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sitting room August 2013
front bedroom August 2013
magnolia opening in late August
bedrom 2 - 2 singles and oversize cot
plums in December
sitting room detail
entry/study nook, computer, high speed…
bedroom 2 set up for kids
bedroom 2 - 2 singles, cot, wardrobe
vegi patch - contents vary!
nearby - Ainslie shops
Australian War Memorial
National Arboretum - wide brown land
magnolia - early September
magnolia in September
view from sunroom
Magnolia Cottage is unexpectedly available through Canberra's heat wave - just too hot for me to prep and paint outside ... 2-night February 2014 special $500, and $675 for 3 nights for up to 4 people.
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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), a large cot and double futon mattress 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. Washing powder and fabric conditioner are available. 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 $200 per week discount
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 - if house trained and won't chew my 1880s oak table legs. 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.
Washing Machine, Parking, Dishwasher
- 81cm high definition LCD TV
- Clothes dryer
- Cooking Facilities
- DVD player
- Free Fixed Line Internet
- Free WiFi
- Ironing Facilities
- Linen Supplied
- Pets allowed
- Tennis Courts
- Towels Supplied
- Washing Machine
- clock radio with IPod dock
- computer with unlimited (wireless) internet
- front loader washing machine & omo
- fruit & veg in season for the plucking
- nearby playground, bbq, basketball & tennis courts
- off street parking
- short easy drive to many of Canberra's attractions
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.
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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