beautiful beaches, Myself and Kyle would love to stay here again if the opportunity arises,
Thank you Belinda and family
Victoria and Kyle
Nice person, The home is very sweet and very close to Mainly (20 minutes by bus) and quite close to Sydney (45 minutes by bus). Very Nice stay!
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