Our home has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and can comfortably sleep 8. It's a very spacious home with lots of living area. We're on the leafy upper north shore of Sydney, only 5 minutes walk from Warrawee station which will take you in to the centre of the city in about 35 minutes.
Our home is two storey with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (incl 1 ensuite) upstairs and 2 bedrooms downstairs. Downstairs there is one full bathroom and a separate toilet in the laundry.
We have a formal lounge room, dining room and the "big back room" with a casual living area and new kitchen. It's very spacious, comfortable and quiet.
Our backyard is currently being renovated. When complete, it will have a covered, enclosed al-fresco dining area with a big TV, a spa, a deck and even a fish pond (the spa and pond are already there).
We're animal lovers and you'd be most welcome to bring your furry friends.
The front door is up a flight of stairs which can be seen in the first photo. Unfortunately, our home would not be good for wheelchair access.
We have one adult son so we're not set up well for infants, but we do have a baby gate which you could use for the stairs and we're happy to help you modify whatever you need to to make it work out. Please feel free to use our home as your own while you're here.
First aid kit
Garden / yard
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace
Good public transport
Accessible kitchen access
Accessible benchtops (counters)
Suitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12
Warrawee is a leafy suburb on Sydney's upper North Shore. It is close to Wahroonga village and walking distance to Turramurra and Warrawee train stations. This is a beautiful quiet neighbourhood.
Getting to my home
If arriving by road, from the north we are only about 2km from the exit to M1 freeway. Leave the freeway and turn left onto the Pacific Highway, then left into Cherry St. Brentwood Avenue is on your left.
If heading north, turn right into Turramurra Avenue and then left into Brentwood Ave.
By rail, Warrawee Station is the closest (500m). At the top of the stairs, turn left onto the bridge and then right as you exit the station on Warrawee Ave. About 100m down, you'll come to a path that continues down the side of the railway corridor. Walk down there and you'll come to Brentwood Ave.
Sydney Airport is 34km from home, 35 mins in really good traffic or over an hour in bad traffic. If arriving in peak hour, take the train and change at Central for the T9 Northern line.
The train station is only 500m away and it's 30 mins into the centre of Sydney direct. Chatswood is 15 minutes, Hornsby is 6 minutes. Trains leave every 15 minutes. We have a car available which you'd be most welcome to use. It's about 30 minutes to the beach.
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I'd love to meet any of our PLU's travelling through Sydney. Let me know when you're here and let's meet up for a drink or something! ❤️
Drew & Kathy's home is amazing. Located in the beautiful North Shore area of Sydney, this stylish home was extremely comfortable with everything you could possibly need. Loved the kitchen and living area!
It was one of the coldest winter weekends, so we were happy enjoying a coffee, and reading the paper in the warm winter sun, coming through the big back room. We walked to Wahroonga one morning, and Turramurra the next, with very easy access to many shops. As the train station was so close, we took a 10 minute trip to Chatswood for dinner and drinks. We would love to come back to experience more of this beautiful part of Sydney.
My dream ensuite, would be the same as theirs!
Fantastic place to relax outside the hussle and bustle of downtown Sydney yet easy to get around and see everything. Walking distance to local shops and public transport.
The house is stylish, large, super comfy and fully equipped. Drew and family are very hospitable and easy to contact if we had any questions.
Highlights for us were catching the train over the harbour bridge into the city and back! Spectacular view of the harbour if you sit on the upper level! Plus close proximity to Kur-in-gai national park with many amazing bush walks. The Easter egg hunt in the beautiful landscaped backyard was also a winner.
Highly recommend a visit!
We were so happy we had the pleasure of meeting Drew and Kathy before heading to their place. Communication was very easy, and we knew the exchange was going to be a breeze. On returning home, we wondered if anyone had been here at all, as the place was spotless! So happy to hear that Xena felt comfortable in Pumbaa's kennel, and as the perfect guest, she is welcome anytime. So is Drew & Kathy!!
It was such a pleasure to have Drew and Kathy stay at our place in January, even for such a short period. They are a truly amazing couple: easygoing, flexible, interesting, warm and gentle, grateful and funny too. Fortunately we lived close-by during their stay, so we had lots of contact, both in preactical manners as in fun things to do together. Because their stay ay our place was just the beginning of their first 'european tour' they could only stay for a limited period, and that's something a really regret. I would have loved them to spend a bit more time here, to get to know them even better, to share more stories and live events and to deepen the friendship. It was an immense pleasure having Drew and Kathy as our guests and I can only advice to open your doors to this lovely couple from Sydney. You will have a wonderful experience. This is what home swapping is about: meeting and sharing. Awesome ! Thanks for staying, Drew and Kathy. Welcome always
Drew and his family were easy to host. Unfortunately I didn't get to meet them as I was away during their visit.
Guest Feedback: Drew stayed with Martin 1 year ago
We stayed at Natalie's Basin View home for a long weekend. Basin View is about 3 hours from Sydney, depending which way you go. It's a little holiday village on the shore of St George's Basin. The village has a convenience store, a pharmacy, cafe/pizza shop and bottle shop. Sanctuary Point, Vincentia and Huskisson are pretty close by for other stuff.
Natalie's home is small, two bedrooms and one bathroom. It's beautifully presented, really comfortable and has everything you need. It's really clean and well-maintained by a very nice guy we met as we were arriving. It has a fully fenced backyard for your pooch and it's directly across the road from the water. We had regular visits from the local kangaroos on the front lawn!
We absolutely loved Natalie's home and highly recommend it. I look forward to returning the favour and having Natalie and her husband stay at our place!
For anyone lucky enough to exchange with Donna and Matt, you're in for a treat. Their home is a delightful single-level 4 bedroom home with two separate living areas. It's furnished really tastefully, completely uncluttered, and really comfortable. I need to make special mention of how clean their windows were! 😃
This was the coldest weekend of the year and yet the place was beautifully warm and we loved sitting out by the pool in the sun of a morning with a coffee. They were nice enough to allow us to bring Xena, our mini-schnauzer, and she loved it, particularly their Pug's kennel. Donna even left a treat for Xena!
The home is in a new estate on NSW's Central Coast, about 50km from Sydney, an hour's drive. It's right next to an AFL park and walking distance from the Bateau Bay Hotel (I recommend the steaks!). We visited a waterfront cafe at The Entrance for breakfast on Saturday and then had toast and coffee at the local surf club on Sunday. The walk along the coast is just spectacular.
Donna & Matt are wonderful, really thoughtful hosts. I highly recommend their home!
Donna & Matt are really easy guests. They communicated really well and it was such an easy exchange for us. They waited for us at their place so we could meet before exchanging, and to hand over the keys. That was really nice as otherwise we wouldn't have had a chance to meet them.
We arrived back this afternoon and, apart from the lovely gift that they left us, you'd never even know they were here. The place was exactly as we'd left it (even possibly better!). As if that wasn't enough, we even found out that they had found and rescued a little dog nearby and taken it home to its owner.
Exchange with them! You'll be happy you did! 🙂
I stayed at Klaas’s and Lillian’s place in Bergen for 5 nights in January 2020 while we were doing our first ever Netherlands (and first European) meetup. Bergen is a small town about 30 minutes by train north of Amsterdam and it’s oh, so pretty. We were lucky enough to see it still with Christmas lights just to make it even better. The town has an art gallery / museum which was very impressive for a town of its size. The weekend market was fantastic with loads of tasty cheeses, fish, breads, fruit, meats, etc.
Klaas’s home is typical of the area, Scandinavian almost in design, big windows (which he fastidiously cleans!) to let the light in, has underfloor heating and so is comfortably warm in winter, has a fireplace and a comfy fireside chair. It was so clean that you could eat off the floor (although we resisted!).
Klaas is the perfect host and had thought of everything we may need. He picked us up from the station and, indeed, took us there every time we needed to go. He forbade me from using taxis! 😂 He had made dinner for our first night and left some food and drinks in the fridge for us too. He showed us around the town and we walked to the top of the local “mountain” to look over the area. He took us to see the inside workings of a working water mill and we even had a personal tour by the resident miller. He also took us to the local cinema in the forest, an absolutely magical experience.
I can’t recommend him, his home and his town highly enough. We liked it so much we even discussed moving there! I know that if you stay with Klaas, you’ll love it and, if you have him as a guest, you’ll love him!
Although we didn't get to meet Martin on this trip, he was very communicative both on chat and the phone, organised everything for us and provided a great place to stay. Martin has a number of places to stay in Ipswich and, for us, the one he chose for us was excellent. It was clean, very well presented and had everything we could need. Our place was only 1km from town so very conveniently located. We didn't need a car and just walked everywhere.
Ipswich was a really surprising find too. We didn't know much about it but we found a historic town full of nice old buildings, great pubs, an interesting waterfront, an absolutely gorgeous park. I'd recommend it as an alternative weekender and it was only an hour from London on the train.
I've been fortunate enough to meet Chris and Brenda twice now which, given that PLU has only been up and running for less than two years, is a very good effort.
I first met them for a couple of drinks when they were visiting Sydney in early 2019. When I knew our place would be vacant for Christmas 2019, I invited them back knowing what sort of wonderful people they are.
It was a great move. They stayed for two weeks over Christmas and New Year, gave us regular updates and left the place completely spotless. They even went out of their way to replace a rubbishy $10 deck chair that could have been just thrown away!
We had the pleasure of meeting them in the city before they returned home and what was going to be a short evening turned into a looooong one, and we ended up catching the last train home. They're great people. I can't recommend them highly enough.
This was our first PLU exchange, a non-reciprocal with Julie with her staying at our place in April 2019 and us staying at hers in July 2019.
Our stay at her home was delightful. Kiama is a brilliant place to visit on the NSW South Coast, also big enough and close enough to Sydney that there are plenty of good restaurants too. You'll need a car here as it's a little way out of town.
There is an excellent local cafe (recommended by Julie in her home manual, a superb example of what one should leave for their guests) and great local shops within walking distance for everything you're going to need but you will definitely want to go to Kiama too.
Julie's home is described accurately and there was nothing missing. She had gone to a lot of effort with the home manual. We were there in winter and particularly loved the open fire.
Julie, thanks for being our first! You'll always have a place in our hearts for opening our account.
Julie and her family are the very best guests you can imagine. This was our first exchange and Julie was staying with us 3 months before we stayed with her, so we weren't all that sure what to expect.
Julie sent me a couple of updates while we were away, with photos of her enjoying the sun in the backyard. On the day we were to leave, I received a message asking where the mop was. Before I'd had a chance to respond with "please, don't worry about mopping!" she had already done it. The home was left cleaner than our cleaners would leave it and that's not a slight on our cleaners! Julie was just really thoroughly thoughtful.
I'd highly recommend Julie as a guest and they will be welcome back any time.
Guest Feedback: Julie stayed with Drew 2 years ago