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“Dog Friendly sanctuary.”
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Bimblegumbie
Reviewed March 18, 2011

I have stayed at Bimblegumbie many times over the years, and have always felt compelled to return.

Even now, living in Zurich I often reminisce about this charmingly quirky destination, and I am bound to visit next time I cross the pond.

I don't even know how to describe the feelings that this magical place evokes, but I was initially drawn to the lodge as it is so dog friendly. As most of the surrounding area is classified as a national park, dogs and cats are forbidden (those rangers dressed in green are out to get our furry four legged friends), so Bimblegumbie is pretty much the closest you can get to the snowfields with your dogs.

Also the location on The Alpine Way is aligned to my personal requirements. It is possible to get to any of the ski resorts without hassle, and Jindabyne is only 10 minutes away. Sometimes it is beneficial to not be in the middle of all the action, but still within reaching distance.

But this is only a smidgen of what this charming sanctuary has to offer. Your host Pru Parker started the business, and for the last 30 years has poured her heart and soul into it. Every pore of the house oozes her quirky, charismatic charm. It is like Pru has opened her private home for you, which makes it all the more endearing.

If you are looking for a sterile, anti-social environment this may not be the place for you. This is by no means an insinuation that it lacks privacy, on the contrary: it is the perfect place for it.

One of my favorite places on earth.

And my dog Bruce loves it too.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

the 'Penthouse' accommodation for 5 days during the summer hols is a dud! For $175 p/n, you expect decent curtains if there are 2 lamposts shining into the room all night and curtains on the other windows (which don't have any all) to block out said light at night and the 6 o'clock sunrise that burns a hole in your forehead every morning! You also expect a fan of some sort because it's summer and cracking hot at night (no air-con here), a flyscreen on the door to stop the flies/mozzies the size of golfballs and proper cooking facilities as advertised/charged, including (minimum) an electric hotplate, a pot/pan for soup, utensils and a kitchen sink. Washing up dishes in a tiny ensuite bathroom sink is very ordinary. And yes it's doggy-friendly (and our mellow border collie x loved it) but annoying yappy dogs (from guests and host alike) spoil it for everyone else. Last but not least - the roar of highway traffic noise when sitting in the garden adjacent to our room. Certainly not the pleasant summer break the website
had us believing it would be. Maybe the other accommodation - not the 'Studio' which is just as bad but for other reasons - is better?

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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BGTravelInfo, Owner at Bimblegumbie, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2011

Dear Austraveller639, we thank you for your comments. Being a return
guest business for over 30 years, with a high percentage of very happy
guests, we take any feedback to the contrary very seriously. When
advised of any request, we make every effort to ensure our guests are
happy and catered for, within the confines of safety and health. We
have addressed your concerns within our capabilities and should you
wish to come this way again, please do not hesitate to contact. Thank
you.

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Reviewed September 9, 2010

I stayed at Bimblegumbie while skiing at Thredbo. It is convenient to the snow, being about half way between Jindabyne and Thredbo, and close to the Ski Tube.
You do need a car, though, as everything is a drive away.
Bimblegumbie has a real homey feel - I think it is Pru's family home which she is now using. The place is filled with the mementos of a lifetime - there is not a shelf that is not filled with books or glassware or photos. There are picture rails that are adorned with family shots and souvenirs. Pru's two small dogs have the run of the house, and one of her staff turned up with her dog in the morning, so beware if you aren't a dog fan.
My room was in the main house and had a shared bathroom. The room was small, although it had a double bed and a bunk bed over the top of a cupboard. The bed took up the majority of the room so the door wouldn't open fully - I had to turn sideways to get through. The bed was comfortable and covered with a soft cover and lots of pillows. There are bedside lamps but only one power point, so one of the lamps has its cord stretch out which means it fell on me when I rolled the wrong way during the night.
There is ample shared living space and a large TV for the evenings.
Being ski accommodation, warmth is important. The rooms and living areas were reasonably warm, but I made sure I stayed close to the fireplace to stay at a comfortable temperature.
The drying room is outside but is kept very warm and works effectively.
Breakfast was included and is good for this style of accommodation: cereals, toast, fruit, yoghurt and eggs, plus some proper coffee (not instant or drip filter).
You need to go out for dinners, and there is a restaurant a few hundred metres down the road but I did not eat there. Otherwise you will need to go to Jindabyne.
Overall, this is a nice place for those who like to socialize and be welcomed as a family member. It does, however, come with the downsides of family: shared spaces; lack of privacy and dogs.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Bimblegumbie

Address: Bimblegumbie 942 Alpine Way, Crackenback, New South Wales 2627, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Crackenback
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Crackenback
Hotel Class:4 star — Bimblegumbie 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Secluded accommodation on acreage. Self contained cottages, bed and breakfast Art House, Pet friendly, outstanding gardens with sculptures, mountain and valley walks, wonderful bird life changing with the seasons, artistic, relaxed and very private. Experience old fashioned hospitality. Eco accommodation and focus. ... more   less 
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