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Last Stop Ambledown Brook
Ranked #1 of 1 Wallaroo B&B and Inns
Singapore, Singapore
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“Unique, fun, good value - perfect!”
Reviewed July 17, 2011

We really loved this place. While some people might chose it for the novelty factor it is also a really practical solution for accommodating young families. For the same price as a motel room in central Canberra we had 3 bedrooms and a sitting room, lots of outdoor space for the kids to run around plus kangaroos bounding past!

Adult train buffs will love this place for the attention to detail and history contained in these carriages which have kept many original features but added many creature comforts. The little kids loved it because it's a train and it was so fun! And mum and dad love it because we have our own space to relax after the kids are in bed. Perfect!

The 'red' carriage, XBS2162, consists of two apartments, each of which sleep 4. The one we stayed in had a fridge, microwave and electric kettle, so it would be possible to do some basic cooking. There is also a barbeque for the guests' use which is very handy. Although it is a converted train carriage it is actually pretty spacious. The 'master bedroom' in our apartment had a gas heater and a small sitting area with a DVD player and TV. The single bedroom also had a TV and the sunroom has the cooking equipment and another single bed. All rooms were nice and warm as there are plenty of heaters and electric blankets on the beds.

It's a bit off the beaten track, but follow the directions and you will get there no worries. It's only about a 9 minute drive to the Barton Hwy and from there about 15 to 20 minutes into Canberra. So it's a great base for exploring Canberra.

The hosts are friendly and cook a lovely breakfast.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

Our family of four holidayed with another family of four for two nights in the adjoined train carriage bed and breakfast rooms. We had great afternoon walks down the back of the property where we were watched by some inquisitive kangaroos .There was plenty of room for both families and once we put the kids in bed we opened the adjoining door and relaxed together in one of the lounge rooms.

We enjoyed inexpensive meals at the restaurant of the Wood Duck Inn in Hall which was about a 10 minute drive away and featured speedy service and nice food. Breakfast at our accomodation was relaxed and hit the spot nicely and we used the gas grill to BBQ our lunch.

You are likely to have a car on a trip to Canberra so it makes sense to have a great accomodation experience a short drive away rather than a squeezy expensive one in the city itself. Our 3 year old loved sleeping in old train carriages and referred to the place as, "our tain home."

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 27, 2011

Last Stop Ambledown Brook - "a unique bed and breakfast". That, was exactly what we got. Located approximately 22 kilometres away from Canberra City and surrounded by farms and vineyards - Last Stop is home to 3 vintage train carriages. These carriages have been converted into very unique and comfortable accommodations. Ours was carriage XBS2162 - a 1935 wood panelled carriage.

One of our first discoveries about the place upon our arrival (in the late afternoon) is that it gets really really dark. This can be a good or bad thing, depending on which perspective you choose to look at it from. For star gazers and anyone wanting to be close to nature, you'll find yourself right smack at home. But if you're used to the comforts of modern amenities, you'll find yourself rather lost.

For us, the experience of getting dinner wasn't all that great, since you'll pretty much be driving the only vehicle for miles before reaching the nearest town. The only other option other than driving out would be that you pack food before getting there, as this place does not come equipped with a place to cook.

Anyway, first light in the morning changed everything. We awoke to a wonderful and breath-taking scenery - which included a family of kangaroos hopping around in the wild. This was topped up with a great meal - B&B style, served by our very hospitable hosts, Jenny and David.

We arrived at Last Stop a little apprehensive due to it's slightly remote location, but left the place thoroughly blessed by the experience! We even told ourselves we'd come back again if possible, on our next road trip maybe. If you find yourself nearby Canberra, we highly recommend that you literally go out of the way to check this place out! You'll need to see this place for yourself to know what we're raving about.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Last Stop Ambledown Brook

Property: Last Stop Ambledown Brook
Address: 198 Brooklands Rd, Wallaroo, New South Wales 2618, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Wallaroo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Wallaroo
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have been operating our Bed and Breakfast for over 20 years. As your hosts, we seek to provide relaxed and friendly country hospitality with an eye for the little things that we trust will make your stay truly memorable. The Last Stop Ambledown Brook is set amongst rolling countryside overlooking the Brindabella Ranges just outside Canberra. We are surrounded by numerous award winning vineyards.Our accommodation offers romance of a bygone era and a chance to unwind in unique and quiet surroundings. ... more   less 

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