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Sweet Caroline South Yarra: Fine Boutique Living

Bedrooms 2
Space 105 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Large 2BR Free Car Park + WIFI + Netflix. Walk to cafes, shops, tram & train.

Embrace a local & private stay at the top end of South Yarra! This unique Domain Precinct apartment offers house-like space; a perfect oasis for soaking in the tasteful furnishing, natural light, peaceful & leafy ambiance. Easy walk to tram/train, Botanical Gdns, best of Toorak Rd & Chapel St, MCG/tennis. Full kitchen & work space, professionally cleaned every time. Perfect for family & biz. Hosted locally, with care & attention to detail. With free car park & Netflix. STRICT NO PARTY policy.

Sweet Caroline ... at a glance

* Living …

Spacious 105 sqm ground floor single storey apartment

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom & 2 car spaces

Private, quiet & exclusive, with no neighbouring property looking in

Immaculately furnished with tasteful and comfortable furniture

Professionally cleaned before your arrival

Family (elderly + kids) friendly

Great location (see map in photos and description below)

Upmarket street & area, very pleasant and safe for young and seniors

* Working …

Home office set-up with large office table

Free WiFi

* Dining …

Fully equipped modern kitchen

Dining table extends to accommodate 6

* Entertainment …

Living room: 55" LED TV + AppleTV, free Netflix + normal TV channels

Master bedroom: 40” plasma TV with integrated DVD & CD player

Large choice of DVD’s books and some board games

* Explore …

Free car space in secure garage

Easy walk to nearest tram stop and to South Yarra train station

Easy walk to Botanical Gardens, Fawkner Park, Chapel St, Toorak Rd, MCG, Rod Laver Arena and CBD

Bicycle hire available

* Comfort …

Private leafy balcony

Open plan living & dining

1 x 3 seater sofa and 1 x 2 seater sofa

Excellent lighting throughout, natural and with stylish lamps

Timber floorboards in main living areas and hallway, carpet in bedrooms

Central heating

Bath in ensuite, and second/guest bathroom has a shower

* Sleep ...

Master bedroom has a King Size bed & en-suite bathroom

Second bedroom has twin Singles

A spare mattress is available

All pillows are MicroCloud pillows and all quilts are allergy sensitive

Overall fits 4 guests comfortably, with absolute maximum 5 in total

* Your very own in-apartment conveniences …

Storage areas

Master bedroom has walk-in-robe, second bedroom has wardrobe

Hair dryer, iron and ironing board

* The TWO MAIN RULES you must read and agree:

- Strictly strictly no loud noise, including/especially when at the balcony, please. No gatherings in the common area (entrance hall, driveway and car park). We have wonderful neighbours who cherish the peacefulness of the building, and we ask you to be considerate at all times. We take neighbour complaints seriously and may result in your eviction and loss of damage deposit.

- This is a self-service apartment. We use professional cleaners after every stay. There is no housekeeping service (can be organised at a cost to the guest).

* Why choose Sweet Caroline?

Sweet Caroline is a truly unique apartment, offering house-like space of high quality, characterised by tasteful furnishing. Ambiance is tranquil and leafy. Apartment is newly refurbished with timber floorboards. The area is upmarket and very convenient. Live like a local and walk to Oz Open tennis, great grocers/cafes/restaurants/shops on Toorak Rd/Chapel St, MCG, Botanical Gdn and Fawkner Park. 6 min walk to tram/train. WIFI/Netflix/home office. Professionally cleaned pre-stay guarantee. Quality + responsible owner hosts.

Guests have full access of this charming and leafy apartment. Immaculately appointed and comfortable, you can spend all day here, soaking in the serenity, space and flow of light through the shuttered windows. The outlook is uniquely earthy yet minimalist; a panoramic backdrop of lush vines gracefully clothing the red brick wall of the former Avoca Coach House & Stables, now an exclusive residence, a local treasure rightfully protected by the National Trust.

Located in prestigious Domain Precinct in South Yarra, the area is the definition of exclusivity; established and leafy, yet provides the conveniences of a 'close to city' lifestyle. We are locals in the area and cherish the culture and safety it affords. The apartment block itself is of a very high quality, extremely well maintained, very private and secure. Make no mistake, you are in one of the most sought after streets of Melbourne.

With the fully equipped kitchen providing the option to dine indoors or the tranquil outdoors, you could indulge in your culinary passions; starting with a short stroll to gather fresh produce from boutique grocers such as Lawson Grove Cafe, Finer Fruits, Gum Tree Good Food and Prahran Market. That is if you could resist the temptations of a Cafe Gaia, Entrecote, Tall Timber or Picnic along the way!

Perfect for the Melbourne getaway, business travellers and athletes

Your hosts are a couple, once (too) frequent travellers in the corporate world and have tasted what the best of the best have to offer. We know first hand the importance of quality accommodation backed by fine service.

A getaway takes on a new meaning when one finds that perfect combination of serenity but yet have the fuss free conveniences close at hand at one's own choice. All a short stroll away, enjoy a picnic at the Botanical Gardens or by the river, soak in culture at the Arts Centre and NGV, and for a change of beat, explore the shops on Chapel St and Toorak Rd. Tip: drop shopping bags home, and walk no longer than 8 minutes to the cluster of wellness spas and massages. Hydrate well and re-energise with the many cafes and patisseries 'down the road'.

Located close to some of the top schools in Melbourne (Melb Boys & Girls schools), this home with all its features is a perfect long stay base for families, offering the convenience of a safe walk to school or to the tram or South Yarra train station.

This home is equally perfect for business travellers seeking a speedy route to the city without compromising the home comforts, and looking to break away from standard hotel rooms. The natural light and glow of vintage lamps together with the extendable dining table to create more work space where needed, provide the perfect work from home experience. WIFI is included. We have also in place a vintage Arne Vodder office table, a masterpiece and positioned to inspire.

For athletes, the apartment is your ideal base and retreat to recuperate after intense training or competition. Quicker if you jogged of course, it is only a 30 minute walk to the MCG and Rod Laver Arena (home of the Australian Open), plus the practice courts at Albert Reserve. Slightly closer to AAMI Park.

Supplement your training with a run around The Tan running track (3.8km lap) nearby. A 650 metre hill sprint up Anderson St, or if preferring something more scenic to distract you from the pain, a sprint up to the Shrine of Remembrance, could feature.

As important, finish up at the cafes dotted around Domain Road or at Jardin Tan within the Botanical Gardens. Celebrate a win, or a PB at one of the many fine dining options within a walk from your retreat. A rustic Italian experience at Da Noi or Japanese grill at Wagyu-ya beckons!

You will also just be up the hill from scenic bike paths, going East takes you to the infamous Kew Boulevard if climbing hills strike your fancy. Plenty of storage for your bikes in the 2 car garage.

New developments:

*15th November 2015*. We have secured a beautiful vintage Arne Vodder office & study desk. As stated earlier, we had been on the hunt for a 'must be right' study table as we think the place is perfect for us looking to get some more serious work done, in addition to having the option of working on the extended study table or sofa, or bed.

* 11th November 2015*. New timber floorboards installed! As mentioned this replaced carpet in hallway and living/dining areas. This is an incredible enhancement to the lightness and charm of the space, and works in harmony with the existing furniture.

If there is anything we left out, that you think would help make your stay even more comfortable, please just ask away!

** Important House Rules ** Please do read this.

- This is a self-service apartment. Other than our guarantee of a professional clean before your arrival, there is no housekeeping service. One can be organised at a cost to the guest by request.

- We love our home and we hope you do too. Strictly strictly no loud noise, including/especially when at the balcony, please. We have wonderful neighbours who cherish the peacefulness of the apartment, and we ask you to respect their wishes.

- No smoking in the apartment.

- Shoes off in the house please (Asian house policy!).

- No pets.

- Guest numbers must not exceed what was agreed.

- We do have several vintage furniture which are on the fragile side, like lamps, office table and side tables (no luggage on these please!). Please handle with care!

- Check in is at 2pm. Check out is 10.00 am.

Getting around

6 mins stroll to tram stops on Toorak Road, or to Domain Road / Park St corner. Both are on the Number 8 tram line which run very frequently to the city and back. Depending on traffic it should be around 15-20 mins by tram to the city.

9 mins easy walk to South Yarra Railway Station, that will zip you to different parts of town. It is only ONE STOP to Richmond station which is the main stop to MCG and Rod Laver Arena (say 3 mins). It is TWO STOPS from Flinders St Station if heading to the city (say 5 mins).

There is also a bus stop just 5 mins walk away on Alexandra Avenue that goes straight to the city.

We tend to walk or bike almost everywhere within a 2-3km radius given the ease and the character of the neighbourhood.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks english, Thai
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Pat

We have been hosting since October 2015 and thoroughly enjoy it. We constantly find ourselves brainstorming of ways to improve what we can offer; whether its that extra bit of detail in restaurant picks, to arrival tips, to fine-tuning our description so anyone new can understand why we love where we live. We also hope of course that guest see we care about ensuring their stay is as enjoyable as they can expect.

We think our style is a reflection of our own travel experiences which has been extensive and at times hectic. With that, our hosting style is one where we are non-intrusive, but always respond within minutes by phone or SMS. A solution to your needs is really only a phone or SMS away.

We actually enjoy being asked for recommendations, from the ideal travel route, to activities for kids, to restaurant and cafe choices. We only ever recommend places we know and not what we can search for. As such we are shamelessly biased to South Yarra area when it comes to cafes and restaurants! So if you are indeed interested to book with us, ask us for tips, before or even during your stay.

We'll end here by asking you to treat our home with special care! Do take note of the house rules - strictly no partying and smoking.

Why Pat chose South Yarra

We love South Yarra for its charm and character, as well as the many things one can do within a short walk; there is so much choice in terms of recreation activities to parks and restaurants. And still you are so close to the city.

What makes this apartment unique

We fell in love with this home the minute we walked in. We think its a unique combination of the house-like feel of the apartment which is set in an exclusively private building, which is so close to all the happenings of a vibrant area filled with cafes, shops and parks.

With that backdrop, we definitely over-indulged in the furnishing of the apartment. The vintage office desk in front of a modern mirror is one such example. We wanted to create a unique place, one that guests would not only feel comfortable but to also treasure and remember.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in South Yarra, Australia

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 105 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please tidy up take out rubbish before vacating.
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , King bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , Extra mattress bed available
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • long term rentals available
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • tennis
We can organise a chauffeur airport service at a very attractive rate of around A$80 each way which would otherwise cost A$120.


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Sweet Caroline South Yarra: Fine Boutique Living
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Cosy home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Everything described in the listing is absolutely accurate. Conveniently located. Easy walking distance to shops, park, riverside. Easy access to highway to yarra valley, Philip island. Quiet and private. Will definitely stay here again on our next visit.

  • Review Submitted: 12/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your feedback! Please do look us up again for your next visit. Pat
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here with our children. Fantastic location (short walk to everything), very clean and comfortable (most comfortable bed I've ever slept in). We will stay here again when we return to Melbourne.

  • Review Submitted: 02/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review Kirsty. You are more than welcome again when you next visit!
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Lovely place and great location

  • 5 of 5

The owners were locally based and very responsive to any issues during our stay. Excellent rating on attentiveness and accommodation of our needs

  • Review Submitted: 31/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Calgary, AB, Canada

Absolutely perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this place is perfect! The location is ideal, walking distance to the Botanical Gardens (<10 mins), Fawkner Park (2 playgrounds within 5-10 min walk) MCG, shops, supermarket, pubs, restaurants, trains, trams and buses! We even walked downtown, which was a bit of a hike but lovely through the gardens. The place itself is lovely. We were a bit worried about having 3 young children (8,6,6) but it turned out fine. There was plenty of room and the owners even have a variety of videos (+ Netflix) and games to keep them entertained. Speaking of the owners, Paul and Pat are exactly the sort of people you want to rent from. They put themselves in your shoes and do everything they can to ensure your stay is enjoyable. The little touches are wonderful. Thank-you very much for everything and I hope that we can be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: 02/05/2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Perfect Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Spotlessly clean, very convenient location, light-filled, bird-song and gardens close to the CBD this beautifully presented apartment is a refreshing home away from home. Attention to detail, very helpful owners and thorough information provided for attractions and eateries. We'd highly recommend a stay when visiting Melbourne!

  • Review Submitted: 15/12/2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Maree, it was wonderful to have your family stay and you are more than welcome to stay again. We really appreciate your feedback and already have a plan to improve the property further. Paul & Pat.
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Nearest Airport
28 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
2.5 Kilometres
Albert Park
Nearest Train
800 Metres
South Yarra Station
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
St Kilda Beach
Other Activities:

Tennis/MCG, parks, Chapel St


Rates & Availability

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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