We booked on the recommendation of a friend who had stayed, suggesting it would be a nicer alternative to staying in Gerladton on our way to/from Shark Bay. We were warmly greeted by Heidi and David upon arrival, who showed us to our room. As we are a couple plus one teenager, we booked Unit 1, with a private bedroom and a sitting room with a pull-out sofa bed.
The accommodation is very clean and tidy, with everything laid out nicely. The decor is an homage to years gone by, with WA, local and international memorabilia in every corner. It felt like staying in the home of a dear Aunty and Uncle.
The cottage has another accommodation room, which I think is for a single/couple, as there is no separate sitting room. There is a very large bathroom with shower and bath, and a separate toilet. The bathroom/toilet is shared by all occupants, there are no ensuites. (there are locks on all the doors for security) There is also a large kitchen and dining area where breakfast is served, and the fridge/freezer, microwave and kettle can be used by anyone at any time.
A wonderful, large veranda is perfect for sitting out and watching the sun set over the garden. Plenty of seating and tables are perfect for conversations and board/card games. And a real delight is the B&B's dog, who is so friendly!
As for our room itself, the sitting room converted into a bedroom. There is a telly and a wood stove with plenty of wood just outside the door. The bedroom has a large bed, cupboard space, overhead lighting and bedside lamps. Lots of extra pillows and blankets available. The bed is incredibly comfortable (and warm, which was great for us as we stayed in the winter).
Breakfast is something to behold -- french pressed coffee, a selection of exotic fruit juices, cereals, toast and crumpets, fresh fruit, yoghurt... all beautifully laid out.
As for dinner, we highly recommend the pub across from the convent. In the lounge, you can order dinner off the regular menu or the 'special' board. A local resident highly recommended passing on the specials as, though they are just $10, the portions are small. So, we went for chicken parmagiana with chips and salad. WOW! A huge feed for $22. So good we ordered it both nights we stayed in Northampton!
During your stay at OMC, you would be remiss not to spend some time chatting with Heidi and David, who are world travellers, musicians, historians and, quite simply, lovely people.
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