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Blithe Spirit offers comfortable family and special needs home stay accommodation in Port Albert, Gippsland. Take a day trip to Wilsons Promontory and discover Corner Inlet.
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I always breath a sigh of relief when I discover holiday accommodation I booked is what I expected – and more. And that is exactly what happened when we arrived in Port Albert.
Blithe Spirit is a purpose-built homestay and one of a handful of accommodation options in this small Victorian coastal township.
To be truthful, I was finding it hard to picture the lay-out prior to arriving, so was amazed to find we had the whole ground floor to ourselves for most of the stay.
Blithe Spirit is home to local couple, Carol and Wynne Hobson, who also run a local yacht charter. This lovely couple are happy to let you do your own thing, but are also up for a chat. And they are a font of local information.
Their son runs the local restaurant, Wildfish, which I would recommend for a meal or the take-away fish and chips next door. Remember when flake was thick and well, flakey? That's what you get here.
On arriving in Port Albert, Blithe Spirit is hard to miss – an attractive 2 storey-building with a lovely garden and verandahs.
Downstairs, we had a queen bedroom, as well as another bedroom with two single beds. Our bathroom was spacious, with a shower and separate bath.
There was also a large lounge/dining room, with a billiard table, as well as a kitchen with everything you would need. Large cupboards in the kitchen hid a washing machine and dishwasher.
A separate bedroom and ensuite opens up from the loungeroom, allowing for even large families (up to 8 with fold-away beds) to holiday in comfort and style. This ensuite also includes a large spa bath.
This room was occupied by a couple for one night during our stay, which Carol explained she would not usually do. However, it had been booked via an accommodation agency. It did not impact on us.
The accommodation is well appointed, with artwork including old photos of Port Albert. There are also some books about the history of Port Albert, including the many shipwrecks that occurred when it was Gippsland's only port.
Verandahs wrap around the building, which means you can sit outside no matter where the wind was coming from (and there were some howling winds at times).
The property is also walking distance to all the town's eateries, is right across the road from the water (with a very small beach area) and just a short walk to a new playground and bbq area. There are great paths and rail trails in the area, so if you can, bring your bikes.
What is extra special about Blithe Spirit is that it has been set up for the disabled and their carers, so can cater for families needing wheelchair access. The downstairs spa-bath has been installed so that a hoist can be used to enable those who are in a wheelchair to enjoy a spa treat.
And a lift can take them upstairs to a separate lounge area, as well as a sunroom and balcony where they can get amazing views across the waters of Port Albert all the way to Wilsons Promotary.
Tip: Port Albert has sandflies over summer. Be prepared.