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McGowans B & B
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   27 Macquarie Street, Coopernook, New South Wales 2426 , Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Coopernook B&B and Inns
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“Escape fromDiscovered treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

Relax in front of your own fire amidst the beautiful vintage atmosphere at McGowans
We spent 2 glorious nights in the Bank room , which was the original Coopernook bank in early settlement times, and has been transformed into a magnificent room, which gives you a feeling of total relax.
I also loved the black bath and hand painted vanity with marble top.
We were served our breakfast on the sunny morning veranda, home made bread along with fresh fruit and tasty eggs and bacon. Unlimited china pots of tea along with the newspaper what a leisurely to start the day.
I recommend when you go to discover the mid north coast and all it's beauty try a night or 2 at McGowans.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This is our 4th visit to McGowans B&B and it justs gets better each time. The warmth and love that Ken and Salli have put into their home is tangible. The log fire burning in our room was so welcoming and after a day playing golf at a nearby course, it was good to soak in the old fashioned bath tub.
Molly and Ted
Freshwater, NSW

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We stopped off here for one night on our way up to Byron Bay. If we had known how nice it is we'd have planned to stay for longer. Ken & Sal gave us a very warm welcome with drinks and nibbles on arrival. We had the Bank room which is large and comfortable with lots of character including the old bank vault and a wood burning stove for cold nights. The 6ft bed was especially comfortable. We stayed in for dinner which was delicious and came with some excellent wine and for a very reasonable price. Will definitely aim to stay again next time we're passing.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

A great B&B is a place that elevates your soul and entertains your spirit, and McGowan’s was up there with the best. We loved the huge room, the deck, the sunroom and the gardens – not to mention the most comfortable clawfoot bathtub I’ve ever encountered. Every detail of the decor is considered and beautiful.
But best of all was the thoughtful and imaginative food, and the attentive and kind-hearted service.
I loved the location – just a kilometre or two off the highway, with so many spectacular things to see in the area.
Thanks to Ken and Sal for a perfect experience.

Room Tip: Both bedrooms look wonderful. Our room - the Bank Room - had a kingsize bed that was wonderfully fir...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bawley Point
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We stayed at McGowans for 3 nights near the end of their trial operating period in February 2013 after stumbling across their website when we were planning a north coast research holiday. We were offered and accepted a trial-period discount of about 20%. McGowans is in Coopernook about 4.5 hours north of Sydney, just off the highway. It turned out to be the perfect spot from which we could check out retirement real estate, enjoy the surf and sun at Crowdy Head and coffee in Harrington. Ken (a carpenter) and Sal McGowan have restored and converted a lovely weatherboard building (that was used in its hayday as a bank) into a very spacious and comfortable B&B with newly revealed and polished hardwood floors. We stayed in the Bank Room which is huge, perhaps 7m x 7m with 4m high ceilings.and retains original features such as the bank vault and entrance vestibule. The king bed was very comfortable, the furnishings lovingly selected by Sal and homely. The Bank Room also has a lounge, table and chairs, a desk and a corner wood fireplace which, being summer, we did not need to use. It looks like it would be the place to sit in front of over winter with a glass of red. The bathroom was brand new with a huge 2-person bath with separate shower and many lovingly prepared details...though we had a tap glitch.

We ate in one night in a dining room completely separate from the owners' quarters. We enjoyed local oysters and a butterfly lamb (Ken had marinated it and cooked it on the BBQ). We had two of our breakfasts in the dining room but Sal served us our third breakfast in our room. They both obviously love good food and know how to prepare and present it beautifully.

There were still a couple of minor items to be completed and/or corrected when we stayed. For example though there was an air-conditioner and wi-fi there there was no TV in the room. Signage could have been better. Ken invited our critique and was pleased to hear our comments. In most cases it was plain our items were already on his list. Ken and Sal have personalities well suited to their hosting roles and we reckon McGowans will soon develop a must-stay B&B reputation. We would stay again.

Room Tip: Though slightly dearer the Bank Room is larger than the other room and this is the one to choose if...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We usually stay in Port Macquarie overnight when we travel from Gold Coast to Sydney, but this time my wife and I decided to treat ourselves with a bit of indulgence. How lucky were we to find McGowans B & B at Coopernook.

We stayed in "The Bank", complete with the original vault. Our hosts Sal and Ken informed us that the cottage was originally a Bank Of New South Wales office and residence.

"The Bank" was large, very comfortable and airy and tastefully decorated. We slept soundly undisturbed and awoke to a sumptuous breakfast.

Goodbye motels, hello McGowans. We'll definitely be back and stay longer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about McGowans B & B

Address: 27 Macquarie Street, Coopernook, New South Wales 2426 , Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Coopernook
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Coopernook
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — McGowans B & B 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
McGowans B and B is situated in Coopernook in the heart of the Manning Valley just north of Taree and south of Port Macquarie. We provide two delightful suites each with their own bathroom and lounge area. A full breakfast is served with fresh, local and often organic produce. There are wonderful restaurants nearby and plenty of places to visit while you are here including divine beaches, wineries, waterfalls, rivers and the wetlands if you like to watch the birds. The house is one of the oldest in the area with 12 ft ceilings and large rooms. There is a dining room where you can make a coffee or tea whenever you wish, a fridge and microwave for your convenience and a verandah to while away the time if you just want to relax. Afternoon tea is served on arrival. ... more   less 
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