There can't be many yurts in Western Australia - moveable dwellings used by nomadic people in the Steppes of Central Asia - but at Nomad's Guesthouse in Mount Barker there are two for guest accommodation. They are big, round and cosy and we spent two comfortable nights in one. The owners, Robyn and Vince, were friendly and informative and gave us substantial breakfasts, complete with home made preserves. Robyn cares for orphaned kangaroos and little Coffee, 12 months old, was always around usually looking for food. Their beautiful and happy Chow, Saibin, greeted us like old friends. Vince, who has travelled extensively in Asia, has amassed a substantial collection of oriental artefacts which are on show, and for sale at reasonable prices. There are many Buddhas and statues and many other smaller items and it took a considerable time to look at everything. He spoke knowledgeably and enthusiastically about his trips to the East.
Nomads is ideally situated for exploring all the diverse activities and sights in the Great Southern.
The nature of the yurt, being a large, round room, precludes the possibility of an ensuite and the short walk to the bathroom in the main house was chilly in the middle of the night (night temperatures can be quite low at this time of year) but the view of the stars in the clear sky and the prospect of returning to a warm and very comfortable bed made the necessary trip worthwhile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nomads Guest House has a variety of accommodation from Bed & Breakfast rooms to self contained accommodation either a chalet or our authentic unique Mongolian housing. ... more less