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Allara Homestead Bed & Breakfast
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

This delightful hinterland hideaway is a true gem in a beautiful part of the world. Cheryl and Ian have created a charming, peaceful and stylish getaway in a glorious setting. The sparkling clean and fresh rooms have quality fixtures and lovely décor. Port and chocolates, tea and coffee making facilities and sound system with I pod connectivity were great touches. Each room has its own private deck overlooking the beautifully landscaped grounds. Native birds provide the entertainment as they flit about the lush foliage. The true “bar raiser” here though is the friendly service and little extras provided to make the guest feel at home. Fresh scones on arrival were a real treat, Cheryl loves to cook and breakfast is a fresh mix of home cooking and quality locally sourced produce.
At Allara the right balance between welcoming hospitality and privacy has been met perfectly. This is the quintessential B&B experience. Thank you so much Cheryl and Ian, we hope to be back some time in the near future.

Room Tip: We stayed 1 night in Vintage rose, Queen size bed firm but comfy, nice deck, .
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cheryl R, Owner at Allara Homestead Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2013

We enjoyed having the two of you stay with us here at Allara Homestead. Providing the right balance between welcoming hospitality and privacy for our guests is a very important factor to us We look forward to your return.
Cheryl & Ian

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Reviewed 5 February 2013

if you want a 'vacant' sterile unfriendly enviroment of a weekend away - Go to a resort because this place is the complete opposite!!
We had an amazing visit with Ian & Cheryl, couldnt have felt more welcome and as if we belonged there. Rooms were beautiful, clean with their own private & discrete balcony, or if you wanted to socialize, brilliant verandah with such a great atmosphere, even down to playing cards with the other guests and Ian. Our hosts could not do enough to make our stay more enjoyable and NOTHING was too much trouble. Quite a tranquile garden to wander in, very relaxing with a breakfast to die for on the most gorgeous china.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank tania a
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Cheryl R, Owner at Allara Homestead Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2013

Hi Tania,
Ian and I enjoyed getting to know the four of you over a very relaxed week end. Even though I was in the kitchen preparing for the next morning's breakfast, I was throughly entertained by you all having such a great time playing cards on the back deck. Ian loved the fact that you included him in on your card game and how lovely was it, that our other guests whom have stayed with us 3 times now, also joined in and had a very memorable afternoon. I have posted a photo of everyone playing cards on FB. Thank you for writing such a great review for others to read. Thank you also, for your kind words in the kitchen about wanting to return when you had only been here for 5 minutes!!! We will certainally look forward to your return. Loved every minute you were here.
Regards Cheryl & Ian :)

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Reviewed 20 January 2013

My partner and I have just returned home after a week-end at Flaxton wherein we were
treated beautifully by Cheryl the owner of Allara Homestead Bed & Breakfast.

Allara Homestead is set in absolutely gorgeous grounds and the ambience is one of
perfect peace and tranquility. The rooms are just gorgeous and each have their own private deck overlooking the grounds.

Cheryl's attention to detail is next to none and is evident from the moment you book in.

Breakfast was served on the main deck and allows guests to either enjoy their own company or
mingle with the other guests. Again during breakfast, attention to detail is evident from start
to finish. Breakfast was delightful and the food fantastic.

We would absolutely recommend a week-end at Allara Homestead and cannot wait for our
next trip to Allara.

A big thank you to Cheryl ..... see you next time.

Bruce and Rowena

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rowena N
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Cheryl R, Owner at Allara Homestead Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2013

Hi Bruce and Rowena

Thank you for letting future travellers know just how much you enjoyed your week end here with us at "Allara Homestead".
Our aim is to give our guests the most memorable stay and that they want to return. We are so glad that you are looking forward to coming back in the future. We also look forward to seeing you again and being able to give you some special treatment.
It was lovely to see your interaction with the other guests at breakfast, I know they enjoyed chatting with you too!
Warm regards Cheryl & Ian

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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Nice little cottage and a warm welcome but not if you like your privacy, if you like the idea of grabbing your keys and enjoying some private time it's not for you, the welcome, although lovely can be a little intrusive and I am sure The hosts are only trying to be friendly but after a long drive we didn't want to be bombarded with questions. The room was tiny and cluttered, could not find anywhere to put anything. The wooden blinds do not fit the windows and the sun shone in from 4am, especially worrying is the blind in the shower it didn't fit the window and you could be seen from outside whilst showering (not frosted glass), There was also no water pressure in the shower. Breakfast wasn't for me as it was served on the verandah of the hosts own home and involved a "meet and greet" with two other couples staying there. Not ideal if you are a shy or private person.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank jane_coppock
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Cheryl R, Owner at Allara Homestead Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2013

Thank you for the time to review your stay at Allara Homestead. Your feedback is important to us.

We (the property owners) review all feedback and reviews with a view to continually improving the experience of our guests, wherever possible. With this in mind, we would like to take this opportunity to address the points you have raised.

1. Welcome, property familiarisation and general introduction .....

Thank you for commenting on the warm welcome you received. This is a critical component of our interaction with guests and we appreciate your acknowledgement. With regard to your comments regarding our questions at introduction, we regret that our eagerness to understand where we could best meet your needs has resulted in you feeling intruded-upon. While our approach in this area is most often regarded as positive, we do accept that not all of our guests are interested in the social interaction generally associated with a bed and breakfast experience.

2. Room size and free space for personal items

While we generally find that bed and breakfast guests seek an intimate and cosy experience, we do have a larger guest room available (at additional cost) for guests seeking a more spacious experience. This information is available on our website.

3. Light coming through around blinds

The timber blinds installed in all guest rooms have been made to measure, however, a small area around each installation does allow light to enter into the rooms. This is a result of an intended "feel" (enjoying the dawn) and is consistent with the rustic theme of the property.

4. Absence of frosted glass in bathroom

Your comment relating to the lack of total privacy in the bathroom is certainly worthy of our attention. We have discussed your concern and have decided to apply frosting to the glass window in the bathroom of Vintage Views. While we are of the view it is unlikely the absence of frosting on this window will result in any breach of personal privacy (when the timber blinds are closed), it is essential that our guests feel entirely comfortable with the level of privacy provided by us during their stay. This will be addressed immediately.

5. Lack of shower water pressure

We cannot explain why you have experienced poor water pressure in the shower of Vintage Views. Since your feedback, we have engaged a plumber to carry-out a full pressure inspection of all outlets on the property and we have been advised that all are "more than adequate". We have not heard of this problem prior to your feedback. We will continue to monitor this issue with a view to establishing an understanding of any intermittent problem that may exist.

6. Introductions to other guests

We regret that our introductions amongst guests during your stay made you feel uncomfortable. We do understand that this approach does not suit all guests, however, most often we find that our guests enjoy the social interaction and sometimes this even results in new friendships being formed. However, as you have suggested in your review, "Nice, but not for us" is probably a fair assessment.

In summary, while we regret that your stay at Allara Homestead has resulted in our lowest ever TripAdvisor ratings score, and also regret that the experience for you was less than what you were expecting, we do appreciate your feedback and would very much welcome the opportunity to have you stay with us again sometime in the future. We would very much appreciate the opportunity to be your hosts once more, and would be thrilled to speak with you about how we could make your stay a much more positive experience.

Yours sincerely, Cheryl and Ian Robinson

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Reviewed 29 November 2012

I wanted to surprise my partner with a small holiday before Christmas. After reading reviews and checking out the website, I decided to call Allara Homestead. Best decision ever. From the very first phone call to make the booking, to the moment we said farewell to the hosts, Cheryl and Ian; my partner and I were catered for to the highest of standards.

We stayed in the new Country Boatshed room but had the opportunity to see all of the rooms. They are all stunning and have their own individual entrances - offering complete privacy from the outside world. It is easy to see that a lot of thought and care has gone into the design of each room. The attention to detail is superb. From the crisp linen to the soft luxurious towels, even the beautiful port glasses in our room (with complimentary port) - everything exudes quality and is the mark of hosts that really care about their guests.

The breakfasts are amazing and there was plenty of it. We were treated to a selection of cereals, artisan quality breads, yoghurts, a huge selection of handmade jams, seasonal fruit, a large variety of teas, fresh pressed juice, fresh-ground coffee, beautiful hot savouries....and that's just one breakfast!

The location is excellent with no road noise what-so-ever. Montville and Mapleton are just a few minutes' drive down the road so you're not far away from cafes, restaurants, shops etc.

The hosts, Cheryl and Ian, are wonderful people and made us feel truly welcome. The combination of our beautiful room, the excellent food and the wonderful hospitality we received, resulted in my partner and I having the most relaxing and wonderful holiday we could have ever asked for.

We will definitely be staying again, no question about it.

Room Tip: The country boatshed is our pick of the lot!
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bazza_87
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Cheryl R, Owner at Allara Homestead Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2012

Hi Bazza

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review for us and future travellers.
We both throughly enjoyed your stay with us, especially the unexpected port we shared late one evening. This was a lovely chance to get to know you both. Having lovely people like yourselves stay with us, make this business a very rewarding one. We look forward to your return some day!
C&I

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