Stayed here as part of a road trip along Great Ocean Road and the south-coast of Victoria. There were 6 of us travelling, and we stayed overnight in a cottage on the main street of Queenscliff. This property is rented out by Athelstane.
Being on the main street (albeit 150m down from the shops) makes it conveniently located, and i'm sure granted a longer stay, this would property's features would begin to shine.
However, we found the rustic charm of the little 2 bedroom cottage gave way to the overwhelming feeling that it felt like a house still lived in, and although this would usually indicate a 'home away from home', it felt slightly eery. I think in a nutshell, the cottage looked dated, with well-used and well-worn appliances, and furniture.
The bedroom's were comfortable, one appeared to have been updated with modern decor, and the other kept relics of a former life (a luggage trunk, old lacqered wood cardboards, and a hatstand that bore a very old army helmet (very cool)).
The living room contained an old sofa bed that was really worn, and when folded out had such a deep valley in the middle that we had to counter it by adding pillows and blankets underneath (I would say this night's sleep was not very comfortable), and we had to move some furniture around to get it folded out.
The cottage itself was extremely small (eludes to an early 20th century build date), and there was an obvious extension added to the cottage at some stage, which now houses an original bathroom (it still feels it, with old fittings, and worn out tile work); the kitchen, the cottage's only toilet (at the back of the property), and a second access point to the backyard (the first access point being from the main bedroom).
I have no complaints about the service of Athelstane house, they were lovely, and welcomed us with a warm reception. They were helpful throughout our stay, and provided us with options (separate rooms in Athelstane house, or a separate property (the cottage we stayed at)).
In attempting to offer constructive criticism with regard to the cottage, my suggestion would be to update the property with modern amenities, and furniture, whilst attempting to keep the rustic charm of the cottage, part of it's heritage and the location.
My main concerns were the location of the toilet, and the dated bathroom. Internet would be something that could also be considered on the property.
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