What is(are) your name(s)?
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
Many years ago, when staying in Copenhagen, we visited a Danish couple in their home as part of a "Meet the Danes" program. It was one of the highlights of our trip. We also participated in a program to have Americans to dinner in our home, which both they and we enjoyed. When we had retired from our jobs and had a home large enough for visitors to stay, it seemed a good idea to start a B&B. We also became involved with the Victorian B&B Association and were part of the Mornington Peninsula Tourism and B&B Association.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
We like to feel that our visitors are truly guests in our home. They have privacy and their suite is separate from the rest of the house. Breakfast is served in our dining room and everyone eats together. We take pride in our food & hospitality. We can cater for special diets. Our bread and preserves are home made and we offer morning or afternoon tea/coffee on arrival, with home made cake and biscuits. We have a wide knowledge of our area and can help make bookings or plan their stay and advise on where to go and what to do. We take pride in our garden and guests are welcome to explore it.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
The guests enjoy our hospitality and breakfast is always a highlight.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
Our guest suite has a king size bed that converts to 2 single beds. There is a bathroom en-suite and a separate sitting room. There are a tv and clock radio, tea & coffee making facilities. The suite can accommodate 4 people as the sofa converts to a comfortable double bed and there is a second bathroom. The suite has a private entrance from the garden. There is a refrigerator for guests and they may use the laundry and ironing facilities. There are heating and electric blankets and fans for hot weather. Guests may use the internet and telephone if required.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
We only take one booking at a time, from 1 to 4 people. A maximum of 2 people per room. It is unsuitable for children or pets.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
The rooms are modern and decorated with a seaside theme.
What do the room rates include?
Our tariff is inclusive of everything including breakfast. There are no extra charges.
Do you offer any special packages?
We do not offer packages. We find that our guests often come to stay for a reason, such as a wedding, or have already booked for a dolphin swim. In nearly all cases they prefer to choose their own places to visit but we can offer advice and make bookings.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
For breakfast we offer a range of cereals, fresh or poached fruit, in season and freshly squeezed orange juice. This is followed by a hot dish, different each day, plus toasted home made bread and preserves. Brewed tea & coffee. We can cater for different diets, vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served in the dining room. We suggest 8.30 am, which suits most people, but are flexible and can serve it earlier for golfers and swimmers, or a little later.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
We don't charge extra but it helps if guests can give us advance notice.
Do you serve other meals?
Sorrento has many cafes and restaurants and nearly all guests choose to eat out. We can help single or elderly people with an evening meal if requested, for an extra charge and with a few hours notice. We serve morning or afternoon tea on arrival but do not serve lunch.
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
No cooking facilities. Tea & Coffee making and a fridge for guest use.
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
Tamasha House is not suitable for children. Older children may stay but we charge the same price as for adults.
Do you accept pets?
No. We are on a main road and unfenced.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
Yes, there is parking on the property for guests and their bicycles.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
We have no special facilities for disabled guests.
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
Smoke alarms, fire extinguishers. We are accredited and that requires us to maintain appropriate safety precautions.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
Check in is available after 11am or by arrangement with guests. We like to know at what time we may expect them to arrive. Check out is after breakfast on the day of departure.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
We prefer not to take a single Saturday night. There is an extra charge for single Saturday nights. So say a 2 night minimum for weekends and long weekends. 3 night minimum for Easter.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Availability calendar on line. Guests should email or telephone. We need and address, contact phone number and credit card details to make a reservation
What is you cancellation policy?
Guests should give at least a week's notice to cancel and may transfer the booking to another time. Less than 7 days notice there is a 20% fee and cancelling on the day requires full payment.
What types of payment do you accept?
We take Visa, MasterCard and AmEx. Also cash and direct transfer, but not cheques.
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
We are close to a number of bay & ocean beaches. Sorrento has a first class historical museum. We are near the National Park & Point Nepean. Sorrento has a large number of restaurants and cafes, boutiques, galleries and clothing shops. We are close to the dolphin swims, sailing, 15 golf courses and Peninsula Hot Springs. There is a market each Saturday and 60 wineries within 20 minutes drive
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
We are marked in The Melway Guide on Page 157 C 11. and there is a map on our website.
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
If you enjoy meeting new people and are travelling as a single person or couple then a B&B is ideal. If you come from overseas this is the way to meet Australians