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Norfolk Bay Convict Station
Ranked #1 of 2 Taranna B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Gold Coast Qld
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56 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“If you're not after The Marriott-do it! Beautiful.”
Reviewed February 19, 2009

Delightful historic building and setting. The hosts were warm and welcoming, and as a B & B we felt comfortable despite being unused to this type of accommodation. The fresh home made breakfast in the morning was simply terrific, fresh-baked bread, fresh eggs, home-made preserves, yoghurt, fruit, good coffee and tea,a bit like being in provincial Europe but it's Tasmania doing itself proud. The setting on the bay is gorgeous. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time there. We intend to return.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Portland, OR
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Reviewed February 9, 2009

What a treat to find this quality historic B&B in the heart of the Tasman peninsula. My family is always wary of my "internet finds" and it is often at the moment of arrival when I become either a hero or a pariah. Today I'm a hero. This place is great. Fabulous location right on Norfolk Bay with a jetty extending out into the bay. (Fishing rods provided). Lorella and Lynton have tastefully and joyfully decorated the five suites. We loved the Laurel Suite, which was spotlessly clean and comfortable. The breakfasts were healthy, organic and filling. Great care is taken in using fresh local products. Beer, local wines and jams and jellies are available for purchase (on the honor system). Lynton had some great ideas for exploring the peninsula, including a great eco-tour on the water and the convict coal mine whose ruins are more rustic than the overly interpreted convict prison down the road. He also showed us the right places to eat in the area. Loved our time there. Hope to get back soon.

Stayed January 2009
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Bangkok
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 27, 2009

We went back to the Convict Station after hearing that it was under new management. Must say I was impressed by the genuineness of Lynton and Lorella's hospitality. The breakfasts were simply superb and Lynton - you are a fantastic yarn-spinner. Never thought convict history could be so interesting. Great spot - it always was - and genuine hosts who take time to take an interest in their guests.

Stayed January 2009
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Melbourne
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Reviewed January 18, 2009

We had a very interesting and relaxing 3 night stay at Norfolk Bay Convict Station, a historic B&B nestled on the beautiful Norfolk Bay, about 15 minutes drive from Port Aurthur.

The friendly proprietors provided lots of interesting insights into the history of the area, as well as making some useful suggestions for local activities.

The accommodation was very comfortable, the smell of freshly baked bread greeted us in the morning at breakfast, the living room was well stocked with books on Tasmania and provided a venue for having a drink and mingling with fellow travelers.

  • Liked — Friendly atmosphere and location
  • Disliked — Not too many options for dining at night
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed December 25, 2008

We stayed at the Norfolk Bay Convict Station B&B because we thought the place was nicely located on the waterfront near Port Arthur and because we were intrigued by its name. Its historical interest, location, and the service and quality of the accommodation surpassed our expectations.

We like the personal touches you get from a B&B but we were particularly impressed by the way the hosts briefed us on the history of the area, the house and the things to do on the Tasman Peninsula. Nothing was too much trouble and they booked us into a boat trip and a restaurant without hesitation.

We were treated like long lost friends who were invited to share the house with the owners. Lynton and Lorella were easily contactable via an internal bell, but not always hanging around so you felt at home inside the house and also in the rambling gardens overlooking a really beautiful bay. We visited the gorgeous chooks whilst we were there.

We found the house one of the most peaceful and serene we have stayed in and had a wonderful night's sleep in the semi rural location. Our room overlooked the gardens and was large, clean and comfortable and it didn't make you feel that you were staying in a museum or a magazine photo. We loved the fresh milk provided in our room (we hate that long life milk!).

We enjoyed the guest sitting room and the reference and picture books left there for guests to use. We sat by the log fire and had some Port and finished the night by borrowing a couple of DVDs to watch in our room - a lovely touch as there is not a great deal to do in the area after dark, except a Ghost Tour at Port Arthur.

The breakfast was laid out in the dining room and was very generous and fresh. We particularly loved the home made fruit compote, breads (the smell of baking bread was driving us crazy!) and jams and soft boiled eggs from those chooks in the garden! There were even little touches like real butter and bottomless plunger coffee. They also didn't rush us out in the morning and were happy to have us linger over breakfast.

If you like history, personal and sensitive attention, a grand old house in a beautiful location and local knowledge we would recommend you stay at this place. You'll love it - it's a real find.

  • Liked — History, charm, location and the hosts
  • Disliked — not a lot
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Qld
1 review
Reviewed December 15, 2008

Such a cosy and interesting place. Hosts were friendly and informative, the breakfast sumptuous and Norfolk Bay is delightful. A wonderful slice of history. We will be back!

  • Liked — The atmosphere
  • Disliked — The weather
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed November 24, 2008

We were recommended to stay at this B&B for easy access to Port Authur. The location is fine and the history surrounding the building and the area is interesting but be warned, the description of the B&B on the website and in travel brochures is very misleading. The property changed hands in 2004 and the current ownwers appear to be trading on the good reputation of previous owners without doing anything to the building or providing the same level of service. The whole place is not very clean. Our decor in our bedroom was appalling, the bathroom was musty with a bad odour coming from the drains, the bed linen was thin and faded, one of two electric heaters in the room did not work and reception on the tiny TV was limited to 2 stations. The promised sumptuous continental breakfast consisted of a selection of fresh friut that was clearly days old, three types of tinned fruit, a selection of cereals in old storage jars, some hard boiled eggs and two types of bread with butter and jam. The breakfast room was uninviting with old plastic table cloths and poor decor. The communal lounge was uninviting with piles of old books and magazines and we did not even think about trying the free port or sherry!

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — The bedroom furnishings and the smelly bathroom
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Norfolk Bay Convict Station
Address: 5862 Arthur Hwy | (10 km before Port Arthur), Taranna, Tasmania 7180, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Taranna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Taranna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Norfolk Bay Convict Station 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tired of staying in the same old impersonal hotel, unit or suburban house? Then stay in a 170 year old part of Australia's history. In continuous use since circa 1838, the Norfolk Bay Convict Station has a long history of warm hospitality and a strong connection with the history and landscape within which it sits. This iconic, absolute waterfront historic house was convict built in 1838 as part of the Port Arthur penal settlement. It now offers guests a unique experience whilst also offering warm, hosted and comfortable heritage accommodation a short 10 minute drive from Port Arthur and the many attractions of the Tasman Peninsula. Come, stay and be welcomed. ... more   less 
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