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“Very solid accommodation - the OLK rooms”

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Head Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage B&B
Ranked #1 of 1 Cape Otway B&B and Inns
Reviewed 28 December 2013

In the first week of December, we booked the only two rooms available for our (3 adults) one night stay at The Cape Otway Lightstation, on the 27th December - the OLK rooms.
I tried to get info from the web about these rooms, to no avail. All I knew, was, they were some of the only beds available on the entire Great Ocean Road at $150 each with a 30 meter walk to the loo. I had read the reviews and adopted my travel mantra - "if your not being picked up by a limo and taken to a Hilton, you need to remain flexible"
OK, we arrived at the car park and got sorted at the tourist kiosk, through the gate and were escorted to our rooms, oops the beds weren't made up. No problems we were directed to the cafe and were treated to three free rounds of devonshire tea, scones, jam and cream - and that was just fine with us! So here we, are our room tariff included entry into the park x 3 and with the scones we're up about $80 ( if you intended to pay that entry fee and were happy with scones for lunch)
The building consists of two original workers rooms next to each other with a store room at the end (built 1848) rooms are about 3.6mx3.6m with 600mm thick walls (12'x12'x 2'thick) freshly painted, a door, a window, fire place, side table, heater, washbowl and towels, great king double bed and linen.
So, as the chap that showed us our rooms said, "they is, what they is" We thought they were great! You had to walk 30 meters to the "porta loos" and the washing was in a bowl of cold water, but were staying in a building 168 year old, what history! (note - there are better levels of accommodation and camping available)
So after our exploration of the Light House, Telegraph Station, Aboriginal Centre (and an attempt at the Didgeridoo) we saw the last of the day visitors leave and we took over the tables outside the cafe for our champagne, sunset diner. (we even obtained an additional bottle of wine after the cafe had closed)
After a solid nights sleep, we walked even further afield, WW2 concrete bunkers, cliff top views and back for a soild home made breakfast (note - Toola the cafe chef/boss makes wonderful home made bread)
We found everyone friendly and they all had their distinctive personalities (note - some visitors from overseas may be helped by a bit of research into the "laconic Australian" - if that doesn't help, see mantra above)
Summary - an excellent overnight stop for anyone vaguely interested in history and a well positioned stop on the G.O.R

4  Thank tobykeen
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Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

We didn't actually stay in the cottage but we popped the rooftop tent in the grounds of the lighthouse. There's only room for two or three campervans, but we were the only ones. There are no facilities apart from de mountable toilets and a good BBQ area. But apart from camping with the bare basics this was a terrific place to spend the night with more then 200 degree ocean views from the light house and the potential for awesome sunrise and sunset photos.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
Thank NotQuiteAWinnebago
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

16 of us took the two cottages and had a glorious weekend, helped by amazing sunny weather that saw us breakfasting outside. The king size beds were clean and comfortable and the rooms spacious. While the kitchen was well equipped in terms of place settings more needs to be provided for cooking purposes. It would be best to come equipped for full self catering rather than expecting supplies or cafe' service. Heating was excellent in the managers cottage but we took heaters over to the HLK which was chilly - the ghosts perhaps? It was a great place for the kids to run wild. Our only issue was that of the toilets, one of which was out of order and another ran constantly but overall it was hard to leave this magnificent area. It certainly wasn't 5 star accommodation but considering the charm of the houses and sheer magnificence of the location it was magic for us. If you want night-life and bright lights and to be waited on go elsewhere, we found the staff knowledgeable and helpful and the accommodation comfortable. Experiencing a mysterious knocking on the window while the children entertained us with a concert was an extra highlight. Gotta love the person who couldn't sleep due to an inability to lock the ghosts out!! Umm you're in a locked complex in the country not inner city Melbourne. Thanks for a very happy extended family weekend, with ages from 10 to 77 we couldn't have been happier.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank CaT0ny
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Big mistake was not to read these excellent reviews before I booked ! The location is outstanding, however the accommodation is vastly overrated and below standard for the exorbitant price for the 2 night stay. The list is endless but here are the important points : no milk on arrival,heating sparse,no heating in bathroom, however, I can put an oil filled electric heater on the floor which I chose not as there is no shower curtain ! dirty carpet, no reading lamps to read by, d/v/d collection is just loose assortment of rubbish probably left overs from a garage sale,book selection much the same,the views... this is what got me sucked in... the only way you can see the views as described " is stand on your tippy toes in the corner of each of these rooms " false advertising there, no electric blankets ( not enough power ) toilet flush jammed and I when reported this the manager paul johnson said " well, you don't know how to use it " oh, excuse me please...... the arrogance of this man is beyond belief, he has all the smart answers to everything.bedding whilst comfy is old cotton,yellowed doonas, tap leaks in kitchen,no door knobs on lounge door and bedroom doors do not shut properly, no kindling provided for fire just bits of old bark thrown on an old vege box if presentation and attention to detail counts in tourism, forget it, the whole place is a complete rip off and should never be run by private operators to advertise a product which does not deliver. The great ocean road is an amazing sight to see and people like him just cash in on it, beware the hand rail on the walk to the lighthouse it's only held together by the layers of paint !!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank barnum2013
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

Having planned on driving the great ocean road and only doing this over two days, we needed a place more or less halfway to the twelve apostles and back to Melbourne.

Having seen that there was a place to stay near the lighthouse, it was an interesting choice of place to stay for us as we could clearly see there wasn't much choice along the way apart from B&Bs so we went for it.

Firstly, it's extremely expensive. For A$255, that's just a bit less than we paid for the intercontinental in Melbourne. It was not close as to which was the nicer room.......you get breakfast for the price but we missed it as it wasn't a great sleep for us.

Secondly, the room. We stayed in the head lightkeeper's house in the two bedroom lodge. It's very sparse to say the least. An old bed with equally old sheets, a fridge and a microwave. There was also a TV and a DVD player. Given there is no Internet, TV or mobile reception, luckily there were some DVDs for us to watch as it gets dark early and not much to see thereafter. Also, not helpful that the groundsman told us the place was haunted and knowing there was no lock to our front door made our night very edgy! The room was also freezing; we had to bring in the heater from the other bedroom just to stay warm.

Third, service. There isn't much to go off here. We arrived around 5:30pm which is actually after the time (5pm) you need to be there so we were lucky. Our booking didn't tell us we needed to be there by 5pm so I was just glad we got there. They were very friendly and all and welcomed us, showed us the room and took us to the cafe to grab some dinner. Just so we didn't cause more trouble, we said we would take some of the quiche/ pasta bake. No sides were provided with it so paying nearly A$30+ for food which we heated ourselves seemed pricey; they were kind enough to give us some free cookies though.

All in all, I wouldn't recommend. There seemed to be some nice B&Bs on the way which I would have preferred to stay at.

Do go to the lighthouse as its a good vista and watch out for the wild koalas. Very cool.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank HKFooey
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

Disappointing doesn't even come close!!!, booked one night in the head lighthouse keepers cottage for our final night down Great Ocean road, Looked a lovely unique place to stay and somewhere we look forward to staying at. Then what we found was a disaster, property was very old and run down and in desperate need of TLC. Cracked walls, musty damp smell was the first findings, we also killed between 20-30 flies in the hour and a half we spent here. The final straw was being bitten about 6 times on my body in the bedroom/lounge area.
Huge disappointment as we were charge $250 dollars for this inconvience, we were lucky enough to have left before dark to as the area gets all locked up at night, and with no phone signal there was no-one to contact or report our displeasure to.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Beefston
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

Booked two nights.Arrived as requested after 3 to find room as previous guests had left it,including breakfast trays.Not pleasant.When ready,it still wasn`t welcoming.Lit through small French doors,one partially covered by a blind which wouldn`t go up,looking out onto a small, gloomy,fenced and walled in area containing rusty table and chairs.Kitchen and bathroom have no natural light.The fixtures and fittings where of poor quality and had seen better days.
Told Paul (manager/owner?) we were not happy and asked for an alternative.In an offhand manner he said no and we could have our money back.Chances of finding somewhere at that time were slim,so we stayed one night.
It took us over a month and many emails to get some,but not all of 2nd nights money.When booking I queried the tarrif.Agent said it was peak season price,so we paid far more than $200.This turned out to be wrong.but no explanation was given by agent or Lightstation.

Room Tip: Perhaps other rooms are better.Don`t choose managers b&b.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank penycoed
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Address: 1140 Lighthouse Rd, Cape Otway, Great Otway National Park, Victoria 3233, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Great Otway National Park > Cape Otway
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Otway
Price Range: £2 - £4 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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Head Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage B&B Cape Otway, Great Otway National Park, Australia

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