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The Old Mount Gambier Gaol

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My colleague and I stayed there while on a community speaking tour of the Limestone Coast. James is very friendly and helpful. He provided us with loads of information about the area and all was always available to answer any questions that we had.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

You know a place is good when, months after you stayed there, you're still left with pleasant memories and a yearning to go back. My partner and I stayed for only one night as part of a long weekend camping around the South East. I decided that we'd spend one night somewhere nice (that didn't involve the tent), and when... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

Like I said,,, Different! exciting! historical! Friendly! and to add to it fun! we were given a map the night we arrived and we explored the whole goal and walked through the little alleys and courtyards and the signs and map explained the history of it all The owner James was brilliant! very friendly guy who was happy to explain... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Great experience from beginning to end! Kids loved playing cricket in the old yard and dressing up in the old uniforms. Very comfortable, and everything we needed. Easy walking distance to centre of town and the developed railway yards were a great place to burn off some energy! Owners were fantastic - a very memorable stay!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Stayed for 2 nights in the 3 bedroom wardens house. James was very helpful and informative about the history of the buildings. Very close to all the shops and restaurants. Plenty to see and do in and around Mount Gambier for the whole family. Will be back for sure.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

Had a good night's stay. Cool piece of history too. Pretty interesting. Rooms were comfy enough, pretty small bunks if your in dorm. Like narrow and short. Not much heads pace:) if your not in a dorm well I'm not sure. Cost me $30 for the night. I arrived unannounced which was fine also. Last check in is at 9pm... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

Looking for somewhere different to stay? Then the Old Mount Gambier Gaol is just the place. From the moment we arrived the friendly owner James made us feel welcome as he chatted with us about the history of the gaol. After showing us around the facilities, he led us to our room for the night - a converted cell! The... More 

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

Rocked up late one night thinking we had made a reservation but had actually made it for a few weeks in advance but we felt as if that genuinely wasn't a problem for James and he put us up for the night. It is of course a hostel but definitely the cleanest and most homely hostel we've stayed in in... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

The very welcoming owners clearly love this place and enjoy sharing it with their guests. They have preserved the historic aspects of the prison with plenty of info plaques and it is fascinating to walk round reading them. The well equipped kitchen was great for preparing meals and hot drinks allow there are plenty of restaurants,cafes within walking distance. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

The location of this hotel - hostel is impressive and you do get a chance to sleep in jail. There was something weird with the bed sheets thay were soinding ad if you were sleeping on a sheet of paper. This detail doesn't really make it for a great night but you are being an inmate so count it as... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our gaol journey all began with a vision to turn an old debilitated building into a vibrant community asset. We originally hoped to create a new atmosphere that was warm, inviting and both community and family focused.We, along with our two young boys, own and run our family business; we are blessed with the ongoing assistance of our fabulous staff and wonderful family. We have much love for the old building, her history and our spectacular Limestone Coast region and for this reason have opted to remain an independent accommodation provider.We love to travel, enjoy new experiences and meet refreshing people; running the old gaol is allowing us as parents to raise our sons in a beautiful part of Australia whilst still meeting amazing guests from all over the world. Every day we see new faces, are moved and excited by guest’s travel adventures whilst living in an old English prison!We are a young business with many more fun ideas and improvements yet to unveil. We have spent the last three years creating and establishing our business. We are now excited to move onto further promoting who we are and what we have to offer!The Old Mount Gambier Gaol was a functioning 'English Prison' from 1866 to 1994.In 2010 we opened the gaol doors for a new venture. We had a vision to create a place where our community could relax and enjoy various events and where travelers could combine a comfortable stay with a unique experience. Almost three years later we are still pursuing that dream. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Old Mount Gambier Gaol

Address: Old Goal 25 Margaret St, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia (Formerly The Jail)
Location: Australia > South Australia > Mount Gambier
Price Range: $57 - $102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
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