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- funky accommodation
- great food, historic hotel
- limited facilities
- shared bathrooms within the main building
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Healesville Hotel Review
Housed in a restored 1910 pub, this famous local lodge has seven colorful, modern upstairs rooms (A$130 a night in high season) with high ceilings, tall windows, and genteel touches such as handmade soaps. The three bathrooms are shared, so be sure to pack a suitably funky robe to wear for the short walk along the hallway. Downstairs you can dine beneath pressed-metal ceilings in a stylish restaurant ($$) that's won many awards for its fine cuisine; try aged rump steak with mashed potato, bacon and thyme roasted tomatoes (A$28). But leave room for dessert: what's not to love about lemon syrup pudding with lemon curd ice cream and meringues (A$14.50)? The hotel's front bar has been transformed into a bistro for casual lunches and evening meals, while the adjoining Harvest Healesville café is the place for all-day grazing (no dinner). You can also pick up fresh produce and gourmet foods at the hotel's Kitchen & Butcher shop. Guests who want total serenity can book into either of the two rustic but luxurious cottages at Harvest Farm, on 18 acres of bushland and gardens a few minutes out of town. The cottages can sleep up to four people, and breakfast is provided (minimum stay is two nights on weekends and in January high season—prices A$600 for one couple, A$200 extra if second bedroom is used). A nearer option is Furmston House, an attractive cottage right behind the hotel–it's also priced at $600 for two nights for two occupants.
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