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“Wonderful hospitality and old fashioned charm”
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Explorers Lodge
Ranked #5 of 12 New Norfolk B&B and Inns
Brisbane
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful hospitality and old fashioned charm”
Reviewed 21 April 2013

My daughter and I visited Explorer's Lodge in April and we were warmly welcomed by Liz and Nigel. The accommodation was quaint and spotlessly clean and we had everything we needed. The breakfast was plentiful, hot and delicious and cooked to order. All in all a relaxing, homely and comfortable stay in a convenient location to explore Richmond and Mt Field National Park.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

We spent only one night here on our tour of Tasmania, and only regret we didn't stay longer. New Norfolk is a very historical and interesting place to visit, but also a good base to see other parts of Tasmania.The Explorer's Lodge was tucked away in a very beautiful part of town, not far from the river. Our accommodation was spotlessly clean and roomy. We had the B &B option upstairs, however, there was a self catering option and a room for handicapped people downstairs. We had a very satisfying continental breakfast the next morning.
I left a some clothing behind, and the owner kindly sent it back to me in Sydney at her own expense. We will definitely be returning. I'll try not to leave anything behind next time.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jervis Bay, Australia
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 8 March 2013 via mobile

This was one of the best bed and breakfasts we have stayed, everything was perfect, highly recommend, would go back again if visiting Tassy in the future. Facilities were all as described. Breakfast was delicious and fresh :) lovely area to explore too.

  • Stayed March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

I stayed here recently on a trip to investigate one of my ancestors, who was Governor of the island in the 1840s. The hosts were very very friendly and relaxed: it felt like staying with friends. The breakfast with homemade jam and fresh fruit salad was excellent. They gave me information about the local area regarding my ancestor and some great advice!

Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Buxton
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

It was such a joy to come to Explorers lodge after 5 nights of motels. Liz and Nigel were so welcoming and as we are in the same trade back in the Uk we had plenty to chat about! No two B and B,s are the same, the individual styles make for the experience, we can learn from each other and even after doing B and B for 19 years there are still good tips to be had!
The breakfast was just what I like, lots of fruit, home made delicious bread and good company!
Thank you for a lovely introduction to a wonderful island.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 6 January 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the Tasman self contained unit which is on the rear of the main house/b & b so if you like privacy it is a good option. The bedroom was very spacious, comfy bed and lovely sitting in the small lounge area overlooking the gardens with a glass of wine. If you like to self cater for food all the basics that you would need are provided in the kitchenette but there are good restaurant choices in the town to try out as well. The loaf of home made bread provided for the first morning breakfast was really really good. The unit itself is comfortable but does need a little bit of freshening up, flaking paint on the ceiling and carpets in the bedroom very worn and bathroom is clean & tidy but not flash. With a bit of a spruce up this unit could be so much more. The hosts Liz & Nigel greeted us very warmly and were helpful in suggestions of eatery options in town. Would stay again and perhaps try the B & B in the main house next time.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Liztas, Owner at Explorers Lodge, responded to this review, 13 January 2013
Thank you for reviewing our self contained unit and we are pleased you found it spacious, comfortable, clean and relaxing, and that you enjoyed the homemade bread.
We agree that it needs new carpeting. It is on the redo list for 2013 as is a general spruce up. However, we feel that your comment about the ceiling is an exaggeration.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

What a delightful stay we had at this beautiful home. The hosts were fabulous with an easy-going manner. My only warning is that our room was located up a long flight of stairs which made carrying several heavy suitcases (our fault) a bit tricky. If climbing is a problem for you, perhaps ask if there is a room on the ground floor. All-in-all a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Liztas, Owner at Explorers Lodge, responded to this review, 13 January 2013
Thank you for your complimentary review about our lodge and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us.
A few points about the staircase for other possible guests:
1. It is only one storey up.
2. It is of regular width with railings on either side and a landing three quarters up.
3. There is always someone to assist with bags, no matter how heavy! Don’t be shy to ask.
4. We do find that these days most guests travel light, even in winter.
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Property: Explorers Lodge
Address: 105 Derwent Tce, New Norfolk, Tasmania 7140, Australia
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Region: Australia > Tasmania > New Norfolk
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in New Norfolk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Explorers Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explorers Lodge is a charming New England style house set in lovely gardens in a quiet area of New Norfolk only 30 minutes from Hobart. The lodge offers a comfortable and affordable self catering apartment with a separate entrance, as well as four traditional Bed and Breakfast rooms in the main house. The self catering apartment has a king bed and a single bed in one ensuite bedroom and twin beds with a dedicated bathroom in the second bedroom. A sitting area with digital TV/DVD and an attached kitchenette, together with a small verandah (and a BBQ)which overlooks the garden and surrounding hills, make this the perfect place to relax after a day’s touring. The apartment is ideal for two people (one bedroom option) or for four people (two bedroom two bathroom option.) A welcoming breakfast basket with homemade bread is provided for the first morning.The bed and breakfast section has four ensuite rooms each with its own digital TV, with a choice of twin/king or queen beds. Tariff includes continental breakfast which is served in the baywindowed breakfast room or in the lovely sunroom. There is a large welcoming television lounge for guests. ... more   less 
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