About the Homestay
Our family lives in a quiet, leafy suburb on a peninsular 9km from the centre of Sydney. Our home is a large 6 bedroom house with a pool and table tennis table. We have 3 children all in their 20's - and all are now living away from home. My husband usually works in New Zealand coming back to Sydney every few weeks. We often have other travellers staying so you can expect to meet some interesting people if you stay here.
We are originally from New Zealand but now love the climate and way of life in Australia, especially Sydney. The area where we live is very safe and is conveniently accessed by a bus service. The bus takes 30 mins to the city centre. There is also a ferry service with a limited timetable that serves our peninsular. The ferry wharf is an easy 5-10 min stroll away. It is a wonderful way to travel into the city and only takes 20 mins. You can use your Opal card on the ferry.
Our street is wide with little traffic. If you come by your own car parking is not a problem.
If you are arriving at the airport I can pick you up from the St Leonard's train station for a nominal charge of $5 or I will pick you up from the airport ($45 for 1, $50 for 2) during non peak hour. Sydney traffic can be terrible!
We just speak English at home but I lived in Mexico for one year so have reasonably good conversational Spanish.
- Bikes for use
- Games Room
- Swimming Pool
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our house is located on the north side of the Harbour Bridge on a peninsular so we have water nearby. The nearest shopping centre is Lane Cove which is 2.5km from our home. There are beautiful views of the harbour from further up our street.
Longueville is 9km from the city and 35mins drive to the airport, the bus stop to the city is 3 mins walk away.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- 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
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Breakfast
- Half Board
- Full Board
- Packed lunch
Diet Type available on request
We do not like smoking and would prefer non smoking guests.
Short (5min) showers - Australia is a very dry country and we all try to conserve water.
Smoking is not allowed.
I stayed with Frances for about 20 days. It was a pleasant time. Frences is very nice, when I arrive she picked me up at the train station and cooked delicious meals for me. Thank you very much Frences and I will strongly recommend to my friends who wish to find a homestay in Sydney.
We have stayed in your house with very enjoy.
Our two little girls are still missing you and talking sometimes.
They have memorized this 1week stay is one of the best experiences of AUS trip.
Thanks again. I wish we will meet again one day.
My mother and I had a really lovely stay with Frances and Steven over the long weekend. Their house is well appointed, clean, homely and in one of the most beautiful parts of Sydney. Public transport is within a short walk of the house (but taxi/ Uber might be needed over weekends to get you to a train station due to more restricted timetable). They are a delightful couple - very welcoming and we enjoyed some really interesting conversations with them as well as the other guests there at the time. It was such a lovely stay we plan to return as an annual event.
I had a lot of fun and happy to stay with Frances and her home stay family. Frances is so kind and helpful always. The view around her house is very good. I could visit to famous places in Sydney, had great memories for me.
Our homestay by Frances was nice. She picked us up at the AirPort. And there was a possibility to eat together with Some other guests. The bus to the city is just a couple minutes away and you can go with your Opal card.
You can have breakfast: when you want something you have to look in the kitchen and take what you want.
Frances is nice, but a little chaotic.
In the night we played Some nice games together.
Excellent accomodation, lovely location, helpful hosts and most importantly genuinely nice people.
It's an awesome place to stay, very quiet location and the room was really big and clean. You can get there by bus and its not too far away from Sydney Downtown. They are also very nice people and if you need anything or need any kind of information they are always happy to help.
We would like to say 1000 thanks for your hospitality and immense assistance. We felt at home with you as we, too, enjoy an open home. This was the best start to our journey and we couldn't have wished more. We hope, you enioy baking sourdough bread from now on. Hope to see you next year in Mosel Valley.
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