Victoria Cottage on Robe's high street couldn't be more central. Robe isn't exactly a teaming metropolis although in the summer I'm guessing that its population grows significantly. We were travelling between Adelaide and Melbourne and were looking for somewhere peaceful to spend a couple of days relaxing. The arrangements for our arrival were exactly as we had agreed with Andrew and Sally. The fridge was well stocked with all necessary breakfast staples and the larder was full of various teas/coffees.
The cottage itself is charming - the original building, which must have been pretty compact, has been extended to accommodate the scullery, loo and bathroom. It's true to say that not a lot of natural light gets to the central rooms, but that keeps them cool in the Summer and there are ample oil heaters to warm rooms if it gets cold. Outside there's a covered patio area perfect for enjoying a glass of something cold when it gets too hot. There's off-street parking too.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants within a few metres of the cottage and the town beach is not much further away. If you want to drive your car onto beach (which seems to be popular in this part of the world) head for Long Beach, which is, well, long. Although we didn't see Andrew or Sally until we went to settle up they left us their contact details if we needed them, which we didn't.
Victoria Cottage gets a 'thumbs up' from us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1847 this charming building was the first to be built in Robe. From its early years as home of the Government Resident, Robe House has played an important role in the towns' history. Built from locally quarried sandstone and featuring high vaulted ceilings and rustic floorboards, Robe House is now 4 fully self contained bed and breakfast apartments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Robe House Hotel Robe