the building makes an immediate impression, and the heritage rooms (first floor with the wraparound balcony), have incredible high ceilings, maybe 4 metres?, four poster beds, and are massive rooms.
But it's the little things that niggle. The ceilings are so high, that the lights barely illuminate the room. The decor, and bathrooms are dated. The lights on the balcony don't work. The breakfast room is tired and far too big for the small number of guests you could have staying at the hotel.
The golf course is great, but i just felt the staff were average - we arrived at 1.45pm and were told that check in was at 3. That was it. There was no attempt to see which room we were in, to check if we could check in a bit earlier if we cared to wait in the bar and have a drink.... These are minor things that cost them nothing, yet make a big impression.
Another thing was that when i tried to book the room they wanted to overcharge me $50 a night - it was only when i queried the price that they charged me the correct price.
So - it was an impressive room. And if you're playing golf or passing thru its ideal, but i found it lacking due to the lack of civility from some of the staff and the shambolic maintenance of the property. This place could be incredible, with a fairly small investment, but as it stands the rooms are impressive but everything else lets it down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Duntryleague guesthouse is situated in the botanical gardens setting of the Duntryleague's prestigious 18 hole championship golf course. Built in 1876 for local businessman James Dalton, the building now offers 14 accommodation rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. Accommodation in this 19th century mansion is in four categories, from original master suites featuring four-poster beds (Mansion rooms) to smaller guest rooms (Standard rooms). Many of the rooms are multi-bedded and suit the needs of families and groups. All room rates include continental breakfast and a cooked breakfast is available for an additional charge.Duntryleague Golf Course is a championship 18 hole layout measuring 5,976 metres from the back markers. Our historic Club is situated on Woodward Street, only minutes from the CBD of Orange and approximately 260 kilometres West of Sydney.The Clubhouse features a licensed bar area, barbecue area and four tennis courts. Duntryleague is a private golf club, however we do welcome the public to play our magnificent golf course. An Open competition is also available to members of other golf clubs on Wednesdays. Social players should check with the Golf Shop. Tennis players are well catered for with four magnificent clay courts. Duntryleague is not just about golf and tennis. Located right in the middle of the City of Orange it offers the ideal meeting place for locals and visitors. Spectacular views from the Restaurant and Clubhouse prove very popular with both members and visitors. As a function centre you will find it difficult to find a better setting. ... more less