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“Well, it's an experience! :Gardner's Cottage” 3 of 5 stars
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Wellington Street, Longford, Tasmania 7301, Australia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Longford B&B and Inns
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“Well, it's an experience! :Gardner's Cottage”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The location of the Gardener's Cottage within Brickendon is very private set in amongst a nice garden and with views only millionaires could afford. Rolling hills in the distance, fresh air and solitude is truly worth staying for 2 nights BUT I wouldn't stay much longer than that.

The cottage was fixed up in 1993 from being abandoned for many years and I guess the Archers need to decide does the cottage need a another tidy up now if they want bookings to keep growing? At $180 p/n that's a bit steep for what you get.

The breakfast provisions were as basic as you can get, we bought eggs and real milk at the supermarket.
The bed and the lounge are completely shot and need replacing.
Bathroom has black mould on the walls and ceiling and kitchen sink needs replacing.
I know this most likely comes under "that's all part of the experience" but hey you can only stretch that so far at $180p/n.

The other issue is the kaleidoscope of smells in the place whoa! We could smell something dead something probably a mouse in the kitchen and the bedroom had a faecal smell luckily it was cold enough to run a fire and that cancelled out the smell! A bit anyway.
The little Weber BBq was a treat, go down to Swifts meats and buy a couple of T-bones yummy.
The bakery in Longford though very slow service the food is first class for an Aussie bakery.
Would I stay again? Probably not in the current format.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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brickarc, Owner at Brickendon Estate, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
I would like to thank you for your review and hope that our planned closure of this cottage over the winter months will address all the issues that you had. Unfortunately dealing with heritage buildings that date from the early 1830's there are often problems associated with their age but we are also very conscious of our visitors experience so will take your points into account.

With reference to the breakfast provisions, we state clearly on our website that we provide continental breakfast provisions and are often complimented on quantity.

Brickendon has been owned by our family since 1824 and is Australia's only privately owned World Heritage Site. We offer guests an extraordinary insight into the lives of the early colonial settlers and convicts of Van Diemen's Land so we hope that all future guests will enjoy not only the accommodation but also the complimentary access to our beautiful Heritage Gardens, Convict built Farm Village, Convict Walk to Woolmers Estate and the relaxing rural ambiance that we offer.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stayed recently in Coachman's Cottage for one night with our 13 year old daughter. The house was very spacious and would easily fit 6 people. We absolutely loved the open fire and the historical feel of the whole cottage,its quality antique furniture and its beautiful setting.Breakfast supplies were more than ample and the jams were delicious. Even though we arrived on a day of flooding rains and very cold temperatures we were very cosy all evening with the fire, ample heaters, electric blankets and good beds and linen.We particularly enjoyed the history of the whole Brickendon estate and wandering around the old convict farm buildings and enjoying the many animals and even hand feeding the lambs. A very beautiful and historically interesting farm and a wonderful place to stay.
The Dwyer family
October 2013

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

if you want to try farm experience or away from city life, definately the place it is. the view from inside the room is beautiful when there is sunshine. it is a place full of history, and the farm is good, you can feed the animals together with host. kitchen is good too, with oven. just 10 mins drive, can go to IGA in longford, a big one, convenience.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We recently stayed for 2 nights in Pumpkin Cottage on the World Heritage Listed Brickendon Estate. The three farm cottages are within a short stroll from the heritage Brickendon farm and entry to the farm is included in the price of the accommodation. At $175.00 per night I thought it a bit expensive, but we loved our little cottage despite the gloomy and wet weather.
With a slow combustion fire place and plenty of other heaters (if required) we were warm and snug. Our cottage included all of the usual cooking facilities, including a full size stove and there is a laundry between the three cottages.
Staying here during fine weather would be lovely as the views across the fields from the front verandah were superb.
This accommodation may not suit those looking for 5 star luxury, but it was perfect for us and dog friendly as a bonus.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We stayed in the Sweet Corn cottage and the fire had been prepared for us and lit so it was very cosy when we arrived. Louise was so friendly and helpful and showed my city children all the farm animals and the sheep being shorn. Definitely bring your own food and cook it there- the kitchen is easy to use and has all necessary items. It was lovely to have homemade biscuits in the kitchen to eat with a cuppa in front of the fire. A very pleasant evening!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

We went back to Brickendon and stayed in Gardener's Cottage , the place where my wife and i got engaged some 14 year ago.

Both love the charm and history and want to come back with the kids.

Such a romantic location. Everything you need is supplied from breakfast provisions to laundry and fire place.

  • Stayed March 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We chose here to for our night as we thought it would be interesting. It was indeed, for us city folks. Lovely animals where we had the chance to participate in their feeding session in the morning. The sheep and the horses along the main path in the farm were especially friendly! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves playing with animals and taking pictures of them.

We stayed in Pea in a Pod. It was very the smallest of the 3 in a row but it was cute, had a warm feeling to it and still felt spacious. Provided in the cupboard was breakfast provisions. We got fresh juice as well in the fridge. Overall the room was clean except the window frames were layered with dust and some spiderwebs seen at wall corners.

The people were largely friendly at the farm but they wouldn't take guests for a walk around the grounds or tell you something about its history. We were to walk around the grounds on our own with the brief description on their pamphlet. It was not too bad, though.

During our stay the farm was holding a wedding party. It was kind of noisy and certainly disturbed the tranquility of the place, but luckily ended around midnight and we were able to get a good sleep.

Dinner and drinks were available only at Longford, something like a 10-15 minute drive away.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Wellington Street, Longford, Tasmania 7301, Australia
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Location: Australia > Tasmania > Longford
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Longford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Brickendon is a magnificent family owned farming estate offering a unique insight into Australia's colonial history. With numerous convict built farm buildings, beautiful heritage gardens surrounding the main Georgian homestead, friendly farm animals, 3km of river frontage and delightful self contained historic and farm cottages. ... more   less 
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