As the organiser of a number of previous group getaways for our circle of friends the options for suitable accommodation to take our numbers had become increasingly difficult over the years as friends became attached and babies arrived. With more than 9 couples/families in our group now the options had become limited to holiday parks, or locations that offer several cabins (but nothing private just for us). That's until i came across Banjos.
Banjos ticked every one of my boxes and after staying there a fortnight ago i can tell you it exceeded my expectations.
One of the things we loved the most was the fact every couple/family got their own room, with king sized beds and enough room to fit a single bed &/or portacot for the kids. And even better each room has it's own bathroom! Gone are the days of tension due to some couple having to sleep in bunk beds or single beds. No one can complain at Banjos.
The lodges are so clean, comfortable and well stocked. The owners have really thought of everything. Magazines, books, stereo, big screen tv, fireplace, heaters, linen and towels, plenty of cutlery and crockery, and even essentials like tea and coffee, salt and pepper, cling wrap, foil, shampoo and conditioner. Even better is the fact they have thought about big groups like ours, who tend to congregate in the biggest of the lodges (Brumby’s Run) for meals and have therefore stocked it with enough plates, cutlery, glasses etc to cater to all 9 couples/families, rather than us having to take things from lodge to lodge.
My only worry in our lodge was that the floor to ceiling windows were so clean I had to warn my 3 year old there was a window there and not an open door!
As for things to do. There was no need for us to leave Banjos at all over the weekend. Whilst the kids would have been happy walking around the natural bushland surrounds of the lodges and riding their bikes around the verandahs there was so much else to do. The tennis court is immaculate, the table tennis and pool table kept us occupied, the big spa with windows opening it up to the natural beauty outside and a mini golf course 10 times better than our local one on the central coast.
Then there’s the friendly wildlife to feed, the scenic views and the peace and quiet (not that there’s much of that with kids ranging from 3months to 5 years among the group!)
I also want to say how wonderful the owners are. Throughout the enquiry and booking process the owners provided prompt responses and plenty of info. The information provided before arrival is so, so thorough and they even called during and after the stay to find out how we enjoyed the property.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Banjos to anyone, especially big groups like ours. Requests are already in to make this an annual getaway for our friends.
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