AIRBNB: 10 stunning stays around Warwick
IT'S a relatively new player in the short-term accommodation market but already Airbnb has become a popular option for holiday- makers and aspiring businesspeople alike.
Airbnb has become a multi-billion dollar in a few short years and there are more than 115,000 properties listed across Australia in 800 towns and cities.
These properties average 15 bookings a year and are worth an average $4920 in annual income for their hosts.
On the Southern Downs, the idea of making a little extra income by providing short-term accommodation is growing in popularity with 30 locations listed on the website.
Take a look at some of the Airbnb options on Warwick's doorstep and for more information click on the highlighted links:
1: Ombu - Maryvale
Situated on a small acreage, overlooking farmland on the outskirts of Maryvale, half way between Brisbane and the Stanthorpe wineries and with sweeping views of the Goonburra Valley, Ombu is the perfect base to explore the Scenic Rim and Southern Downs, or chill and watch the wild life and gaze at the milky way.
Only 10 minutes from Cunninghams Gap and Main Range National Park walks. A short walk to the historic Crown Hotel.
2: Merrilees - Warwick
Merrilees is one of Queensland's more beautiful colonial homes, lovingly restored.
Situated on half an acre in the town's centre with a short walk to restaurants, cafes and the Condamine, you will experience the best of 1880's architecture, resting in a tranquil, tree-filled garden.
Merrilees explodes into leaf in spring and summer, changing to vivid autumn tones of pear, apple, plum and grape. The 'Ent' inhabited yards of winter delight the senses.
3: Rivoli Farm - Deuchar
Featured on ABC Dream Gardens, this fabulous garden was beamed across Australia and now visitors get the chance to come and share in the experience too!
The beautiful home is designed with lots of space for guests to enjoy a quiet corner on the verandah or sit by the fire in the living room with a good book or a glass or two of what ever they might like to enjoy!
4: Dalrymple Lodge - Allora
Set amongst beautiful gardens, Dalrymple Lodge comes with two queen size rooms (one with private ensuite) and another room with two king single beds.
The lodge sleeps from two to six guests and is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway or a wedding party.
5: Kelvin Falls Farmstay B&B - Elbow Valley
Kelvin Falls is a 2000 acre, working cattle property, which features a picturesque rural outlook with open grazing, seasonal flowing creeks and rugged gorges.
The cosy, two bedroom worker's cottage offers a peaceful retreat for couples or families, with a double bed in the first bedroom, and a single bed with a roll-away single bed in the second.
6: Cygnet Country Retreat - Swanfels
A stunning rural retreat, ideal for couples.
There are three separate buildings each with own bedroom and bathroom, all with stunning views.
Great log fires for winter. Enjoy the creek right out the front of the house. Escape to a country get away, surrounding by the majestic mountains of the Great Dividing Range, only 2 hours from Brisbane.
Spend the evenings gazing at the stunning starlit sky, or toasting marshmallows at the firepit by the creek, or chalking up a cue for a game of pool.
7: Montrose - Forest Springs
Montrose Farm is the ideal escape to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind.
The comforts of classic country cottage combined with warm hospitality and natural beauty is just the right combination for relaxation and rejuvenation.
For those wanting a complete break, your hosts offer personally prepared seasonal "Farm to Table" meals.
8: Abbey of the Roses - Warwick
Escape to the country for a romantic getaway and feel like the Lord and Lady of the manor.
The Abbey has nine seperate rooms with either private or ensuite rooms.
King, queen, four poster bed - take a pick.
Mother Superior's room 4 has a king bed and private bathroom down the hall.
The Abbey is a unique heritage boutique B&B on two acres of grounds., the building is a 125-year-old ex-convent with stylish rooms each having a private bathroom or ensuite.
9: Binnum Farmlet - Warwick
Welcome to Binnum. Located two hours drive from Brisbane and five minutes from the centre of Warwick, it offers a country experience with the comforts of good food and coffee nearby.
A great opportunity to get away.
The main house is air conditioned in living area,sleeps five consisting a queen bed, two king singles and a single trundle bed.
10: Dumigan House - Killarney
Dumigan House, an early 1900s fully-renovated Queenslander.
A five minute stroll to the centre of the village with gorgeous rooms with an eclectic mix of vintage and new touches.
Enjoy the quiet tranquillity, a local wine and cheese on the wide verandas looking out over acreage with immaculate gardens.
Inside guests can relax in warm and comfortable surrounds, log fire, and/or retreat to rooms for privacy.
ONE OF these locals jumping on board the Airbnb revolution is businesswoman Yve Stocks, who runs Pitstop Lodge and the newly-refurbished Area 51 in Canning St.
Ms Stocks said she resisted joining Airbnb for five years before finally signing up 12 months ago.
"At first I didn't think it was the right thing to do," she said.
"But I changed my mind over time.
"It's not the get-rich quick idea that some people might think it is.
"Everything must be registered with council and be compliant with all local accommodation rules and regulations.
"It's mostly about safety, fire regulations, just the same as any hotel or motel might need to be."
Ms Stocks said she found the Airbnb business easy to work with.
"When I finally decided to list on the website, it was very easy," she said. "It took only a few hours and I was done.
"When people book, they pay direct to the website and the host, in this case me, is paid when the customer has completed their stay."
Ms Stocks said she thought the business had its benefits. "As long as people understand the need to register," she said.
"The council cracked down six months ago and sent a letter to everyone in the region listed on the website that wasn't registered with council.
"All of these safety regulations and compliance, stem as a result of the Childers Backpacker fire of 2000."
Ms Stocks said her Airbnb listing had amounted to more business.
"I get a couple of Airbnb bookings every month and would probably get more if I didn't have solid bookings from repeat customers and through my website," she said.
City View Motel Warwick owner Gary Withers said he didn't think Airbnb had impacted much on the local market.
"I think we're approaching different clients in different markets," he said.
"As long as we're concentrating on what we do, and doing it as well as we can, we continue to grow and thrive, I've never really seen them as competition."
Mr Withers said they were professional motel owners.
"This is our profession and our home and it's our mission to provide an excellent experience for our guests. And we want to differentiate ourselves from the the Airbnb market."