My companion, Coral, and I stayed three nights with Nicole and Innes at The Stables. Not only did they 'muck them out' for us (just kidding!) The Stables were quaint, rustic and simply a lovely place to spend the all too limited time we had available. Heating (this was Tasmania in an early Winter blast) was by heat pump, which was more than suitable; it maintained a comfortable 24 deg for us. The beds (both queen and single) were equipped with electric blankets, a nicety but not a necessity because we were otherwise warm enough. The bathroom was brand new and modern, the kitchenette and dining/sitting area perfectly suited to our needs. Everything was neat, tidy and spotlessly clean.
Even though we stayed in Winter, the gardens surrounding The Stables and the beautiful old Hawthorn Villa are stunning, including everything from hellebores through English Box borders to Silver Birches and even a couple of magnificent old Douglas firs. A photographer's paradise!
That's just a start: Reception was warm and friendly; a smile and good eye contact work wonders. It was evident from the start that we were welcome (and strangely, in an industry that should be all personality and easy charm, it is rarely found in such a natural form). At some time after our stay, I realised I had lost my wedding ring. There was no way of knowing where or when it had slipped from my finger but I phoned a number of places we visited. One of those I rang was Nicole at The Stables. She had Innes check the unit in which we stayed and voila, within a few minutes, he found the errant item where it had rolled under the queen bed. It was a great pleasure to alter a trip, not just to pick up the ring but to return again to such a lovely place... and lovely people.
As a couple (and both business professionals), we were charmed by the whole experience.
The Stables are highly recommended.
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