We stayed one night in the Tepee (incorrectly spelled Tipee on their site) and the accommodation was what we expected. The toilet/showed facilities were close which was good. The Tepee is expensive for the fact it is a simple room with nothing but a fold out bed and camp fire, but we were happy to pay extra for an eco experience. The bed was not really comfortable as other people have mentioned, there is a bar about halfway down which makes it quite uncomfortable. However, we were still fine with the accommodation until it came to breakfast...
We had pre-ordered the breakfast hamper (stated to contain the following from the website: Brookfarm muesli, organic yoghurt*, Lucaston Apple Juice and organic orange juice*, Summer Kitchen organic bread*, Huon Bush Retreats jam and preserved fruit). We were expecting to be able to sit on the deck and eat. But discovered our Jam and preserved fruit had been replaced with eggs and a very sad looking apple and orange... So we decided to make the best of it and head to the camp kitchen, even though we really did not want to cook. This is where horror set it. There is no way that the kitchen in the state we saw it would pass health and safety checks. All the pots and pans and plates and bowls were stored in plastic tubs that were about 20cm off the ground. Ever single one had very large holes in them, allowing easy access for rats/mice/wallabies and other animals/bugs to climb all over them!! I was horrified and washed EVERYTHING before we used it. The stove is a rusty old gas kitchen stove. We then discovered there was no break knife to cut our unsliced loaf of bread and so had to TEAR the bread up in order to eat it!! There was no salt to have on our eggs... The serving of musli was about 1/3 of a cup each... $30 for THE WORST BREAKFAST we had ever had! It wasn't just the off tasting juice that left a bitter taste in my mouth... ABSOLUTE RIP OFF FOR BREAKFAST. We would have been much better driving 5mins down the road for a full hot breakfast, that we did not have to prepare or wash up after!! Upon mentioning the missing utensils from the kitchen, he said he would replace them in the future: not even an apology!
As another reviewer has mentioned, the drive way is poor. As someone who has driven on a lot of dirt roads etc, they need to resurface it, it is currently full of ruts. I would never stay here and I would never recommend anyone I know to stay here either.
I have noticed the owners like to add quite passive aggressive responses to the negative feedback on this site and I look forward to reading the response to my review...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Self contained cabins, tipees and campground in an extensive private habitat reserve, 50 minutes south from Hobart. Relax, explore, experience, nature. We live up to our name as a true retreat. Privacy is protected by 4km winding gravel road, 12 volt solar electricity, interpreted bushwalks and wildlife onsite. If you like nature, you will love Huon Bush Retreats. Escape the city and surround yourself with forest and wildlife. This is a place to relax, explore and experience nature. Although we do accept single night bookings, the people who stay 2 or more nights are glad they booked the longer visit. Discounts available for longer stays, off season and mid week. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Huon Bush Retreats Huonville, Tasmania