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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Brickendon Estate Longford, Tasmania