In short: a lovely place to escape to
In detail: my family and I had four nights in the Clifftop lodge at the start of January. My wife and I loved it. Our kids not so much. Their main issue was that they couldn't easily recharge their gadgets and had to make twice daily trips to reception to recharge iPads, Nintendos etc. To my wife and I it was a benefit.
The place was well equipped and comfortable. Two good sized bedrooms, kitchen/dining/lounge, bathroom and separate toilet were ample for our needs. All the basics were there - the beds were comfortable, the shower was hot. There was plenty of wood for the fire, which surprisingly to us we had to light on two of the four nights.
We ate most of our meals on the balcony looking out into the forest and across the hills. I found it quite idyllic and would have happily stayed longer.
We also did the Mt Misery walk which was great. Not difficult and with some prett scenery. The only part of the walk I don't recommend is to the hidden, or secret, waterfall. There wasn't enough water to make it worth the effort to get there. Perhaps after heavy rain?
We also had plenty of animal and bird visitors. In particular there were nightly visits from the Pademelons and a dark furred possum. The possum was quite insistent in looking for hand outs but not agressive even though we didn't feed him.
The composting or "drop" toilet was a bit confronting and it could smell a bit. But we found that so long as you kept the toilet window open, kept the toilet door shut and kept te toilet itself clean it was ok. We just saw it as a trade off for being in such a beautiful place.
We'd go again.
- Also Known As:
- Huon Bush Retreats Huonville, Tasmania
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Self contained cabins, tipees and campground in an extensive private habitat reserve, 50 minutes south from Hobart. Relax, explore, experience, nature. We live up to our name as a true retreat. Privacy is protected by 4km winding gravel road, 12 volt solar electricity, interpreted bushwalks and wildlife onsite. ... more less
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