The perfect escape from the fast-paced city, yet close enough to enjoy it! Overlooking the swimming pool and garden, your beautifully appointed private suite is connected to our home by the alfresco patio that we welcome you to share with us.
Bright and exquisitely decorated, we know you will enjoy your stay with us.
Tadpoles' is always a popular choice amongst Sleeman Centre competitors, and we love having them back time and time again.
Best suited to a couple although two children could easily sleep on the double sofa-bed.
Car necessary - as public transport is not very regular, particularly weekends. We have plenty of off-street parking for your vehicle. Access to and from the airport is very direct along the freeway, avoiding all suburban areas. It takes only 20 minutes to drive there from our home. Linking to the freeway to make daily trips to the Sunshine Coast (1 hour 20) or Gold Coast (50 mins) is very simple and very quick - 3 minutes and you're on the freeway north and south! Guests are preferring to take themselves on relaxed daily excursions knowing their luggage and personal possessions are safely locked away with us. We are also very close to direct link roads in to Brisbane City and certain times of the day can only take 20 minutes.
Effective air conditioning ensures your comfort throughout our balmy summer months and cooler winter evenings. A centrally positioned ceiling fan gives you the other option of a more soothing breeze.
Tadpoles' is perfectly positioned for those attending events at either the Sleeman Sports' Complex (2 minutes drive away) or the three Belmont Shooting ranges (3 mins drive away).
Both complexes will be hosting events for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and throughout every year, international, national and regional swimming/sports competitions are held at these venues.
We will provide you with delicious and healthy breakfast food left in your suite, so you can help yourself at a time that best suits you. The kitchenette allows you to make tea/coffee and there is also a sandwich maker, toaster, microwave and bar fridge that is stocked with our home-made preserves.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO OTHER COOKING ALLOWED - a deliberate choice with it being a studio apartment. We ask people that are about to book Tadpoles' Retreat to please read our house rules BEFORE you make your booking.
You will wake most mornings to the beautiful sounds of the native birds, the kookaburras start around 5am - their laugh is truly infectious. We have quite a flock of birds who think our place is their place, impatiently waiting each morning for their breakfast. We now have a beautiful juvenile lorikeet named Diane who crashed in to our window a few months ago - she turned out to be a boy, is absolutely adorable and now part of our family.
We've occasionally had 'Kenny' the Koala arrive up a tree, but it's not often.
One minute drive you will find the Gumdale shopping centre showcasing different cafes/restaurants as well as the local pub which serves up great food. There should be a store there that will meet all your needs (pharmacy, post office, grocery)
As we live in the main house you will always see us pottering. The property is on 2.5 acres with huge protected gum trees. You will see us enjoying, working and relaxing around the area most days (unless John's surfing). We will always respect your privacy, but if you feel like a chat over a cuppa/wine with us, we always enjoy swapping travel stories.
I pride myself in being a Super Host and encourage any guests to please let me know if there is something they are not happy with. I always strive to provide a clean, welcoming environment for you, and will do my utmost to ensure you will come back in the future, or recommend Tadpoles' Retreat to fellow travellers.
To date the mix of guests that have made Tadpoles' Retreat their home away from home has been truly amazing: 30% are attending either the internationally acclaimed Sleeman Sports Complex or one of the three shooting venues at Belmont. One of our sporting families had one of their 4 sons represent Australia at the Rio Paralympics! To date in one year they have stayed with us seven times. We indeed feel very special.
30% of guests are from countries far and wide. We always try and invite our guests for a dinner (time permitted). We are continually learning about others' cultures and totally enjoy our get togethers.
The other 30% of our guests are people often flying/driving interstate for business and/or pleasure. Tadpoles' Retreat seems perfectly located from the airport with no negotiating through built up areas.
We are also understanding guests appreciating the direct 4 minute drive to the Gateway Motorway taking them to the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast on day trips. Instead of feeling the need to pack up and relocate to other accommodations north or south,
Guests will have access to our large covered outdoor area, perfect for leisurely breakfasts, and the 15 metre long, legally well-fenced 1.5 metre deep pool. You're more than welcome to help yourself to the vege patch at your door. It's always filled with lots of salad veges and herbs.
Interaction with guests
This is our home, and whilst our guest suite is separate and private, we do share the amenities with you. I will always be there to welcome you, and to assist you in any way that I can. We have no access to your suite whilst you have booked it.
We want you to enjoy our home as much as we do - so we ask our guests to please respect it as if it were your own.
Other than heating pre-cooked meals in the microwave, this is an absolutely no-cooking guest suite. Please do not book and then ask to bring rice-cookers or electric frypans to prepare meals on the premises. We have deliberately chosen to not have this type of accommodation and thank you in advance for your understanding.
Noise to be kept to a minimum, and absolutely no smoking inside or out.
Sorry, no pets. Whilst we are situated on 2.5 acres (1 hectare), it is not secure and we treasure the native wildlife. We don't allow any pets of any kind in Tadpoles' Retreat.
For security purposes, please seek our permission regarding family/friends coming to our home PRIOR to their arrival.
Because this is our home we do not accept guests without photo ID and offline verification (i.e. Passport or driver's license) registered with Airbnb.
Use of washing machine in the main house is available to guests - just ask. We know what it's like travelling in different countries.
I am Donna (62) and John my husband (64) and we're both retired. Both love overseas travel, both non-smokers. We enjoy movies, the arts, and dining out. We enjoy meeting fellow travellers and as experienced Airbnb guests we loved the concept so much that we have decided to offer our self-contained studio apartment to fellow travellers. Opening our home to international and local travellers has been one of the best decisions we have ever made. It's amazing the friendships we have formed, and will treasure them for life. How lucky are we??