In the picturesque village of Olinda, visitors are spoilt for choice with plenty of quaint B&Bs. But staying at the award-winning Camelot Tower, with its stunning architecture and view of Melbourne, was not a hard decision.
Camelot Tower is impressive from the outside, with the slate roofed spire dominating the sandstone-walled cottage. The craftsman-built accommodation won a Australian Institute of Building award and was given a 5-star rating from the RACV in 2005, so you know it's going to be almost a work of art.
Leading up to the entrance is a timber bridge, which passes by a small pond filled with lillypads. When you enter through the imposing wooden door with stained glass features, you are immediately in the bedroom. A queen size bed sits in the middle of the circular room, underneath a ballooned ceiling of purple silk.
The bedroom features a queen size bed and a draped silk ceiling.
The private balcony, from which you can enjoy stunning views of Melbourne, is accessible via the lounge. At night the city lights outshine their surroundings, but the view of the nearby parkland is also breathtaking during the day. There is a table with two seats on the balcony, so it is an ideal place to take your breakfast and feast on the crisp sights.
Before sunset as seen from Camelot Tower's balcony.
The highlight of Camelot Tower is the huge spa bath, enclosed in an eighteenth-century inspired Geisha hut. The doors open to reveal the perfect angle for watching television from the bath. Lots of novelty value, and perfect if you don't actually want to talk to the person you are on a romantic getaway with.
A spa bath built for two is enclosed in the geisha hut.
I was very impressed by the cottage and the service offered by the friendly owners, Ross and Ophelia. Everything was just as described on their website, and the delicious breakfast of bacon and eggs that Ophelia brought in the mornings surpassed my expectations of a B&B.
Camelot Tower is just a few minutes away by foot from the shopping strip. With it's tiny population of less than two thousand people, Olinda is a quiet place but there's plenty of parkland attractions to keep you entertained.