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“The Charm of Athelstane House”
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Athelstane House
Ranked #6 of 14 Rockhampton B&B and Inns
Brisbane
1 review
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“The Charm of Athelstane House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2009

*****
This gorgeous period B&B is definitely 5 star. From the street the house instantly catches your eye with it's turret, white picket fence and beautiful cottage garden. As you walk up the path to the double front doors and verandah the entry hall leads to two large bed rooms with ensuites and walk in robes fully kitted out with tea and coffe making facilities (including biscotti). Every little thing has been considered in these rooms. The towels in the ensuites are large, soft and fluffy. In the showers are large pump bottles of salon quality shampoo and conditioner! The large beds are made up with Sheridan linen and are as comfortable as sleeping in your own bed at home (if not better). Each room has a wall mounted LCD TV and DVD player. Casual, stylish elegance is the name of the game here with several table settings on the deck to relax into with a wine before heading out for dinner. After a perfect nights sleep breakfast was to die for with a seasonal fruit platter and yoghurt, tea and coffe and the absolute best scrambled eggs, bacon and tomato I've ever tasted. At breakfast the lorikeets arrive on queue for their piece of the action with Stan feeding them from a large bird bath in the garden. Photo ops abound with these cheeky birds perching all around curious as to what we've been served. I'll definitely be returning to Athelstane House and encourage anyone travelling to or through Rockhampton to do the same. What a winner.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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English first
Caledonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2009

The Athelstane is a perfect blend of atmosphere, ambiance, and character with amenties, location, and service.

Stan & Marion are thoughtful and gracious hosts. The rooms are immaculate and I actually took pictures of the breakfast plate.

Whether on a business trip or leisure vacation, I give my highest recommendation to the Athelstane.

Thanks Stan & Marion.

Joel D. Burgess
Principal
Ernest Lorraine Associates, LLC
USA

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2009

Athelstane House is an extremely attractive period home in a quiet residential area of Rockhampton which is also within easy reach of the town centre and the Bruce Highway. Stan and Marion were warm and welcoming hosts. Our rooms were spacious, comfortable and newly-decorated to a high standard. We particularly enjoyed an afternoon cup of tea and the delicious breakfast on the veranda which offered wonderful views of Mount Archer across the valley. In recent years, we have stayed in a good number of B&Bs in the US, Canada and Australia. Athelstane House stands out with the best.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Wagga Wagga, NSW
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2009

Athelstane House is a beautiful bed & breakfast - Marion and Stan really have thought of everything! The room and ensuite are beautifully decorated..such inspiration! I certainly agree with the previous reviews in all detail and rather repeating them I will add some more points.
How lovely it was to come home after an evening out and sit in the lounge room sipping on port in fine crystal, admiring the charming decor!
Sitting in the comfortable, white cane chairs on the verandah enjoying a delicious breakfast and looking towards Mt Archer was certainly a highlight! Fresh fruit, perfect eggs and wonderful coffee, combined with the chatter and nearby presence of colourful red & green lorikeets and we were in heaven!!
We very much enjoyed chatting with Marion and Stan - Thank you both!
Ann and Steve - Wagga Wagga NSW

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2008

The Australian Jazz musician, Vince Jones, thanks a great audience by saying 'you made a Tuesday feel like a Saturday night'.

Marion and Stan, the delightful owners of Athelstane House make Rockhampton feel like Paris. Not that there is anything wrong with Rocky. It is just that Athelstane House is a Bed and Breakfast of unsurpassed excellence and fine detail in the old, gracious part of the city.

Rocky can be hot and humid, but from the time you set eyes on the ice-blue and white timber Queenslander and step onto the generous shaded balcony, you feel cool and relaxed. Marion is charm and style personified. Husband, Stan, combines an outgoing personality with concern for your comfort.

The rooms are generously sized with air-conditioning, doors onto the verandah, a generous dressing rooom/walk-in-robe and spacious bathroom. The bed is very comfortable and the linens are of the highest quality.

All toiletries are high quality and touches like foot balm and shoe polish are generous and thoughtful. Each room has a bar-fridge with fresh milk, and there is plunger coffee with quality biscuits to nibble on. Glasses and china provided are beautifully in keeping with the decor.

A wonderful fruit plate and cooked breakfast awaits in the morning and can be served on the verandah or in the charming dining room with its elegant furnishings and decoration.

Athelstane House has real style and heart. The owners have real flair and have created a house and garden oasis in a fascinating part of Rockhampton which is close to the airport and near the charming Botanic Gardens.

Stan and Marion are delightful hosts who are rightly proud of their beautiful home and generous hospitality. Each night there felt like a Saturday to us!

  • Liked — Chance to stay in a genuine Queenslander with delightful hosts and quality decor
  • Disliked — That we didn't stay for longer!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2008

This was a fabulous start for our trip inland to Longreach and then on to Port Douglas. The bedroom and ensuite have been refurbished brilliantly with no expense spared. Marion and Stan are perfect hosts and the (included) breakfast was super. Easy to get to from the airport and just a short drive into the city.


Ron and Peggy Johnson
Melbourne, Australia

Stayed August 2008
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sunshine coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2008

What an absolute gem.Built in 1885, this gracious queensland styled home with its ornamental woodwork and distinctive turret offers luxury accomodation and views overlooking the city and Mount Archer.Stan and Marion are the delightful owners of this bed and breakfast facility. They make every effort to ensure your stay is memorable.Marions gourmet breakfasts on the verandah are to die for and make for a great start to the day.An ideal location for travel or business.So good we returned after a yachting adventure in the Whitsunday Islands,and will continue to stop on further holidays up north.Congratulations on your first class b&b.Stan and Marion.I hope many other travellers get to enjoy the experience.

Garry and Dianne Dukeson

  • Liked — hospitality
  • Disliked — cannot find any fault.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Athelstane House
Address: 165 Caroline St, Rockhampton, Queensland 4700, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Rockhampton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #6 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Rockhampton
Number of rooms: 9

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