If you want panoramic views over the central city, a private cozy space with full kitchen facilities, in a 1929 restored Wellington villa, within walking distance of public transport and downtown, in a historic part of Wellington, this is for you.
Our studio flat consists of one large room with a king sized bed, and fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge areas. Adjoining is a spacious bathroom with wet floor shower. Next door to the bathroom is a shared laundry and across the passage is a utility room for storage if needed.
The bed can be split into two singles or one king size (please advise in advance). There are plenty of books to read and take with you if you wish. The flat is fully insulated and double-glazed, with ceiling fan and heater. It can be a super warm space if that's what you want, or fully open to the great outdoors.
The double patio doors open onto a private deck with panoramic views over central Wellington, the harbour and the mountain ranges to the north and east. On a fine day it gets all the morning sun while at the same time being sheltered from Wellington's notorious wind.
Our house is a typical renovated Wellington villa located up a fairly steep path above the narrow winding little street.
Guests are welcome to visit us in the upper floor of the house.
Interaction with guests
We like to meet our guests and introduce them to our space. Then we can leave them to their own devices or sit around and chat as they wish if we are around. My husband who has Parkinsons can't be overly interactive as he has speech issues, and I am often away on missions such as tramping in the back country.
Other things to note
Our access is no good for anyone with mobility or fitness issues as it involves a climb up a path to our house above the road. Please note that your luggage also needs to come up the path so if you travel with bulky heavy suitcases our accommodation is unlikely to suit you unless you can handle it.
This is a smoke-free house but guests can smoke outside.
We would appreciate guests using house shoes, whether those we provide or their own.
Our accommodation is not suitable for young children but a baby is fine. We have a baby bath.
We cannot accommodate pets.
We have a separate charge of $4 each for using the washer and dryer.
From Nov 15 - Dec 15, 2017 the minimum stay is 25 nights.
Dave and I are both retired. We are keen trampers and skiers, though Dave's activities are now constrained due to the onset of Parkinsons. He is re-balancing his life more towards other interests such as his computer and books. I am still very much an outdoor person. I also travel with my sister, especially to so-called "third world" countries.
Our main interest since we retired has been long distance hiking and we have completed the Bibbulmun twice (Western Australia), the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails (USA), the South Island part of Te Araroa and West Highland Way in Scotland. I hope to do more of this, though it is no longer possible for Dave.
We are looking forward to more time at home as Wellington has such a lot to offer, and we've spent a lot of time away in the last few years.
The accommodation we provide is fully self-contained. This has the advantage of enabling our guests and ourselves to choose the level of interactivity that suits us all at the time. Travelling is exhausting and finding a quiet retreat with no expectations or pressure will suit some people very well.