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Freycinet Retreat
Ranked #1 of 5 Coles Bay B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Four friends touring with hiking in mind. This retreat sits on a spectacular clearing on Mount Paul. Being a promitory the views are unbelievable. It is a short drive to the Hazards and Wine Glass Bay walks and although the individual cabins are small all new kitchenette ,bathroom make this a comfortable stay for those of us who are just a little spoilt.

Room Tip: They all have views and are identical
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Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

My husband and I visited the Freycinet Eco Retreat in April 2017. It was pretty chilly when we arrived, which may have been why we were the only visitors at the Ocean View Eco Studios. But wow, did we have a great time! We only stayed one night, and we regretted not being able to stay longer. We arrived around 4:00p, and the sun set around 6:00p, so we didn't have a very long time to explore the property before turning in for the night. But in that short amount of time, we were able to see so much wildlife and take a nice walk around the cabins.
The cabins are small, but they have everything that you need. The kitchen wasn't a full kitchen, but there was a stovetop that we used to make our dinner that night, and the cabins came with everything we needed to make a meal.
It rained that night, and we got to enjoy the sound of the rain on the roof. Honestly, it was so nice and relaxing to get away from everything have have a bit of solitude.
We slept in that morning and woke to some fog, but the fog eventually cleared and we were able to get a beautiful view of the ocean and the scenery.
If you are in the area and you want to get away from the city, this place is perfect! I would love to go back.

Room Tip: All of the cabins have a great view of the ocean!
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

Known to us as Freycinet Eco Retreat.
When applied to accommodation the tag ‘Eco’ is often a cipher for ‘privation’. Not here. Disallowing a long haul from the mainstream there is little that counts as sacrifice here. Set in a forest clearing on the shoulder of Mt. Paul the array of studio cabins offer a commanding view over the Tasman Sea or, to the south, along the Freycinet peninsular and across Great Oyster Bay. The water may be distant but the panorama is peerless and the sunrises priceless. All else is as advertised and the local wildlife is inquisitive and sociable without being intrusive.

The good: our cosy and efficient studio cabin #4 (but they all appear identical) was new, conspicuously clean, bright, comfortable, quiet, well-appointed and, despite initial appearances, quite private. Reception was helpful and efficient with a compendium of local information provided in the cabins. Almost everything we needed was there and it all worked as expected. The bed was comfortable and the linens plush. The furnishings are smart, efficient and modern; and the adirondacks on the balcony deck were a relaxing venue from which to take in the sunrise or try to catch of glimpse of New Zealand. The décor is spare but the fit and finish of the cabin fittings is thoughtful and well executed. The well-lit bathroom is compact but adequate and similarly well-appointed. The complete and well-equipped kitchenette was thoroughly up to the DIY breakfast task and could be called upon for more substantive creations if required. The cabin was well supplied with power outlets and luggage storage space. The included wifi worked well on all our devices and parking is right at the cabin door.

The not so good: it’s some way out of the mainstream – maybe a 15-minute drive from Coles Bay including 4km of OK gravel roadway to the hilltop aerie. Aside of a few local trails there is little to do at the resort other than take in the views. The bathroom is pretty much a solo operation and horizontal space for toiletries is at a premium. Hanging space in the cabin closet is limited. There is little exterior shelter for poor weather. There are no laundry facilities onsite. Mobile phone service is patchy in the cabins but taking a walk around the grounds improves things. Not sure how the cabins would cope with hot weather as there’s no AC but ours was remarkably well insulated during the cool April evenings.

We would return.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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FreycinetRetreat, Owner at Freycinet Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Thank you for your review, and we’re glad that, on the whole, you enjoyed your stay here. We are interested that you associate “Eco” with “privation”, as we are in the process of removing the word “eco” from our name. Our own research has shown that client engagement appears to be better without it.

With regard to the rest of your review, we would like to address some of the points that you raise in your “Not so Good” section.

Your Comment: It’s some way out of the mainstream – maybe a 15-minute drive from Coles Bay including 4km of OK gravel roadway to the hilltop aerie.

Our Reply: Why is our location in the “not so good” section? We have the word “Retreat” in our name, which we feel is a bit of a clue, and we make it clear that we are off the road, so we are really surprised that you feel that this is a disadvantage. Furthermore, what is the point of this observation, and what are we supposed to do about it? Would it better if we were located next to the road, with the concomitant noise and no view, or be located in a town, or maybe not exist at all? We are proud of the fact that we are a real retreat, with no road noise or other urban pollution and this is what most guests really like about us. As you can probably tell, we do find comments about our location rather frustrating as we make it abundantly clear as to where we are, and it should come as no surprise to guests. We even have a video of the entire driveway on our Facebook page, which you can reach through our website.

Your Comment: Aside of a few local trails there is little to do at the resort other than take in the views.

Our Reply: The problem here is the use of the word “resort”. On our website we state the following - “If you are expecting a resort, you will be disappointed as we are a nature retreat and we particularly appeal to travellers who appreciate getting away from it all in a truly natural and beautiful environment”. Most guests are not looking for anything to do when they arrive here, other than wandering around, bird or animal watching, relaxing, enjoying the unsurpassed and uninterrupted views that we offer, and possibly partaking in a local vintage. We’re not really sure what else you may have been expecting when you say that “there is little to do”. There are plenty of things to do in Coles Bay, a short drive away, and we think that it is great that one can participate in a range of activities nearby, and then get away from the hubbub that Coles Bay becomes during the summer season, and come back to a peaceful retreat.

Your Comment: The bathroom is pretty much a solo operation and horizontal space for toiletries is at a premium. Hanging space in the cabin closet is limited.

Our Reply: In the first part of your review, you state that “The well-lit bathroom is compact but adequate and similarly well-appointed”. However, by this stage of your review you have a different take. The shower room (as it is strictly speaking) is a solo event – nothing wrong or unusual about that – and, as well as the sink vanity unit itself offering some storage space (including the cupboard and three drawers) we have tried to supply plenty of horizontal spaces on the bamboo shelves right next to the bathroom. Hanging space is limited, because, we have found in over 15 years of operating accommodation that, most guests don’t need or want it and barely unpack at all for a two to three night stay. This is why we have provided a double luggage rack, for easy access to two large suitcases, which you don’t mention.

Your Comment: There is little exterior shelter for poor weather.

Our Reply: If one wants to sit outside in inclement weather, then there is a covered BBQ area, which has an amazing view.

Your Comment: There are no laundry facilities onsite.

Our Reply: Correct as far as the Studios are concerned, although if you book one of our Lodges then they come complete with a washing machine. We may, at some stage, install a laundry, but as we are completely water self-sufficient, we need to monitor water usage for some time in order to be able to ensure that the essentials are covered before we go down that road. Each Studio does, however, have a heated towel rail, so doing one’s smalls in the bathroom sink and getting them dry is not a problem.

Your Comment: Mobile phone service is patchy in the cabins but taking a walk around the grounds improves things.

Our Reply: Mobile phone service is patchy in the whole of rural Tasmania!

Your Comment: Not sure how the cabins would cope with hot weather as there’s no AC but ours was remarkably well insulated during the cool April evenings.

Our Reply: The Studios are indeed 6* energy rated and have been carefully designed to take advantage of sea breezes providing cross ventilation cooling. We have not installed AC units as they are generally noisy and would impact on the special ambience that our location provides.

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Reviewed 5 April 2017

We spent 2 nights in a studio. The setup as has been commented on previously is absolutely first class. The thought that has gone into the facility is evident. The studios are very private despite being next to one another and have outstanding views. Stock up with supplies in Swansea or Bicheno as facilities at Coles Bay are limited and expensive.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

I loved this place..the rooms are essentially trailers that are tricked out with luggage rack, bathroom (with HEATED floors, sigh...), little kitchenette with all the necessities, a breakfast bar, and sleeping area. Porch off the front with an uninterrupted view of Friendly Beaches, and WHAT A VIEW. Very comfy beds and linens. In the evening the wallabies come out, unafraid of the visitors but not aggressive at all. One is completely habituated to people and came hopping right over in the morning, but again, nothing frightening, just interested. Very quiet up there. The drive in is a bit daunting, gravel road and very steep, we just prayed we didn't encounter anyone coming the other way. Well worth it to stay here, you'll really feel like you've experienced the country.

Room Tip: try for 8 it's on the end so it looks out over the mountain on the side as well.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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Address: 1799 - 1819 Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay, Freycinet, Tasmania 7215, Australia
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Freycinet > Coles Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Coles Bay
Price Range: €234 - €296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Freycinet Retreat 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Freycinet Retreat is a 1200 acre, Land for Wildlife, bush property with fabulous views adjoining the Freycinet National Park. Two luxury Ocean View Bush Retreats and eight Ocean View Studios offer comfort in style. Guaranteed wildlife, no doilies, mod cons, perfect for the independent traveller couples. Self-contained with well equipped kitchen/kitchenette and BBQ facilities. Free high speed wifi and LED Smart TVs included in your room. Off the beaten track away from the hubbub of the local village, and well worth the effort. ... more   less 
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