Dubbo Travel Guide
Drive inland nearly 300 miles north-west of Sydney and you'll find the town of Dubbo, and with it, one of the nicest sounding bed and breakfast accommodations we've seen for a while. The Pericoe Retreat gets full marks just for including the word "retreat" in its name, because that's what a holiday out on the land should be like, we think.
A recent Sydney Morning Herald review was very enthusiastic about Pericoe. It's a purpose-built B&B with four suites, a swimming pool and a tennis court, and according to the reviewer:
It is a benchmark by which other B&Bs should be measured: unpretentious elegance; down-to-earth hosts; meticulous attention to detail; and it's free from the usual B&B vulgarity. No chintz, no excess, no kitsch - just good taste.
Added to that, it has reasonable rates at around A$200 (US$180) per night with breakfast included, and the price varies a little for weekends or weeknights and over holiday periods. Of course, even that is not so cheap for a place relatively in the middle of nowhere in Australia, but if you're looking for a break from the big smoke then it's a good choice.
One fact that we think shows how many agree it's a good choice is that Pericoe doesn't bother advertising much--90% of their bookings come direct through the website and they think much of that is word of mouth. Well, here's the words from our mouth, too.
[Photo: Quentin Jones/SMH]