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“"love, love, loved our stay"” 5 of 5 stars
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Meredith House and Mews
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   15 Noyes St, Swansea, Tasmania 7190, Australia   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 9 Swansea B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Mackay, Australia
1 review
“"love, love, loved our stay"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

My husband and I as well as our best friends stayed at this beautiful B & B for a total of 4 nights. Everything about our stay was fantastic. On arrival we were shown to our rooms, which were delightful and we just loved the old style furniture and bed linen. Our rooms were really spacious with an amazing spa bath/shower and tea/coffee making facilities also a plate of complimentary homemade cakes and a decanter of port which we all thought was a really friendly gesture.

Well the breakfasts, what can I say, they were' brilliant', the best breakfast's we had ever had anywhere and between the four of us, that is really saying something. My favourite was the "Baked Porridge' it was so tasty and the 'super juice'. Our husband's totally indulged in the homemade croissants, apple strudel cake and warm fresh muffins, while my best friend and I indulged in the hot breakfasts with beautiful mushrooms. All the comments about the breakfasts are true, you don't need to eat for hours after, and we are all missing Meredith House terribly and the breakfasts.

One of the highlights of our stay was spending a chilly afternoon in the sitting room listening to the beautiful classical music in the background, sipping on some port by the warm fireplace. We felt like we were actually living back in time, we felt privileged to be sitting on the beautiful antique chairs.

Noel and Neil's cute little dog Lulu was so adorable, she was never allowed in the breakfast room and was mainly kept out in the back room, but we all fell in love with her and wanted to take her home.

I would thoroughly recommend staying here, we are all most definately going back to visit the boys again on our next visit to Tasmania.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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macneal, Owner at Meredith House and Mews, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you for your fantastic review, we really enjoyed meeting you all and having you stay, we're so glad you enjoyed it and hope to be able to welcome you gain one day.
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Hobart, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

We arrived after dark but the owners were waiting along with their little fluffy white dog. It felt like we were being welcomed home. We were shown up to our room and shown all the little quirks and where things were. Now that was impressive! The room itself was really nice with tea/coffee making facilities, muffins and a small decanter of port which was a lovely touch - OH and the port was nice.

The decor in the house was really lovely and gave an olde worlde charm. The sitting room downstairs was really pretty and lit by heaps of lamps. It was so peaceful and lovely and again, there was port for a small drink before bed.

The breakfast the next morning was delicious. There was a huge amount of variety with a large table in the middle that you could pick whatever you wanted from. The hot breakfast was cooked to order and service was really quick. The hot breakfast was really good.

Neil and Noel were both there when we left and chatted about everything really easily. Both fascinating people and Tasmania is so lucky that they made it their home. Would definitely stay there again. This is a perfect romantic escape for locals as well.

Room Tip: Our room was delightful and inside the house. We would like to stay in the Mews next time to see wh...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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macneal, Manager at Meredith House and Mews, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you for your positive review of our accommodation; it is very gratifying to receive such positive feedback; we truly value these responses.
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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

Lovely b&b in a small town on the way to freycinet. Great spot to reach Hobart , freycinet and launceston. Stayed In a mews room. Good size , nice furnishings, easy place to stay for a few nights. After a long walk in the park the spa bath was very welcome. As others have said the breakfasts are great, lovely attention to detail and very appreciative of the gluten free options specially supplied. would definitely go back for a weekend.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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macneal, Owner at Meredith House and Mews, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you for your great review, we certainly try to accommodate all of our guests needs as best we can.
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We stayed at Meredith House over Easter and when shown the room, we were a little disappointed. Our room was small and a little outdated, reminiscent of B&B's in England. I know everyone raves about the breakfast but I thought it was average and made even less so when one of the hosts and some guests decided to pat the dog then go about breakfast touching the communal things without washing their hands. There is however an amazing restaurant down the road called The Banc. The food there was sensational!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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macneal, Owner at Meredith House and Mews, responded to this review, May 25, 2012
Thank you for taking time to submit your review; we are sorry that our B and B did not live up to your expectations. One of our rooms is smaller than the others, and for that reason is a room that we only let out during busy times such as Easter; or if we have to accommodate people who have booked late or have been sent to us from another B & B which has overbooked; which I think was the reason in this case. We are a heritage property so we cannot do much to alter the size of the rooms. Rather than 'outdated' , we feel that Meredith House is what it is, heritage accommodation furnished in a décor that suits the age and style of the property. We have added modern facilities such as en-suite bathrooms, free broadband and wifi access, and LCD TV's, but in its décor we prefer to be true to the heritage of the building; most of our guests delight in this decision. Our breakfast simply isn't just 'average', and I think your comment about it is influenced by your disappointment with the room size. As for patting the dog, we would always wash our hands after doing so, but if you state that one of us didn't do so on this occasion then we apologise and have decided in future to keep our dog out of the way of guests until breakfast is well and truly over. Once again, thank you for your review.
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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

My partner and I stayed here just before Christmas and were delighted with a room upgrade upon arrival. It was a very comfortable room with a huge spa bath! The rooms were very clean and were serviced everyday we were there. We really enjoyed the free wifi, the extensive local area information guide was a great help. The previous reviews got us very excited for the breakfast and it definitely lived up to expectation. Not only were the breakfasts extensive, but the added touches of homemade, warm muffins that had been made that morning was a lovely touch. There were plenty left over for us to eat throughout the day. Noel and Neal were delightful and just added to the whole experience - both went out of their way to offer any assistance. We stayed on a rainy few days and the added touch of an umbrella left at our door was nice and very thoughtful. You can tell they truly care about their establishment and those who stay there. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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macneal, Owner at Meredith House and Mews, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you for your positive review, we certainly try to make people feel welcome, and the added touches are what we would expect to find in any establishment we stayed at.
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Hobart, Australia
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Neal and Noel run the best B&B we have stayed at anywhere in the world.
Their welcoming attitude and accommodating ways with every request make them true hospitality geniuses. Noel's Breakfasts are to die for and you don't need lunch afterwards.
Thanks for another great weekend.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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macneal, Owner at Meredith House and Mews, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
it is always a pleasure to see you; thanks for staying with us and thanks for the review.
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Berlin, Germany
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86 reviews 86 reviews
51 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

... served in what's probably the best B&B in Australia. If you are traveling along the east coast of Tasmania, best plan for a stay at Meredith House in Swansea. Noel and Neal are your hosts and run the perfect B&B: spacious rooms, tastefully furnished and decorated, free WiFi (and even a desktop if you left your own device at home) and a breakfast, which is most likely the most lovingly and richest in all Australia - try the Super Juice and the cooked porridge. Lot's of advice on what to do and where to go - they will even book you a table at BANC (also highly recommended) for dinner. DON'T MISS IT.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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: 15 Noyes St, Swansea, Tasmania 7190, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Swansea
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Swansea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Meredith House and Mews 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Meredith House is a heritage listed 1853 property located centrally in the beautiful seaside town of Swansea on the east coast of Tasmania, the perfect base from which to explore the Freycinet Region and all it has to offer, including Wineglass Bay and Maria Island. 11 en-suite rooms, four with spa bathrooms. Full breakfast is included in the tariff. Meredith House is renowned for its excellent service; we were voted the Peoples Choice at the 2006 Tasmanian Tourism Awards. ... more   less 
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