We have spent a few weeks with Claire and loved every second of it. From the second we walked in the door, we instantly felt at home and that has only continued.
When we first arrived, Claire showed us to our room and handed us a little information booklet regarding appliances around the flat (where they're located/how to operate) and local information (where to find the best coffee etc). She has recently added a lock to the bedroom door so you have that extra security, should it make you feel more comfortable. Inside the flat you have access to a washer/dryer, your own cupboard/fridge shelf and all communal areas. Claire also welcomes you to a selection of tea and coffee (even though she isn't a coffee drinker herself).
The location of Claire's place is great. With a balcony looking out on Fairfield park, you are a few moments walk away from the famous Boathouse restaurant which is a great location for afternoon tea or you can even rent a row boat up the river. You are situated almost smack bang in the middle of two train stations, Dennis and Fairfield, which are about a 10-15 minute walk away (it'll take 15-20 minutes to get into the CBD from there depending on the train). There are a number of bus routes around, but the train has proven most convenient for us. You can also rent Claire's car for a reasonable fee (but sadly we're non drivers!) Should you be looking for cafes (check out fifteen pounds), restaurants, grocers, bakery (there's a wonderful Lebanese place) or other shops, you can head to Station Street which is also just a short walk away.
All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better stay with Claire. We've shared stories, eaten dinner together and thrown every question under the sun we've had at Claire. As we've recently relocated and are on the hunt for somewhere more permanent, Claire has been flexible with our stay (as we may have been a bit optimistic with our initial planned duration) and helped us out wherever possible. We would 100% recommend staying with Claire and certainly hope we can keep in touch :) she truly has been a wonderful host.