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“The perfect sanity break”

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Ashrowan Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 5 Berrima B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 September 2013

I booked the Gardener's Retreat (usually B&B) as self-catering because the other B&B room was unoccupied, which meant I had the lounge and kitchenette to myself.

Everything was spotless, with great attention to small details, like a jug of water and a glass on the bedside table, fresh flowers in the room, the wood burner restacked each day, and fresh oranges and a glass juicer appearing in the kitchen while I was out one day.

The decor is lovely with lots of framed prints and ephemera, as well as original paintings by Phillip. Architectural details such as high ceilings, reclaimed doors and leadlight windows give the feeling of a historic house, although it is in fact quite new.

The B&B rooms share a combined lounge/ dining area (see photos) and kitchenette (forgot to take a photo sorry). The lounge has a wide range of books, magazines and DVDs, and the kitchenette was well provisioned with a microwave, large frying pan, plenty of cutlery, crockery, and necessaries like cooking knives, tea, salt, pepper etc. In the absence of a cooker, Susan kindly made me some hard-boiled eggs to go with my salad.

The bed was blissfully comfortable with sumptuous pillows, and the bedroom was warm and bright with large windows, a comfy chair, bedside tables, lamps, a small bench and a small table. There's plenty of room to settle in without tripping over your belongings. French doors open directly from the bedroom onto the small verandah, which is private and comfortable. I visited in spring and enjoyed ending the day out here, with a lovely view of the back garden with fruit trees in full blossom, and native birds visiting in the evening.

The house is at the end of a quiet road and it is a short walk from the end of the driveway to the river, where you'll see more birds and evidence of resident wombats. There is a trodden path for an easy walk along the river bank.

It was a perfect place to rejuvenate from city life - falling asleep to the sound of frogs in the garden rather than to traffic and sirens - and a lovely place to experience some of Australis'a lovely bush and birdlife without having to go "outback". The location is perfect for easy access to historic Southern Highlands towns, waterfalls and short bushwalks, and would also be suitable for visiting Wombeyan Caves (about 60km away I think) or for a daytrip to Shoalhaven.

Room Tip: The B&B rooms share a kitchenette and a large dining/lounge area with woodburner. The small vera...
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

This bed & breakfast is perfect. Loved the warm ambience with magazines, books, music, art (including still life in progress) and fireplace. We stayed in the gardener's retreat with our own lounge area, perfect for a cosy winter afternoon. Electric blankets, chocolates, and lit candles at breakfast - what else could you want? Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We were looking for a weekend break from Sydney and Ashrowan was perfect. It was exactly the type of B&B we were looking for. Beautiful house, great location and excellent hosts. We stayed in the tower lodge which is upstairs and I believe usually shares the main lounge room with another room although this room was not used during our stay so we had the main lounge area, with fire, to ourselves. Another couple were staying in the Gardener’s lodge while we were there and that was separate to the house with their own lounge area with fireplace. We saw the other couple staying at breakfast (there was a short crossover) but breakfast for each couple is served at different times (so get in early to choose your time if you want a sleep in – although the other couple did choose 9.30am on the Sunday and Phillip and Susan were kind enough to extend our breakfast to 10am so we could have a sleep in).

The other reviews are all absolutely accurate. Phillip and Susan are lovely and keep the fire going while you are out enjoying one of Berrima’s lovely restaurants. They also do a beautiful breakfast with the best bacon I have ever had!

I thoroughly recommend a stay at Ashrowan for that romantic weekend break!

Room Tip: I would choose the Gardener's cottage if the Tower Lodge and other room (I can't remember th...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

We have spent another enjoyable weekend as guests of Phillip & Susan. This is about our 4th or 5th stay which says it all, really. Quite location; homey, cosy atmosphere and a really, really good breakfast. Three bedrooms only gives you plenty of privacy but the communal lounge and roaring fire makes winters a treat. Eclectic decoration of original artworks including easels with works in progress and a serious library of art books, paperbacks & DVDs makes a great location for simply relaxing. We have been as a couple and have also taken all three rooms with friends, which is great. We like the Gardeners Retreat room the best. It has a small balcony with a relaxing view and it's own sitting room with fire and a dining table. Bathroom is small but more than adequate. A communal kitchen has all necessary requirements including a complimentary bottle of bubbles. Highly recommended. Only criticism is that it is only opened Fri-Mon.

Room Tip: Gardeners Retreat has a small but lovely balcony but smaller bathroom. The Tower is upstairs with m...
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 December 2012

We have just returned from a relaxing and peaceful stay at Ashrowan. We booked the Grayswood suite which was large, immaculately clean and beautifully furnished. The king bed was sheer bliss and the pillows were perfect. I generally have a problem sleeping when the pillows are too hard, too soft etc but had no problems here at all - just perfect! Breakfast too was perfect! Hosts Susan and Philip have the right mix of attentiveness which was very much appreciated. Susan recomended and booked dinner for us on both nights in advance and even rang us before we arrived to see how our trip was going. She then rang the restaurant to inform them that we were running a tad late. The location was great as we were able to walk to dinner each night. All in all an excellent stay and we would highly recommend to anyone wanting a pampered escape from the hustle and bustle of life!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

Just come back and Ashrowan B & B took our breath away. The hosts Phillip & Susan were gracious and unobtrusive. We stayed in the Tower room. It had nice views of the valley and river. The bathroom was luxurious and had nice touches including bath towel heating rack and French shampoos and conditioner and body wash in pump dispensers. The room was cosy and comfortable. Cooked brekkie was amazing and you have a wide choice of combinations. It was close to everything in walking distances. The interior furnishings and decor was country-inspired.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

What a little gem in the beautiful Southern Highlands town of Berrima. Susan and Phillip couldn't have been more hospitable and genial hosts. From the luxurious accommodation to the sensational cooked breakfast we couldnt find fault with anything. Centrally located to all the wonderful eateries that Berrima has to offer this place I'm sure will become one of our regular fav places to stay. Thanks again Phillip & Susan.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Tim G
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Additional Information about Ashrowan Bed & Breakfast

Address: 8 Wilshire Street, Berrima, New South Wales 2577, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Southern Highlands > Berrima
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Berrima
Price Range: £168 - £549 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

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