B&B;, Farmstay & Hosted Self-contained accommodation


Accommodation Types

Types of Hosted Accommodation in NSW and ACT Australia:

Self Contained - Hosted Accommodation NSW & ACT
Traditional Bed And Breakfasts - Sydney, Canberra, NSW & ACT

Members of Bed & Breakfast and Farmstay Association of NSW & ACT, provide hosted accommodation ensuring a …warm welcome …a special experience.

Bed & Breakfasts and other types of hosted accommodation are well established in Europe and North America as a way of travelling. It enables a “”view”” of the travellers’ world that is not available from big city hotels or even the larger country hotels and motels. It is one of Australia’s fastest growing accommodation types with some 3000 people each year attending courses on owning and operating a Bed & Breakfast, Farmstay or hosted accommodation in New South Wales alone.

Each property is unique. Each has its own ambience, charm and points of interest to guests and each offers its own unique “”spin”” on the locality in which it is situated. This is so whether the property is located in Sydney, Canberra or one of the many fabulous regional cities, whether it is in rural New South Wales on a substantial working farm, in an out of the way rural village, or by the Pacific Ocean.

The one thing that members of the Association have in common is that they all provide “”hosted”” accommodation; this means that they provide a personal on-the-spot welcome to guests on arrival and they are “”available”” for you during your stay for advice and suggestions for touring the locality. The host’s focus is on establishing a warm and friendly, though not intrusive, relationship with their guests.

For the vast majority, and certainly those that contain the phrase Bed & Breakfast in their property name, breakfast is included in their tariff.

There are a number of types of Bed & Breakfast accommodation to choose from, if unsure of the details or inclusions for your stay, please contact the individual operator directly for clarification.

Traditional B&Bs

– Breakfast is included in the tariff and prepared by the hosts

Bed & Breakfast Homestay Accommodation

The host and guests are accommodated either in the same building as the guests or in accommodation external to that building. Accommodation will provide up to and including 5 guest bedrooms.

Bed & Breakfast Farmstay Accommodation

Similar to Homestay farmstays are always situated on a rural property or farm. Involvement in farm activities, tours and experiences – may be offered on the property or at nearby working farms.

B&B Guesthouse, Boutique Hotel, Inn or Country House Accommodation

A larger establishment with more than 5 guest rooms – may be a historic home, country manor house or purpose built accommodation for guests. The owner or manager may reside in separate quarters on or off the property. Common guest areas, dining and catering may be available.

 Self Contained With Breakfast OR Fully Self-catering

– Breakfast (Cooked, Continental or Provisions) may be included in the tariff OR the property may be fully self-catering.

Self Contained Cottages or Houses

Provides all the normal domestic facilities of a home including bedrooms, lounge room, dining room or area, kitchen, bathroom, toilet and sometimes laundry facilities. The building is free standing and guests may have exclusive use of property or outdoor areas to enjoy.

Self Contained Farmstay Cottages or Houses

Has all the normal facilities of a home and is situated on a rural property or farm. May be the original farm homestead or purpose built accommodation for guests. Involvement in farm activities, tours and experiences – may be offered on the property or at nearby working farms.

Self Contained Cabins

Smaller than a house or cottage, Self Contained Cabin Accommodation provides you with most facilities to be self contained in free standing buildings. May be open plan style or have separate bedrooms. Property may have holiday or retreat style facilities.

 Self Contained Farmstay Cabins

Cabins situated on a rural property or farm. Farmstay holiday activities, tours and experiences may be offered on the property or at nearby working farms.

Apartments, Units & Suites

May be open plan or have separate rooms but offers facilities to enable the guest to be self contained with bathroom, kitchenette or full cooking facilities. May be adjoining to another building or home and have a separate or private entrance.

Self Contained Bunkhouses or Lodges

Generally offered as accommodation for groups, large families or backpackers. May be established buildings (e.g. converted shearers’ quarters) or purpose built facilities for special interest groups, school camps, family reunions corporate retreats or skiing groups.

Industry Accreditation

External accreditation is currently identified with:

  • AAA Tourism Star Ratings
  • AAA Tourism Eco-Friendly Star Rated
  • NTAP (Tick Scheme)

Accommodation Suitability

Indicates the type of guest accommodation the property might be suitable for:

  • Couples Accommodation
  • Family Holidays
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Group Accommodation

Property Features

Indicates some of the features of the property:

  • Other Meals Available
  • On Site Restaurant
  • Functions / Weddings
  • Gardens / Outdoor Features
  • Farm Activities
  • Spa / Jacuzzi
  • Waterfront
  • Wood Burning Fire
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Pool Table

Holiday Experience

Indicates the type of holiday experience you can expect when staying at a property or to be found in the local area:

  • Heritage or Historical
  • Coastal or Beaches
  • Mountains or Alpine
  • Country or Rural
  • Outback
  • Regional Town
  • City or Suburbs
  • Wineries or Vineyards
  • Food Trails or Gourmet
  • Eco-tourism or Nature

Regions of NSW and ACT Australia: