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“Five star location, lacking service, looking a bit dated.”
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Piermont Retreat
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Swansea
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Sydney
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Five star location, lacking service, looking a bit dated.”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

Great location and decks overlooking the bay. It was a wonderful experience to wake up and watch the sunrise over Oyster bay. Truly breathtaking.
We stayed in a one bed house which was like being in a French farm cottage. Very cool with the wood burner and a real escape from the world, but it was getting dated.
The rooms were nice but getting a bit tatty around the edges. Our kitchen must have been 20+ years old, and the grounds were looking somewhat shabby and overgrown.
I don't have a problem with all that in a place a bit cheaper but for these prices you expect everything to be just right.
Service was brisk, information limited or non-existent. Staff did not go out of their way to do anything for us.
Location and experience won at the end of the day and we really enjoyed our stay, but left feeling value for money had been stretched.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

My partner and I stayed here for one night while driving from Hobart to Coles Bay. It was an amazing place to stopover after a long drive and we had the Honeymoon Suite booked which was a beautiful little cabin with its own open fireplace and jacuzzi. The room had a kitchenette which was also nice given there are no shops within walking distance so we could buy breakfast supplies and drive to Swansea town for dinner which was about 5 minutes away. I think this place is perfect as an overnight stay on the way to Coles Bay (which is around 70km away) or alternatively if you are looking for a complete getaway from the world- it certainly provides that! The dinner in their restaurant is expensive, so if you have the opportunity go to one of the small restaurants in town for some delicious fresh seafood.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Just headed up for a night, our 3rd stay at Piermont. We have tried different styles of cottage each stay. (or attempted to) booked a villa and was shocked to find no kitchen amenities, and a conjoined unit. we had come prepared to dine alone in our cottage so this really didn't suit. Despite being fully booked on a busy spring weekend, the gentleman in the office helped us out by swapping a regular to the villa whilst we settled for the older style sea view cottage. Not what we wanted because the villa really was beautiful, but we had put them out and were grateful.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

What a beautiful and tranquil place by the sea. We walked into our 3 bed cottage and just said "wow". It was so pretty with stone and timber and classic but quaint decor. It's on the water with panoramic views of the bay and about 3 minutes from town. It is very quiet and peaceful and eco friendly. A real retreat. There is a very good restaurant there, however we didn't get there this time. We loved it so much we want to visit again soon and stay longer.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Mosman
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Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

We spent 2 nights in a cottage at Piermont and enjoyed our stay.
We had guessed that there would be a relatively good kitchen so bought plenty of supplies from the local IGA (5-10min drive away in Swansea) for breakfasts etc.
Location was lovely, but the cottages are all close together and bathroom is overlooked by other neighboring cottages which is a real shame.
There was no one at reception when we arrived, and we didn't see anyone there in the 2 days we stayed except when we checked out, so we never worked out where the tennis court or pool was, and could only find 1 tennis racquet at reception anyway, so wouldn't have been able to play if we had found the court!
Was really disappointed that there was heavy machinery operating about 250m from the cottages between 5-6:30pm on a Sunday evening - the noise was very intrusive on our quiet cottage but couldn't find anyone at reception to complain to.
We ate at the restaurant one night and the food was lovely. It was lucky we had our own torch otherwise we never would have found our way back to our cottage though!
Great spot for bird watching and dolphin watching.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

I'm hesitant to even write a positive review here because I don't want to have it booked out next time we want to go back - and yes, we will definitely be going back. The views were spectacular, take note that the more you pay the fewer cottages you will have in front of yours and the more impressive your view will be. The cottages themselves are outstanding and fully equipped with everything you'll need. The wood burning fireplace was probably my favourite thing in the cottage. Or the spa in the corner of the bedroom. All the equipment for the activities are free and easily available. I highly recommend ordering a breakfast basket for $40 from reception, it kept the two of us fed with great homemade produce for two breakfasts. The staff were friendly, helpful and answered all our questions. Can't recommend highly enough! It's so much cheaper than the couple of resorts in Coles Bay but is just as nice, if not better. One of our favourite places in Tasmania!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Launceston, Australia
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

We had a wonderful weekend at Piermont this weekend. The cottages are rustic but beautifully appointed with crisp linen, fluffy towels and a big comfy sofa in the loungeroom in front of the Saxon wood heater. We ate breakfast in the morning sunshine on our balcony looking over the bay, and had a pleasant walk along the beach and a brief, bracing swim in the pool next to the tennis court. The breakfast hamper was generous with muesli, yoghurt, fruit , bread and banana bread which we toasted. The only drawback was the slight lack of warmth from the concierge when we checked out, but maybe there was a language issue or it was just an "off" day. Remember, all who work in hospitality, that a smile can go a long way! One other small thing was that the bedroom curtains are very thin and face east, so that we were woken by the sun very early both mornings. A blind as well as curtains would be a good idea in these situations.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Piermont Retreat
Address: Tasman Highway | Great Oyster Bay, Swansea, Tasmania 7190, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Swansea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Swansea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Piermont Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The elegance and splendor of Piermont is mirrored in the breathtaking views over Great Oyster Bay to the ever changing colours of Freycinet's National Park ancient granite peaks. Enjoy the understated comfort of this first class accommodation surrounded by natural beauty. When you arrive at Piermont, you'll truly feel as if you have left the world behind- and your worries with it! ... more   less 
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