My best friend and I travelled to Coles Bay for two nights on our way to Hobart. We were advised we would be unable to have two consecutive nights in Sheoaks and were offered to stay one night at Margaret & Alan's daughter's place up the road. We did not know it was owned by their daughter at that time.
We arrived at Sheoaks after check in time and Alan did greet us at the door. We were shown to our room and left to it. We introduced ourselves to another couple staying there as neither Alan nor Margaret could be bothered. Dinner was delightful and there is no argument with Margaret's cooking however, when both she & Alan sat down to have dinner with the guests, we got the impression we were an inconvenience. It was up to the guests to make conversation. I have now read other reviews which advise Margaret is passionate about Tourism, however, it was not evident that night. I did however note that she was passionate about Pottery! What a pity they could not find it in themselves to enquire of their guests what they would like to see etc whilst in the area, then to perhaps make recommendations of places to see. That to me would be passionate about Tourism!
When we were asked to pre-order breakfast for the next morning, I enquired if I could simply have two boiled eggs in lieu of scrambled or poached, I was informed "it is not on the menu". In all my years of cooking, I could think of nothing easier than two boiled eggs! Anyway, scrambled was ordered. I did however get them to agree to allow me to make my own porridge which took one minute from start to finish, so I did appreciate that although Margaret did not appreciate me being in the kitchen. If looks could kill.......
I am not sure why they allow guests in their "home" if not to be made to feel welcome.
We had the end room which was clean and adequate however, the shower "trickle" was frustrating. We then had to move to the "other" house they recommended over the internet which turns out to be owned by their daughter. However, it smelt as though no one had ever opened a window or door. The beds had a musty odour which was most unpleasant however, the upside was we did not have to sit through another evening meal with "mine hosts". The best thing was the fluffy towels etc, very nice!
We did meet two other lovely couples staying at Sheoaks and whilst this will definitely not be on our list to stay at again, we are very glad we got to see Coles Bay and meet the other guests.
For my money, find somewhere else to stay and be made to feel welcome which is the fundamental focus of running a B & B!
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