Stayed at Gray's Inn on the 'main drag' of Wollombi, on first sight the reception was a bit shocking with a desk made of rusty galvanize and no one in attendance. But I guess its the rustic vibe. Next door/down stairs was a fancy Italian restaurant and deli called 'Panino' so we checked there and found the woman of the house having dinner with friends. She attended to us promptly and we paid up front in cash (no electronic payments here) nice and old fashioned - she took our booking on faith by email (they have a website), we paid no deposit and then paid up front in cash on arrival, as it should be! (Everywhere else I checked was 50% of total stay deposit on booking, cheek).
She gave us the best room and it was gorgeous, heritage style complete with Vogue mirror from 1919, called Mrs Stevenson's room (mentions room names on the web site but not on the actual doors themselves). She also left tonnes of towels and tea & coffee etc. which was brilliant as it was an unmanned guest house and we were not bothered again all weekend by breakfast time, cleaner time or check out time, really excellent in my book.
Panino was run by a real Italian man who told he felt sorry for us when we broke the news we were vegetarian's but he rose to the occasion and gave us lovely antipasto followed by yummy linguine and had an excellent local wine list and really good Limoncello.
Later we found out in the Tavern that our room was haunted! I think it was a bit because we didn't sleep well all weekend (and it was very hot weather) but no harm came to us anyway so must have been a good ghost!
Would definately stay again and wish more guest houses were like this.
- Also Known As:
- Grays Inn Wollombi, Greater Newcastle, Australia