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Reviewed June 1, 2016

We booked as a B&B as advertised and stayed in the restored train carriage and wow!!, first impression beautiful . And then, like getting too close to a female impersonator the cracks in the makeup started to appear. No mobile or internet connection. Nearest food the day we stayed at Pt Fairy 20k down the road. No breakfast but a toaster in the carriage and no plates or cutlery. Beautiful monogrammed towels and mirrors set so low as to be unusable. Ineffective AC. No screens to keep insects out. Not sorry we stayed. The story of this stop has produced hilarity around the dinner table

  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Graham H
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Reviewed March 28, 2016

We stayed here over Easter 2016. Three families (including 3x 5 year olds, and two toddlers). Apologies to anyone wanting some quiet solitude that weekend. We had a great stay and thank the owners for their hospitality.

I've always wanted to stay in a railway sleeper car and so can finally tick that off my bucket list. This is pretty unique accommodation, to say the least. Great concept.

There was plenty of space on the property for the kids to run around and play safely (our kids had a lot of energy but aren't feral. Most of the time, anyway). There is plenty to do and see on the property, and within a short drive.

The owners were pleasant and friendly and quite attentive. There was a problem with our shower (damaged by a previous guest) which Geoff fixed within a few hours. Ditto for some blown light bulbs. As he notes in his responses on here, you can't blame the owners for issues which aren't brought to their attention during the stay.

There were even some friendly livestock (a sheep, horse, couple of ponies and some alpacas) who wowed our city kids. It's not a petting zoo, but the animals were curious and quite happy to be patted through the fence. With us overprotective city folk standing nearby, slightly nervously.

Tips for visitors.

The water is ground drawn. It's safe to drink but has a distinct taste. If you're precious (like many 5 year olds) it might be a wise to bring some bottled water. You can get a slab of 24 bottles for about $6 in Port Fairy which is about 20 minutes away.

Each unit has a modern flat screen digital TV. No DVD player. Geoff explained that those kept getting trashed which makes it understandable that they've been removed.

Again, if you can't survive on holiday with free-to-air digital tv, or have young kids who can't live without endless viewings of Frozen, Peppa Pig and other such fare, either bring your own DVD player (the TVs have standard RCA and HDMI inputs) or load up a laptop or IPad with all that stuff. If you go on holiday to the country to sit inside watching TV, you might have other issues anyway.

There is a communal kitchen with stove, microwave etc, but each unit has a fridge and sink as well (but no cooking facilities). They do paid meals in the restaurant part, but we didn't have cause to use that during our stay. Menu looked good.

Local attractions

We ate out a couple of times in Port Fairy (Ramellas was excellent Middle Eastern food and quite family friendly). There is an IGA (including liquor store) and hardware store there too and plenty of pubs (all booked out for the Easter weekend sadly).

Codrington Gardens is pretty close to the coastal wind turbine viewing area (about a click down the road). The wind turbines which dot the local landscape are pretty impressive, especially for the kids. The viewing area is underwhelming though - you are better off driving another 30-40 mins along to Portland and going to the blowholes, petrified forest and seal colony there. You can pretty much stand at the base of one of the wind turbines. And the blowholes are awesome. We ran out of puff walking to the seal colony but there are regular boat tours to that too.

Room Tip: The Bondi double-decker carriage was good (two bedrooms + lounge)
  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled with family
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2  Thank Zero_Alpha1
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Reviewed March 15, 2016

Stayed for 4 nights in Bondi Railway carriage, had all basic needs comfortable bed, good quality bedding and towels. Owner was pleasant and informative. Not 5 star but was certainly an interesting experience.

  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BrynGlasMoruya
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Reviewed March 9, 2016

On or arrival, there was nobody there. I found a note on the office window to advise where to find our carriage and some one would see us later. The fellow turned up some time later and we were advised there was no dining on Monday night. We can use the cooking facilities if we wish. I advised that we had no food to speak off and we had to find a hotel or other place where they would serve dinner. No problem he said, the next pub is only 5 km towards Port Fairy. Only one problem, they don't cook on Mondays either. The nearest place to get a meal was 20 km Port Fairy, where we did get a nice meal in the hotel.
We stayed over night in the Port Fairy Flyer and had a good night sleep in a very nice queen size bed. The tv reception is quite ordinary and internet was not available. At least, it was not offered.
Whilst I had a nice hot shower that evening, My wife missed out next morning as there was no water. Hot, or cold.
As the place is advertised to least to say with tongue in cheek, I would not stay there ever again.
Some what disappointed as it looked like a nice experience to have.

Stayed: February 2016
1  Thank Klaus W
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Reviewed January 23, 2016

My husband and I stayed in the train carriage named 'Port Fairy Flyer' for 2 nights. We were very excited with the room interior and its furniture and we also love the authentic windows too. In the morning, we were greeted by 3 beautiful alpacas grazing on the grass, 5 peacocks roaming freely, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 chatty cockatoo, some sheeps, ponies and a horse. And there were also some wild koalas up the gum trees and many native birds singing in the bushes. What a relaxing place to be at! In the evening, we went up to their wooden gazebo to watch the orangey sunset across the horizon. Geoff and Yuan are both very friendly and helpful hosts. I would simply recommend to anyone who enjoys the nature and anyone who loves an experience staying inside a century old train carraige. Not the most fancy accomodation in town but definitely one with rich and beautiful character.

Stayed: January 2016
Thank Margie L
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