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Lyrebird Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 1 Roseville B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 February 2013

Myself and my family stayed at the Lyrebird Cottage and the Lorikeet Room. The bird life from the veranda was simply beautiful and having somewhere with peace and quiet over New Years Eve in Sydney was fantastic.Gorgeous shower room downstairs in the Lyrebird Cottage and plenty of space. Upstairs Lorikeet Room has more than enough comfort for myself and my husband. No air conditioning which made things a bit hot but fans provided so not unbearable. Sarah and Graeme could not have been more accommodating and even managed to re-unite us with a laptop which we left behind within 24 hrs. Lovely hosts, lovely house.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Having lived and travelled in Sydney I know that it can be hard to find a decent place without it costing a fortune or filled with cockroches! I was very pleased to find the best value for money B&B that I have stayed in yet! The B&B is situated in a lovely, leafy suburb of Sydney. It is off the beaten track away from the general tourist traps and high cost but low value accomodation found there and in neighbouring areas like Manly. The B&B is a lovely restored house with a lovely veranda looking out towards the mountains. With a lovely outside lounge area (with table and sofa) it is very easy to pass the time on the veranda watching the sunset. We stayed in the Lorikeet Room of the B&B. The great thing about this room is that it is separate and adjacent to the house itself so has a separate private entrance and outdoor area. The room has been newly built and everything is modern and clean. I found the room a good size for a couple with lots of amneites like kettle, tea/coffee, tv etc, which you would often find in a hotel room but not most B&B's. Those that have commented that the room is too small or below standard are being unfair. For what they want they would have to pay 3-4x the price and stay in the HIlton. The whole point of staying in B&B's is for the charater and charm of the location, which this place has plenty! In addition the owners are absolutely lovely. Graeme and Sarah are very welcoming, extremley helpful and welcome you into their home as if you are one of the family. Their local knowledge is invaluable! And Sarah's breakasts on the veranda are irresitable! This B&B ticked all the boxes for me and I can highly recommend it to those wanting to get a real feel for Sydney by staying with locals in a local suburb but still being within easy distance by train into town and country.

Room Tip: Lorikeet room has a nice private entry and outdoor area!
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We stayed in the Lorikeet room which has it's own separate entrance around the side of the main house. This made it easy for us to come and go as we pleased.

Although the room was fairly compact, it was perfect for us with a lovely bed, coffee making facilities and a very peaceful location.

We found the location ideal as we wanted to spend some time in the city (not too far away by train) and also see some of the nature surrounding Sydney.

The owner's Sarah and Graeme were very knowledgeable and helpful and we enjoyed relaxing with them on the large balcony area.

If we're in the area again we would definitely stay here.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

please note some facts for for the small room visitors might miss otherwise: the small room is about 10 sqm with a tiny 3 sqm bathroom, you can barely walk around the bed, the room was reasonably clean overlooking some dead insects on the windowsill, you will not find an airconditioning, however a sat TV system, dont touch the curtains else the construction comes down on you, the house is in a leafy upmarket suburb but looks badly maintained and untidy with cobwebs everywhere and wood parts needing paint, it is hard to find, nothing signals it is a lodge, we preferred alternatives.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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LyrebirdBandB, Owner at Lyrebird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2012

We have had many visitors from all walks of life stay at Lyrebird B&B. Almost all of our guests have loved the room and enjoyed their stay until this recent visit. We realise that alas we cannot please everyone. We are like an old homestead surrounded by bush which we share with beautiful Aussie nature including Kookaburra’s, Lorikeets, King Parrots, Possums and Bandicoots. Unfortunately this means we also share this bush with a few bugs. Welcome to Australia! Most people appreciate the term “rustic” and love the character of our traditional home. We are not a city hotel with perfectly manicured lawns and do not pretend to be. The price reflects this and if our guests prefer perfection, we are not the place for them. We have two options for rental including the Lorikeet Room and Lyrebird Lodge. This particular guest booked the Lorikeet room which as you can see from photographs and read on our website is compact at 15m2 including the en-suite, but has everything you need. The Lodge is a newly renovated 2 bedroom apartment with lovely sandstone walls and its own large veranda. It is completely separate to the Lorikeet Room.

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Reviewed 19 October 2011

The two-bedroom flat is very independent and separate (downstairs, separate entrance, no connection) from the main house. It's basically a daylight basement underneath the house. Free wireless internet. Off-street parking. Quiet location in the leafy Northern Suburbs (Roseville), down the hill from Pacific Highway, so there's no highway noise. Birds in abundance, especially kookaburras. It is not "fancy," like one might imagine a bed and breakfast to be. It is totally functional and decorated in what I would call "mid-century, middle-class Australian". No chintz. The shower is wonderful. The flat has a complete kitchen. Laundry facilities are shared with the house, including a clothesline. I didn't need them, so I didn't check to see if there's a clothes dryer. 12 minute walk to Roseville Station; 22 minutes to Chatswood. No hairdryer.

Note: This accommodation is suited to people who are very independent and don't need concierge-type help. We did not need touring suggestions, and they weren't available. In fact, we communicated with the owners by email and never saw them. It was fine for us, and we'll probably stay there next year. I did not rate "service" because there was no service.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2011

I wanted to be close to relatives but still have a place to call "home". That is exactly how Lyrebird cottage felt. The rooms were clean and beautifully decorated. The hosts were generous and helpful but not intrusive. The area is a quiet suburb but only a few blocks away from good restaurants, cinema, and shopping malls. If you are eager to go the CBD of Sydney, this may be a bit out of the way as taking a train would be easiest (the station is not far) but as I had no interest in going there, I was very happy with the Cottage. Food is lovely and if you are looking for a peaceful rest in a private spot than this is B n' B is for you!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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LyrebirdBandB, Owner at Lyrebird Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2011

We are 11km from the city centre and the train takes about 20 minutes to get there (station is an 8 minute walk from the B&B). A big plus about being slightly "away" from it all is the peaceful location, native wildlife and close proximity to National Parks. If you want the best of both worlds we are in an ideal location!

Sarah

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Reviewed 25 November 2010

I loved my stay , its very clean and everything is nice and new, its quite. I will be staying again.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Lyrebird Bed & Breakfast

Address: 44 Findlay Ave, Roseville, Willoughby, New South Wales 2069, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Willoughby > Roseville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Roseville
Price Range: £56 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A colonial, rustic Australian home close to National Parks,cafes, Chatswood Theatre, shopping centre and public transport with easy access to Sydney's city centre. ... more   less 

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