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McGowans B & B
Ranked #1 of 2 Coopernook B&B and Inns
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5 reviews
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“Everything a B&B should be”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

We stayed for a couple of nights as a stopover on the way up from Sydney to Byron. Ken and Sally's attitude is about doing everything they can to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The rooms are lovely & thoughtfully kitted out. The Bank room is truly special, although we stayed in the other room, which is great by any standards. Breakfasts are superb - both Ken & Sal are great cooks, and the cake Sally makes was demolished by my wife each night. Thoughtful people and great hosts. Can't recommend this place enough!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Kettering, Northants
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for one night on a return trip from the Gold Coast. It was an absolute gem of a place to stay. Beautiful room, so cosy and perfectly decorated! Our hosts were perfect, Sal made sure we both had cakes and drinks after we returned from dinner that night. Couldn't fault it and I would definitely stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

Ken and Sal, owners of McGowans b&b have created the perfect stay. We sadly only had one night in our cosy, extremely clean cottage style room. Sal and Ken welcomed us to their gorgeous home with an incredibly comfy bed, amazing shower and the perfect home cooked breakfast to start any day. Their hospitality is flawless and definately worth a stay.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

We booked and stayed here ax we were visiting relatives nearby and Aldi celebrating our 42nd Wedding Anniversary. Ken and Salli were amazing with their generosity, friendliness and hospitality! Nothing was any trouble! The vroom where we stayed was impeccable - everything we needed wad there. Sal's home cooked breakfast was delicious, including fresh eggs from their bantam chooks, spinach from their garden, bacon, delicious grilled tomatoes, mushrooms and hollandaise sauce. As well there was freshly brewed coffee, toast and home made cumquat jam and
freshly squeezed orange juice. We will definitely return Sal and Ken. Thank you again.
Wendy and Stan

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Paris
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

I stopped by at McGowan's on my way down from Byron Bay just as a way to break up the driving trip. To put it simply, I loved this place so much that I ended up staying an extra night. It really is a gem in the country - Sal and Ken have done an amazing job at refurbishing what used to be an old country house & bank into an elegant, rustic and tasteful space.

The rooms are beautiful with a blend of victorian pieces, pastel colour linens and wooden-aged furniture. I stayed in the main Bank room which is magnificent with its tall ceilings and a fully renovated bathroom with a large iron bath (the shower has superb pressure - something i'm very fussy about!). The rooms and the outside verandah make for an idyllic setting to relax and enjoy the afternoon country breeze.

As all other reviews have mentioned, the hosts - Sal and Ken - will go above and beyond to make your stay a pleasant and memorable one, from afternoon teas to beautifully presented dishes and local tourism advice. The area is also worth exploring, Harrington and Crowdy Head have some of the most beautiful beaches in the coast and best of all they're almost completely empty!

Overall, I can't recommend this lovely B & B enough. Whether you're just stopping by or keen to explore the local area this is the place to stay! Its very close to the highway so it won't set you back on your drive and if you're anything like me you'll end up changing your travel plans just to stay here for another day!

Thanks Sal & Ken - I will be back ;)

Room Tip: The Bank room is magnificent but both rooms are honestly beautiful.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MarinaW81
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LAKE Macquarie
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

Relax in front of your own fire amidst the beautiful vintage atmosphere at McGowans
We spent 2 glorious nights in the Bank room , which was the original Coopernook bank in early settlement times, and has been transformed into a magnificent room, which gives you a feeling of total relax.
I also loved the black bath and hand painted vanity with marble top.
We were served our breakfast on the sunny morning veranda, home made bread along with fresh fruit and tasty eggs and bacon. Unlimited china pots of tea along with the newspaper what a leisurely to start the day.
I recommend when you go to discover the mid north coast and all it's beauty try a night or 2 at McGowans.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank christina2264
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

This is our 4th visit to McGowans B&B and it justs gets better each time. The warmth and love that Ken and Salli have put into their home is tangible. The log fire burning in our room was so welcoming and after a day playing golf at a nearby course, it was good to soak in the old fashioned bath tub.
Molly and Ted
Freshwater, NSW

Room Tip: Go for the Bank!
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Molly_T152
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Additional Information about McGowans B & B

Property: McGowans B & B
Address: 27 Macquarie St, Coopernook, New South Wales 2426, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Coopernook
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Coopernook
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — McGowans B & B 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
McGowans B and B is situated in Coopernook in the heart of the Manning Valley just north of Taree and south of Port Macquarie. We provide two delightful suites each with their own bathroom and lounge area. A full breakfast is served with fresh, local and often organic produce. There are wonderful restaurants nearby and plenty of places to visit while you are here including divine beaches, wineries, waterfalls, rivers and the wetlands for the bird watchers. The house is one of the oldest in the area with 12 ft ceilings and large rooms. There is a dining room where you can make a coffee or tea whenever you wish, a fridge and microwave for your convenience and a verandah to while away the time if you just want to relax. Afternoon tea is served on arrival. ... more   less 
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