Bicheno Ocean View Retreat. Have the owners of this east coast bed and breakfast establishment coined an apt business name? Or have they embellished, just a little? Some operators stretch the truth in the interest of increased bookings, so we decided to pay them a first-hand visit, just to be sure.

Bicheno Ocean View Retreat - Tasman Highway

Bicheno Ocean View Retreat: Tasman Highway, Bicheno

Bicheno Ocean View Retreat: East Coast

Let’s dissect the main claims…

  • Bicheno? B&B accommodation just 4kms north-west of town on the Tasman Highway, towards St Helen and the Bay of Fires.
  • Ocean View? Absolutely spectacular in that department. Couldn’t be better in fact; but seeing is believing.
  • Retreat? Tranquil & relaxing, birds chirping, wildlife, alpacas… you might want to leave the mobile phone at home!

So yes. Bicheno Ocean View Retreat ticks all the advertising boxes! In fact, they even exceed expectations, which is a refreshing change.

Bicheno Ocean View Retreat - Superior Sea Views

First class ocean view: Bicheno beach, Tasmania

Debbie & Jock Gardam

To borrow a phrase from my mum, Debbie & Jock Gardam (the owners at Bicheno Ocean View Retreat), are just lovely people. They’re helpful and friendly, and have a particularly generous spirit. Debbie clearly has a passion for promoting the local area, and is brimming with good ideas for travellers. Their eagerness to please is balanced with a respect for guest privacy, and together they make the perfect hosts.

After 11 years at the property, Debbie & Jock have built their small business into an impressive collection of luxury accommodation. We stayed in a self-contained unit, which was as big as a whole house! Not only did it have a massive living area with a big screen TV, comfy couches and a dining table, there was also a full kitchen, huge bathroom (with a bath) and a laundry as well.

Bicheno Ocean View Retreat - Self Contained Unit

Self-contained family unit: Bicheno Ocean View Retreat

Inspirational: Diamond Island Views

The two bedrooms both had queen-sized beds and lots of room for luggage. While many accommodation places only allow for the standard two children, Bicheno Ocean View Retreat caters for the larger family. In fact, they have been known to host small business conferences and family reunions at their property. With inspirational views over Diamond Island, there couldn’t be a better place to combine business with pleasure!

Bicheno Ocean View Retreat - Diamond Island Views

Retreat: gorgeous gardens, views over Diamond Island

For group bookings or individual holiday-makers, there’s a four-star unit to suit everyone here: studio apartment; self-contained spacious living; and even a romantic spa suite. Weather permitting, Debbie serves breakfast to b&b rooms on the balcony.

Bicheno Ocean View Retreat - Spa Suite

Spa Suite: bed and breakfast accommodation, Bicheno

A Room with a View… & Goodies!

As an optional extra for the self-catering rooms, you can order a goodies basket at Bicheno Ocean View Retreat. Regular readers will know from my review of Alice’s Cottages bed and breakfast in Launceston, I like my goodies to promote Tasmanian produce. And that’s exactly what you can expect here too.

Bicheno Ocean View Retreat - Tasmanian Produce

Bicheno Ocean View Retreat: generous basket of local goodies

Diamond Island wine, smoked quail from the local butcher, House of Anvers chocolates, Ashgrove Farm Cheese… I won’t go on, other than to say the selection was delicious and if your budget can stretch that far, I would be inclined to recommend the indulgence. Those fresh strawberries, with Westhaven Dairy Berry Temptation yoghurt, combined perfectly with the views from the balcony. Could there be a better way to start the day?

Bicheno Ocean View Retreat - Westhaven Tasmanian Yoghurt

Tassie yoghurt with east coast berries for breakfast

Things to Do in Bicheno

You might think we stayed in our unit the whole time! Tempting as that was, we were blessed with gorgeous weather, and we did manage to explore the region a little. There’s so many things to do in Bicheno, it’s difficult to cover everything in a single weekend. With the advice of our expert hosts, we…

Bicheno Ocean View Retreat - Scuba Diving

Scuba diving crystal clear waters: Waubs Bay, Bicheno

The east coast scenery is absolute paradise for photographers and Bicheno itself is not a bad place to spend some time! If our experience is anything to go by, the weather can be amazing, even in winter. But just to be really sure, we’ll have to return and explore the things we missed another time!

Alpacas - Bicheno Ocean View Retreat

Alpacas: Bicheno Ocean View Retreat

Iconic Tasmanian beaches, Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay, Bicheno wineries, surf beaches, whale watching, golf courses, snorkelling in Governor Island Marine Reserve, the motorcycle museum, glass bottom boat tour, a history walk, scenic flights, fishing charters…

Think Tasmania stayed and dined as guests of Bicheno Ocean View Retreat. Visit the website for bookings, or call Debbie and Jock Gardam: (03) 6375 1481

Map: Ocean View Retreat, Bicheno Tasmania…

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