Frequently asked questions:
What is a Bed and Breakfast?
Our B&B is like a cross between a small boutique hotel and a lovely home, with just a few guest rooms. Guests have their own private bedroom and ensuite bathroom. There is a big guest-only sitting/dining room with a real wood fire. There is also a tea and coffee area with a microwave, fridge and kettle.
Who are the hosts ?
With a background in documentary film-making, photography and writing, Kate and Steve chose Jervis Bay as their home because of its unique, unspoiled beauty. Having travelled extensively all over the world they fell in love with Huskisson and in 2003 bought the historic Huskisson Bed and Breakfast to restore, renovate and create their own version of a perfect place to stay.
What is the history of the house?
Huskisson Bed and Breakfast was built in 1913 and was originally an officer’s family home located at the Australian naval training college at HMAS Creswell – just down the road. In the 1970s it was moved (on the back of a truck) to Huskisson and had a new wing added to it. About 20 years ago it became the first Bed and Breakfast in Huskisson. In 2003, Kate and Steve saw its special charm and potential and they bought it on a whim. Over the years they have renovated and rejuvenated the house in their unique style to become one of the most popular B&Bs on the south coast of NSW.
Does each room have its own ensuite bathroom?
Yes. If you take the garden room as a family suite, the bunk/single room shares the huge family sized bathroom with the queen room. No one has to walk through either room to get to the bathroom. Bathrooms all have clawfoot baths and showers.
Is breakfast included in the tariff?
What is for breakfast? What is a ‘light breakfast’?
Just-squeezed orange juice, leaf tea in a pot or individually made espresso coffee (Steve’s lattes and cappuccinos are specialty). Fresh tropical fruit salad or in winter, fruit compote such as rhubarb (from our garden) and ginger or apple and cinnamon, organic muesli and all kinds of cereal and yoghurts. Just-baked bread from the bakery, toast or fruit toast with home-made jams and marmalades (using citrus from our garden).
Where do you serve breakfast?
For most of the year we serve breakfast on the verandah. In cooler times we serve breakfast in the dining room.
Will I have to sit with other people for breakfast?
Each room has its own breakfast table.
What time is breakfast?
Over the years we have discovered that almost everyone wants breakfast between 8.30 and 9.30. If you get up at 9.30 we will still happily serve you breakfast. If you want an earlier breakfast because you are working in the area, dolphin watching, whale watching, standup paddle boarding, kayaking, diving, catching a flight or are just early risers then you can easily let us know the night before so we can start earlier for you.
Will we have to socialise with the hosts?
We tend to be around for breakfast and to meet and greet guests and give you advice about all the things to do in Jervis Bay, but then we leave are very good at leaving our guests alone. The sitting-room is a guests only area – we have our own private space. That said, we have made some wonderful friends and have many returning guests.
Can you provide for food allergies/intolerance?
Yes. Please let us know preferences before you come. Bear in mind that if you prefer a particular brand of soy milk or gluten free bread or cereal etc, you might be wise to bring your own.
I am allergic to cats. Do they go in the guest areas/bedrooms?
We do everything to keep the cat out of guest bedrooms and guest sitting room, but they do occasionally sneak in (they can’t resist the real wood burning fire either). If you have a mild allergy you should be fine. If you are very allergic or get asthma when you are near cats you should stay somewhere else.
Are you close to the beach?
It is about a 5-7 minute walk to the first of Huskisson’s lovely Jervis Bay beaches. We are 10-15 minutes walk to Huskisson main beach along a lovely coastal footpath through the village and park. Hyams Beach is a 7 minute drive away and Booderee National Parks beaches like Greenpatch and Murrays are 12 or 15 minutes’ drive away.
Can we walk into Huskisson village?
Yes we are 5 minutes walk from the heart of the village and it is a very small village! We are 3 minutes from the cinema or the Lady Denman Museum and Gallery.
Where do the Dolphin/Whale cruises and dive boats leave from?
The wharf in Huskisson is only 5 minutes walk from our B&B and it is where all the cruise and dive boats depart. The dive shop, dolphin and whale cruises have their booking offices in Huskisson’s main street – again only minutes from us.
Can we cook our own meals?
No, we do not provide for self-catering as there is no sink or stove/oven in the guest area. We do have a fridge and microwave and are happy for you to bring takeaway or deli cheeseboards or picnics to eat in the dining area, garden, pergola or on the verandah.
Where can we eat lunch and dinner?
Jervis Bay and especially Huskisson is lucky to have many excellent cafes and restaurants catering to all tastes. Many of the best cafes and restaurants are a five minute, (level) walk from the B&B so you don’t even have to worry about driving.
What shops / supermarkets are nearby?
There is a small supermarket in Huskisson as well as a deli, butcher, fantastic bakery, fish shop, banks, hair dressers, gelati and ice-creameries, candy stores, veggies, chemist/pharmacy, pub, cinema and a newsagent. Coles is a 5 minute drive away at Vincentia. Huskisson has wonderful boutique shopping – clothes, antique and vintage shops, homewares and weekend markets.
More information about Jervis Bay…
Can be found at www.jervisbaytourism.com.au