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It can be hard to pick a good motel. In the heat of the moment at the end of a long day's drive, I've driven into some really 'dodgy' places. You know the sort; the bed's sagging and goodness knows how old the swirly-patterned carpet is. So I'm relieved and surprised when I walk into my room for the night at The Comfort Inn Coach & Bushmans Motel, 66 Emily Street, Seymour, Victoria. The motel's entrance is on a side street, off the busy main road into town, and with plenty of landscaping to add an extra touch of secluded privacy.
The Room - The generously-proportioned room has a queen-size and a single bed (there's only two of us), a good-sized bathroom with modern fittings, plus a chaise-lounge, desk and stylish black leather chair, luggage rack, and breakfast table and two chairs. Furnished in light wood, silver-and-black lamps, taupe bed throws, and black-and-white pillows the ambience is modern and comfortable. The room also has a large double wardrobe, mini-fridge (bottled water is supplied for a small fee), microwave, and toaster. Reverse-cycle air-conditioning, and free-to-air and Foxtel available on the tele.
plenty of bench space and modern fittings in the bathroom
The Hosts - my last-minute phone call was handled politely and efficiently. Clear directions were given over the phone, making it very easy to find, and even though our credit card number was held as security, it wasn't pre-charged.
Facilities - continental breakfasts are available in your room between 7 - 8am. Two bedroom units have washing machines and stoves, disabled access, and an enclosed pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the motel, and there is a Tourist Information Bureau right across the road.
Our hosts were helpful with recommendations of nearby restaurants, and all within walking distance. They included Seymour Chinese, the Old Post Office Gallery Restaurant (which was closed on a Sunday night), and the Royal Hotel, where we dined - a very clean, family-friendly atmosphere and good variety on their menu.
This motel was a great central spot close to Mansfield and the high country, the Strathbogie Ranges Region and Nagambie Lakes, Heathcote and Kyneton to the west, and only another hour to Melbourne.
Things To Do - other recommendations, courtesy of the in-room information folder included:- the great Victorian Rail Trail and the heritage-listed Seymour Railway Station, Seymour markets on the 3rd Saturday of the month, and the Vietnam Veteran's Commemorative Walk, the only walk of its kind in Australia dedicated to all Vietnam Veterans. For more information on things to do in the area click here.