We were greeted by the friendly golden retrieval upon arrival and its host were also very nice. She helped us settled down pretty fast and even gives suggestion on what we could do. This is a denifite recommeded B&B. Its 10-15 mintues drive to the blood of the southern cross.
Wintarni Olives Features
Fully accessible for two to four guests.
Queen bed (Sofa bed and trundle available).
Lambswool underlays, quality linen/towels.
Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher.
Wholesome country breakfast provisions.
Reverse cycle air conditioning.
Outdoor furniture and gas barbecue.
TV, VCR, CD, DVD.
CDs, magazines & books.
Private lock-up garage.
We totally enjoyed our stay here! Everything was well equipped, it feels so much like home! We've slept on the best bed of our trip.
You've gotta play with the friendliest golden retrieval.
3 star park, with some drive through caravan sites, several ensuite cabins. Also Pet Friendly (depends on the size and type of the pet) Ensuite cabins are around $67 per double including linen hire (unlike most parks, for more than 1 night's stay, there is no extra charge here for linen). 2 BBQ areas (one with portable BBQ, the other with electric, plus 1 inside communal area. Set back a little off the highway, so there isn't too much noise (particularly at the far back of the park near the tent camping paddock (also an area to let dogs run, otherwise inside the park they must be on leads).
The fact it's pet friendly is a good advantage, as few parks in the area are pet friendly at all (Creswick Caravan Park is another one which is)
This is about the only two star rated accommodation in the town and its proximity to the railway station makes it a good option for the budget minded traveller.
If the weather is hot you should be warned that, though it does have ceiling fans, it's not air conditioned.
Prices were around $65 per night for bed and breakfast at the time of writing.
It also has something not all other accommodation houses have, parking. There are 11 spaces available for the 11 rooms.
To give you some idea of how highly prized these types of buildings are in Australia, this is and extract from the news in mid 2006.
'The Victorian Government will spend $125,000 upgrading a historic Ballarat guest house.
Reid's Guest House was built in the 1880s and is currently used by UnitingCare to provide emergency accommodation.
The money is part of $900,000 worth of heritage grants announced across the state today.
Planning Minister Rob Hulls says the guest house is magnificent but in a state of disrepair.
"It has enormous historical value, but it does need to be upgraded," he said.
"And that's why the Government is pleased to be allocating $125,000, which will help restoring this beautiful building, particularly the beautiful verandah."'
The refurbished George Hotel in Lydiard Street North is the third `George' to occupy the same site, which isn't how it got a three star rating.
The first was initially known as the "George Inn", Ballarat's second officially licensed hotel, being built only months after Craig's which opened as the 'Ballarat Inn' in June 1853. The "George Inn" was built by George Howe and Francis Herring who originally arrived in Ballarat very early in its history, on the 1st September 1851, at the same time as other early Ballarat notables James Oddie and Thomas Bath. According to the early Ballarat historian, W.B. Withers, Howe and Herring "jumped" a claim of Oddie's and proceeded to take 37 Ibs weight of gold out of the ground.
Howe and Herring built their "George Inn" on the present site, the western side of Lydiard Street midway between Sturt and Mair streets, which was then opposite the police camp occupying the area between Lydiard and Camp streets from Sturt to Mair st. At this time Camp street ran on the diagonal and intersected with Grenville Street at Mair St. And so The George Inn stood atop a green grassy mound looking east across the Government Camp and towards the Gravel Pit diggings.
In "Lydiard Street North, Ballarat" 1855 by W.B. Benson, which hangs in the City of Ballaarat Fine Art Gallery, there is a good impression of the original building.
Early Ballarat historian Nathan Spielvogel speaks about the first George hotel structure a century ago when the licensee of the then George Inn was Charles Foster and the big balcony was decorated with tree ferns. The George was also patronised by the more fashionable members of the mining community. The arrival of rail transport to Ballarat in 1862 had a dramatic effect on Lydiard Street.
This first building stood until the 1880's and was the scene of many notable occasions. For many years aspirants for Parliamentary honours addressed open air meetings from the George balcony to the crowded assemblages on the roadway below.
The second George hotel, of brick construction, was an impressive double storied building. It had paired round verandah columns on the ground floor, whilst the upper storey had flat columns and interspersed railings. The upper floor had embellished window detailing and the building had prominent signage. The third George Hotel, of brick construction was erected in 1902 at the end of the Victorian era, with a three storey balcony verandah which is unique in Victoria. The local architects E. & B. Smith designed the new building which was true to style, in that classically with each subsequent story the level of decoration decreases. It was built by J. McGregor and had 30 bedrooms and four bars in the overall total of seventy five rooms, which also included four sitting rooms and a billiard room. The ground floor facade and the main entry were decorated with marble and the staircase was of walnut. The overall cost including furnishings was seventeen thousand pounds.
There have been subsequent alterations to this surviving building which has been renovated in recent years as the result of two apparently deliberately lit fires, in 1978 and 1988.
One of the features here is the fact that you can sit out on the spacious verandahs upstairs and watch the world go by.
There are about 5 cabins on the premises, some with 2 bedrooms, and one with 3 bedrooms.
One of the good features for kids is an outdoor play area with several games, including volleyball, and also a bit of a barnyard/farmyard where kids can collect the eggs and see the animals etc.
Ideal for group accommodation.
There's also a BBQ area and communal laundry cabin.
The view is also nice and rural off into the distance and seems further from town than it is.
The cabins are on a 50 acre working farm.
Another B & B inspected on our tour.....
Carlile is mostly self contained, so has some advantage over a motel, in that you can do some of your own cooking (there's a microwave and full sized fridge) and you've got a bit of an outdoor area/verandah.
Also though there's nowhere near as much space inside as you would have in the average motel room, and that to me is a bit of a disadvantage to it, as the place is nicely decorated otherwise.
There tv is roof mounted, there's just enough room for the bed down one end of the rectangular room, the kitchen and bathroom closely beside each other down the other (quite small bathroom but I guess it's enough for 2 people), and a couple of kitchen chairs just fit near the kitchen bench... not enough room to have a sofa.
The roof is almost a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams, so there's plenty of height for you not to feel hemmed in height wise.
Just a few minutes from town.
One of the B & B's we checked out on another familiarisation tour of Ballarat with Ballarat Tourism.
One of the advantages of this property, is that it's extremely central (just 2 or 3 blocks from Sturt Street, in historic Lydiard Street, and is larger than the average B & B in Ballarat - this one can take up to about 12 people comfortably, and is very well priced for a group.
Good sized kitchen. The house doesn't seem crammed at all.
It's a well renovated house with period features. Very nice decor.
One room (see pic 3) even has a larger than normal bay window with space for a little sitting area or library in the window.
It's also got a good sized back yard area (I think with BBQ too)
We arrived here very late after a 9 hour drive hoping for a good nights sleep
sadly we were given a room between two groups of young people who went in and out of their rooms banging doors, and gathering outside ours shrieked and giggled untill 3am
when my husband in desperation opened the door and told them in no uncertain terms to shut up and go to bed
our room described as `superior` was chilly shabby and dated, the only superior thing about it was the king size bed, it certainly didnt deserve the high price we were charged
on checking out l complained about our noisy neighbours but was not offered any reduction on the room, l felt rather disgruntled about that
there is an indoor heated swimming pool on site, a licensed restaurant and tennis courts but we didnt see any of them
We found Clarendon house thru a brochure at the Visitor's Center. It's an old, beautifully maintained and decorated "listed" house on a corner location, with parking outside the door. The price was competitive for the town - cheaper than the Sovereign Hotel and many others (Feb 04 = $A110.) We loved it!
Inside is a small apartment - separate fully-equipped kitchen, nice sitting area with sofa (bed), CD player, large TV, comfortable QS bed, huge shower. The very nice owners live in an attached home built behind. A connecting room contains a billiard table!
I was only one day in Ballarat, so I did not need accommodation.
The picture you see here is from the hotel (I can't remember the name) where we stayed after visiting Sovereign Hill, waiting on our train back to Melbourne. We eat and drink there something and playing the pokies as well ;-)
Craigs Hotel - Lydiard St.......
One of the best... Luxury, Pricey, center of everything..
Bell Tower Inn - Sturt St......
About the same as the above...
Lake View Motel - Wendouree Parade...
Beautiful area, by the lake and close to gardens. Much cheaper also...
Craigs.... Right in the center of town.
Bell Tower... Out a little way, near the Arch of Victory, ans Avenue of Honor.
Lake View..... By the lake and gardens, close to Wendouree Shopping Center.
About 5 mile from center of town.
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