David visits Stuart Diver at the Snowcloud Luxury Boutique b&b in Thredbo.
Snowcloud Chalet is Thredbo's only true luxury b&b. The stand-alone chalet is built of stone and timber, and until purchased in 1998 by Stuart Diver, was a private home. He opened it in December 2000 as a couple-only alpine getaway. Perfect for a skiing holiday, it is just as appealing in the warmer months when the village has a more relaxed atmosphere.
Stuart, who was the only survivor of the 1997 Thredbo avalanche, and his wife, Rosanna, live in a section of the chalet. Having locals on hand to give advice about skiing, walking and places to eat and have fun, is of great benefit.
Snowcloud has three king rooms, all with ensuite and one with a spa as well. Upstairs is a cosy, comfortable loft with huge windows, giving great views, whatever the season. The sun streams in and the warm and rustic environment is perfect for reading, a game of backgammon or just chatting. Recycled timber furniture completes the ambience.
The main lounge is a cosy room with a round timber beamed ceiling and a single piece of Tasmanian oak as the breakfast bar. There are big, comfortable chairs and an open fireplace which is lit when there's a chill in the air.
Breakfast is enjoyed in the main dining area and Rosanna cooks up some wonderful treats her ricotta pancakes, homemade bread and fresh juices are very special. She and Stuart are coffee fanatics and reckon they have the best in the village. Biscuits and muffins are always there to nibble while watching television or a video.
After a day of cycling, hiking or skiing, guests can relax their muscles in an outdoor hydromassage spa. It is tucked away under a canopy of gum tree branches.
Just 400 metres from the base of the chairlift, Snowcloud's location is perfect.
Thredbo, around 500 kilometres south-west of Sydney.
Snowcloud Luxury Boutique b&b starts at $170 per couple per night. Breakfast is included and they operate year round.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Snowcloud Luxury Boutique b&b
Riverview Terrace, Woodridge Estate
Ph: 1800 020 589