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“A lovely Stay in the Southern Highlands”

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Darnell Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 8 Mittagong B&B and Inns
Brentwood, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“A lovely Stay in the Southern Highlands”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was a return visit to the this lovely spot. The house has been completed to a high

standard.

It is tastefully furnished and immaculately kept. Having just completed major alterations on our

home in the UK we can appreciate the attention to detail. A warm welcome is assured from

Jerry and Melinda. It was a delight to watch the kangaroos in the early morning from our

balcony. Thoroughly recommended.

Patricia and Dave, Shenfield, Essex. UK

Room Tip: We have stayed in both rooms on separate occasions. Both lovely. Particularly good views over...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

You should stay here because it's got the beautiful lush greenery, the luxury spoilt feeling you get in a pricey hotel and the Darnells themselves have a genuine gift of hospitality. I'm on a gluten free diet and when I arrived they had baked me beautiful fig friands as a welcome. We had to leave very early and so they made us a yummy packed breakfast to take with us. The bedroom was immaculate and the spa bath was powerful and very relaxing. The Darnells are such thoughtful people who obviously love having guests and anticipate the needs of weary travellers well. If we go back to Mittagong we will definitely stay here again. After many years of travelling around I would say this is the best B&B I have ever stayed in, in fact it's better than most hotels.

Room Tip: Go for the bay room, kind bed and spa bath :)
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

During our 12-day trip through Austalia we stayed (and sleeped) in 8 different places. We stayed in (high rated) hotels , motels en b&b . All of them ware very nice , best quality. But there was one place that was exceptionell ... Darnell b&b . From the moment we arrived , welcomed by the perfect little host Abbie, untill we left , it was PERFECT. Superb room (the white room) , lovely hosts (thank you Jerry & Melinda) , a chocolate cake that even Belgians loved , breakfast , ....
If you are looking for a place to stay nearby Sydney en enjoy the perfect nature ... you will not find a better place to stay . Go on J & M !!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

My best friend and I had the pleasure of staying at Darnell's B&B in August 2013. I am so glad we chose to go here - it was absolutely stunning. Beyond comfortable and allowed us to rest peacefully on a the road trip from Brisbane to Melbourne. Breakfast was delicious, and the chocolate cake was to die for. I highly recommend staying longer than just one night so that you can explore the surrounding areas and tracks thoroughly - I wish we did! I will definitely be staying here again on future road trips.

Room Tip: Bay Room with sunken spa
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

We booked our stay at Darnell based on a recommendation from the Calmbirth Course instructor and we could not have been more pleased with the recommendation. We stayed in the Bay Room for two nights and it was superb. Being the middle of winter, it was freezing outside but inside it was beautifully warm thanks to the awesome heating system they have. My husband especially loved their heating as the "rads", as he calls them, are just like the ones from Ireland. Mel and Jerry were kind and hospitable hosts but also left us to our own devices ...just the right balance! The breakfast was beautiful and whilst I only partook in the continental breakfast, my husband delighted in the full cooked breakfast which left nothing out. I would absolutely recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bateau Bay, Australia
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Most B n B's in Australia don't live up to thrill like those I have visited in the UK. These guys are getting it right however and perhaps it's from their UK origins.
I really liked the bath in the white room, the complimentary tawny port and chocolates, the fresh baked chocolate cake, the friendly hosts, the high quality bed linnen and towels.

Once they finalise their gardens in the vacinity, this place will beat out most of the competition.

Room Tip: White room - ensuite bath
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

We stayed two nights in the Bay room had a wonderful time.
The house is extremely well appointed with modern finishes including a spa in the Bay room. The guest lounge is very comfortable and has an extensive library if that takes your interest. The breakfasts were excellent home made full breakfasts.
Mel and Jerry were extremely helpful in providing information on local restaurants and activities, so don't forget to ask if you want ideas.
It is located between Mittagong and Bowral, and is just as easy to get to either town, letting you explore both. Set back from the road the property backs on to reserves give absolute bush setting. It is a little difficult to find from the road, so make sure you follow the excellent instructions they provide.
There a lot of stairs so this may be an issue if mobility is a concern.

Room Tip: The Bay room includes the spa.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Darnell Bed & Breakfast

Property: Darnell Bed & Breakfast
Address: 197 Oxley Dr, Mittagong, New South Wales 2575, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Southern Highlands > Mittagong
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Mittagong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Darnell Bed & Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and discover Darnell Bed & Breakfast, ‘the hidden spot’. Nestled among the peaceful upper slopes of Mt Gibraltar, we are only 5 minutes drive from Bowral and Mittagong, in the heart of the Southern Highlands. Architecturally designed and recently completed as a B&B, Darnell is unique to the area with untouched nature at your doorstep.The large Bay Room features a king sized bed and a romantic bay window seat for two. Relax in your spacious ensuite including a double-ended sunken spa bath set into a light filled bay window.The spacious White Room features a queen sized four poster bed and a private balcony overlooking the garden and Mt Gibraltar Reserve beyond. We hope you also find time to soak in the freestanding double-ended bath in the ensuite.Use our local knowledge to make the most of your stay, but be assured of complete privacy in the dedicated guest wing of the house. Upon arrival, enjoy a delicious homemade afternoon tea on the sun filled patio or curl up in your cosy guest lounge. In the morning, a full cooked gourmet breakfast by the open fire in our dining room will be the perfect start to your day. Features include:Dining Room with open fire; Guest lounge with tea and coffee; Bay Room with king sized bed, romantic window seat and ensuite with sunken double-ended spa bath and underfloor heating; White Room with queen sized four poster bed and private balcony. Ensuite with freestanding double ended bath and underfloor heating; English style radiators for winter warmth; Air conditioning for summer cooling; HDTV Homemade afternoon tea upon arrival; Full cooked breakfast (alternatives available); Free WiFi; Privacy and tranquillity; Only 5 minutes from restaurants in Bowral and Mittagong; Bushwalking in Mt Gibraltar Reserve from the bottom of the garden; Friendly local advice. To discover Darnell, wind your way up the slopes of Mt Gibraltar from either Bowral or Mittagong to find us tucked away just below the summit. Leave the stresses of the modern world behind at the top of our tree-lined drive and immerse yourself in the calmness of Mt Gibraltar Reserve. ... more   less 
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