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“A beautiful bush setting. A doggie heaven.” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bimblegumbie
Canberra, Australia
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A beautiful bush setting. A doggie heaven.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2011

I've stayed a couple of times at Bimblegumbie and both times were wonderful. The atmosphere of the property is wonderful with all sorts of kooky nick-nacks, decor and artwork. It's a terrific place to stay if you like to travel with your dog. There are precious few places for people who believe that dogs are part of the family and this place is a dog heaven. Lovely trails to go for walks (although you need to be aware there are kangaroos around) and inside privileges. The owner and host is a lovely lady and if you are staying in the lodge, you will be served a delicious breakfast with real coffee on the side.The beds are clean, cosy and comfortable. You can cook your own meals or go to nearby Crackenback Cottage for dinner. No, its not cheap but in this case you get what you pay for, a great holiday.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Wollongong, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2011

We stayed in the guest house and were treated to a home cooked complimentary breakfast every morning we were there, around an open table where everyone was able to chat about their plans for the day and enjoy the sunshine coming over the valley.

The staff were friendly, warm and inviting and the guesthouse and surrounding property has an Alice in Wonderland feel where you find an interesting knick-knack around every corner and the view from the bushwalk around the property is stunning.

Keep your eyes peeled for the wild wallabies around the property, the property is pet friendly and the owner's dogs are well behaved and give the property a home away from home feel, the warm fires at the end of a long day of snowboarding/skiing are just what the Doctor ordered.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dizziek353
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Canberra
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2011

Well the dunna... what dunnas...++++ The people ... each different and each warm and interesting.. the grounds and the bonsai .. there are a lot of plus on plus for this place.. value for money .. it gave the two of us the choice of playing in Thredbo or playing in Perisher... You do need a car .. but then you have the flexiblity ... the breackfasts ..well they prepared you for a days sking..It was lovely to come home in the evening.. that is right they all made you fell at home..

In simple terms we will be back .. I must try it out in summer.. Ohh yeah .. they are pet friendly ... which ensure that my wife could bring me..

Marc and Bettina

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fulviahf
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

A lovely property set in beautiful bushland (a few good walks there also) within 20 minutes of Jindabyne and Thredbo. The house and owner is rather quirky/alternative which makes for plenty of things to look at but if you hate clutter this place isn't for you!

We stayed in the studio which was a little bit pricey a bit over 200 but served its purpose. The heating was a little annoying at times as we couldn't change it ourselves and we could often hear the people above us move around. One thing I would say is that unless breakfast is included in your package, I wouldn't bother - it's a very nice full breakfast service (coffee, stewed fruit, yoghurt, breads, spreads, 2 eggs any way etc) but it's $19 purchased on arrival so unless you're planning to stuff yourself full it might be a better option to make your own or eat out.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RKC26
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Zurich
Level Contributor
26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Eurotash
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank austraveller639
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BGTravelInfo, Owner at Bimblegumbie, responded to this review, 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
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
75 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank beachski1007
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Additional Information about Bimblegumbie

Property: 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 6 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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