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.
- 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