Tara is a wonderful house; Julian and Brom are wonderful hosts.
I stayed in the bedroom on the ground floor since I use a walking frame to get around. This spacious room has an adjoining sitting-room, so effectively you have a suite. The bathroom might be a bit of a drawback for some people since it's actually two rooms across the hallway - a loo with basin and mirror in one, and a shower in the other. This was all explained to me in email before I booked, and it worked fine for me.
The building is on Enmore Road, in Enmore. For those unfamiliar with Sydney this means it's in the centre of an urban hum of cafes, cute shops, a few pubs and nightclubs and some of the most interesting restaurants you'll find on the planet. This also means there is passing traffic and sometimes revellers. And it's close to the flight path for Sydney airport (but they don't operate 11pm - 6am). It could be noisy, I suppose, but other than hearing the planes during the day I didn't notice. The house is actually set well back from the street, and has a substantial hedge along the front boundary, and trees soaking up some of the noise too. Seriously, I slept in a front bedroom on a Friday and Saturday night and didn't find the noise any problem.
Otherwise, it's a grand old house with high ceilings and spacious rooms, with a lot of intriguing and engaging art and bric-a-brac around, reflecting Julian's and Brom's artistic backgrounds. Everywhere you look is something that could start a conversation.
The breakfasts are simply fantastic. I've had hotel, restaurant, cafe, and B&B breakfasts around Europe, the US and Australia and these were actually the best of all. Seven or eight types of fruit, three or four cereals, sausages, eggs, bacon, pancakes, mushrooms, toast and jam, dumplings, bruschetta, hash browns, frittata... A little variation each day but all the staples every day in abundance. If you eat a full breakfast with Julian and Brom you won't need to spend on lunch.
Julian was kind enough to drive me to my friend's 50th birthday party and pick me up after it (this as the reason I was in Sydney). It was nearby, although I managed to initially give him the wrong suburb. This was typical of the sort of attention and support offered. It was very much like staying with family friends; unerringly helpful, exceptionally informative, but without in any way being overly friendly or imposing.
I can't recommend Tara highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tara Guest House is located in Sydney’s cosmopolitan Newtown/Enmore area with a reputation for being the chicest bohemian outpost in the city's inner suburbs, while maintaining a great sense of friendly local community and only 15 minutes from the CBD. Built around 1880 on large grounds, this recently renovated Victorian house has a mix of classic mid 20th century and antique furniture and improvements are ongoing. We are close to UTS and Sydney University, more than 400 restaurants, cafes, bars and theatres. Interiors have been thoughtfully styled to take advantage of the seriously spacious rooms and to ensure indulgent comfort for our guests. Good tucker always guaranteed! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tara Guest House Hotel Sydney