FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is it safe to come after the 2020 bushfires?

Yes! Jervis Bay and the almost all of the Shoalhaven towns and villages were thankfully untouched by the fires. The national parks have reopened, the bush along the coastal sections is just as it was before the crisis, all the shops and restaurants and cafes and cruises etc are open for business and waiting for you to come back! The government, the council and the Rural Fire Service are all actively encouraging everyone to return to Australia and specifically the whole NSW south coast.  You can get here from Sydney or Canberra or the Southern Highlands now.

If you come soon (I am writing this January 14th 2020) you will be lucky enough to have empty beaches and the best seats at the cafes. Even if you can’t come soon, it’s a good idea to book into the future as there is a HUGE national campaign to get people back, so hopefully we will be very busy again.

We are encouraging everyone to think of vouchers as an option too – they make a lovely gift and last a year. 2 night minimum for $500. Also – think of buying vouchers or purchases from your favourite South Coast shop (or restaurant) by phone – we are all suffering having been in the ‘closed zone’ for the what is usually the busiest 2 weeks of the year. Thanks.

 

 

What is a Bed and Breakfast?

Our B&B is like a cross between a small boutique hotel and a lovely home, with just two guest rooms.

Guests have their own private bedroom and ensuite bathroom. There is a big guest-only sitting and dining room with a real wood-fire. There is also a tea and coffee area with a sink, microwave, fridge, toaster and kettle but no stove or oven so you cant cook yourslf food, just reheat. There is plenty of space to sit in the sitting room and on the deep verandah.

Who are the hosts?

With a background in TV documentary we chose Jervis Bay as our home because of its unique, unspoiled beauty.  Having travelled all over the world we fell in love with Huskisson and bought the historic Huskisson Bed and Breakfast to restore, renovate and create our own version of the perfect place to stay.

What is the history of the house?

Huskisson Bed and Breakfast was built in 1913 and was originally 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, we saw its special charm and potential. Over the years we have renovated and rejuvenated the house in our own 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. Both rooms have cast iron clawfoot baths and showers. The Porch Room shower is over the bath so if you need a walk-in shower choose the Verandah Room.

Is breakfast included in the tariff?

Yes.

What is for breakfast? What is a ‘simple, light breakfast’?

Orange juice, tea, espresso coffee. All the cereals including muesli and yoghurts. Fresh bread to toast or fruit toast with home-made jams and marmalades (using limes from our garden). Fresh fruit or compotes.

Is cooked breakfast included?

For many years we have served cooked breakfast but we are transitioning to a more ‘help yourself’ continental breakfast now. It is still included in the (reduced) price. People love eating breakfast on the verandah or the dining room.

Will I have to sit with other people for breakfast? 

Each guest has their own breakfast area on the verandah. Occasionally, on a very busy (or very rare cold) day you may have to share a big table with one other couple but we give you plenty of space.

What time is breakfast?

Breakfast options will be available, in the fridge or on the counter, from 8.30 am until 9.30am. We can arrange early breakfast if you want and if you turn up at 9.30 you will still get breakfast.

Will we have to socialise with the hosts?  

We will be around to help with breakfast and we try to welcome all guests on arrival but we are transitioning to keypads for guests to let themselves into their rooms when we can’t be here. We are available for help with anything, or advice about activities in Jervis Bay, but we leave you alone and give you plenty of privacy. The sitting-room is for guests only – we have our own private flat in the rear of the house. That said, we have made some wonderful friends and have many, many returning guests.

Can you provide for food allergies/intolerance?

Yes we will try to accommodate your needs. Please let us know your dietary preferences before you come. Bear in mind that if you prefer a particular brand of soy/almond milk or gluten free bread or cereal etc, you might be wise to bring your own. Please remind us when you arrive.

Do you take children?

We are very sorry but we no longer take any children or infants.

I am allergic to cats/dog. Does your cat/dog go in the guest areas/bedrooms?

We don’t have any pets anymore. Occasionally we look after friend’s dogs who might be around in our flat or on the verandah – so if you are very allergic to dogs, it might be best to stay elsewhere. On rare occasions we have been known to allow guests to bring their well behave dog.

Are you close to the beach? 

It is about a 5-7 minute walk to the first of Huskisson’s Jervis Bay beaches. We are 10 minute walk to Huskisson’s beautiful 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!  We are 3 minutes from the Huskisson cinema or Jervis Bay Maritime Museum and Gallery and all the cafes, restaurants and shops. Across the road from Dent Street hole-in-the-wall cafe open weekends.

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 from. The dive shop, dolphin and whale cruises have their booking offices in Huskisson’s main street – again only minutes from us. The departure times change with the tides and it is essential to book. We often have discount vouchers. (see whale specials on our specials page for the whales season.)

Can we cook our own meals?

We do not provide for self-catering at the moment as there is no stove/oven in the guest area. We do have a sink, fridge, microwave and toaster and are happy for you to bring takeaway or deli cheeseboards or picnics to eat in the dining area on the verandah.

Where can we eat lunch and dinner or cooked breakfast? 

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 and Woolworths are a 5-8 minute drive away at Vincentia. Huskisson has increasingly wonderful boutique shopping – clothes, homewares and weekend markets.

Can we get Public Transport – a train and bus to Huskisson?

Yes, but it takes about 4-5 hours from Sydney to here door to door.  Public transport once you are here is few and far between, so we do advise you to drive if you want to see the national parks etc. You can hire a bike of course! Please go to the end of ‘directions’ section of this website for all details.

 

Terms & Conditions

CHECK IN IS FROM 3pm. CHECK OUT is10.30am.

Sadly, we no longer take children or infants at the B&B.

Please inform us if you have any special needs as regards room type. We will try to put you into the room you have requested, but we reserve the right to move you to another room.

Please let us know if you have a special diet or allergies. We endeavour to provide you with special food/allergy diet you have requested but cannot promise perfection. Please remind us when you arrive.

We obviously reserve the right to ask you to leave the B&B if you are not being thoughtful to us, other guests or our neighbours. This has never happened!

Payment Policy

WE TAKE A 50% DEPOSIT TO CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING. You can pay the balance when you are here – cash or by card – eftpos or credit.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking, the deposit you have paid to confirm your room is REFUNDABLE up to 28 days prior to your stay with us.
After that you must forfeit the deposit of 50% to us. We do try to be flexible and generous and may be able to offer you credit or a postponement, depending on circumstances.

Please try to let us know any changes to your booking at least ONE MONTH before your arrival date as we are very popular and turn MANY people away.

We obviously reserve the right to ask you to leave the B&B if you are not being thoughtful to us, other guests or our neighbours. This has never happened!

More information about Jervis Bay…

Can be found at www.jervisbaytourism.com.au 

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