Need to know
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $175.00, excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include a generous buffet breakfast, plus happy-hour wine, cheese and lemonade on Saturdays.
(Trucker) hats off to the owners, who turned an abandoned inn into the vintage sweetheart you see today. Tim restored the foundations of the building; Eliza masterminded the styling. They both hand-tiled the patio, designed with dancing in mind and decorated with large, colourful tiles that are almost too pretty to prance on. (Almost.)
At the hotel
Grounds with hammocks, a bocce ball court, lily pool, pond, bonfire pit, horseshoe pit; on-site parking; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock; Om bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Are you feeling foxy or aquatic? If the former, bed down in the Queen room decorated with fox-print wallpaper; if the latter, opt for the room graced with a pretty shell lamp. Groups of friends can stake out the Three-Bedroom Cottage, which has its own shiny, well-equipped kitchen.
There’s an abandoned kidney-shaped pool in the grounds – an atmospheric reminder of the property’s former life as Mountain Breeze House – but it’s only used by lucky frogs and water lilies these days.
Bring marshmallows – you’ll make friends around the bonfire.
The former pool house has been turned into a gazebo for socialising; there’s also a fire pit designed for nightly bonfires.
Teenagers can come too; this hotel isn’t designed for tiny Smiths.