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“Charming accommodation surrounded by nature” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Redcliffe House
Ranked #5 of 9 Swansea B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Charming accommodation surrounded by nature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

My fiancee and I stayed for 2 nights in October. After nearly getting blown away by storms in Launceston, Redcliffe House was a welcome retreat to dry off and rest. Our room (the Walnut room) was large and homely with lovely views of the gardens. With the heater going, it was also very cosy and comfortable. All of the decorations in the room and bathroom were a nice touch.

The bnb is on an expansive property with beautiful gardens, bushland and paddocks. Chickens and ducks roam freely and there are sheep at the back. Watching the animals go about their business was a novelty, as was the sound of Bobby the sheep breaking out one night to visit his owners!

Gail and Nigel were our hosts and ensured we felt welcome and looked after during our stay. Breakfasts were served in the dining room with cute crockery and the food was hearty and generous - cereal, juice, bacon, eggs, sausages, baked beans and toast were all on offer. It was nice eating breakfast while enjoying the view of the gardens through the window.

All in all, this was a nice bnb to base oneself while exploring the east coast. We were able to travel to St Helens, Bicheno and Coles Bay easily from Swansea and then relax and unwind at the end of the day. Thankyou Gail and Nigel for your hospitality and we will definitely recommend your bnb to our friends.

Room Tip: The Walnut room is on the ground floor with garden views and gets the morning sun. It is also closes...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Annabel L
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hong Kong, China
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59 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Redcliffe House is comfy, warm and luxurious. We only stayed for one night. We are the only guests. Though we arrived late at night, Gail gave us a warm welcome. The breakfast was made-to-order. The eggs were fresh eggs from their own farm. Bread was home-made. It was absolutely different from the breakfast we had in cafe. Molly, the sheep dog, was so friendly that I highly recommend to families who have children to go along with. Gail is such a good designer that the decor inside the rooms and kitchen make you feel like at home. Gail and Nigel guided us around the site. It was so beautiful. I regret that I had not stayed longer there.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Martha L
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Perth, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Absolutely marvellous hosts, beautiful accommodation, great breakfast and an all round fantastic B&B. After two weeks of staying in B&B's while travelling around Tassie, Redcliffe House was definitely our favourite. Sincere thanks to Gail and Nigel for accommodating us at short notice and in such a charming manner.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Verity2013
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Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

I stayed here in April, just as the weather was getting colder. The room was very cosy and warm, and had everything we could want for. It was a large room, and very comfortable. The bathroom on the other hand was very small, but did the trick. The owners were very friendly, and gave us lots of great tips and ideas for local sightseeing. I also had the best scrambled eggs for breakfast I've eaten in ages. I thought it was good value, and I can recommend this B&B.

Room Tip: I only saw the one room, but it was great.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank rjt33
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Redcliffe13569, Owner at Redcliffe House, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thank you for your review, you were very kind.
We are glad the ensuite did the trick even though it was small.
We try to include everything in our ensuites so our guests feel like they are lacking nothing, like shampoo, cond, makeup pads, ear buds, shower caps etc.
Thanks again.
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

Recliffe House is an old mansion converted into a B&B. It is not like a traditional hotel. Our room, on the ground floor, was enormous with a four poster bed and quaint decor. It was cold weather when we arrived but the room was so warm and cosy. The little ensuite was perfectly adequate with fabulously hot hot water, and the dining room was quiet with a nice homey kind of feel where we found it easy to chat with the other guests. There was a delicious made-to-order breakfast and I was grateful for the absence of a crappy buffet.
It doesn't feel like a hotel at all; you feel more like a guest in a peaceful country manor. The gardens and surrounding property is rural and lovely with a variety of wild and domestic animals. It's private, intimate and relaxing. The hosts were lovely and have considered every detail of their guests needs, even preparing a folder with the menus of the local restaurants. I thought the place was really good value and wish I could have stayed longer. It's not really suitable for children and there are only a handful of rooms, but it makes for a great romantic getaway for people who can appreciate the peace and quiet of a rural destination.

Room Tip: The ground floor rooms are lovely and surprisingly private.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Melinda C
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Redcliffe13569, Owner at Redcliffe House, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Hello again
Thank you for your kind review.
We are very pleased that your stay with us was so enjoyable. It makes our work all the more satisfying when we receive such a fantastic review as yours is.
We try very had to try and make our guest feel at home and to feel they can relax and just enjoy what Redcliffe House has to offer.
Thank you again
Gail and Nige
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Stayed 2 nights in early May in this B & B a little way out of Swansea.Room was very large with a really comfy bed but a small cold bathroom.The 1st floor room had lovely views of the mature gardens & the array of animals living there including Bobby the sheep.The room was bathed in sunshine in the mornings and with 2 lovely sunrises it was a lovely room to stay in as the days get colder in Tassie. The breakfast on offer was nice with the highlight being the homemade bread.This is a good base to visit Coles Bay & the Freycinet Peninsula on the beautiful East Coast.

Room Tip: Top floor front are the warmer rooms
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Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Redcliffe13569, Owner at Redcliffe House, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review.
We are very please that you enjoyed your stay with us.
Yes the sun pours into the Walnut and Hawthorn rooms in the morning and the Wisteria room in the afternoon.
The rooms are well heated and the bathrooms have heaters as well which you may have not seen, as our lovely winters are cool but usually quite sunny here on the East Coast.
Our breakys are pretty nice and our bread is yummy, hopefully they keep our guests' tummies satisfied for their trek over to Freycinet and Wine Glass Bay.
Thank you again
Cheers Gail and Nigel
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Drysdale
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27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

Redcliffe House is a nice old house set in quiet, extensive gardens and, as other reviewers have said consistently, Gail and Nigel are fine hosts. However, in my view it's overpriced. We stayed in the period-style Garden Room. While pleasant enough, it has a 'bathroom' tacked-on to it in which there is barely enough room to turn around; and the plastic-floored shower has no room in which to turn around. The Garden Room's four-poster bed looks lovely but it creaks with literally every move, so sleep can be hard to come by. Finally, we settled down, but 6.00 am is homecoming time for the possum that resides in one of the walls! Like us, it took a while to settle - about forty minutes. An hour later we were woken by guests entering the (very small) dining room across the corridor from us! Breakfast was pleasant, as other reviewers have said. We mentioned the possum episode to Gail, who replied that it was probably rats and that they're quite clean! Gail and Nigel clearly work hard to maintain this old property and to make guests feel welcome - which we did. However, around $90 per head is just too expensive for accommodation of this quaity.

Room Tip: We didn't see any other room - maybe the others are better.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank PatrickDrysdale
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Redcliffe13569, Owner at Redcliffe House, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are sorry that your stay with us was not satisfactory. Firstly your room was one of the convict built cottages and yes the ensuite (not bathroom) was "tacked on" as you described it, some years ago, as an addition to the cottage, as there were no bathing vacilities in 1835. The Bathroom has been renovated with all new fittings but as we are 1 1/2 hours from a city we could not get anyone to upgrade our shower enclosures unless they came and did all of our 5 rooms together which was quite costly. Most of our guests stay overnight and until now the ensuite has been quite satisfactory. Secondly the bed is a timber four poster and does squeak as all old timber beds do, and again no one has had a problem with it. Thirdly we don't have possums in the walls, funny, we have starlings sometimes, and as I remember you actually mentioned that you get rats in your walls and that they eat your wiring. Our dining room is "warm and cosy" but so far everyone has loved it. We have just returned from our winter holidays and we stayed in 3 through to 5 star and we feel that we do offer something different and is definately worth a stay. Again we are sorry you were disappointed .
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Property: Redcliffe House
Address: 13569 Tasman Highway, Swansea, Tasmania 7190, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Swansea
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Free Parking
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Ranked #5 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Swansea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Redcliffe House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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