Port Fairy was one of our stops on the end of our Great Ocean Road Adventure. We chose this hotel based on online reviews and its proximity to the main area of town.
The hotel was in a historic building that dates back to the mid 1800's and it shows by the smallness of the rooms. The accomodations were simple and a bit on the sparce side. It was a basic room with a bed, dresser and tv. The bathrooms were communal and down the hall. The bathroom had two sinks, shower and toliet. Men had one bathroom and women had another bathroom.
My wife was not "thrilled" with the accomodations but it was only for one night. Using the facilities in the middle of the night was downright hazzardous and we had to navigate stairs while groggy from sleep. The bed was comfortable though.
We had a breakfast included in our rate at the pub/restaurant on the side of the Hotel. It was a simple breakfast buffet with eggs, breads and fruit along with coffe, tea or juice. It wasn't anything great but it sufficed.
We chose the Caledonian as it was at the cheaper end of the price scale AU85 and staying in an old pub sounded great. The rooms are very neat and tidy, well stocked, clean bathroom with a huge shower, good enough for two!
Breakfast was provided, selection of cereals, bread for toast and condiments and tea and coffee and milk. The heater was good and kept the room very warm during the 5 nights we stayed in Winter.
Exactly what I expected for a budget motel room, close enough to everything and the restarant was nice stop at the end of the day for a beer and a meal.
A quaint little cottage in the heart of Port Fairy. The price (I have forgotten how much) was reasonable for this kind of accommodation. The cottage sleeps up to 4 people and is very well appointed. The port and cookies were a nice touch.
Port Fairy's cottage accommodation is by no means cheap, but we were very satisfied and happy with 40 Regent.
shower & bath
pets by prior arrangement
This was a very nice, large, clean room with a kitchen, a wash machine, and beautiful courtyard.
Their own quite nice restaurant right across the sidewalk.
There seems to be quite a range of Accommodation available in Port Fairy, considering the small size of the town.
From the moment we saw it from a distance we were optimistic and, as it turned out, with justification.
This atmospheric and rustic dwelling is beautifully fitted out inside with polished floors, comfortable beds, roomy bathroom and well equipped kitchen. We also had stereo and T.V. and a good selection of reading matter.
Our sole complaint was that the couch could have been more comfortable!
The host, Anne Ardlie, is a great conversationalist and you get one of her home-baked cakes, some home-made jam and other goodies when you arrive as well as a fresh damper every day.
We actually stayed in Arrondoon, the 1862 home of farming family George and Maria Bull and, later, 5 of their 7 children. Built from coursed limestone with bluestone quoins, a common style in early Port Fairy.
As an historic building it is not unique in Port Fairy but there is a wooden and stone dwelling out the back of indeterminate age that is reputed to be the oldest in Port Fairy and an interesting sidelight as to how people lived in the early 1800's. Scary!
I also heard my first Singing Honeyeater here. He often used to sit on the uppermost branches of the tree at the rear entrance and whistle away in a most charming manner.
Next door is the wooden Cherry Plum Cottage that has been also done into a 4 and a half star B&B decorated with period furnishings.
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