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Easy to find, easy to park, Magnolia Cottage is in a very central yet very quiet location, only 1km from the Australian War Memorial, and a short drive to the Capital's tourist attractions.

Fully equipped and family friendly, Magnolia Cottage is a heritage-listed weatherboard two-bedroom home set in established gardens, on a quiet residential street. Built in in the late 1920s, with wide Baltic pine floor boards, high ceilings, cedar picture rails, and original sash windows throughout, this cottage is an original alternative accommodation for your Canberra short or long stay.

Magnolia Cottage has two bedrooms - queen bed in one, 2 singles (electric blankets), and large cot in the other, and a day bed in the enclosed front verandah. The house can sleep 4 comfortably, and up to 6-7. Linen is provided for each booked person.

The fully equipped kitchen has oven, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, tea and coffee facilities, quality crockery and cutlery. I provide some cooking basics, plus Australian tea, coffee, biscuits, cereal and milk.

The laundry has a front loader washing machine, tumble dryer and drying racks, ironing board and steam iron. I provide washing powder and fabric conditioner. There's an original 'Hills Hoist' clothes line out back too.

The cottage's fully sound-insulated internal and external walls reduce sound transmission between rooms making for a quiet night's sleep, reduced heat gain in summer and heat loss or drafts in winter.

Heating is by programable gas convection heater in sitting room, oil-filled column radiators for the bedrooms, Tastic and heated towel rail in the bathroom.

Cooling by free-standing fans for bedrooms, portable air conditioner (new from Jan 2013) for sitting room with the cooling effect flowing throughout. External passive cooling by natural hessian drop shading in summer and keeping curtains closed to reduce heat gain.

The front garden is a riot of colour in spring, with its feature magnolia tree, azaleas, camellias, and borders chock full of herbs, flowering bulbs and pigface.

The securely fenced pet friendly back yard with lots of space for kids and pets to run around has shady spots for chilling out, plus fledgling espalier fruit trees, herb and vegetable gardens, and its iconic Hills Hoist. See my facebook page for what's for picking, plucking, browsing!

A bitumen drive links front to back giving plenty of hard standing for off road parking.

Corroboree Park, with its tennis & basketball courts, climbing frames, swings, slides and picnic areas with free barbecue is just over the quiet road.

Nearby you'll find a great range of restaurants, pubs and clubs located minutes away in Ainslie, Braddon, Civic and Dickson. The new and vibrant Braddon precinct is only a 10-15 minute walk away. However, if you prefer to cater for yourselves, the wonderful local Ainslie IGA can supply all your shopping needs from fresh veg, goat chops to free range cooked chook, local made breads and dips.

Out and about

Magnolia Cottage is ideally placed for exploring Canberra and surrounds. Take an orientation trip up Mount Ainslie for the iconic view over the war memorial and Anzac Parade to Parliament House and the Brindabellas.

Ainslie is a great base for visiting Canberra's fabulous National institutions - Parliament House, National Art Gallery, Questacon, National Library, Australian War Memorial, the Mint, National Archives, Australian National Botanic Gardens, the AIS and Canberra Zoo and Aquarium. Tour the embassies, visit Canberra's local museums, galleries, theatre, restaurants and cafes. Cycle, segway or walk around Lake Burley Griffin.

Slightly further afield, a short and easy drive away: wine tasting drives for Canberra cool climate wineries, spend time at the dinosaur museum, Cockington Green, the Arboretum, Tidbinbilla space tracking centre, Tidbinbilla nature park, and lots of nature reserves and hilltops for bush walking and kangaroo spotting.

Minimum stay, longer stay discount, extra people, pets, smoking

Minimum nights stay:

More than four months out from a booking the minimum stay is 7 nights. Happy to make an exception where it is adjacent to or within a smaller gap between existing bookings.

Less than four months out the minimum stay is 4 nights. Shorter bookings will certainly be considered, however an additional fee of $40 for 3 night stays or $65 for 2 night stays is applied.

Multi day discount:

7+ days $100 discount (or as shown)
14+ days $250 per week discount

Extra people:

The advertised tariffs include up to four people. There is a per night per additional person fee of $30 for adults or $15 for children.


Well behaved pets are welcome, and are allowed inside the sun room kitchen and sitting room. Pets are not allowed on the furniture or in bedrooms. I provide some old sheets and towels for you to use for your pet/s in the sunroom. Pets are to be fed outside or in the sunroom - not elsewhere in the house please. Dog water bowls are located under taps for use outside.

The large back garden is securely fenced (fences are1.2-1.8m) with lots of running around space and some dog toys (earlier guests dependent). As usual, please pick up after your pet - droppings to be sensitively disposed of (bagged and binned).


Smoking is not allowed inside. I have provided a sand-filled container for stubbing out and containing the butts for outside smoking. Please pick up, double bag and bin all butts.

Magnolia Cottage is rated 4.6857 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great location and place to stay Magnolia Cottage is quaint house which has everything you need. We enjoyed our week stay. Great location as it is situated close to the city and walking distance to cafes in Braddon. Lovely large enclosed backyard and garden for our three dogs and rabbit, plus a visiting dog for a day. Great park across the road and lovely walkings around the area. Would love to stay again.
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Home Away From Home From now on, when I visit Canberra, I will stay at Magnolia Cottage.
Date published: 2014-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty, cosy cottage We had a wonderful 6 nights, cosy in the depths of winter. Nice thick doonas, warm heaters. Well located close to the centre on Canberra but still quiet and peaceful. Pretty view up to Mount Ainslie. Beautiful big yard with working vegie gardens and room for the dog to run.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dogs loved Magnolia Cottage A wonderful,warm dog friendly environment close to the city and all amenities. We (including the two labradoodles) thoroughly enjoyed our three days in June.
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from June 2014 We stayed 4 nights in June. There were plenty of heaters, nice thick doonas and yummy chocolate to make the house feel cosy. Our toddler loved playing with the dolls house and toy cars, running around the grass and picking fresh raspberries from the vegetable garden. Lovely stay.
Date published: 2014-06-28


Stayz Rental Guarantee Stayz Rental Assurance Features

Airconditioning, Washing Machine, Parking, Dishwasher

Clothes dryer
Cooking Facilities
DVD player
Free Fixed Line Internet
Free WiFi
Ironing Facilities
Linen Supplied
Pets allowed
Tennis Courts
Towels Supplied
Washing Machine


Prices listed are based on 1 to 4 adults or a 2+2 family. The cottage has 2 bedrooms, with queen bed in one, 2 singles, a cot and spare futon mattress in the second bedroom. There is also a double sofa bed in sitting room. The cottage can hold a maximum squashy 6, though 4 is more comfortable.

Property Overview

Property Rates & Min Night Stay
From To Sun to Thurs ($ p/n average) Fri & Sat night 7 night stay Min night stay Extra adult ($ p/n) Extra child ($ p/n)
* $230 $460 $1456 4 $30 $15
* $225 $450 $1470 4 $30 $15
* $250 $500 $1750 3 $0 $0
* $235 $470 $1535 4 $0 $0
* $250 $500 $1750 3 $0 $0
* $225 $450 $1470 4 $30 $15
* $235 $470 $1535 4 $0 $0
* $225 $450 $1470 4 $30 $15
Additional Costs
Mandatory costs Optional costs*
Bond deposit $300 p/s Pet charge $40 p/s

Note: Pricing is subject to change, and a minimum stay period and other conditions may apply. You should confirm pricing with the property owner.

Prices listed based on 4 adults. Property has 4 beds and can sleep a maximum 5 people.

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