We spontaneously booked this as a last minute holiday after New Years. Really glad we did! The owner is a very helpful guy called Bruce, and you can tell he loves the area and what he does. When we first arrived he went through aerial photos of the area, pointing out the best beaches and telling us about all the walking paths around.
We stayed in the Garden Room, and couldn't help but chuckle a bit at the name. I was expecting garden views, but I think the name was actually the theme for the room as there isn't much garden to speak of on that side. The bedding and curtains were matching floral print and there were numerous other little touches and trinkets, all contributing to a very country gardens feel to the room without being at all overpowering.
There were lots of lovely personal touches, like free plunger coffee in the room (good coffee always wins me over) and complimentary port supplied near the brochures/information table. Breakfast was quite good - he provided a decent selection of breads and cereals, then also brought to our table bowls of fruit salad and a couple of different flavoured yoghurts. The only thing I would suggest as an improvement is to offer a variety of milk and sugar choices - I'm not a fan of full cream milk or white sugar, I used them but wished I'd had other options.
I would have loved to give this place full marks, but a few things let me down. The toaster used at breakfast sorely needs replacing and the bar fridge in our room was prone to loud clunky noises every now and then. Also around 10.30pm the first night, something happened to short out a fuse, not just for us but everyone in the building. Bruce came and sorted it out but it just seems like the sort of thing that shouldn't really happen in the first place. It just felt overall like some things could do with being updated or replaced. Also the security was a bit questionable - the lock to our room was a simple push-button lock, and we had to make sure to remember to lock doors behind us as we went.
It was a really lovely trip regardless of the small blips, and I must add that the location is absolutely fantastic. Quiet street only a few minutes walk from the marina and main restarurant street, and the best bit is that there's access to a walking track with ocean views. Much better than walking down a normal road! Definitely give this place a shot.
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