Spent only one night. Rooms upstairs were beautiful, clean and private with ensuites. The bathrooms were spacious with big shower stalls but no bath tubs which was fine for us but forget about a leisurely soak in the tub if that is what you are after. Rooms came with coffee and tea making facilities, TV and DVD players, basic toiletries, linen and towels. Rate comes with a cooked breakfast which was complete with a choice of poached egss, scrambled eggs and sausages, bacon etc.toast, juice, cereals and yoghurt. The cooked tomato was especially sweet. You have to pre-order and specify a time (8-9:30) from a set menu before retiring the night before.
We checked in about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and would have appreciated an offer of some biscuits or a slice of cake to tide us over as it was too late to venture out for afternoon tea, and too early for dinner, but unfortunately none was forthcoming. Maybe I was expecting too much..though I had read of other places (in Tripadvisor) where this is sometimes offered. The hosts had private guests of their own sitting in the lounge and were having afternoon tea, so it did feel like we were slightly unwanted guests at that point. So we skipped out and did not return till after dinner.
There is actually parking on site and it was only the next morning that our host asked if we had driven up. We had parked on the street as we were not told before we could park on the property.
Location is about a 400 meter walk into the main part of the Mall which is an easy walk.
Did not explore much of local area as we were mainly in Katoomba for the 3 sisters and the Scenic World, and the next day made our way to Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens.
We had a nice dinner at Pins in Leura, as recommended by our host, which is just beyond the Woolsworth on Megalong Street. Apparently reservations recommended but since we were at their doorstep at 5:30pm (we were hungry!) when they opened, they were able to accommodate us. Prices were moderate, about $20-25 per main and dinner for 4 of us with no alcoholic drinks, and only one shared dessert was a little more than $100.
When we got back after dinner, there was a bottle of sherry and some chocolates in the lounge as described by previous reviewers, so we helped ourselves, otherwise we would have had no way of knowing they were available to us.
Overall a reasonable and comfortable stay for the price we paid but was perhaps expecting a warmer reception. Not having been in an Australian B&B before I was looking forward to a slightly more intimate experience. This will not discourage me from trying B&B's again but maybe somewhere else.
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I feel this was a first time visit to a B & B for these guests, quite different to a hotel or resort which they may be used to. I'm not sure why the guests were expecting a bath in the ensuite as we did not indicate that there was nor do we advertise this on any website.
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Yes the rooms do come with what the guests have mentioned and the "basic toiletries" consist of quality soaps, shampoo, conditioner and shower caps. Yes the rooms are made up with quality fresh linen & towels (not quite sure why these were mentioned as this is usually common practice at a B & B).
We do like to have an idea of the time guests would like their breakfast 8.00am-9.30am, this does not mean guests have to vacate the dining room at 9.30am as most guests enjoy a leisurely breakfast (the guests did spend time over breakfast without rushing and enjoying their conversation). Also the food is not mass produced it is cooked fresh as the guests are seated, we are a boutique B & B (3 rooms) and this is how we operate. Choices - Eggs benedict, scrambled eggs & smoked salmon or an English breakfast (these sometimes change depending on lenght of stay), also fresh compote of fruit of the season, yoghurts, cereals, toast and brewed coffee and tea.
The guests did check in around 4.00pm and yes we did have some friends pop in a little earlier with some sad news, so I thought it appropriate to offer them a cup of tea, at this point the guests had not checked in if they had we would not have sat there. We do have private accommodation; however we thought it appropriate to sit in the conservatory which was lovely and sunny at the time and given the circumstance of their visit, (they stayed around an hour or so) (our apology).
When the guests arrived they were shown to their room at which point the keys were explained to them, the key opens the guests foyer door which is off the car park (parking for 3 cars a space for each room) and also the door which comes from the courtyard and garden 99% of guests use the car park. The guests were asked to join us however the offer was declined as they had a small amount of time before the shops closed. I mentioned to the guests that the shops in the village closed at 5.00pm also mentioned restaurants to them they wanted something casual so Pinns on Megalong was my suggestion, this restaurant was often booked out so I offered to book, of which they replied "as it was late they would walk to the village and check out the restaurant".
The guests mentioned sherry in a bottle, we never have sherry in a bottle, we have port in a crystal decanter and chocolates, this is in the guest's lounge and is often enjoyed by guests when returning from their dinner at night especially in winter by the fire (I am not sure why they had a problem finding this as no other guests have had a problem).
I do hope these guests will give other B & B's a try and spend more time to enjoy
B & B's are more personal than a resort or hotel, however guests do have their privacy.
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