Artist's home & studio, with pool & shady courtyard - in Alice Springs!
House, suburban with 2 bedrooms, sleeps 5, 1 bathroom(s), floor area of 175 m2 (1885 sq.ft), WCs 1, car optional, children OK, NO smoking, air-conditioning, including internet (highspeed), number of travellers: 2
1) September 12 2013 - October 10 2013
Where we want to go
Description of our house
In mid to late August 2013, we're planning to go to Europe for a few weeks. Our home for more than 30 years, we have turned this 1950s cottage into a cool haven of beauty and comfort: gorgeous terrazzo kitchen, mosaic fountain, plunge pool & courtyard, citrus trees & date palms, cool terracotta tiles on the floors, my studio (shaded in summer, full of light in winter), and artworks, including my own, everywhere. When the desert heat is at its most intense, our home is the perfect retreat. Catlovers beware: we have an irresistible but incorrigible Bengal named Fausto, and two brown Burmese, Philomena and Philadelphia.
Accommodation and facilities
Telephone, stereo / hifi, tv / cable, fax, sofa, fireplace
Kitchen and washing:
Grill, fridge, microwave, dish washer, oven, washing machine
Terrace, parking, garden, barbecue, swimming pool
Mountain biking, horse riding, tennis, roller blading, hiking, golfing
Local places to go:
Galleries/museums, health club, fine restaurants, good shopping
English, francais, espanol, italiano
Nearest major airport:
Children ok, no smoking, including internet (highspeed), hospitality considered, wheelchair friendly, non-simultaneous optional, car optional
= marks the location of this home
We live in leafy 'Old Eastside', 10 minutes' walk from the centre of town, but only one minute's walk from the very edge of Alice and the beautiful bushland Old Telegraph Station reserve. When the dry Todd Riverbed 100 metres at the end of our street flows, much of the town (of about 27,000) comes out to see. Alice Springs ('Mparntwe' in the local Arrernte language) is set in the MacDonnell Ranges, which offer stunning scenery, delicious waterholes and spectacular gorges. Uluru (Ayers Rock) is 5 hours away by road. Alice is a tourist town, and also the centre of the extraordinary Western Desert arts movement, with galleries lining the main street. Alice is hot in summer. Very hot. So it's best to visit us between April and September, when the weather is usually gorgeous. You will be able to use my car.
Something about ourselves
I, Pip am an artist (see my work at the homepage). My partner, Russell, is a legal aid lawyer. Although we have long since made Alice Springs our permanent home, we love travelling to recharge our batteries, re-open our eyes, and learn other languages and ways of life. Thanks to home exchanges, we have been to fabulous places we would never have thought to visit, and made unexpected new friends.