My husband and I are just back from a 1 night mid week stay at Arnica Views. We stayed in the Barn Loft and found it to be very quaint and comfortable. When we arrrived the gas log fire was going and several tea lights were burning and the lovely ambience was completed by having tasteful music playing. Extremely happy with the bedding and cleanliness. Loved the use of old and recycled materials and fittings. The only thing we found a little disappointing were the provisions for a cooked breakfast. My husband is vegetarian and we were a little underwhelmed by the fact that only eggs and bacon were provided. From past B&B experience we have usually found that tomatoes or mushrooms (and sometimes both) are usually provided without us making a special request. There was a plentiful supply of cereal, yoghurt, fruit, bread, jams, teas and coffees though along with some complimentary port and chocolates. According to the description in the Cottage Manual the Chocolates were handmade locally and sounded very special indeed but on closer inspection they were sadly just plain Cadbury Roses Chocolates. The one personal touch that I felt was missing from a B&B of this calibre was the provision of a homemade style treat eg. a couple of biscuits, cakes or muffins that were either locally made or home made.
We had no key to the front door (because the previous tenants had apparently taken it with them) so when we went out for dinner we had to enter via the back door. It was a bit dark trying to find our way around because we could not find a light to leave on out the back.
We rang the bell at reception when we were about to leave so that we could thank our elusive hosts but sadly nobody responded. Really appreciated the late 12 Noon checkout.
I have rated the value Excellent because we were lucky enough to take advantage of a half price special mid week offer but I would say it is a bit on the pricey side if you pay full rates.
We had a lovely dinner at the nearby (we walked there) Skyhigh restaurant. Service was very excellent and food was good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arnica Views is quite different from a hotel. We offer boutique style accommodation with 7 fully self contained retreats. Perfect all year around for special occasions and to escape the everyday. Guests can expect to rediscover romance (and eat well with extensive breakfast supplies included!). Located on the summit of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, approximately an hour's drive from Melbourne and away from the noise of the main road. Arnica Views is set amidst two acres of magnificent 85 year old English gardens, offering splendour throughout every season. Cooinda House is at 1562 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda and accommodates up to 8 guests. It has 4 bedrooms each with their own ensuite, a large kitchen, 2 living areas, 3 balconies, laundry, garage, heating and cooling. Breakfast not supplied. ... more less
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