I booked Captains Retreat through an Internet special deal, primarily because of the location...Williamstown! I hadn't spent anytime in that neck of the woods and always wanted to...so it was the perfect opportunity! I rang Melissa to book our stay and as I was booking for my wedding anniversary, Melissa suggested I upgrade to the Captains Spa Suite! Which takes up the whole top front section of the house, has a private balcony, large private lounge room, huge bathroom with double shower and a spa bath! Having travelled quite extensively and regular weekends away in hotels, this was going to be our first time staying in a "B&B" -so, wasn't sure what to expect! I decided immediately to upgrade and we weren't disappointed!
We arrived a few mins prior to check-in and were greeted warmly by the "lavanya" spa manager (reasonably priced in-house spa treatments available! -bookings strongly recommended) we would have loved to have a treatment but it was fully booked and we didn't know there was a spa there when we booked...oh well...next time!!
One of the main highlights during our stay was Ricky!! Resident Scotsman who we could have just listened to and talked to for hours (which we almost did!) who immediately assisted us with our bags and advised us of best parking option. Ricky made us feel right at home showing us through our HUGE suite (complete with port in the room for those wanting a night cap!) and the Retreat kitchen,(afternoon tea-cakes/slices available for guests to help themselves) dining/lounge and gorgeous balcony!
We later met Melissa who happened to be settling another guest in at the time that I was making myself at home in the kitchen! (Which they recommend!) Melissa made a friendly point of introducing guests to each other which is a nice touch! Another nice touch is the discounts they advise you of for some local restaurants and shops!
We had brought a few provisions with us and enjoyed a bottle of champers and some cheese and bickies on the gorgeous balcony (which shows glimpses of city views) another couple did the same and it was a lovely way to spend the late afternoon.
Even with other people staying in the same vicinity, there was no issue with lack of privacy.
The location is fantastic, walking distance to everything! Pier, shops, restaurants, pubs-Williamstown has it all! Both Ricky and Melissa spoke to us about the many dinner options and we ended up walking down to Pelicans Landing which was a great choice! Next time we will definitely try The Strand (right next door to Captains Retreat!)
Melissa had asked us what time we wanted breakfast in the morning (another nice touch) and she explained Ricky would be cooking for us (Melissa usually cooks but was going to be out for the morning) we joked about having traditional Scots "black pudding" - boy were we impressed! We got to the dining/lounge and were greeted again warmly by Ricky who immediately told us to help ourselves to fruit, juice, cereal and yoghurt...whilst he brewed us a pot of tea and asked what we wanted for breaky and how we wanted it cooked! We enjoyed chatting with Ricky (felt like he was an old friend!) however once he served us breakfast, we had to stop talking, we were too busy tucking in - cooked to perfection!!
The lounge/dining area is homely but decorated lovely with many books to choose from and not to mention the multiple tourism awards they have won, incl a RACV award! Very well deserved! We will be back (I wish we had stayed two nights but they were fully booked - of course!!)
Thank you Melissa and Ricky for introducing us to our first B&B (however, in saying that...I don't see how any others could compare!) we hope to see you again soon!
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