Hotel Reviews

Airbnb Review – Mancuso Country Cottage, Metcalfe

For my birthday weekend, I wanted to go somewhere with our puppy Zoe. Unfortunately she gets severe car sickness, so where ever we decided we were going to had to be close.

I really love Kyneton, located just over an hour from our home in Melbourne. It is a beautiful, sleepy town with just the right amount on county feel to it.
Piper Street is where the best cafes are, beautiful homewares shops and also houses with their doors painted in bright colours!

So when I found a house located near Kyneton that was dog friendly, I knew that was the place for us!

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Pulling up at the house, you are greeted by the most quaint cottage around!

Inside consists of two rooms. A bedroom with fireplace, bar fridge and tv and a 2nd room which is the bathroom.

Although it’s not a 5 star hotel, it is extremely comfortable with everything you could possibly need. Especially in winter, thick blankets on the bed with electric blankets. The cottage also holds heat extremely well.

Some of the neighbours. I took the dog for a walk around the property on our first morning and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw an emu across the road! I thought I was dreaming, there was also an alpaca, sheep and a cow!

An extremely large spa tub was just want I needed! It was huge. Although, I didn’t want to waste water so I only filled it up a little.

The rest of the compact bathroom, again everything you could possibly need. The large sink doubles as a spot to wash any dishes and is large enough to do so.
The mirror is quite high, lucky we are tall-ish! Ha!

How cute are these retro glasses that were in the shack!

The front verandah, with a comfy lounge and a BBQ to the left. We were left with sufficient firewood too, however if we got too low there was more near the back shed.

So many places to sit and ponder, read a book and just take in the fresh country air.

Having a quick photo with my pup, Zoe. She absolutely loved it too, unfortunately we couldn’t let her off the leash as she doesn’t come back when we call her – still training her on that. Plus I wouldn’t want her to scare any of the resident cows.

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How cute is my pink hat! I picked that up from Alex Muir in Kyneton. One of the cutest interior shops I have ever been into. Alex is also lovely, well worth a visit!

The pup taking in the little creek down the bottom of the house. So many new smells for her to take in!


This well was built by the Chinese during the gold rush – an amazing piece of history on the land, a pleasant walk down the hill.

Our first Air BnB experience was so easy. We are so grateful for our hosts, who made the stay very comfortable and pleasant. The property was wonderful and I can’t wait to return! Hopefully sooner rather than later!

I had several questions about whether children could stay here, however I don’t think it would be possible as it is just the queen bed and not much room for any additional pullouts etc.

If you would like the link for the property, feel free to reach out. I would be more than happy to share this little slice of heaven.

Renee
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Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review – Metropol at Crown

I tend to take the whole month of June to celebrate my birthday, and this year is no exception. After the shock of being forced to take out private health insurance to avoid the levy (turning 31 sucks!), I decided we needed to treat ourselves.

Flicking through the Crown Resorts page, I found a pretty good deal for Crown Metropol. Priced at $280 for an Urban Luxe Corner room, 12pm check out and valet parking, the offer was too good to refuse!

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Check-in was horribly long, we spent at least 20 minutes waiting in line at 5.15pm on the day of check in. It seemed the check-in staff would just disappear and only leave 2 at the front however the lady that checked us in was great. I had advised in advance it was our Wedding Anniversary, which we were celebrating too, and she promptly wished us a happy anniversary which was lovely. She also advised she had a great room for us on level 21, perfect!

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The Urban Luxe rooms are located on levels 8 to 25 and feature a king size bed and large tv.

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I like the addition of the chaise as an extra area for seating. The room also included a selection of magazines, which was AMAZING! Better Homes & Gardens, Women’s Weekly – it was perfect!

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The tv is a great size for such a spacious room. This photo shows just how big the room is with a separate desk area, perfect for those traveling.

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You can see Port Phillip Bay in the distance!

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Unfortunately there is no bath in the bathroom (I believe the apartment has a bath!) however it is extremely spacious, plenty of lighting and even a separate beauty mirror. The seperate shower was equally spacious, with nice water pressure.

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Toiletries included the standard shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and body wash. They are scented with lemongrass – uplifting and refreshing!

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After dinner (at Mr Hives Restaurant & Bar – separate blog post to follow) we headed up to the pool area which is absolutely stunning. My Husband, popped in for a swim while I relaxed in one of the sun loungers.

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The next morning we decided to have room service for breakfast and settled on the “Ultimate” for one. There would have to be enough food to serve a small army, and one Ultimate breakfast was definitely enough.

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We choose the following;

  • Orange juice
  • Cappuccino
  • 3 pastries – Almond croissant, Blueberry muffin and a Danish
  • Seasonal fruit platter
  • Smashed avocado with peas and poached eggs

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The Fruit Platter was delicious, and the perfect way to wake up in the morning. The only issue, the grapes had seeds! Ew!

I absolutely loved our one night stay at Crown Metropol, the room was absolutely divine and the perfect amount of glitz and glamour without being pretentious.

It will be a real delight to return back to Crown Metropol, hopefully sooner rather than later and maybe next time I’ll book the Apartment!

Have you stayed at any of the Crown properties?

Renee
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