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Pines on the Plateau
Ranked #2 of 4 Alstonville B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 16, 2013

My partner and I came up from Newcastle to work in Lismore for a week. Pines on the Plateau was in the perfect location for us - right on the highway so we can zip anywhere yet secluded enough that when we got home we could sit in the verandah and watch the sun set over the country side.
Loved having a kitchen to cook in, loved the modern bathroom and loved waking up to that beautiful view! We'll be back!!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

What a beautiful place this is!!!

I must say I was slightly unsure about staying here as the most recent review I could find was dated 2010.

After such a lovely warm welcome from Margaret when we arrived all those worries disappeared!

We stayed here for two nights over the Queen's Birthday long weekend & couldn't have been happier.

The whole visit, the cottage and the many homely touches made our cottage feel like a little home away from home. The breakfast hamper & fresh fruit was lovely. The fresh flowers were beautiful. A selection of great dvds were provided, CD player, books & magazines, games, chocolate & port, bathrobes, candles, cashmere blanket, electric blankets... The list goes on. I was very surprised to have such a well equipped kitchen too. Everything we needed & then some was provided. There was ample info about things to see & do too.

We had everything we could possibly need, including privacy, but it was nice to know Margaret & Robbie were in close proximity if there was anything we needed.

We both had a very relaxing time exploring the surrounding areas & will definitely be back. Thank you so much again for such a lovely stay.

By the way... The view is simply gorgeous!!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Thank HayleyandAlex
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Reviewed May 20, 2010

My wife and I operated a luxury bed and Breakfast for 15 years - We are very choosy about where we stay when we travel. -This is the first time I have ever bothered to write a review but this is a boutique accommodation set on about 25 acres that's well worth the telling. We are so glad we took the time to stay,enjoy and be spoilt - without the hosts imposing themselves on you but being able to tell you of the things to do and places to go- all the places the locals know but the sort of places the receptionists at large hotels and resorts never talk about. It's a super convenient, easy to find semi rural location but is central to a spectactular holiday region of Byron Bay, Lennox Head and Ballina. These beaches are on you east, World Heritage Rainforests & Mt Warning are to the north, Sugarcane fields go for miles to the south, cattle-farming is to the west while your in the middle of the world's best Macadamia Nut producing regions. All are within 30 minutes drive! The village of Alstonvilleis better than quaint with great eatery's - The Federal Hotel is a historic Pub with steaks to die for, while great Malasian, Thia, Italian and Chinese are all there to enjoy and they're all low cost dining. If you enjoy great coffee all the above serve local grown Coffee to die for. Pines on the Plateau is genuine boutique 4.5 star accredited bed and breakfast and/or self catering: it's spotlessly clean and the hosts Marg and Robbie are happy to sit downand give suggestions - they'll even enjoy a beer with you on the verandah - opps I forgot to mention the view - it's just the all Australian Dream place to Stay

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Katrina1942
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Reviewed May 18, 2010

we stayed at the pines in 2008/9 and again in 2009/10 and recieved the warmest of welcomes, nothing was to much trouble even to purchasing extra equipment to make our stay more comfortable and pleasureable. We stayed in both lodges which have equally fine veiws of the surrounding countryside and gardens. thank you for the excelant welcome and service Marg and Robbie

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank shadowwales
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Reviewed March 23, 2010

There are 2 cottages, separated by adjoining covered carports (you won’t get wet from car to house if it’s raining). Pine Lodge is a similar layout to a 1 bedroom unit. The bedroom has no door but is separated from the living area by the bathroom and study area. Norfolk Lodge is more the size of a studio unit but the bedroom and kitchen/dining areas are separated by a wall. There is also a spa bath in this lodge.

We stayed in Pine Lodge for a week and were very comfortable.
Positives:
• Margaret and Robbie are delightful hosts – very warm and friendly – and have provided lots of lovely little touches such as: port & chocolates; a bowl of fruit; condiments such as salt & pepper grinders and worcestershire sauce; a basin for hand washing & pegs (you can borrow a drying rack from Margaret); a generous selection of books & magazines to read; beautiful fresh flowers in a vase; bathrobes; a very generous supply of goodies for a cooked breakfast and at least 2 mornings worth of macadamia muesli, milk & bread; home made slices for a welcome afternoon tea.
• Other equipment: iron & ironing board; gas BBQ; hairdryer; microwave, portable 2 element cooktop & electric frypan in the kitchen; TV and DVD & CD players; lounge converts to a sofa bed.
• Our bed had a bedspread and COTTON blanket – a real plus for us as I loathe synthetic blankets. Margaret also turned up after a cooler night with a mohair blanket which we didn’t need but it was very thoughtful.
• The view (see photo) from the lovely verandah (with cushioned seats and a banana lounge) was to the north over a flower garden and pastureland to the Nightcap Ranges – very calming and peaceful.
• The cottage was very central to everything – it was 6 mins to Alstonville centre; 15 mins to Ballina and 20 mins to Lismore centre. Margaret recommended a good restaurant in both Alstonville and Lismore and she was spot on – they were both very good.
• Our lodge was very clean and beautifully decorated in a modern country theme.
• There was an air conditioner in the living room which also cooled through the passage and into the bedroom.
• The small study area was a real plus for us as we had been travelling for several weeks and had lots of baggage. The desk was quite large so we were able to store cases & bags under the desk at the back – it was great to be able to get stuff out of the way. And the desk was the perfect spot to use our laptop.
• A covered carport adjoining each cottage;
• Guests can use the swimming pool between the cottages and the main house;
• We had been travelling for several weeks and Margaret had no problem with me using their washing machine a couple of times – our clothes dried well on the large rack she supplied;
• We felt the accommodation was excellent value for money.
Negatives:
• Both lodges are close to the main road (separated by a lawn and tall trees and bushes). I am a light sleeper and was disturbed by traffic noise very early on the first morning we were there but adjusted quickly and slept well the rest of the week (a tip – if the noise bothers you, try pulling down the blockout blind in the bedroom and leaving the verandah door closed, but open the window and blinds in the study area next to the bedroom – alternatively, leave all doors and windows closed and put on the aircon).

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank kerilou
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Address: 7 Converys Lane | Wollongbar, Alstonville, New South Wales 2477, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Alstonville
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Alstonville
Price Range: $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pines on the Plateau is a boutique country retreat set amongst ancient pine trees and regenerated rainforest in the hinterland of the Far North Coast of New South Wales. You can relax and unwind in your choice of two private self-contained lodges with stunning rural and mountain views, yet be just 15 minutes from the regional centre of Lismore, 15 minutes from Ballina and 30 minutes to Byron Bay. ... more   less 

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