May be B&B is not our type, however I wanted to give it a try and Orford's Sanda house seemed to be a good one.
I found it nice to have a leisure room where all guests could come, read a book, play games, listen to music. The breakfast next to the fireplace was fun as well, despite we were expecting a real Australian breakfast, but that's not a big deal.
The thing is that you don't really feel in a private space except when you're locked in your room: Like I read in another comment, you have to cross a small room where your fridge is, to go in your bathroom. But the owners can cross that room, so that's a weird sensation. Like you're in someone else place. But that's may be because I'm not used to B&B.
We slept in the Rose room and our friends slept in Mulberry.
Rose room has got a small fireplace (which took us an hour to light up, big pieces of wood and newspaper were available but we had to go out and find some twigs).
It has also a window on the roof that let the light in from 4.40am, no curtains on it.
The room was a bit dusty and all the old decoration intensify the fact that you feel in somebody's house.
Mulberry room has not as much decoration so is more impersonal. The small garden behind the room is nice and as this room is cheaper I would recommend it instead of Rose room.
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I think what is happening here is that visitors from overseas do not understand the Australian colonial history.Our house is "Heritage Listed", which means, it is as it was when it was built in 1825. The guest is paying for a room in our house. In the case of the Rose room, this was the kitchen for the main house. It still has a few kitchen things in it, because most people are interested to see these things. Because the room has a stone floor and stone walls, sometimes dust will appear overnight. Very little dust. The room is not like a sterile, impersonal hotel room, rather a glimpse of life as it was in the 1800's.
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As for the small room where the fridge is, this is absolutely, totally private for the guest. No one goes there except the guest, ever. This is a total misconception. The doors are all lockable in every room in the house. Our breakfasts are very Australian, made with our own produce. I will put a curtain on the high window, although some guests like to see the moon at night.
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