This is a lovely B&B with three nicely designed Mediterranean styled buildings around a central courtyard driveway. The rear gardens are well maintained and lead to the stream that you can borrow kayaks to paddle along down to the beach (sadly the creek is much abused by mankind and doesn't really offer much in the way of natural beauty til you reach the mouth at Cooks Beach). We spent two nights in the cottage, a semi self contained house. The food provided was more than ample and while it was only supposed to cover one breakfast we strung it out for two! Thank you! The upstairs bedroom was huge but it is also your lounge area. Its more than comfortable and the bed is firm yet soft. The kitchenette downstairs is adequate for a little non ambitious cooking but we had to wash almost all of the crockery and pans before use as many were dirty. One of the plates had melted cheese dried on it and the frypan had oil/grease along the sides. I realise this was likely previous guests that did this but surely it could be checked. The bathroom is a disappointment being quite tight with the toilet jammed behind the door but everything was clean and the toiletries very nice. My issues with this stay (which really colour my opinion of it) are that it is five meters from a busy road so that you hear traffic noise constantly (while writing that sentence a loud slow truck blasted by followed by a tractor). Surely with a clean slate to build on you would offset the building further? More disappointing was the upstairs room which has paper thin curtains and a skylight with no blind positioned right in your eye line when in the bed so that you will be woken up in Summer around 6am by blinding sunlight in your eyes. Surely this can be remedied as I would think if you're staying at a B&B you're on vacation and you'd like a sleep in? Here it's not possible unless you bring a sleep mask. Other than that Chris and Paul were very welcoming and there is a lot to do nearby including the lovely stroll through nearby Shakespeare's reserve, but for $285 a night this is overpriced (despite all the right touches and service being in place to make it a great stay) simply due to poor building.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chris & Paul welcome you to the "Mussel Bed" - nestled amidst native bush, tropical gardens & streams & yet, so close to beautiful Cooks Beach. A perfect base to explore Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach which is only a 10 mins drive. Our self-contained cottage has 2 bedrooms and sleeps up to 5 people. Our guest wing has 3 luxurious suites, tiled en suites & french doors opening onto private decks with all those special touches our guests love! We bring breakfast to you on a tray to enjoy in our lovely garden. Kayak the stream from our jetty and enjoy the natural bird habitat, exploring caves and walking on gorgeous Lonely Bay! We look forward to making your stay a special one. ... more less