NOTE: PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE HIDDEN PHOTOS. I'VE MADE USE OF THE NEW VT "MULTIPLE PHOTOS PER TIP" OPTION. : )
Please see the previous tip for description. I placed an additional tip on Florence's Cottage just to share, more openly, what an interesting and cozy place it really was.
Let me sum up by saying there are plenty of places to stay in Adelaide. But for homey comfort, a friendly landlord and plenty of space....at a great price.... you cannot do better.
Unique Quality: The point of this second tip stop is to share a series of photos. Please note the numerous photos below taken in and around Florence's cottage.
Directions: See previous tip.
Florence's Cottage is situated on a quiet side street (Ely Place) near vibrant Hutt Street. It was built back in 1882 for Police-Constable Bailey, and at the time was valued at £ 18.
Florence's is presently owned and managed by a wonderful lady, Anne Schioldan. The cottage has two bedrooms, a bath/shower, a full kitchen and a washing machine. In addition, there's a nice living room area complete with gas-burning fire place. There is a tiny little garden backyard where, if the weather is decent, you can hang any washed clothes out to dry.
Florence's kitchen is stocked with the basics, and Anne will add any reasonable specific requests. By basics, I mean breads, milk, butter, eggs, spices, cooking oils, cooking and eating utensils, cutlery, etc.
We made our own breakfast each day, and then chose from the local places for lunch and/or dinner. There's a small grocery store about three blocks away, where you can purchase additional items for your kitchen. (Wine, meats, cheeses, etc.)
Unique Quality: Florence's is just.....for want a a better word.....charming. It's a historical little place that really gives you a peek at how life in Adelaide must have been back in 1882 when Constable Bailey moved in.
The day that we arrived in Adelaide, there was a nasty storm that had blown in from the Great Southern Ocean. It wasn't quite hurricane level, but the winds and rains literally howled that night. The little cottage was as cozy as you'd want...and the electric blanks and warm radiated heating system more than adequate for most of the cottage. (A note.... the bathroom can be a bit cool, although they do have one of those "heat lamp" things installed.) Let's just say that I got dressed pretty quickly upon completing my shower. : )
Another note.... the cottage is not handicap-accessible. The staircase to the upstairs bedroom is VERY narrow, very 19th century. One had best hang on to the rails tightly when going up or down. Carrying our heavy suitcase upstairs tested my manhood. ; ) Thankfully, even at age 48 (then), I passed. (see the photos below for a shot of the narrow and steep staircase)
IF YOU CONTACT ANNE AND CHOOSE TO STAY IN FLORENCE'S COTTAGE, please tell her that Pete and his family from Florida said hello.
Directions: From Hutt Street, turn onto Gilles Street, TOWARDs center Adelaide. 2 blocks, and then you'll see a slight turn to the right, which is Ely Place. The street then curves back to parallel with Gilles. Florence's Cottage is the first "cottage" on the right.
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