"GREAT VALUE IN A LOVELY AREA"
09/01/13 holidayjan Brisbane
I stayed at Wombats B & B a few days ago because I didn't want to stay in busy Sydney. It didn't take long to get there from Sydney and although I arrived frazzled and late at night Laurie the owner was very welcoming. When he saw how worn out I looked he carried my bags in and made me a cup of tea while showing me around. I selected this place to stay on price alone. It was VERY clean and tidy and I felt very good value for money as breakfast was included in the price. I got upgraded to a lovely room with a double bed plus 2 bunks, mirrorred robes and a small modern tv in the cupboard plus fridge. Although it's a share bathroom it was immaculately clean and ultra modern and you even had you own bath mat to take in with you. All linen was top quality. I relaxed in the beautiful bath as the other house guests were out. The rooms are not huge but I was very happy with my stay there and wish I would definately stay there again. Breakfast was the best I've seen at budget priced B and B's - there were at least 4 choices of breads, cereals and it was a tea connisueurs dream there were so many choice plus tons of fruite and even strawberries in the fridge. The kitchen was fully equiped for longer stays and I would have loved to had time for a swim in the beautiful pool. Lounge room was small but had a huge TV and you could get hire movies. There is plenty of off street parking and the shops are nearby and beautiful Pt Clare was just down the road, stunningly beautiful place, I popped over to see Terrigal too and it was only 20 minutes away. Thanks for a great stay Laurie and see you again one day.
"The awful truth!"
08/31/13 Joana272 Brisbane, Australia
We arrived exhausted after a long flight/drive ....Before showing us to our room, Laurie, the owner insisted on taking our credit card and drivers licence again and writing down the details because, he said, to check we hadn't stolen them! Had we a choice, we would have left then, however, our card had been charged when we made the booking ( 2 months prior) and we knew that other accommodation in the area wasn't available that weekend. Thank fully the sheets were clean and we only had one night there ...as one night was enough!....the rooms were small, expensive for what amounted to a 10' x10' twin room with shared bathroom. We could go on however, our advise is give this place a miss.....ugh!
05/06/13 JFW01 Gosford, Australia
COZY BURROWS If you google ‘wombats’, you may get one or two surprises. Apart from information and pictures of an Australian animal known for its ability to arrange cozy burrows, you’ll read about a pop/rock band from Liverpool, England. You might also notice as you scroll around: the Women’s Mountain Bike and Tea Society (WOMBATS) run by Jacquie Phelan in California. Then suddenly you’re in any of the three hostels in Austria (Vienna), one in Hungary (Budapest) and two in Germany (Berlin or Munich) where Wombats Hostels are creating an alternative atmosphere for travellers to stay overnight or longer, in the birthplace of world-renowned, decades-old Youth Hostels Association! There must be a story worth chasing here, about how the increasingly popular alternative to YHA and Backpackers in Europe came to adopt our iconic Wombat as their totem. The surprise continues, as you discover we have 4 hostels here in Oz linked with the name of wombat. Probably the most authentic of these, in the spirit of self-catering, home-from-home hostels, is on the Central Coast of NSW, virtually a stone’s throw from a large ‘lake’ with the confusing name of Brisbane Water (confusing, as it is nowhere near Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland – and probably not officially a lake as much as a type of saltwater inlet of the South Pacific or Tasman Sea). The reason for this international traveller to arrange a single night accommodation here near Gosford NSW, is another story. But when I rang the owner/manager with my inquiry 24 hours before required time, the friendly flexible response resulted in an immediate booking, complete with discount and no agency fees. Negotiating the hairpin Wombats access driveway off Brisbane Water Drive (the main link between West Gosford and Woy Woy), I parked the car in the otherwise empty car-park. Ringing the big brass bell as the signs directed, I was soon joined by the manager and commenced the grand tour of pool and BBQ area. We walked through to the communal kitchen then along a corridor past doors marked Burrow 2 to 5. I realize, I forgot to ask the manager about Burrow 1. I was immediately upgraded to Burrow 5 at the far end of the corridor. The Royal Honeymoon King-size bedroom had a built-in, full-length mirror sliding-doors-wardrobe the full width of one wall. The window looked through broad vertical blinds to where my car was safely parked. It was more than I needed but comfort guaranteed and no difference to the discounted quote. The manager told me in his Aussie, understated way: “It’s a bit quiet tonight”. So I had the place to myself: TV lounge-room/library and full use of sparkling new shiny-clean bathroom containing large enclosed shower area and separate toilet. The kitchen was overflowing with baskets of fruit, loaves of every type of bread, jars of cereal, coffee, tea and full range of spreads for self-serve morning toast. After self-catering an evening banquet, I settled in front of the largest TV screen I’d seen for a long time and feasted not only on the exotic food I’d prepared, but also on my own choice of TV channel. I had no need to explore the extensive DVD library (available for a $20 returnable deposit). Sitting on a fridge, prudently nestled within one end of the sliding mirror wall, Burrow 5 had a smaller TV, which I didn’t use until News on ABC 24 the next morning. To say I slept well that night is another understatement as I slowly adjusted to a rapidly brightening sun. I checked the news and prepared for a new day. The shower was instantly hot with easily adjusted temperature (sometimes as any traveller knows, showers have a mind of their own!) Breakfast was brilliant with every nutritious desire at one’s fingertips with easy access to kettle, toaster, fridge and sink. As you all know – wombats inspire travellers to stay tidy, clean the kitchen after use and take out the rubbish before you leave, which I did. Sadly, I didn’t get chance to say goodbye to my new friend the manager, as he was busy as I left. I had fixed up the bill earlier and have an open invitation to return for a cuppa and a chat any time. Finally a warning to travellers: Real wombats take tidiness a bit far. We may be forgiven for not following their example too closely, as around access areas to their burrows, they leave cube-shaped, easy-to-clean-away, dry droppings. This may be to deter unwanted visitors who are advised not to chance their luck, dicing with destiny if arriving without proper arrangements or at least, an invitation. Apart from this minor matter, I can guarantee, based on my experience, Wombats are very good at providing very effective cozy burrows.
"I stayed here 2.5 months as a student"
04/12/13 Brandon M Port Orange, Florida
I stayed here back a few years ago while interning at UNSW-Ourimbah. I have to say, I lucked out and had a great group of people staying in other rooms that were also students and the noise level was good for the most part. Cons: The walls are thin, occassionally I would have people stay above me and I could hear EVERY footstep, so if they walked really loudly at night then sleep wasn't an option. The owner is nice once you get to know him. He gave me an attitude when i first arrived because I was too early for check-in. I was kind of shocked since I had a 2.5 month booking and to get that kind of treatment after paying big money was just rude. In fact, my room was actually ready which further unnecessitated the attitude. He is a bit of a penny pincher, in fact I had to leave Wombats 10 days earlier and I gave him a few weeks notification about my leaving and he approved and said he would refund. When I left he actually only ended up refunding half the money, but I was already out of town to dispute it. One weekend me and another student took a trip to the Gold Coast and he asked us to remove everything from our rooms so he could rent the rooms out! After we already paid for the rooms for those nights in advance! I told my travel organizer about the experience to hopefully get some of the money back. Laundry is expensive, 5$ a load of wash and 6$ to dry. Pros: The pool is gorgeous. it is a 10 minute walk to the train station, Aldi's and the bottle shop. The area is nice, and the B&B sits far from the road so you won't hear too much noise.
"First class B&B"
03/21/13 John G South West Rocks, Australia
Wombats is a fine example of a realy first class B&B. The rooms are nicely furnished clean and comfortable, fridge TV and clock radio. The very large bathroom boasts modern cusine and is handy to rooms. The kitcen is equiped with everythiung you neeed. Pictures will show the grounds and ammeniityy,s excelent. The "light " breakfast is more than most people would would dream of, huge bowl of fresh fruit,...banana,s apples, oranges,pears,nectarines and grapes, 6 serials, white and brown bread, bun loaf, butter and margerine, vegamite ,honey , peanut butter plus 5 diferent jams, pure orange and apple juice,bottled drinking water etc etc. I enjoyed my stay. I am a senior citizen, widely travelled, Wombats is the best B&B I have ever come accross and a credit to the owner
"Thin walls and ceiling"
11/24/12 electricdiscus1 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
We stayed overnight after a wedding and the room was very neat and clean despite the old furniture. It was a bit of a shock that the bathroom is outside considering when I was told we got an upgrade at the time of booking!We got the family room which opens up to the kitchen but the walls and ceiling is very thin as we can hear our neighbors talking. We fell as sleep after a long day and was woken up by all the banging and heavy walking from our neighbors. After laying in the dark watching the clock ( which was 1am ) we decided to pack our belonging, buried our room key and drove home at the wee hour of 1.30am! The place is quite clean and well equip but not sure about the cost. We had to pay $143.50 after being quoted $90 because we got the family room despite me telling the owner that it's just my husband and I and we got an outside toilet! The owner was a bit creepy, trying to chat me up over the phone when I made the booking so I got hubby to deal with him the following morning. So if you want to stay here, don't ask for borrow 5 or stay down stairs! and be aware that he deduct your credit card straight away despite your booking being 2 months away!
06/02/12 jendy k Moree, Australia
the whole place sukks along with Proprieter,hes sneaky a rip off and sly as,no brekky as advertised,no fruit basket,his cabinets inside the house are padlocked and kids wanna play the games,no changing of the weekend Towels,the shower upstairs just dribbles I can P ...faster,and he wants more $$$ off u wen u get there instead of including in the full price.
"Unbelievably Bad Owner"
01/23/12 John S Perth
The grounds and pool are wonderful. When all the Christmas lights are on at night it is just downright beautiful. Rooms are small but nice and clean. The outside toilet, which considerable is suitable for disable persons, unfortunately can be seen into easily from the outside due to the blinds being too small. The owner, Laurie, is intrusive, made us feel like squatters more than guest, complained about ridiculous such as using too much electricity (which for someone who has stayed at over twenty hostels and hotels in Australia and NZ is completely unheard of). He made a few comments about women and young people that I found distasteful. It is sad that such a nice house was ruined by the people who worked there. Though it can be cheaper than other places in Gosford, I would recommend spending the extra money and go somewhere else.
07/13/11 sydney4me sydney
Bedrooms were ok, though a lot smaller than the pictures showed, all the furniture looked like it was from garage sales or second hand shops, external areas need a major makeover. The owner, Laurie, is the big problem. He is an obsessive compulsive control freak who watches everything you do and comments accordingly. He liked to blame me for anything that was overused or out of place, he didnt want me to use too much electricity, or park my car in his parking lot because it was too big, leave not a drop of water in the bathroom after I used it, not a crumb of bread in the kitchen. He treated me like a child, made comments on my private life and generally made me feel like I was an inconvenience not a guest. In summary, he is unwelcoming and unprofessional and at one stage he threatened to throw me out. I stayed here for several weeks for my studies. It was miserable.
"Intended to stay for a week and stayed for 2 months"
05/25/10 MarianneNZ Sydney
I was in the area for short-term IT work at a local company in Gosford for a couple of months. Laurie the owner/manager went out of his way to make sure my stay was comfortable. It was a tranquil, relaxing place and I enjoyed using the salt water pool after work. It was a bonus that the wireless internet was complimentary and this enabled me to do some work after hours. Laurie supplied generous continental breakfast each morning and was full of knowledge on the local area. He was also kind enough to drive me to the supermarket when he got his supplies so I could get my own groceries. The kitchens both upstairs and downstairs were well stocked with cooking appliances and utensils. Highly recommended for workers that need a peaceful place with cooking facilities or over 55 year olds that are holidaying in the area.
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