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Reviewed January 30, 2017

Accommodation was booked by my son who said it was a cottage in the country.There are other cottages but also some converted train carriages. It has formal gardens and a selection of animals from hens, turkeys and a cockatoo who can speak. He entertained us one evening. A really different place to stay and good value.

Date of stay: January 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank ciog52
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Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

We stayed here last night in a Bondi cabin.

It started off badly when the owner rings me and tells me the room booked via wotif wouldn't fit our family so we would have to pay an extra $20 - I'm sorry but that's not our issue if it let us book the cabin when I specifically said it was for 4.

All we wanted was a clean place to stay we didn't care about televisions, WiFi etc.

Upon first walking up to the carriage it looked good until we found there were spider webs everywhere (we get it, it's the country) what we didn't like was all the spider webs inside the cabin and the over 5 spiders we killed last night, especially the one that was in what was meant to be our bed. So we all slept in one bed together so we could keep an eye on the kids, it doesn't take much to go and grab those insect bombs and use them once every month or two! I don't want to sound precious but once you've found a couple of white tips and other bigger black spiders within 3 hours of being some where and you have young children it's worrisome! We have been to the country many times and never experienced anything like that. We didn't take any luggage in because we were so worried they'd crawl in!

We also didn't like the white marks all over one of the blue pillow cases (gross!). Also the kettle situation - there was water in the bottom of it when we went to use it and it needed a serious descale!

While the garden was nice there were no bee warning signs - having young kids this would have been nice.

The idea of the carriage is nice but the execution is poor, not worth the $$$ especially when I compare with what we are in now and could get anywhere else for the same price.

Food - you have to order by midday for dinner! Well we didn't arrive til well after this leaving us to have no choice but go to Port Fairy. I also had issue with the lack of milk in the cabin - it's fine to say just ask but most people expect some in their cabins.

All in all I will never recommend anyone to stay here.

Date of stay: October 2016
Trip type: Traveled with family
3  Thank Anna S
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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

Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: 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)
Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: 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.

Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BrynGlasMoruya
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