About this listing
I lived in this room for four years - what did I love about it? It is a simple, private, sunny, TINY room with all you need and no extras! 4.5m2, with a courtyard outlook and morning sun, warm in winter, good storage, 10mins walk to Merivale or city.
Note, all guests must be at least 18 years of age.
Unlimited WiFi plan means you can use the internet whenever you wish, from your room or anywhere in the house.
In character cottage, 10 min walk to City Centre, Merivale cafes, Hagley Park, 2 min Edgeware shops, Baileys pub, Abberley Park. Fully fenced private garden.
You will have access to a shared bathroom with shower, basin, toilet and washing machine. Bring your own toiletries, also washing powder for the machine. Soap, hand-towels and bathmats are always available.
There is a stack of wood ready chopped in case you would like to make a fire in the living room, and many guests have enjoyed chatting or eating together round the hearth. There is always a guitar nearby if the mood takes you!
Outside, a barbecue, outdoor chairs and tables are available to make the most of fine weather.
Interaction with guests
I will be around at least part of every day, and happy to help with any requests for information. If any issues arise, text me!
Close to Bealey Avenue, one of the Four Avenues that define the City Centre, we are nestled between the affluent suburbs of Merivale and Fendalton in the west and the workaday suburbs of Shirley and Richmond in the east - as you may know the East, being lower and swampier, suffered heavily in the 2011 earthquakes. You can see a wide range of earthquake aftermath and rebuild activity nearby, while enjoying historic homes, gardens, and the occasional ruin, that line the local streets in leafy St Albans West.
There are a couple of really useful bus routes - the #100 bus stop is just opposite the front door - it goes direct to the University, via the nearby upmarket shops and cafés of Merivale, and the major Entertainment area of Riccarton. In the other direction (catch it on the same side of the road as the house) it goes to The Palms, another Mall nearby.
From opposite the Edgeware supermarket (7 mins walk from the house) you can take the #28 – through the centre of town (Re:Start Mall, Cathedral Square) to Cashmere and via the Tunnel to Lyttleton. In the other direction, #28 takes you to Northlands, where there is another good Mall, a library, Swimming Pool (and spa) and the cheapest supermarket (Pac’n’Save)
Finally, don’t forget the #29 – catch it outside the Airport on Memorial Avenue, get off on Bealey Avenue at Springfield Road, and walk up to the house (10 minutes).
If you need a taxi, the company I recommend is First Direct, they are cheaper, have the newest and cleanest cars, and the drivers are friendly and polite. From my house to the airport may cost $35.
Other things to note
There is a little shop just opposite, next to the bus stop. It is open from 7am to 9pm, seven days a week. You can buy basics like bread, milk, and all kinds of snacks and junk food here!
The supermarket is 7 minutes walk away.
Quiet enjoyment is the theme of the house. Please relax and make use of the bathroom and kitchen as your own home - don't forget to dry and put away your dishes after each meal, always leave the bathroom "in a better condition than you found it" and we will all be very happy!
Help with heavy items is warmly appreciated, e.g. bringing in the logs for the fire, moving furniture (comes up more often than you might think!)
No pets, no smoking. Sorry, no guests under 18 years of age.
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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Love travels in Europe, classical music and singing (choral and folk), learning languages like French and Chinese, philosophy, tai chi (taijiquan) and all my work roles in publishing, translation, interpreting and admin.
I love Dorothy Dunnett, Georgette Heyer, and read around 10 books a week. I mostly cook Mediterranean vegetarian (I do eat eggs and dairy) but other people in the house eat whatever they like. There are usually a few working holiday-makers and language students from every nationality around, as I enjoy their dynamism and openness to new experiences.
I want to make the most of Life, and for me that means enjoying the challenges and evolution.