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Merimbula Robyns Nest
Ranked #2 of 6 Merimbula B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Canberra, Australia
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56 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Serene and comfortable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2009

Having spent many vacations in Merimbula, I never knew this place existed. It is situation on a quiet spot of the main lake, the only sounds being the singing birds and wind in the trees.

A quick drive into Merimbula, or a nice long walk along the boardwalk.

We stayed in one of their cottages. Fantastic amenities. Nice spa. However, the bed was only a double (not queen), and some of the furnishing were dated with respect to style.

  • Liked — Amazing views and sounds of nature
  • Disliked — only a double bed
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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BKAdministrator, Owner at Merimbula Robyns Nest, responded to this review, 8 December 2009
Please note, ALL the beds at Robyns Nest ARE queen or king. (in some cases split kings for single beds)
We do not have any double beds on the property. It is a sadvertised.
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Wigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2008

The resort is reached by a long private road from the main road between Bega and Merimbula, clearly signposted. The traditional style buildings all looked out across forest or the North Lake and were beautifully constructed.
We were greeted in the reception area (which also served as a lounge and dining area - it was a huge room separated by various features) by the owner who guided us to our room. The room was large with its own private veranda - all very clean and beautifully furnished.
Robyn gave us ideas of where to eat (all good ones) on a useful map. Another member of the family suggested what we could do locally, including where to see wild life.
You could walk into town by a boardwalk (45mins) or drive (5mins). The surrounding area was really interesting with great beaches and wild life.
We did spot a kangaroo in the resort grounds which are extensive and heard several birds - predominantly bell birds - in the gardens and around. It felt like we were in a mix of cultivated land and private bush walking territory.
Breakfast was delicious, with some choice. The fresh fruit salad was the best I'd had that trip and both the omelette and the bacon I had were really tasty.
The resort's web site is informative and tells you what amenities are available but what really impressed was the warmth of the welcome, local information and the comfort and tranquility of the place.

  • Liked — Beautiful buildings and grounds, cleanliness, room amenities
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank MHEWigan
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West Wylong
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2007

If you are on the south coast this is a must stay!!!
My husband & I stayed here for our 6th wedding aniversary. The staff went above & beyond to make this one of the most memorable trips we have ever had.
We had chocolates, champagne, strawberries & flowers waiting for us on arrival with a dinner at Zanziba's that was just to die for & they provided us with a lift into the restaurant as well.
The facilities are exceptional, the long drivaway is worth the trip to arrive in an amazing beautiful setting of bush & rainforrest and set right on the water, peace, tranquility & romance are an understatement for this resort & the brochure does not do it justice. We had a very spacious room with a bed that needs it's own post code, everything was finished with an english homstead feel & was immaculatly clean (no need to get my pine o clean out of the suitcase).
Betweeen the most friendly & helpful staff & incredable setting we will be back for sure. probably for each anniversary from now on. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a home away from home feel. Money very well spent.

  • Liked — The peace, quiet, romance, layout & service
  • Disliked — the floral carpet.
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank sirus19
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Gold Coast Australia
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61 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2007

I was quite disappointed with a recent stay here.
Robyn's Nest is promoted as a 5 Star B & B with absolute lakefront location, three minutes from town.
While the property is large and grand in design it feels impersonal and somewhat cold in comparison to other more homely welcoming B & B's in the spectacular town of Merimbula. It is also more expensive and does not clearly advertise the fairly hefty surcharge for use of a credit card.
Some aspects of the brochure are deceptive. The B & B is off the main road down a quite tortuous and narrow access which in itself takes more than 3 minutes to negotiate safely let alone the subsequent drive into town necessary for evening meals.
There are lake views but it is hardly absolute waterfront as it requires a 'bush bash' of about 100 metres on a fairly rough track to get to the famed Merimbula boardwalk.
This was my least liked accommodation experience in a three week tour of the beautiful Sapphire Coast of NSW.

  • Liked — No standout feature
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled with family
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4 Thank Errol C
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BKAdministrator, Owner at Merimbula Robyns Nest, responded to this review, 1 December 2007
I am sorry that Elcroz did not enjoy his stay at Robyns Nest
We do have a 5 star AAA Rating and Robyns Nest is promoted as being in a bush setting 3 kl m from town and that is what we are. The 2% credit card surcharge is advised to all clients at time of booking and is a standard fee. (in this case $3.50) The web site has been completely redone as have the brochures and all photos are less than 12 months old. They are absolutely accurate
We are absolute lakefront as described. The access to the beginning of the boardwalk discussed is actually not on Robyns Nest property and we therefore have no control of the few trees that have regrown.
Regards Robyn
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Devon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2007

We recently stayed in the bed and breakfast accomodation at this resort and thouroghly enjoyed our stay.
Situated within acres and acres of land overlooking a lake, the tranquil setting of the resort is breathtaking.
Our room was clean, a very good size and came complete with lots of little luxuries such as bath robes, towels washed in lavender water, tv and dvd player (with selection of dvds upon request), lovely toiletries and a selection of biscuits and chocolates along with all the normal tea, coffee and hot chocolate making facilities.
Additionally we had a spacious private balcony with gas bbq that looked out onto the lake and the breakfast we were given in the morning was delicious.
This was probably the nicest place we stayed in out of numerous hotels in Australia and my only regret is that we were only there for one night.

  • Liked — The Situation
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank skibumno1
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Canberra, Australia
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2007

The resort it self in in a very tranquil and picturesque location. Natural bush setting and good over facities. Unfortunatley there are differences between thier own web site and the booking wb site we used. Thier own site states that all 1 bedroom villas have a spa, but they don't!
Also don't stay in a 1 beedroom villa if it one that sits under on of the 2 bedroon units because you will be driven man by the constant sound of foot steps, doors closing and almost every other sound from the unit above you.

  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Riteside
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BKAdministrator, Owner at Merimbula Robyns Nest, responded to this review, 6 November 2007
My appologies to the Guests for not enjoying their stay at Robyns Nest. This is the first negative comment we have had since inception! In relation to the spa unit, the site from which the booking was made was a last minute site and this was a last minute booking. The site clearly states "some with spa". We always give priority to letting the spa units first. As it was a long weekend and these Guests were the given the last available unit, it had a bath and no spa. The unit has a 5 star AAA rating. With relation to the noise above, this has never been a problem in the past. No complaint was made to Management until asked. Management did approach the noisy Guests immediately.
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Voorburg
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57 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2007

This is a group of cottages with a bed and breakfast. The complex has a lovely location on the border of the Top Lake in Merimbula, with a view over the lake.

We stayed one night in the bed and breakfast. We had a large room with a king bed, a walk in wardrobe, and double doors opening to a large verandah. Everything was very clean and well kept with an eye to detail. It felt a bit like being in a classic English country inn. There was a dvd player in the room and an extensive dvd library in the lobby.

There was coffee, tea and cookies in the room. The breakfast was lovely and cooked for you while you waited.

We enjoyed our stay very much.

Stayed March 2007
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3 Thank AntoniaV
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Property: Merimbula Robyns Nest
Address: 188 Merimbula Dr, Merimbula, New South Wales, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Merimbula
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Merimbula
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Merimbula Robyns Nest 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Absolute lake frontage set on 100 acres of bush within the town boundary, 5 star rated, 3 minutes drive from the shopping center for the discerning Guest. Self-Contained cottages and traditional hotel style suites with breakfast included are available. Buildings have been built in a Federation style with all modern amenities available. ... more   less 
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