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“Five Star Accommodation!”
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The Ark Stanley
Ranked #1 of 7 Stanley B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Belmore, Australia
1 review
“Five Star Accommodation!”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

A beautiful renovated cottage, we arrived cold and wet on our motorbike and after a lovely warm shower in the luxurious bathroom of the Corinthian suite we were welcomed very warmly by our hosts. The room was very comfortable and after a great nights sleep we were treated to a lovely breakfast, including homemade yoghurt and jams. We would definitely recommend The Ark to anyone who wants at a great place to stay in the lovely little town of Stanley.
Philip and Chris Cox

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
Your review Philip and Chris Cox is very much appreciated. We loved arriving home and finding you had already checked in; let yourself into the house and settled into your room! Conversations were definately memorable and we do hope you find your way back to Stanley one day. Regards Chris and Rhonda
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Valla Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 1 March 2014 via mobile

As we drove into Stanley we immediately fell in love with the place, we were only going to stay one night but just had to stay two. We stayed at The Ark the second night, the owners are friendly and also appreciate your privacy, had a nice breakfast in the morning which was included, our only small negative is they could do with a two seater lounge in the room for a more comfortable place to sit and look out the window at the spectacular view. I would recommend staying here on your visit to Stanley which is a must while in Tasmania.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
Thank you David G for your review, and most particularly for staying with us. We agree that Stanley definately is a wonderful place, and it seems you too have been bitten! Happy you found the town, and let's hope you return one day!
Regards
Rhonda
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

A beautifully and tastefully renovated house with a very friendly welcome from the hosts. The attention to detail is amazing right down to the tiny hair straighteners in the drawer! Breakfast was an added bonus with everything homemade and the yoghurt was especially tasty. We look forward to returning and spending longer next time and have recommended it to family and friends already.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
Great to hear Sian G you had a wonderful time in Stanley and enjoyed your stay at The Ark. We do try and provide items the traveller might need when away from home, and are in the process of including coffee machines in each suite. We trust this will add to your experience, and look forward to seeing you when you return to Tasmania. Regards Rhonda
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ryderonthestorm
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Perhaps some of the earlier reviews of this property are from family or friends, because they bare little resemblance to the actual experience. The priority for any accommodation is a good night's sleep. The bed at The Ark is uncomfortable and the pillow is hard and rigid - and there is no alternative option of a softer pillow. I was kept up much of the night unable to get comfortable, and awoke with an aching neck. The place lacks warmth, style and sophistication, and seems to have been decorated by someone with little travel experience. The room itself although adequate in some respects, suffers from having no comfortable seating and from having very little insulation from the next room. We could hear our neighbours every sound. The heated floor in the bathroom was a welcome touch and worked very well. However, there was no bath (which is needed in Stanley given frequent cold weather) despite having abundant room. Instead, there was a strange double shower set up which was odd. I would not stay here again. It's average (3 stars is generous), however I would not recommend it to couples who want their privacy.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
It is very regrettable Ryderonthestorm you had an unsettled night and that this effected your experience at The Ark. While you might not think so, we do truly appreciate the time you took to leave your review and the fact that you shared your experience with others; as that is what it is all about.
Pillows on our beds are of full latex (dressed with 1200TC Sheridan pillowslips) , as are the mattresses, however, there are always additional soft Tontine pillows (dressed with 1000TC pillow slips) available in the wardrobe, which appear not to have been located on the top shelf on this occasion. FYI - We advocate the use of natural products and believe full latex pillows and mattresses are the preferred choice for bedding as they protect against beg bugs.
Looking over past reviews - I note that whilst friends and family have certainly not left reviews for us, I personally recall the majority of our past guests. I confidently say that while they arrived as guests, they left as friends. Not for the reviews they left in hindsight, but because we had friendly and connected interactions during their stay.
With regard to your comment about sound and insulation - all internal walls were installed with sound proofing insulation, as was the floor in the upper level, whereby it might be due to the unfortunate situation of not being comfortable in a strange bed that the midnight noises were distracting.
Finally, we would encourage all potential guests (to avoid disappointment and surprise) before booking anywhere; to please check photos and descriptions. As an example, our suites show we do not have baths, we do have double showers, and the decor is identified on numerous photos online.
Regards, Rhonda
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Old Bar, Australia
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Reviewed 20 February 2014 via mobile

stayed one night on our honeymoon and this place was amazing. great hosts, location beautiful, room was modern and trendy. stanley on the bay restaurant on valentines day was also brilliant. can't wait to go back.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this review, 21 February 2014
Congratulations Peter K on your recent nuptials and thank you for choosing The Ark Stanley to be a part of your honeymoon! We are very pleased you had a great time in Stanley and we certainly do hope to see you back for your 1st wedding anniversary, and every other one after that too! Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to leave a review for us. Kind regards, Rhonda
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Reviewed 19 February 2014 via mobile

We could not fault any aspect of our stay at the Ark. We had booked the Weatherly - as other rooms with sea views/balcony were showing as booked. When we arrived we were asked if we wanted to swap from this - the smallest room - to the Belvedere at no additional cost as this was also available. We thanked our hosts and accepted.
The house has been extended and completed renovated to a very high specification and very tastefully decorated by Rhonda and Christophen. Our room was large and bathroom huge. We enjoyed having a drink overlooking the beach on our veranda.
The breakfast was, in my opinion excellent. All home made jams, fresh fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice, choice of breads, cereals, yoghurt coffees and teas.
There have been negative comments about the absence of the landlord when they stay. Rhonda explained that they live on the premises during peak season Dec - Easter and live elsewhere during the off season with local staff providing the necessary support when they are not there. Our hosts were extremely welcoming, friendly and booked dinner for us.
This is the best B&B we have ever stayed in. I cannot recommend this more highly.

  • Stayed February 2014
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this review, 21 February 2014
Happy to hear "Boaster" you were pleased with the upgrade to a front room. While we believe you would have been quite happy with the Weatherly suite, which has its own balcony and an entrance separate from the main house, we do like to offer an upgrade when it is available as we love to share our great front room views. Thank you for your helpful comment in relation to our occupancy at The Ark. We do live on site from December to approximately the end of April each year; we try and stay as long as practicable as we do love it here, but eventually the seasons change and fewer and fewer people come through in the cooler/colder months. We are helped out in our absence by fantastic local people, whereby the quality of the service and accommodation is maintained at all times. Breakfast is provided each morning during the busy season, served at the breakfast bench with great water views, and we enjoy preparing and sharing our home-made yoghurts, bread, jams and preserved fruits (and lots of recipes) with many amazing guests. It was lovely to have met you and we wish you happy travels.
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Quality renovation on this property. Beautiful rooms, great bfasts and the owners were fantastic hosts. Situated in ideal location near wharf with spectacular views. Had dinner at Xanders one night and Stanley's on the Bay the other - both were very good. Loved it.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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TheArkStanley, Owner at The Ark Stanley, responded to this review, 21 February 2014
Happy to hear "Boof" you found your stay with us very enjoyable, and that your meals were memorable at the restaurants in town. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We hope to see you in the future.
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Property: The Ark Stanley
Address: 18 Wharf Rd, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Stanley
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Stanley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Ark Stanley 4.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Guest House The Ark Stanley is situated in Stanley Tasmania, a restored period residence, positioned directly opposite Tatlow’s Beach and at the base of the plug of an extinct volcano standing approximately 150 metres high, known as The Nut. Our location takes in sweeping views across Sawyers Bay, and of course upward to the impressive and towering Nut. The Circular Head area, and the township of Stanley in particular, is a much-loved tourist destination and has something for all, be they adventurer, explorer, naturalist, historian, fisherman, romantic or holidaymaker. The residence has recently been tastefully restored, renovated and enhanced. With an eclectic decor, paying homage to yesteryear and planning for the future, an outstanding home has been created which is proudly offered for guest accommodation. We look forward to making your stay enjoyable. ... more   less 
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