At a Glance
- genial host
- located minutes away from great walking trails
- no year-round dining area (except in summer when the veranda is an option, breakfast is served in rooms)
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Melba House Review
If Dame Nellie, Dame Joan, and Dame Edna are new to you, you'll certainly be well acquainted with the ladies after a stay in beautiful Melba House. Owner Sue Handley, who took over the property in 2010, rechristened the three guestrooms and gave them a gorgeous new look. In keeping with the B&B's name (Dame Nellie Melba was a famous Australian opera star in the late 19th century), the Dame Nellie room is the largest and decorated in lovely black and white Laura Ashley prints and furnished with a sofa, small dining table, and a chandelier. The Dame Joan room (named after opera singer Joan Sutherland), although the smallest room and the only one without a Jacuzzi, is equally as charming and has all the same welcoming touches including fresh fruit bowl, chocolates and port by the bedside. Bright colors and sparkle are the hallmarks of the Dame Edna suite (named after Australia's favorite cross-dresser, Edna Everage) where the pink and white Laura Ashley prints are the perfect match for the pink marble fireplace. The house has all the charms of the 19th century—fireplaces, high decorative plastered ceilings, and a wide timber veranda where you can choose to have breakfast in the warmer months. Sue, a dedicated foodie, provides a sumptuous breakfast and delicious afternoon tea. She will pick up guests from the railway station, and also provides an array of discounts for local attractions such as the Trolley Bus and a day spa.
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