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“A beautifully authentic Goldfields experience!”
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12 reviews
Front of The Diggers Store property
Pillow top orthopedic double bed
Shingle roof and antique wrought iron details throughout
Freshly baked organic sourdough on arrival
Record player and a selection of vinyl
The orchard and the hens
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Private Room, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Castlemaine, Victoria

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Melbourne, Australia
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“A beautifully authentic Goldfields experience!”
Reviewed 18 October 2014 for a stay in August 2014

My partner and I stayed at The Diggers Store for our anniversary. We were greeted by the lovely Tina and Alex and their daughter, Odetta. They showed us around the gorgeous converted stable with the aroma of freshly baked bread still in the air. The stable has been renovated with care and authenticity and Tina and Alex have paid a great deal of attention to the style and detail.

We were treated with a bottle of bubbly by our hosts to assist us in celebrating our anniversary. We enjoyed this in front of the cosy fire, listening to records on the turntable.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here amongst this picturesque country setting. The bed was one of the comfiest we've ever slept on and the crisp sheets were AMAZING. The homemade breakfast treats were glorious - from spreads, to granola, to sourdough.

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Liked best: The record player and the handmade treats
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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“Rustic but little comfort”
Reviewed 29 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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This converted barn certainly is rustic and no doubt representative of 1860's goldfield accommodation standards. However time has moved on.
At $180 a night, it is expensive and provides little comfort. Downstairs is dingy, draughty with no view other than brick walls and a ramshackle barn door. Upstairs, the sleeping quarters, has some charm but again it is totally uninsulated and draughty.
Overall both floors stink of soot from an open fire that clearly does not work
The bathroom also fails to impress. You have to walk through the shower space to get to the toilet. Water, water everywhere.
Probably the greatest concerns however relate to electrical safety and building fire standards. It is unacceptable in 2014 to power kitchen equipment from a multiple portable connector running from a single socket.. Similarly, the lack of an emergency exit from the sleeping quarters is of concern
The diggers of the 1860's did it tough. This overpriced place proves it

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
22 Oct 2014
This is the first bad review that we have received since opening. We knew it would happen some time - you simply can't please everyone, but this has honestly been pretty upsetting to receive. We put our hearts and souls into our B&B and to have someone declare it uncomfortable and unimpressive is truly disheartening.

This was a couple that we found difficult to deal with, which is a real shame because the majority of our guests are absolutely lovely to deal with. They had booked about two months prior to this stay and cancelled on us at the last minute. This time round we took their booking with some hesitation.

When they turned up to the accommodation they were notably disgruntled, having been unable to find the accommodation. I explained that we had a Google map link to the location on our website. This didn't seem to appease the situation, but I did my best to stay positive and show them through the accommodation. Their next complaint was that there was no TV. I explained that we don't advertise having a TV on our website. They insisted that it was ridiculous not to have a TV and that if we didn't have one that we should point it out on our website. I don't think it is common practice for accommodation providers to point out what facilities they don't have on their website. Many of our guests point out how great it is to have a break from TV.

They then declared that the accommodation was very "quirky" and wasn't what they were after and that they would likely need to find somewhere else. All through this we stayed polite and friendly, but insisted that they stay. (We were booked back to back at this time as it was school holidays and we would have been left out of pocket AGAIN by these guests.) I asked what they felt we had misrepresented on our website, and they were unable to point anything out.

So, after some convincing that the accommodation was what they had booked and that we had fairly represented it through images and words, they decided to stay, begrudgingly.

We're sorry the guests found our accommodation too expensive – the cost is reflective of our location in Castlemaine. It is also reflective of the expense incurred for us in providing quality local, organic produce. Unfortunately these guests didn't touch the breakfast provisions. The guests would perhaps have saved on their expenses if they hadn't chosen to eat breakfast elsewhere. Also, we do not take any profit currently as all proceeds go into maintenance of the grounds and the reservation of the 1850s buildings on the property.

We're sorry that the guests were unable to see any views – downstairs the windows are small but they do look out onto the 60 year old grapevines. Through this the guests look onto the original 1850s mining supplies store. We think this is quite special – but I guess it's not everyone's cup of tea. Guests can open the curtains or double doors downstairs to look out onto the orchard where they will see trees, roses and chooks running around. Upstairs there are double doors with similar views.

This building was lovingly converted from a stable into the accommodation but we've done our best to maintain the building's character and integrity by keeping as much of the original fittings as possible. If we took the “ramshackle” barn door out and replaced it with a white plastered wall it simply wouldn't be a converted stable from the 1850s anymore, in our opinion.

We can assure our guests that the fireplace is swept out annually and works well. We're sorry about the smell – as mentioned we had had bookings back to back so there had been a lot of fires that week.

We've never had complaints about draughts from guests in the past as we do have sufficient heating. We can also currently in the process of installing a new air conditioning/heating unit.

It does get wet in the bathroom but we supply a mop so that there is no danger of slipping. It is a health regulation to have two doors between the toilet and the kitchen, which is why the layout is as it is.

Regarding fire safety – We have two state of the art fire alarms with emergency exit lights. We also provide a fire blanket and a fire extinguisher. There is also a ladder from the upstairs to the ground floor, which can act as a fire escape.

We will talk to our electrician about getting another plug in the kitchen. We take the safety of our guests seriously. Thank you to these guests for pointing out their concerns as it has given us a chance to think more about we are providing, how we are presenting ourselves, and why we do this.
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