Based in Melbourne, we did a two day round trip to Port Fairy - out via Halls Gap, and back via the Great Ocean Road. We should have taken four days to do it justice, probably staying in Ararat/Halls Gap and Apollo Bay on the extra days.
We arrived at Merton Manor around 6pm; it was almost dark in August. The B&B is in a quiet residential part of Warrnambool, and a five minute taxi ride from the town centre. We were welcomed by Pamela, the owner, and shown to our suite which is in a purpose-built block across the small car park from the main house. It had three rooms one behind the other; a lounge with easy chairs, a TV and a fridge; leading through to a bedroom with large and very comfortable king-size bed; and finally an enormous bathroom including a large shower and a double spa. The accommodation is all to a high standard, including heating/air conditioning, port, and chocolates.
After a long day's driving, we were tempted to send out for a takeaway but, at Pamela's recommendation, we went to the Beach Babylon restaurant, which was also very good (run by a Frenchman and his Australian wife).
A cooked breakfast was served in the main house the following morning, with a good selection of help-yourself cold items and limitless coffee and toast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Merton Manor is situated in Warrnambool, on the Great Ocean Road, midway between Melbourne and Adelaide, with beach nearby. All our suites have private entrances, off-street parking, air-con and ensuite bathrooms with double spas and separate showers. Full breakfast is included in price and served in the Grand Dining room. Guests have full use of formal Lounges, Billiards and Music rooms, as well as a number of garden areas. Complimentary Port, chocolates, tea/coffee and cookies are in all suites. Shopping, beach, Restaurants, walking paths and entertainment are all nearby. ... more less
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