We stayed in the Garden Room for 3 nights, at the end of a 4 week trip to Australia. We aim to stay in B and B's when we can, rather than hotels, since these can often be impersonal. Ivanhoe House gave us what we were looking for, in a really convenient location and for a very favourable price, when compared with Manly hotels.
The breakfast was of ample variety and quantity and well thought through. It was convenient to be able to enjoy it at whatever time we wanted it - the patio was a lovely place to sit and eat it and felt very secluded, even though it wasn't far from the (very quiet) road at the rear of the property.
The attention to detail by our hosts was good and the room was very clean. The room isn't as large as some we've had but certainly wasn't cramped. A bit more hanging/cupboard space would be welcome but this wasn't a major problem for a short stay. As for the egg boiler - we asked Julie to buy us one to take home, which she did!
Roger and Julie were friendly, ready to have a chat and always helpful. As a little illustration of the level of service, our car to the airport was due to leave at 18.30 on our last day, so Roger and Julie offered to store our luggage during the day. We arrived back at 18.15 to find the car had arrived early and all our cases (and there was a lot of them!) had been brought down to the car and loaded for us, with Roger and Julie enjoying a conversation with the driver.
Yes, we were satisfied with Ivanhoe House and have already booked for New Year 2013/14, when we shall next visit Sydney.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This boutique B & B is a friendly place to stayWe have been welcoming guests from around the world since 1997. Ivanhoe House is located in a quiet cul de sac facing Ivanhoe Park. Wake to the sound of kookaburras and enjoy breakfast on your private patio or verandah. Manly's beaches, ferries, shops and restaurants are just a five minute stroll away. You can choose the Garden Room on the ground floor or the Verandah Room on the first floor. Both are Queen sized rooms with their own private entrance.We offer a non smoking environment with...FREE WifiFREE parkingPrivate ensuite TV/DVD, radio, books Fridge, Tea/espresso machine and egg making machinePatio or verandahFriendly serviceTake a dip in the ocean before eating breakfast on your patio or verandah. A breakfast basket filled with your menu choices is delivered to your fridge so that you can have breakfast whenever you are ready.Our Menu includes:Fresh fruits in seasonNatural or fruit yoghurtToasts, muffins, crumpets.Boiled EggsFruit juicesTea / coffee"Ivanhoe House Peaceful, Private, Perfect" Maria & John, Sheffield, UK ... more less