|Tara is a new take on the Sydney bed & breakfast scene which offers guests a gracious and stylish place to stay in the Newtown area of Sydney, 20-30 minutes by bus from Circular Quay, depending on traffic. We are very close to Sydney and UTS Universities with a great choice of restaurants literally around the corner, as is Sydney’s iconic Enmore theatre, home of the best local and international acts to come to Sydney – even the Rolling Stones have played here. Rooms are seriously generous in size, each with its own character. Please refer to Accommodation & Rates page for more images and pricing.
Think faded glory outside as per Venice and Firenze with clean creative spaces therein, tall ceilings with French doors opening onto large verandahs – More Corbusier than Chippendale, not too twee, not too quiet, more boho than 5 star, more artist’s digs than the Hilton or a cottage in the country! It has to be said that we offer an urban experience as per Soho, New York, rather than a sojourn in an English rural setting. This is comfortable, informal accommodation and our guests are many and varied including businesspeople, academics, travellers of all ages from home and abroad, architects, writers, musicians, actors and other creative souls with an eye to the good life. We extend a warm welcome to travellers one and all and hope this will be your preferred place to stay when visiting Sydney. Please see our listing on TripAdvisor for reviews.
TARA was built in 1881 for a music teacher and and her family. At the turn of the century it became a maternity hospital, then a Doctor’s surgery and residence until the 1965 so she has seen a lot in her very full life – Purchased 6 years ago, we are in the process of bringing the old girl back up to scratch. She has come a long way from the dilapidated state she was in and needs some more done to make her perfect but is a gorgeous work in progress. Our guests are charting that progress as we add bathrooms to all bedrooms, eventually enabling us to offer en suite facilities for each room. In the immediate future we are asking our guests to share the existing bathrooms. Prices during our makeover phase are less than they will be when the duckling has transformed into the beautiful swan.
We trust that it can be seen that rates for staying at Tara represent very real value particularly taking into account our free transfers -a taxi will cost $30 -$40 each way often with a considerable wait at the airport – our very generous breakfasts and free wifi throughout the house.
When planning your stay in Sydney please note that we know a great deal about the popular, as well as lesser known, great things to do. We will give you a detailed orientation with a carefully annotated map so you can explore everything you want to in and around Sydney as well as getting to know this vibrant area.
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We are delighted to have won TripAdvisor 2013 Travellers’ Choice Award.
We are also now listed in Lonely Planet’s 2013 Sydney guide as a ‘top pick’.
These 2 ratings are largely due to our delightful guest’s reviews and we are deeply grateful for them.
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We now have a young border collie called Oscar after the sad and sudden death of our dear old dog Ollie. The king is dead, long live the king.
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Tara is amazed, grateful and delighted for our ranking on TripAdvisor thanks to the reviews our guests have so generously written. You can write your own review either through the link below or on our Guestbook page.
Tara has installed an Aerobin composting system which experts say is the preferable method for dealing with green waste and helps to reduce greenhouse emissions, another step for us towards a greener footprint.
Tara now has a facebook & twitter page, you can become a fan and or keep up with posts via these 2 pages.
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