We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“False advertising of the Museum Cottage. No way charming or Modern facilities”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Cape Schanck Light Station
Ranked #2 of 2 Cape Schanck B&B and Inns
Reviewed 2 April 2015

Museum Cottage

DESCRIPTION: on their site

Romantic Cottage
Lovely Single bedroom cottage with queen bed and two single beds. Fully self contained with kitchen and lounge room and private bathroom facilities.

Views
Top location on the Lighthouse station grounds. Out the back door you're just 15 steps away from magnificent views of Bass Strait. Perfect sitting at sunset with a glass of champagne
A separate lounge room off the bedroom, a full kitchen with all the modern facilities, separate bathroom and toilet, with reverse cycle heating and cooling, makes this a very cosy getaway.

Romantic NO. Modern Facilities NO. Electric oil Heater NO, Clean NO. Views NO you look at the walls of the museum on one side. From the lounge one meter from the cottage window is public seating for having a picnic so no privacy if you remove the mouldy curtains. Don't expect your money back when you read of the modern facilities and charm only to find a dirty dump because they can lie but you don't have a leg to stand on when you challenge them. My advise take photos and report them to consumer affairs.

Room Tip: choose the white cottage not this one its a shabby dump
  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
5  Thank frenchie m
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cape Schanck L, General Manager at Cape Schanck Light Station, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2015

We are sorry you felt the museum cottage was not as you had anticipated. Other reviewers have had a different experience.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (48)
There are newer reviews for Cape Schanck Light Station
See the most recent reviews
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

13 - 17 of 48 reviews

Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

We headed off this morning to stay at the Cape Schanck lighthouse museum cottage for a beautiful time away. What a sad disappointment the place was dirty, smelly, sad and over all horrid. We arrived in the morning spent 10 min in the cottage took photos, we didn't even take bags out of the car, l went straight back to the office to ask for a refund and was told No. The place is a disgrace.

Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
5  Thank Lynn B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cape Schanck L, General Manager at Cape Schanck Light Station, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

We had a very large sand storm and was not able to clean all rooms before the guest arrived

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 March 2015

This is a fantastic place to visit with its basalt rocks and multi coloured beach and brilliant blue sea. Take a walk from the lighthouse down to the point and you can feel the earths history as well as see it. Spectacular.

Stayed: March 2015, travelled with family
2  Thank ChefCliveM
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cape Schanck L, General Manager at Cape Schanck Light Station, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

Certainly we never miss working here with these bills each day

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 December 2014

We stayed at the Red Cottage as a last minute impulse booking for our early wedding anniversary retreat. As Christmas & New year period is the peak season, most accommodation would require a minimum booking of two nights. This is the only place that allows for one night booking which suited our schedule perfectly.

We chose to stay here for two main reasons:
1. The rustic and secluded location for sunset and sunrise over the ocean with the lighthouse being the main feature.
2. The night sky far away for the light pollution of Melbourne metro, the easy access to the board walk down to Cape Schanck at night for night photography.

However, we were disappointed when we turn up on that evening as the sky was overcast and there were neither stars nor even sunset or sunrise to be seen.

The place would fully fit the bill if the sky was clear and the weather was fine as we have seen some spectacular night-sky photos here taken by others online. The Lovejoy comet is also due to appear in the night sky in December and it will be a real treat to get some star-trails shots over the lighthouse facing the South Pole towards the open sea.

The bed and breakfast package is priced as a 4 star accommodation but the house is a typical 3 bedroom quaint old house of the 50s with polished timber floors and linoleum flooring for the bathroom and toilet. There is one toilet WC and a separate bathroom serving the whole house. Apparently it was left as it was at that era due to the historical significance of the place - being a staff quarters of the lighthouse in by-gone era.

We love the setting as it turn out to be a stormy night complete with rains and thunder storm! We had the whole house ourselves which was ok, but if you fill up the place with the maximum number of say 8 guests, or a family with a few kids, the queue to the single toilet may be an issue. The bed was firm and the place is clean with good furniture to match.

As a compensation for our missed opportunity to watch the starry night sky, we serendipitously caught some lightning shots near the light house and over the Bass straits. This a chance we have to take as no one can actually fault the establishment over the weather.

The breakfast consists of a basic croissant, a piece of toast, cereal and fruits in packets, plus orange juice and/or tea and coffee. We drove out to the nearby RACV resort for a quiet dinner which was quite good.

Overall, the main reason is for staying here is the location and historical value of the place. If you are looking for modern amenities and modern appeal of the newer motels, go for the nearby B&B or RACV resort.

  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Service
Thank psjeremy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cape Schanck L, General Manager at Cape Schanck Light Station, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

I totally agree great location at night

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 December 2014

I stayed at the Red cottage in November with three friends. We had no issues with booking the cottage or getting checked in. The gate was a bit hard but we managed ok.

The cottage was lovely. It was clean and had all the amenities we needed for the night. The beds were very comfortable and everyone got a good night's sleep. Towels and shampoos/soap were provided for everyone. We did not expect these little touches and thought they were a great surprise!

The walks around the other cottages and down into the national park were the highlight of the location. Seeing the lighthouse at night was spectacular and we all agreed it was something we would not forget.

Overall it is not 5 star accommodation, it is a simple cottage that is well maintained and had everything that we needed for a weekend away.

Room Tip: Mobile and TV reception is touch and go, so keep this in mind - especially if you depend on these de...
  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled with friends
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
3  Thank Joeygirl2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cape Schanck L, General Manager at Cape Schanck Light Station, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

The red cottage is my favourite especially with sun room looking over the large green open space with views to the sand hills

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Cape Schanck
3.7 km away
RACV Cape Schanck Resort
RACV Cape Schanck Resort
#1 of 1 in Cape Schanck
490 reviews
12.8 km away
Fairways Resort
Fairways Resort
#2 of 4 in Rosebud
72 reviews
10.0 km away
Peppers Moonah Links Resort
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
3.1 km away
Views Hotel Spa Events
Views Hotel Spa Events
#1 of 2 in Cape Schanck
132 reviews
12.1 km away
Summerhill Farm Bed & Breakfast
9.1 km away
Harmony Bed & Breakfast
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Cape Schanck Light Station? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Cape Schanck Light Station

Address: 420 Cape Schanck Rd, Cape Schanck, Victoria 3939, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Mornington Peninsula > Cape Schanck
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Schanck
Price Range: RM438 - RM1,213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cape Schanck Light Station 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on 20 acres of grounds, the Cape Schanck Lighthouse was built in 1859. The lighthouse beam sits 100 metres above sea level, and took the Lighthouse keeper and his 2 assistants 72 turns of the clockwork mechanism to wind it up every 12 hours. The special crystal lens that is still in use was made in France in 1858, and was transported over the vast oceans via sailing ship. It is now valued at more than $5million. 59 circular steps lead up inside the 21 metre high lighthouse which gives spectacular views across the cliffs and ocean to Port Philip Heads in one direction and past Phillip Island to Cape Paterson in the other.Four Cottages occupied by former lightkeepers can now be your base while you explore the Mornington Peninsula. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with HotelQuickly so you can book your Cape Schanck Light Station reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing