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 - the youngest two still live at home (Oliver and Bridget) and my husband (Stephen) 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. I also keep two chickens so we often have access to free range eggs.
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 a private ferry service with a limited timetable that serves our peninusular. The ferry wharf is an easy 10 min stroll away.
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 nearest train station (Wollstonecraft) for a nominal charge of $5 or I will pick you up from the airport for $40 (for one or $45 for two or more) 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.
- Games Room
- Swimming Pool
- Pets (Outdoor)
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
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
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
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.
Frances and her family made us feel very welcome. Visiting Australia for the first time, we felt at home right away, thank you all. Being able to join family dinners, playing games together or discussing experiences with family members and other guests make you feel part of a very nice family. A great way too for getting all necessary tips and tricks for your stay in and around Sydney. The morning muesli with yogurt is definitely a winner. Our room was very spacious, clean and the bed nice and comfortable. Lots of room for clothes. Our own bathroom was a big plus. The house is in a very nice area and the connection to the city, with the busstop only 2 minutes walk, for us was perfect. In the city center in no time. We could not have wished for more. Next time we will definitely return to Frances. Thank you so much for all!!
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Great Location, close to all everything! Fabulous and friendly host. We had a great time with Frances and really enjoyed our stay in Sydney. Thanks very much! Highly Recommended. 5+ Hearts.
We had the most pleasurable stay with Frances. She's a great host and a really friendly, open-minded and helpful person. Our room was nice, quiet, clean and welcoming. Frances did everything to help us to feel comfortable. We also had dinner with her family, which was really a treat, because Frances is a great cook. During our stay my son and I felt a bit like beeing part of her family. I can highly recommend Frances place for everyone, who doesn't just want to have an affordable and nice room, but wants to experience great hospitality.
Frances Home is a 20 minute busride to downtown Sydney, the neighborhood is quiet, safe and friendly.
She is extremely lovely. I had unforgettable stay. Trust me.
My experience at Francis´s house has been wonderful. Her home is located in a residential neighborhood in North Sydney, has easy access to downtown and the most important places of the city in just 20 minutes.
I was delighted with the house since it is much larger and cozy than the description made in home stay. It also has an amazing garden with a big pool, everyone can use. Her house is immaculate, very clean and bright and my room was big, neat and comfortable.
Francis is a charismatic, friendly and very helpful person. She has not only been a great host but a great friend who has even taken a day off work to take me to the beaches. Thank you very much Francis! I will not forget my stay in Sydney with you.
It was my first homestay and I couldn't have chosen better. I had a very nice room with a private bathroom. The house is in a quiet, lovely neighborhood but the bus to the city is just a 2 minute walk away. I had a car but that is really not necessary to get around Sydney from there. But the best part of my stay was that I really felt like being part of the family. The whole atmosphere is relaxed and informal and if you enjoy a nice chat or a board game you'll be in the right place. Frances is more than willing to help you in any way she can and even organized a bike tour and went on an bush walk with me. It was really a very enjoyable experience.
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This is my second homestay family experience. I can insure you, It was a wonderful moment with Frances, her family and other guests I met in this house.
She is really kind, helpful, attentive and she is a really good cook! If you like to play at board or cards games, laughing, sharing funny time with your homestay mother and her family, welcome! You could have conversations and speak a lot to improve your english level.
Her house is clean, tidy and well located. Public transports are close.
Go to the city is easy and quick (20 min in bus).
I have no hesitation in recommending her!
Thanks a lot Frances for this great moment.
It was the best Homestay I had in my Life. You feel so welcome and the hole family was so friendly. The bathroom is very nice and the shower is super. In the sleeping room you have enough place. In the hole house you can feel free. You can prepare the breakfast yourown. The dinner was always a delicious 3-course-menu. The dessert was mostly with chocolate, that was mine. The bus-stop is 2 minutes away from the house and the bus (251) to Sydney runs every 30 minutes (monday to friday). The resident was very calme although you are near the biggest city of Australia.