An impromptu stop over during our usual one day drive between Melbourne and Sydney brought us upon the Rose Cottage. Having not been able to secure a place in a number of other booked out venues, we saw this listed in the local Tourist Guide, but it is a gem. What appears to be a home nesselled behind a wonderful VIctorian-style garden is actually a very cosy guesthouse with so much to see.
We stayed in the Cameo Rose room, one of only 4 rooms in the house, which had so much on the walls and duchess that we were still noticing things as we were leaving the next morning. Teddy bears, dolls, vintage Pear's Soap framed pictures, paintings of children with cats, dogs, dolls, potpourri, marble sinks and copper pipe showers; you'd be mistaken in thinking that you'd stepped back in time, if not for the television and clock radio.
We were gifted with two free drink vouchers for the Hibernian Hotel across the road, which offered nine different variations of Chicken Parmi (Thursday and Sunday night at time of writing, for only $14.95), which was an easy solution to dinner in an unfamiliar town. The shared lounge area was complete with books, magazines and a roaring fire, which was a pleasent surprise on the brisk evening. The breakfast the next morning was a nice change to the traditional cook-yourself previsions, and was just the thing to start the day of our return drive.
At only $135, it was a very nice experience that we wouldn't hesitate to repeat when we are in town next.