DD's Bed and Breakfast accommodation at Melrose is in a former bank building, centrally located in the heart of Melrose. The B&B has a bank theme throughout, with individual rooms being named after Australian Banks such as the Commonwealth Room, National Australia Bank Room, and Bank SA Room. Fortunately you won't need a bank loan to stay here, as room rates are very modest.
The town of Melrose shelters next to the Mount Remarkable National Park, and is a popular tourist destination for people visiting the park. It's also a gateway to the Flinders Ranges, with many travellers passing through on their way to see the rugged beauty of Wilpena Pound, Lake Eyre, Brachina Gorge and the Flinders Ranges National Park.
But it's not just the natural attractions of the Flinders Ranges that bring people to Melrose. There are many mountain bike and walking trails in the area, the Melrose Fat Tyre Festival, heritage buildings and historical sites which all make Melrose a photographer's paradise.
It was a combination of these that drew me to Melrose: I was in need of a short break and wanted to take my dogs with me. I stumbled over DD's B&B accommodation at Melrose on the animal friendly listings on AirBnB, and after chatting with Donna discovered that my dogs would be welcome to join me on holidays here. She has a dog of her own, but both of mine are friendly and wouldn't be a problem.
Fortunately at that time in Autumn there were rooms available, so I was up to Melrose in no time. There are many interesting things to do near the Flinders Ranges, and I stopped at some of those on the way to break the three hour journey from Adelaide.
DD's B&B was easy to find in Melrose being conveniently situated between both hotels, with a view of Mt Remarkable across the road. I was welcomed by Donna, given a quick tour and the code to the free wifi, then settled into my clean and spacious room. The rooms have bank themed decorations which add a touch of fun, but are also equipped with a good size TV and cable TV channels. I was set!
Common Room Near the Roaring Fire at DD's B&B Accommodation
While the weather was freezing at night outside, DD's B&B was toasty warm. There's a roaring fire to warm the hallway and rooms nearby, while rooms are also fitted with reverse cycle air conditioning. I slept like a log at night. The bed was comfortable, and external shutters helped keep heat in and noise out. Incidentally the dogs slept well too.
I have a hankering for bacon and eggs for breakfast which I don't often indulge. Luckily it's free and included as standard (served with coffee) at DD's Bed and Breakfast, and was a hearty way to start my day. If you want to pick up some lunch before leaving, Wazza's Cafe is part of DD's B&B and has some tasty food available.
Breakfast is Included at DD's BnB - Image Supplied
My mission at Melrose was to explore the abandoned railway stations between Peterborough and Quorn, and I spent long hours driving around this part of the Flinders Ranges. The dogs really enjoyed exploring too, and ran amok when we stopped in the ghost town of Hammond. Luckily no ghosts complained.
On my return to DD's B&B at Melrose, Donna was helpful with advice on which pubs were offering the best meal specials. For guests who would rather cater for themselves there is a clean and tidy kitchen. A common room with TV can be found at the back of the bed and breakfast, if you would like to socialise with other guests. Two shared bathrooms were spotless, had plenty of hot water, and were easily capable of servicing guests without any uncomfortable waits.