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An Oasis in the Centre of the City - Surry Hills

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,625 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Office, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Surry Hills is the most vibrant and exciting place, in which, to live. It is the home of artists and creative people and is replete with restaurants, theatres and galleries.

There are numerous original clothing shops and interesting gift shops. The house is within walking distance of the city and is an exceptional location for those interested in unique cuisine.

This unusual and exotic two storey house is situated opposite a park and comprises of two pavilions facing each other across an internal courtyard.

The courtyard has a barbecue and is canopied by a fifteen metre Chinese Tree of Heaven.

The upstairs deck is perfect for sunset drinks and breakfast with the birds, you don't feel like you are in the middle of the city but rather in your own little corner of paradise.

There are two bedrooms with queen size beds & a study with a double size sofa-bed. The bedlinen is 1000 thread count cotton soft, soft, soft.

This remarkable house has a fully appointed kitchen/laundry complete with Bosch, Smeg and Miele appliances. The diningr oom and living area house an LCD television, Wifi, Cable, dvd player, and Sony sound system, Wireless Broadband internet.

The house is peaceful and filled with sunlight.

Situated round the corner from Crown Street and Oxford Street you have easy access to Sydney's best restaurants, galleries and fashion boutiques.

You are within walking distance of the City and Central Station and have excellent public transport outside the front door.

Ten minutes to Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Twenty minutes to Bondi, Bronte and Clovelly beaches.

In the centre of it all but so secluded!!

Specific Description

The front pavilion is a three-story, glass tower with a spiral staircase. The top floor contains a bedroom with a queen-size bed (1000 TC sheets) and television. The second level houses a bathroom and second bedroom with queen-size bed(1000 TC sheets) . The ground level of the front pavilion comprises a study containing double sofa bed, telephone/fax, scanner,copier, colour printer and wireless broadband.

There is a walkway crossing above the courtyard from the second level leading to a sundeck and the second pavilion. Stairs lead down into an open, living room and dining area with polished, timber floors. This area can be heated by the open gas fireplace. The fully-appointed kitchen (Bosch dishwasher, Smeg Stove and Panasonic microwave) and laundry (Miele washing machine and Fisher Paykel dryer) are adjacent to this space. There is a toilet off the laundry. The living area looks into the internal courtyard.

The property is peaceful and filled with sunlight.

More Details

Lindy Davies
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018

About Lindy Davies

I work internationally in film and theatre.

Lindy Davies purchased this house in 1992

Why Lindy Davies chose Sydney South

Surry Hills is the most vibrant and exciting place to live. It is the home of artists and creative people and is replete with restaurants, theatres and galleries.

There are numerous original clothing shops and interesting gift shops.

The house is within walking distance of the city and is an exceptional location for those interested in unique cuisine.

This is my home and I rent it out while I am working overseas or interstate.

What makes this house unique

It is a beautiful house in which to stay because of the unique light and the quality of peace created by the Chinese Tree of Heaven. A true oasis.

Around the corner is the dynamic and hip Crown Street filled with life, people and great shopping. You are only five minutes from the city and fifteen minutes away from access to all the main holiday attractions and yet it feels as though you are in the country.

Guestbook comments from the owner


Merry Christmas!

We are having a nice time in your Sydney home.

It is so nice to have a place that is so complete. It makes our stay most pleasant.
Dec 2008
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Sydney South House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1625 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Guests must not create noise, which is offensive to neighbours especially between 10pm - 8am and during arrival and departure .
  • This is a no party house. Guests will respect the residential amenity and security of the Property and refrain from anti-social behaviour;
  • Guests must control and be responsible for Visitors and ensure that Visitors comply with the House Rules.
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bathroom is on the first floor adjacent to the bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , This ground floor toilet is adjacent to the living area
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , This bedroom is on the top floor and looks into the treetop
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , This first floor bedroom is adjacent to the bathroom
    Office - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The study on the ground floor has a double sized sofabed
  • The beds (queen-size) have 1000 thread count linen. Baby Cribs (1) Portacot.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Internal Courtyard canopied by a Chinese Tree of Heaven.


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An Oasis in the Centre of the City - Surry Hills
average rating of 4.818182 based on 56 reviews
Harrisburg PA

Wonderful, centralized home!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Lindy’s home. It was a perfect location for a home base to explore Sydney. We loved the Surry Hills area, all the little cafes and shops were quaint and interesting. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great position

  • 5 of 5

This is an oasis but is very close to great restaurants, food stores and a bus stop on Crown St. The arrangements for getting in on arrival worked perfectly and Lena the manager phoned the next day to check all was OK and ensure we knew how to contact her if we had any problems. The house has everything we needed and all was in good working condition. The two bedrooms and office/ 3rd bedroom are on 3 floors connected by a spiral staircase. There is a regular staircase at back if house but people in top bedroom need to be comfortable using spiral staircase.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our Aussie getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was my first VRBO experience and I couldn't have been any happier. I based my search on the cost per night for 5 when compared to a hotel and having to eat every meal out. I found the Surry Hills listing and sent an email requesting our dates, which incidentally was the same day I sent the email. I then found a phone number for the owner, for a quicker response. I called her and we then began working together to make it happen. Lindy was an absolute joy to work with and she never seemed annoyed or bothered when I had to continue calling and emailing her in order to get things sorted out. I was able to call and reserve the townhouse for the same day and was even able to extend our stay for an additional 2 days, despite the fact that she had to come to town and had planned to stay there! Lindy was a little concerned that she wouldn't have time to get flowers and fresh fruit, yet when we arrived, the fireplace was on, there were fresh flowers everywhere and a beautiful assortment of fruit.

We were a family of four traveling with one of my daughter's friends. The townhouse was the perfect accommodation. After 9 days of very close quarters in an RV it was wonderful for everyone to have a little space from each other. There was not one thing that we needed that wasn't provided. We had access to public transportation, within walking distance, numerous shops and dining establishments. Lindy also includes a host of resources for local venues, attractions, bus schedules, bus cards and an entire book dedicated to making the most of your stay. We had access to a washer and dryer, portable heaters, dishes a hair dryer, extra pillows and blankets and even some toiletries. The fully stocked kitchen was wonderful and we enjoyed breakfast and lunch there every day.

The home is a little quirky which only added to it's charm. I loved the spiral staircase, the outdoor courtyard and the rooftop deck. The Surry Hills location is wonderful and the vibe is fantastic. My only disappointment was in missing the opportunity to meet Lindy in person. From what I can gather, she is a really terrific person! I cannot recommend this rental property any higher. Understand, this is not a Four Seasons or a Ritz Carlton, instead it is a quirky, fun, charming and perfectly appointed Oasis in the city! Top notch customer service, great amenities and a perfect location.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not suitable for young children!

  • 2 of 5

I am giving this a poor rating because even though it says "children welcome", it is not remotely a safe home for young kids. I have a 9, 7, 4 and 2 year old, and there was not really one area throughout the house that I was comfortable leaving them. The stairs in the living room have no railing, the metal winding staircase goes up three stories with MULTIPLE places for a small kid to fall through, and the patio has flimsy wires as the barrier between the outside deck and the courtyard below. We had a great time in Sydney, itself, but we really could not relax inside the house.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house, great location

  • 5 of 5

This was a fabulous home for the four of us. What a great week! The location could not be better - in the city, but so quiet. We did plenty of walking and loved it. The home is very well appointed, with everything (and more) we would ever need on holiday. So much nicer than a cramped motel room, it really is an Oasis. Lindy and Fiona were a pleasure to deal with. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA/USA

Wonderful Lindy,house,location

  • 5 of 5

There were 6 of us and how lucky we were to have found Lindy and her house. She answered every question we had, her house was perfect for 6, the location was walkable to everything. We could not believe our good fortune. Her place was exactly as described, clean, charming, wonderful. We bought stuff at the market and had a BBQ one night BECAUSE SHE HAS ONE! Lovely patio area. When it was time to go to the airport, I called the taxi service and Lindy's tele # is in the taxi system so they know where to come. We highly recommend this place. I don't normally go back to the same place twice but I would come back to this place in a minute. The restaurants located down the street are outstanding. I just loved everything about the house and the location. We walked to the Sydney Opera House several times. We took a bus to Bondi beach but other than that, we walked everywhere.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Sydney International Airport
Nearest Barpub
80 Metres
Toko Bar
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Circular Quay
Nearest Golf
1.5 Kilometres
Moore Park Golf Course
Nearest Train
700 Metres
Central Station
Nearest Motorway
4.4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Ski
493 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
6.6 Kilometres
Bondi Beach
Car: not necessary

The House is in a cul-de-sac in an exciting area adjacent to vibrant Crown Street: the centre of Restaurants, Galleries, and Theatres, only a five-minute walk from Oxford Street, five-minute walk from Sydney Stadium, and 10 minutes by bus to Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, the Monorail and Aquarium, 20 minutes by bus to Bondi Beach, and a ten-minute walk or two-minute busride to Central Station


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Extra guest person/night $23.54
Refundable damage deposit $235.42
Departure Clean $172.64

No parties as it is an intimate neighbourhood

The nightly fee is for 3 people Extra people add $30 per night for each person.

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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