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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
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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

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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
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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

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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
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Cape Schanck L, General Manager at Cape Schanck Light Station, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

I totally agree great location at night

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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 devices during your stay.
  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Joeygirl2
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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

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Reviewed 27 October 2014

Despite reading the poor reviews, we booked a night at the Red Cottage in October. I will agree that the logistics are a little confusing - we weren't sure where to go when we arrived. After a few circles in the parking lot we decided to ask at the kiosk, and it turns out this is where you check in.

We had been moved to the White Cottage because work was being done on the Red Cottage. It really didn't matter to us. We didn't feel that the gate situation wasn't as much of an obstacle as other reviewers, but I can see how it may be an issue if you had limited mobility.

The White Cottage was enormous and included a full kitchen. This is the type of place you go for the location, vs. proximity to town, restaurants, etc. Bring your own food, pick up a nice bottle of wine on the drive down, and enjoy the scenery. You have the entire place to yourself after 4pm when the lighthouse closes. And the hundreds of giant rabbits were fun to watch as well.

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank jenlmartin
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Cape Schanck L, General Manager at Cape Schanck Light Station, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2015

We certainly agree a great place to holiday and work

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