To say this property is off the beaten track is an understatement - the note that its on a narrow road that is steep in parts doesn't come close to it. The access in is over 4km of narrow, windy dirty road - with passing areas few and far between. The last 500m is so steep they provide instructions at the bottom to try and assist. Doing this with a rental car with an almost $10k excess on unsealed roads didn't make for a pleasant start to the stay. And this comes from someone who lives on a steep dirt road in outskirts of Melbourne!
Unfortunately, this wasn't the end of the surprises - there was no flushing toilet or standard 240v power to charge or use appliances. You could charge your phone on a hardwired usb port - that turns off every 15mins - not overly convenient. Also the spa tub, at least for our cabin, was an outdoor bath. All things that didn't make the stay great when you have teenagers with you and haven't give them a heads up!
The cabin requires some maintenance as the door and most of the fly wires needed some serious work to get them to close.
The place itself is in a wonderful setting - very relaxing
Had wallaby's all the way up to our door
Cabin was really clean.
Just wasn't what we were expecting....
Comment from Hotel Management
25-Jan-2018 by Paul D, Hotel Management
Lets re-write this in a “glass half full“ perspective:
Huon Bush Retreats lives up to its name as a Bush Retreat. It is in a wonderful setting - very relaxing. Being at the end of 4km gravel road, there is no passing traffic. The owners understand that some people have no experience at driving on steep gravel roads, so provide driving instructions of how to arrive safe and happy. We wish that we better planned ahead and had rented a car that was allowed on gravel roads. Just a worry, not a real problem.
The no traffic location means peace and tranquillity. It also means that the wildlife is safe to roam freely without cages. We had wallaby's and possums all the way up to our door. At night, the possums climb the fly screens, creating a comical entertainment for the evening. Sometimes this puts small holes in the screens, but this is a minor issue compared to the value of seeing wildlife so close up.
This was a welcome “screen-free” escape. Instead of the teenagers staring at their screens all night, we borrowed some board games from Reception, went for long walks in the forest and had a family meal around the dinner table. There was a selection of books in the cabin, mostly nature focused.
The outdoor bath was a tranquil treat. No noisy motors like in a spa bath, meant that we had a romantic, peaceful interlude. Warm water, watching the stars and listening to the owls.
Eco facilities include composting toilet, 12 volt solar power, chemical free water and carbon neutral wood fired heating. The fire added a lovely ambience. The kitchen has gas cooking appliances. We could charge our phones from the USB outlet. Timed to auto off after 1 hour, it gave us all the power we needed.
Many hotels pretend to be a “retreat” However Huon Bush Retreats is the first place we have stayed that really delivers on its promise.