Stayed for 5 nights over the New Year 2013/14 period. Accompanied by wife, daughter and son-in-law, and two small grand-children. Saw in the New Year standing on the side of the bay, watching the fire-works from the town.
This is the perfect place for a family to stay - quiet and far from the noise of the modern world. We felt that the grand-children were safe to play, though they had to be supervised due to the bay being just a few meters from the cottages.
First, the location. It is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) west from Albany town, so a mode of transport is essential. The bay is right on the door-step, but it doesn't have a sandy beach. The water is very shallow, evidenced by a horse and rider who passed every afternoon about 100 meters from the shore, and only the lower legs of the horse were submerged. There is a cycle path passing between the cottages and the bay, and it is perfect for a walk along the shore.
The cottage had three good sized bedrooms, a lounge/dining/kitchen area, reasonably sized shower room, and W.C. It was fully furnished with all utensils necessary for a short stay (except for a bottle opener). There was also a BBQ right outside the front door which was to be shared between two cottages.
Can't remember about the middle bedroom (where the children bedded down), but the other two and the lounge had large flat-screen TVs.
There is also a laundry on the premises, and change for same can be obtained at the office.
Altogether a very enjoyable stay and I would really consider booking again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lilacs waterfront villas & cottages is ideally located on Frenchman Bay Road situated on the edge of Princess Royal Harbour. The City centre is only minutes away and just past our doorstep is the gateway to many of Albany's tourist attractions - the Windfarm, the Gap, the Natural Bridge and Discovery Bay just to name a few. The property has a large open expanse of lawn to sit and enjoy the view over its harbour and all the birdlife that it attracts. Only 11 comfortable accommodation styles to choose from suitable for the lone traveller, couples or families and even larger groups. ... more less
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