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“A nice Georgian find in Swansea” 4 of 5 stars
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Schouten House
1 Waterloo Road, Swansea, Tasmania 7190, Australia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Swansea B&B and Inns
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“A nice Georgian find in Swansea”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2010

My partner and I stayed at the Schouten House for a night whilst travelling the east coast of Tasmania. Schouten House is a nice old Georgian home which is very cozy and well presented . The hosts were very gracious and gave us a quick tour of the house upon our arrival, pointing out the main features. We were given a room on the first floor which had a view out to the sea. The room was a good size with a queen size bed and 2 sitting chairs and small table. The bathroom was a little small and perhaps a little outdated - but nonetheless clean and usable. There were tea/coffee facilities in the room and fresh water. There was also a communal lounge area downstairs with books and even port if you are so inclined.

Breakfast was a highlight with all the usual continental choices along with some hearty cooked dishes which can be ordered. There was plenty of free parking and it was a short walk to the town centre (no more than 5-10 mins walking or 1 min by car) so the location was good.

We felt the rate was a little high at first - however when you factor in an excellent free breakfast (which would cost $20 each anywhere else) it was reasonable enough for the summer period.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2008

We stayed at Schouten House last weekend and really loved it.

It is a grand old house, fully refurbished with antiques and appropriate period features such as log fire, beautiful curtains and upholstery. Very cozy for a Winter weekend away.

The owners, Cameron and Jodie, were friendly and the breakfast was also beautiful in the great breakfast room.

We booked a package on wotif.com which included a bottle of wine and local cheese platter, this was beautifully set up in the sitting room with the fire roaring and we loved it.

One minor things, my mother is lactose intolerant and requested in her booking for gluten free bread for breakfast, however they didn't accommodate. This is such a simple thing to make a huge difference. It would have meant my mother could have actually eaten the breakfast that was served.

All round a wonderful b&b experience, so close to the shops and the sea. Good atmosphere and good service.

  • Liked — the cozy atmosphere
  • Disliked — The owners could have been a little more compensating
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2008

Stayed here for 2 nights in January 2008. Georgian House which would benefit from a major cleanup as there appeared to be dust from the Georgian period throughout!!!. Bedroom dusty and musty. Bedlinen was clean but bed covering and pillows smelled musty. Shower curtain very stained, admittedly there is an issue with water in the area but a new curtain or a good clean of the existing one would certainly look better. Dirty fingermarks on the bathroom door. The entire place felt dirty,. Did not eat breakfast on the first morning based on the cleanliness of the bedroom and entrance hall but did on the second morning and it appeared to be excellent, great coffee.

If you like your accommodation clean, I would not recommend a stay here in it's current condition.

  • Liked — The coffee
  • Disliked — Needs a thorough clean
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 1 Waterloo Road, Swansea, Tasmania 7190, Australia
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Location: Australia > Tasmania > Swansea
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Swansea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Schouten House Bed and Breakfast is a heritage listed home, rich in history and a well known landmark on Tasmania's East Coast. Built in 1844 as an inn it is one of the first substantial buildings to appear in Swansea when the township was being established around a military base on Waterloo Point. Now a comfortable bed and breakfast offering traditional accomodations and a warm welcome, it is an excellent place to call home while you explore the coast and Freycinet Peninsula, or just as a relaxing getaway. Hearty cooked breakfasts, including options such as scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, or our popular pancakes with (really real) maple syrup and bacon, are included for all guests. ... more   less 
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