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“Lovely setting, shame about the cottage!”

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Bellbird and Swallows
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Lovely setting, shame about the cottage!”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Our family of adults recently stayed in Bellbird cottage. The setting and its environs are beautiful. The interior, however, leaves alot to be desired. While the beds were comfy, the sheets were clean and electric blankets were welcome on a cold night the good points finish here. The kitchen looked like it was a 100 years old with the interior of the cupboards looking like they hadn't been touched since the 1950s. It was the most uninviting place to go into first thing in the morning.The furniture in the lounge was so old and shabby (dirty almost) that we never once sat in it. It would appear that the whole of the cottage is furnished with cast offs that no one would want and understandably so. A box of eggs, a tip top white sliced loaf, bacon and woolies homebrand butter does not constitute a gourmet breakfast by any standards. Meanwhile windowsills, floors and some walls/coving are very dusty and the whole place feels like it needs a good clean. The literature in the (sticky and shabby) welcome folder are years old too - indicative of the lack of attention to detail that the owners pay to their cottages. Ironically, with a little bit of monetary investment and TLC this cottage could be lovely but until then we advise you to spend your money elsewhere.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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, Owner at Bellbird and Swallows, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
I am sorry these guests did not enjoy the cottage; it's a pity they didn't consider telling me directly as I would, of course, have tried to help or rectify matters, where and if possible. The guests who stayed the week before and the week after had a wonderful time - and one couple immediately booked to come again in autumn 2013.
The DIY breakfast supplies are not described as "gourmet" and I have never claimed they are. Fresh eggs, bacon, bread, butter, milk, tea and ground coffee may not be "gourmet" but they are left as a courtesy and goodwill for guests to ensure they neither have to shop on the way up, nor rush out first thing in the morning.
It is made quite clear (and enjoyed by most guests) that the cottages are old fashioned, comfortable and definitely not 5 star edgy Vogue Living in style in any way; and that's reflected in the tariff. Many many people enjoy themselves for all the above reasons.
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

I had booked two of the cottages to accommodate 16 of my friends and I and I was slightly apprihensive after reading that other very negative review on here which I now know to my releaf is a load of rubbish! Beautiful countryside, cottages full of character and nice and big to fit a large group of friends, big sweeping veradahs where we all sat around a big table to have breakfast in the sunshine! We also went on a fantastic wine tour with shadows! I would highly recommend both to any one wanting a real hunter valley experience!

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

My husband and I spent the weekend at Bellbird Cottage and found the place very comfortable. If you take the time to read about the history of the place, you'll find that the owner has done a fine job at providing comfortable accommodation in a very peaceful part of the Hunter Valley.
We are by no stretch of the imagination avid birdwatchers, but we found ourselves happily sitting on the verandah for hours just listening to the beautiful noises the variety of birds were making.... How relaxing...
A lovely breakfast was provided, everything worked, and we got what we came for - a relaxing and peaceful weekend away, being left to our own devices, surrounded by tranquility.
NB: It's pretty handy to all the wineries too !!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

We had a family gathering to organise and didn't want to be too far from Sydney. This place is a 2 hour drive and we went via the picturesque Wollombi Valley road. The setting of the house is incredible: views across farmland and forests to mountains beyond; we had a fantastic sunset and kookaburras visiting as well as a family of kangaroos in the front paddock. The house (there are three so you can have them all if you want) is nearly a hundred years road and so comfortable; sort of like visiting your granny. We had a wonderful time, the kids loved it and when it rained they were able to play on the huge covered verandas. If you want 5 star edgy chic, you won't like it, but we did. It's a classic. We loved it.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Bamberg, Germany
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Reviewed September 14, 2010

We had a nice telephone conversation with the innkeeper, but the reallity was very different. Very shaky, very dirty B & B, very shabby.
Just openend the door but decided not to stay there, Totally overpriced. Nice view, great setting, very peaceful, biu the overall impression is horrible.
Needs a lot of TLC!Very bad ammbassador for the entire area!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Bellbird and Swallows
Address: Lewis Lane, Mount View, Cessnock, New South Wales 2325, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Cessnock > Mount View
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Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Mount View
Number of rooms: 9
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Bellbird And Swallows Mount View, Greater Newcastle, Australia

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