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197 Ansons Bay Road, St Helens, Tasmania 7216, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 St Helens B&B and Inns
St Helens, Australia
1 review
“The French House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed overnight with another couple and couldn't be happier with our choice. Jan and John really made us welcome and the rooms were very good. They have put a lot of hard work into making the house comfortable, clean and practical, but it is really their hospitable attitude that made it so delightful to stay there. We joined them and other guests in the evening, after returning back from some nice seafood in town, for some great relaxed conversation and plenty of laughs over a glass of wine - felt like we were friends already. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sydney
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

If you're looking for a home away from home....but better! Then stay at The French House. Jan and John are fabulous hosts. They clearly work hard to keep this place ship shape as the place is impeccable. The rooms are simple and beautifully presented. We had planned on going back into town for dinner but once the smell from the kitchen started to waft up to our room, we quickly changed our minds and decided to stay for dinner. This was the best decision as the conversation flowed, the jokes came thick and strong and we were lucky to have met another regular guest who insists on remaining anonymous (you know who you are PB!) I didn't want to leave.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I literally cannot rate the French House highly enough! I must admit that it was the first time that I had ever stayed in a B+B- wasn't sure if it would suit us-how wrong I was!
Jan and John were such wonderful hosts-they couldn't have done enough for us! From the moment we arrived, we received the warmest of welcomes as Jan showed us to our wonderful room (wonderfully finished ensuite which included all the essentials any guest would need) . The recently renovated house offers all the mod cons yet with such a cosy, homely feel. The location of this B+B is close to town (5 mins in a car) and is by FAR the best place to stay for anyone who wants comfort, style, fabulous breakfast and a welcome that is second to none!
Jan and John were made to run a B+B-we couldn't get over how friendly they were!They were more than happy to chat about life, travel, etc. and were so eager to ensure that we received any travel tips needed for the Island. We genuinly really enjoyed their company-and to meet such warm and friendly people while staying in such a lovely town was delightful!
While the red wine, music and chats were so inviting, we eventually ventured out for dinner that evening. Jan was only to happy to recommend a variety of restaurants and offer to book us in also.
Before I leave I MUST mention the 5* breakfast served in the gorgeous kitchen/dining area- simply delicious! (and not a slice of burnt toast in sight!! ;)
Jan and John are made for this business and the Irish couple (the Engineer and the Teacher) down from Melbourne, on a Tazzy weekend break, wish them every success for the future!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We have stayed at a lot of B&B’s over the years, but I can’t remember any that have provided the level of satisfaction that the French House did. We stayed for 3 nights and enjoyed every minute of it. Jan and John are excellent amiable hosts who aim to provide the best experience possible for their guests. Breakfasts were excellent – freshly prepared to order when required. Dinner was available and was delicious - home cooked by Jan.
The property is very well planned and maintained and, being set in a garden environment, was quiet and peaceful.
The French House is very highly recommended for any visits to the area.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Australia
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10 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stayed at The French House for one night and enjoyed our stay immensely. We had never stayed in a b&b before as we felt it wouldn't suit us. We were so wrong. John and Jan were incredible hosts. They were so friendly and welcoming. The rooms were so clean and comfortable. After unpacking the car we were invited into the meals area for a cuppa and some home baked biscuits. When we saw the dinner menu in our room we decided to eat in and Jan cooked the most amazing meal for us. While preparing the meals John and Jan were happy for us to spend the time talking to them. They are a very interesting couple. After only having our own company for over a week it was lovely to talk to someone else. Next morning they had a wonderfully cooked breakfast for us. We can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart, Australia
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

We stayed 2 nights and were warmly greeted by Jan and John. The house was well heated throughout by a wood furnace plus the wood heater in the kitchen dining area. Jan is a great cook - wonderful breakfast including steward rhubarb which is to die for, marinated oranges plus hot cooked fare. We enjoyed dinner both nights, roast chicken and veg then the next night a beef rague served with pasta. Really is excellent wholesome food. We are very fussy people and found everything to be very clean and tidy and had a lovely homely feel. Jan and John are very easy to get on with and create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our room was spacious with comfy bed and good sized ensuite. Highly recommend this delightful B&B.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

When we planned our trip to Tasmania, St Helens was a place I really wanted to visit after 40yrs. Trip Advisor helped with being able to select the best place to stay for our first night after a rough boat ride over from Melbourne. Owner Jan was there on arrival with her warm greeting, showing us around and to our room which was so fresh and beautifully dressed. Best night's sleep ever, the facilities were impeccable and was worth every cent keeping in mind that it included a home cooked breakfast by Jan as we sat in dining area chatting with her husband John. I highly recommend this B&B when going to St Helens which still feels like the sleepy village I visited when I was 20. People in Tassie are just so relaxed and friendly, very refreshing!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 197 Ansons Bay Road, St Helens, Tasmania 7216, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > St Helens
Amenities:
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in St Helens
Number of rooms: 4
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The French House St Helens, Tasmania

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