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Blair Athol Estate

37 Blair Athol Rd Via Warialda Road, Inverell, New South Wales 2360 Australia
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#1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Inverell
Accommodation is offered in a stunning 1904 Federation Manor house, situated in magnificent heritage-listed gardens, dating from the 1860's. The homestead has beautifully-appointed suites with antiques, views of the gardens and pressed metal ceilings. Guests can enjoy a complimentary port or sherry in their private downstairs sitting rooms with open fireplaces. Cooked and continental breakfasts, with produce from the estate, are available every day. It has all the charm you would expect from a country manor. The historic grounds have numerous outbuildings, a cemetery, tennis court and stables. The property is located on 54 acres yet only 5 minutes from the town of Inverell. The Estate also has a newly built Roman bath-inspired Day Spa with mineral-rich pool, spa and infra-red sauna. Relax on comfortable daybeds and take in the magnificent view over the valley. Massages, food and drinks are available. The day spa is an adults-only facility, not included in the accommodation rate and only open at weekends, subject to availability. Indulgence at its best!
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Victorianlad wrote a review Nov 2021
Melbourne, Australia16507 contributions4909 helpful votes
Our group of 10 arrived at this stately estate with its attractive entrance to be fulsomely greeted by 'mine host' Kim (female) Kelleher, who apparently ran a Bed and Breakfast in Brisbane, Queensland prior to commencing her venture six kilometres outside Inverell in 2004. We were from memory booked in six rooms, but the Blair Athol website only shows five. At least one huge room (in which our organiser stayed) has a shower over bath so if you are one of the many who doesn't like climbing into the shower over a bath, avoid this room. Kim learnt each of our names which was impressive. She showed us the two rooms where our group would partake of breakfast. From memory each room seated six at a large table. There were also Chesterfields, and the usual offer from a B&B for 'free' tea and coffee. The grounds cover 54 hectares and include remnants of what was a former horse stud, plus an intriguing 'tiny house', the solidly built (but very expensive) day spa that I didn't inspect and a vegetable garden. It was very pleasing that the owner has retained a magnificent stand of Corymbia Citriodora (lemon-scented gum) trees near the front entrance. Stunning. I was booked in the smallest room, the Rose Room (numbered 5) that like all but one was on the first floor up a beautifully appointed staircase. The room had a brass double bed with good quality linen, a chair, bedside tables and a main table plus good lighting that included a chandelier. There was free sherry (not a drink I've ever liked). Windows looked onto the roofline but allowed plenty of light to enter. While this may be due to design of the room, otherwise pleasant half doors opened into the bedroom rather than away from it. This left very little room for me to drag a small suitcase through into the underutilised hall between the bedroom and bathroom. This hallway had minimal furniture including a wardrobe with a largish mirror. The bathroom had an excellent walk-in, generously proportioned shower with its rainshower fitting. I really liked the pebbled floor that ensured a non-slip surface. While this should not occur when there are separate groups of two persons not in a group, our need to be on the road coach by a particular time each morning meant that shower pressure could vary depending on whether others were concurrently abluting. As the tour organiser commented 'this is the reality of 1930s plumbing'. Bathrobes were provided while shampoo, conditioner and body wash were in large bottles and of acceptable quality. Interestingly all were manufactured in Melbourne, the manufacturing hub of Australia. Breakfast was excellent with all needs met. Kim and her staff were a little late on the second of our three mornings with it but I suspect there was a slight misunderstanding. Servings of yoghurt and bacon were generous to say the least (as they would want to be for an expensive A$35 breakfast). I noticed a small crack in one of the dining room ceilings, and a couple of creaky boards in my room under the thick carpet, but apart from that the property seemed to be well maintained and clean - always challenging with a building that dates from 1904. 98 per cent of the time I travel independently and vastly prefer hotel rooms rather than B&Bs as the former give one the opportunity for more anonymity, and largely avoid forced bonhomie. Blair Athol Estate has the disadvantage of being six kilometres from the attractive town of 13000 that is Inverell, so for public transport users like me that would normally rule it out. However for the majority using private cars, no problem. I'd recommend a stay of no more than two days here as the need in a B&B to obtain tea and coffee downstairs is a small annoyance, compared to a motel or even better, hotel room. The owner has a cat that's apparently been through 'the wars'. While it was amusing to watch a fantail/Willie Wagtail tiny bird defend its territory and dive bomb the languid cat, cats don't belong in Australia. I can understand why people want dogs (of which Kim has a delightful two) but introduced cats are major killers of Australian wildlife including birds, possums and numerous other species. A very pleasing aspect was how 'mine host' Kim has the sort of personality extremely well suited to running an accommodation facility. She's about as far removed from a stereotypical grumpy motel proprietor as one could be. Top marks for her unfailing good humour.
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Date of stay: November 2021
CountryGirl2017 wrote a review Oct 2021
22 contributions11 helpful votes
We had a couples weekend away, it was so much fun stepping back in time and seeing what I would have been like living in the 19th century....except in this case we had super comfy beds and luxury bathrooms. We also loved our continental breakfast, simple pleasures looking out over the lovely garden.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John B wrote a review Aug 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Stayed in middle of winter, was very different for us from the coast. Was a bit like being in a museum, there are a lot of old interesting things in the rooms and house. It was very different. Sometimes felt I was in a movie set. Had the fire raging, was cool. I lit one of the fire places that was just for show, they weren’t too cross. Not many places like it.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JJ-In-NSW wrote a review Jul 2021
Newcastle41 contributions13 helpful votes
I chose the Blair Athol Estate guesthouse in Inverell, NSW for me & and my husband since we prefer to stay in family owned Guesthouses and B&Bs. It is utterly charming, very clean & the owner, Kim, gives great attention to detail, guest comfort and her cooked breakfast is superb (generous serves & delicious!). But the main reason I chose this property is they have an on-site day spa - absolutely stellar services & a gorgeous, uplifting atmosphere. I spent the entire afternoon there, bouncing between the facial, massage, pool, sauna, hot tub, foot & back massage chairs by the roaring fireplace (it’s winter / three’s anoutdoor seating area for warmer weather overlooking the valley…). Also on offer - a light lunch, tea, coffee, rainwater, champagne and wine. My massage was SO heady and relaxing, I didn’t need any alcohol to enhance the experience. HIGHLY recommend!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from kim kelleher, Owner at Blair Athol Estate
Responded 4 Aug 2021
Hello JJ! Just saw your lovely review. Thank you very much. I am so happy you enjoyed your time with us. It is an honor to have you and your husband stay with us. We know that you have travelled the world and your recommendation means everything to us. Thank you and kind regards, Kim
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Lrp62 wrote a review Jun 2021
Sydney, Australia149 contributions75 helpful votes
This beautiful estate was very charming and we spent an afternoon in the day spa which was so luxurious. The accommodation was comfortable and very clean and we enjoyed a beautiful home cooked breakfast. Would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blair Athol Estate
Which popular attractions are close to Blair Athol Estate?
Nearby attractions include Inverell Pioneer Village (7.9 km), The Dust Jacket (6.5 km), and Olives of Beaulieu (2.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Blair Athol Estate?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and internet access.
Is parking available at Blair Athol Estate?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blair Athol Estate?
Conveniently located restaurants include Freckles Cafe, Yim Thai Restaurant, and The General Merchant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Blair Athol Estate?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.