"I lack the superlatives to describe my experience with Jacqui and her Petite Chalet. Everything was smooth, easy, and a pleasure. Jacqui responded promptly to my booking request and made me and my family feel very welcome. She offered us a late checkout (there were no guests checking in on the day we checked out) and a list of shops and amenities in the area (my 12-year-old was adamant about trying a smoothie from the Three Monkeys). I'm very grateful for both, not only for the ease but also because I hadn't stopped in Newcastle in more than 20 years and my local knowledge needed refreshing. Jacqui's instructions were clear and precise, and my family and I had no trouble following them. We found the house and let ourselves in with no hassle. Inside was bigger than the photos led us to believe. I was expecting it to be a little cramped - it wasn't. The bedrooms, living room, deck, kitchen, bathrooms, laundry and garage were all a good size. The decor is beautiful and elegant, and the place is beautifully clean and full of light. The furnishings are luxurious. Each bed has a range of covers to suit all temperatures, and each one had a gift bag of bath goodies when we arrived. The air conditioning was a delight, especially since we arrived in a heat wave! Since each member of my family cooks, we made regular use of the excellently-appointed kitchen. I particularly enjoyed serving breakfast at the breakfast bar - with breakfast out on the deck a close second. Newcastle has become more tourist-oriented in the 20-odd years since I lived there. That's no bad thing if you're visiting. The number of great-looking restaurants on nearby Darby Street has increased (those Three Monkeys smoothies tasted even better than they sounded), and the place has more of a Newtown vibe than ever. Laman Street is still quiet, with the soft, occasional punctuation of the town hall clock and the horns of visiting ships. Walking across Civic Park to the foreshore on New Years Eve was delightful - and the Canberra-quality Newcastle Museum was a welcome surprise! The foreshore, which I remember from 20 years ago as mostly industrial, now reminds me of Walsh Bay. You need to see it to appreciate how far Newcastle has come. The beaches, of course, were blissful. I taught my 12-year-old to bodysurf at Bar Beach, on this visit; and before we left, we enjoyed a soothing bob in the glorious Merewether Ocean Baths. We came to Newcastle because I miss the beaches, and we left promising ourselves to return. I can't rate my experience highly enough. I urge you to experience Jacqui's Petite Chalet, and the best that Newcastle has to offer, for yourself. Thank you, Jacqui :) Finally, the house is bigger than the photos make it look. From the photos, I got the impression the house would be a little cramped, when in fact there's plenty of space. The photos don't do justice to the size of the place."
Andrew - January 2017