Open since 1998, Inn the Tuarts Guest Lodge is a cosy little Bed and Breakfast in a gorgeous part of Busselton. Combining elegance and luxury with the natural and serene setting of Tuart Forest National Park, this 4-star accommodation has all the creature comforts you can't live without, while outside there's sights you'll never forget: the mist rising through the Tuarts on a cold winter's morning while you soak in the hot tub or the hundreds of kangaroos you'll see round dusk. A little more exploration and you'll likely see possums, bandicoots, bats and ducks, as well as multiple varieties of native birds who call the Tuarts home.
Driving through the beautiful woodlands towards this elegant little Bed and Breakfast, you instantly begin to unwind and feel relaxed. Not only is the flora and fauna quite breathtaking, the speckled rays of sunshine through the tall trees give the journey to the lodge a majestic and ethereal feel. This is a special place – the world's only tall Tuarts grow in this area, and are up to 40 metres high.
Upon arrival at the lodge you are greeted by the live-in owners, Peter and Suzanne Keynes. Inn the Tuarts provide its guests with a welcome drink on Fridays and Saturdays between 5.30pm and 6.30pm around the log fire in winter, or the pool in summer. The hosts are relaxed, helpful and inviting, providing you with plenty of information about the lodge upon arrival but soon leaving you in each other's company in complete privacy in this exclusive adult retreat. The bedroom was spacious and luxurious and the bed the thickest and most comfortable ever encountered, even counting top city hotels.
home-away-from-home extras exclusive only to boutique B&Bs such as this. As well as the extra-comfy queen sized beds, rooms include HD LCD televisions and reverse cycle air-conditioning units. The covered entertainment area, which can be opened up to the outdoors during summer encompasses an 11 metre indoor pool and infrared sauna, plus a stainless steel BBQ and fridge. Guests are welcome to use the barbecue to prepare a complete meal in the evenings, with plates, bowls, cutlery, drinkware, serviettes, condiments and cooking utensils all provided. Even the dishes will be done for you.
The décor inside the guest lodge is simple, yet very stylish, with a rural feel to it; this includes 20-foot ceilings, French doors and a lot of wood. Bedrooms had carpet and wooden furnishings throughout; the lavish Grand Morning Room had polished wooden floorboards, wooden tables and chairs and large mirrors on the walls. It's here that guests will enjoy a gourmet breakfast, from a choice of three (and gluten, sugar and lactose-free options). Suzanne used to own the Gold Plate Finalist "Maxwell's Cafe" in Nedlands and the renowned "Alixandra Farm" Cafe in Denmark, so the breakfasts are better than the usual B&B fare.
Rooms range from the Reinscourt Spa Suite, with its own double spa bath, ensuite, four double robes, and a four poster bed, plus reclining chairs and verandah seating; the Wonnerup Queen Suite with a huge bathroom and semi-private courtyard overlooking indoor pool area, plus its own private entrance; to the Ludlow Queen Room with a verandah overlooking the lawn. There are only six suites at Inn the Tuarts, meaning you're never likely to feel crowded, or just another room number.
The spacious guest-only Lounge area has leather couches, books, board games and a country-style wood fire. You can relax and read the paper in this lounge or enjoy other guests' company.
Officially rated as a 4-star Bed and Breakfast by AAA in March 2010, Inn the Tuarts Guest Lodge was also awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in May 2011. Room rates start from as low as $129 per room (not per person) and with only five minutes from the Busselton town centre, three minutes to Wonnerup Beach and 25 minutes to Bunbury or Margaret River this is very reasonably priced.
With an earlier 2.00pm check-in and a later 10.00am check-out, you and your family, or you and your partner can enjoy the facilities of Inn the Tuarts Guest Lodge, whilst still enjoying everything Busselton has to offer. With a detailed knowledge of the local area, Peter was more than willing to WeekendNotes by providing a comprehensive outline of local attractions, maps and brochures.
You would be crazy to miss this out, not only for the accommodation but for the local attractions. Escape the rat race in the big city and come and enjoy the beautiful coastline, the nature walks, local flora and fauna, weekly farmers markets and the wineries and other local produce. There is so much to see and do, and whilst you stay in Busselton why not stay in ultimate luxury at Inn the Tuarts Guest Lodge.