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Bay of Fires Character Cottages
Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great location”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

We recently stayed at Albatross and although the cottage was an older style cottage it was presented well and had great views particularly from the large balcony. The wood fire BBQ we found great to use at the sheltered back , this made up for the lack of an oven which would have been useful.
The café below was great for coffee and evening drinks , the breakfast/lunch and dinner menus as did the food we saw looked good and it had a good feel about it - the view was very good but not as great as the one we had as we were higher up the hill.
On the way from St. Helens we picked up some oysters from the farm "lease 65" on the road in.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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CharacterCottages, Owner at Bay of Fires Character Cottages, responded to this review, March 15, 2014
Thank you for your review and taking the time to post it.
It is great that you enjoyed our lovely area,the onsite Cafe/Restaurant and our sumptuous plump oysters.
Unfortunately we had to remove our ovens as we found we were in some cases spending hours keeping them cleaned.
There is the wood fired barbecue to each cottage,hot plates,microwave,electric banquet fry pan and plenty of other utensils crockery etc.
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Launceston, Australia
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Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

We have stayed here a few times now and we love it! I look forward to getting here so that I can take in the amazing view from the verandah with a coffee or glass of wine. The cottages have all of the basics to cater for yourself and the cafe is a few steps away. Comfortable living spaces with plenty of verandah area to take in the views and fresh sea air. Beds are fairly comfortable, but the doona (quilt) is a little on the heavy side for me. Microwave, full sized fridge and small dishwasher available and washing machine. An oven would be good but you can manage without if if you know in advance.

Friendly and easy to book in. Lovely family holiday location.

  • Stayed January 2014
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CharacterCottages, Owner at Bay of Fires Character Cottages, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post this review.
Just like yourself I loved my many holidays in Binalong Bay with my children and it was where we returned to time and time again
There is a light blanket to use under the bed cover if you prefer not to use a Doona on the warmer nights.
We did once have ovens but after many problems removed them.
There are the 2 or 4 burner hot plates plus a banquet Electric Fry pan along with the fridge,microwave,small appliances plus pots,pans,crockery and cutlery.
There is an outdoor wood fired babeque
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We stayed in Dotril Cottage for four nights and loved every minute of our time in Binalong Bay and neighbouring areas. The view from the cottage is fantastic, the beaches gorgeous, the bed was very comfortable and everything you need is provided. WiFi is an additional cost if you want/need it. I had read the reviews saying that the Reception was confusing so we just went to the cottage directly and I went to find Marion higher up the hill, not really a problem. If you have time, St Helens is a nice place to grab a coffee and a drive out to the Gardens and to St Helens Point will take you to some lovely beaches and lookouts.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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CharacterCottages, Owner at Bay of Fires Character Cottages, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thank you for your review.
So pleased you enjoyed our lovely area and the view from your cottage.
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Castle Hill, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed in Kingfisher cottage for 5 nights. Everything was clean and well maintained, and the cottage contained everything we needed. The view from Kingfisher was not as far-reaching as from the cottages higher up, but we didn't have the up-hill climb up the driveway, so that made up for it! Our view was lovely - looking over the sparkling water and northwards up the coastline. Cafe was a stones' throw away, and New Year's Eve dinner there was lovely. There are heaps of places to explore in Bay of Fires area - we could have stayed longer. Thanks Marion -lovely stay!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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CharacterCottages, Owner at Bay of Fires Character Cottages, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Thank you for this lovely review and your kind words.
I am so pleased that you enjoyed Kingfisher cottage and lovely Binalong Bay.
When guests such as yourself have so obviously enjoyed their stay with us in this magnificent part of Tasmania it makes everything so worthwhile.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed at Dotril. The venue requires a two-night minimum stay in Summer. However, the owners were flexible when we contacted them seeking a single night booking. Dotril is a cosy cottage with stunning, uninterrupted beach views. All of the basic amenities were provided and the cottage has heating available for cooler evenings. The rooms are simply furnished but adequate for anyone seeking a casual beach vacation. Reception is at the top of the hill which we found confusing to locate. Binalong Bay itself is a hidden gem. It's picturesque, laid-back and serene. We'd have stayed longer if we'd known more about this idyllic location in advance.

Room Tip: To find reception, take the right fork on the steep driveway and follow it to the top of the hill .
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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CharacterCottages, Owner at Bay of Fires Character Cottages, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post your review.
One night is not enough as there is a great deal to explore in the area and surrounding areas.
Maybe you will be able to return one day for an extended stay and enjoy all that the area has to offer.
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De Haan, Belgium
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Stayed 3 nights in de deluxe cottage, higher up the hill.
Perfect stay, well equiped cottage, very clean , nice deck and great views.
Perfect stay for visiting nice region, beaches...

It was not clear where the entrance and reception was, but we had a warm welcome.

Restaurant at bottom of driveway serves decent foOD

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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CharacterCottages, Owner at Bay of Fires Character Cottages, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post this review and for your kind words.
It is extremely gratifying when guests enjoy their cottage and the lovely area that we are so blessed to live in.
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We stayed in Dotril and it was gorgeous; the weather was amazing and the view is incredible. The cottages are well appointed and clean and I could happily have parked myself on the deck and not moved for days.

One thing: the reception is a little tricky to find at first, with the signage not quite clear. I'm not sure why they don't provide a mud-map on booking; it seems like a simple enough thing to do and would take the stress out of arrival. The roads between the cottages are narrow and steep and no one needs to be rat-running through them after a long day's drive.

Would love to come back again for longer. The area is simply gorgeous, though I suspect the weather was a big plus during our stay.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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CharacterCottages, Owner at Bay of Fires Character Cottages, responded to this review, December 29, 2013
So pleased you enjoyed our beautiful area and the view from Dotril Cottage.
It does state on our sign where Reception is and there are signs on the large stones as you come up the driveway.
I have now placed a simple explanation of how to find reception on arrival on our Confirmation/Receipt.
This has never really been too much of a problem but hope this will solve any issues.
There are also two entries and exits to our property.
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Property: Bay of Fires Character Cottages
Address: Main Road, Binalong Bay, Tasmania 7216, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Binalong Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Binalong Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have four fully self contained,tourism Tasmania accredited one to three bedroom cottages with an onsite (licenced) Restaurant directly opposite the Binalong Bay beach.The cottages are set in a hill of native flora and fauna.The view from each cottage is to the white sands of the Binalong Bay beach and the azure waters and red rocky outcrops of the Bay of Fires as far as you can see up the coastline to Eddystone Light House.Enjoy swimming,snorkling,windsurfing,fishing,walking and exploring this area and all attractions nearby. ... more   less 
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Bay Of Fires Character Cottages Hotel St Helens

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