Our Visitors Book

A Visitors’ Book is a little ‘old fashioned’ but we like the personal touch of a handwritten note and we also love when our younger guests write us personally, in their own hand… with their own spelling… sometimes with accompanying artwork!

We’ve been so fortunate many of our lovely guests have taken the time and the effort to leave us a note - we wanted to acknowledge that and share them with you.

We loved the warm welcome

A lovely place for one or two couples to stay in orange.  We loved the warm welcome, inviting and restful atmosphere and all the well-considered and practical touches.  Luxury and homeliness combined.

Gail and Steve, Ernie and Pauline [Sydney – July 2019]

What a lovely home

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us.  What a lovely home you have and a great place to finish off our road trip before heading home.  Loved the décor, comfy beds and well stocked kitchen.  The girls loved Queenie the cat!  Thank you once again.

Claire, Tim and girls [Brisbane – July 2019]

A home away from home

After driving all day from Toowoomba, it was lovely to come and see/stay at a home away from home.  Had everything we needed.  Loved having all the basics in the pantry etc.  Nice little place indeed.  Cheers.

Jayde and Paula [Toowoomba, Queensland – July 2019]

Very welcoming

Thank you Rex and Jacqui!  We had a wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage.  Very welcoming (especially thank you for having heater on for when we arrived).  Very comfy and very warm.  The only thing is the time went way too quick for us!

Michelle, Graham and Bren [Brisbane – June 2019]

House has been restored beautifully

We enjoyed our stay here, beds very comfortable.  House has been restored beautifully, and had everything we needed.

Amanda Maud, Jessica Power [Sydney – May 2019]

Well presented and equipped

Very comfortable, well presented and equipped.  Thank you.

Heather, John and Kaye [SA – May 2019]

This is a wonderful place

This is a wonderful place and we had a lovely time!  Thanks!

Don and Chris [Sydney – April 2019]

We had a very relaxing stay

Thank you so much Jacqui and Rex for sharing your very cute and cosy cottage with us.  We had a very relaxing stay.

Anna and Chris [Sydney – April 2019]

Beautiful place to stay

Beautiful place to stay.  Very comfortable.  Thank you.

Bob, Margot and Jess [Terrigal – March 2019

You have great taste

Every nook reveals another clever piece of furniture.  You have great taste in your choices.

Bill and Holly [Lake Cathie – March 2019]

Everything is so wonderful

Thank you for offering us this lovely place.  Everything is so wonderful, the furniture, linen, cushions.

Every piece is so dedicated it tells us a story what a dream home should look like.

We have all had a wonderful stay in your beautiful house.  It has been a so relaxing.  The house is very well equipped with everything we needed, we loved the air con and the Liquorice Allsorts – I may have ate them all, Elisabeth.

Rex, thanks for your help/information from date of booking to our stay.  Only one word to describe your house, Superb!

Beautiful, luxurious, relaxing – thank you.

Alastair Jane, Elisabeth and David [Scotland and Sydney – December-January 2019]

Beautiful, quiet cottage

Beautiful, quiet cottage, thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  Thank you!

Sylvia Santoso [Alexandria, NSW – December 2018]

The house is perfect

We had a very relaxing stay, the house is perfect.  The Christmas decorations were a lovely touch.

Kath and Roger [Sydney, NSW – December 2018]

Wonderful house

Wonderful house, we all enjoyed staying the night here.

Kamlesh Patel [Glenfield, NSW – December 2018]

Our second visit

Our second visit and still a wonderful house – love the new fence!!  Thank you for an enjoyable stay.

Ed and Michele Earl, Mon & Rafael Contreras [Tarlo via Taralga, NSW and Gold Coast, Queensland – December 2018]

we had a fantastic stay

We had a fantastic stay at The Sampson.  Check in was easy and convenient, the place was clean and cosy, and was fully equipped with tea, coffee and other essentials.  We especially loved the Melbourne Breakfast tea!

Rex & Jacqui were great attentive hosts and we would definitely stay again.  Thank you for a fab weekend!

Nicola, Emma, Amy & Lorena [Sydney, NSW - Aug 2018]


Stunning restoration of this bungalow, looks like a lot of love has gone into 'The Sampson'.  We felt so welcomed and had an amazing weekend with all your recommendations.  Thank you for the sweet visit to Orange.

PS - We bought so much wine!
PPS - Can you come redecorate our places...?

Gloria, Kaz & Jas [Sydney, NSW -Aug 2018]

orange 2018

S - Sweet sumptuous beds. Shared good time/wine/meals
A - A cute place with everything you could possibly need
M - Many a laugh we had whilst we stayed here
P - Pretty sure we'll be back
S - Sad to be leaving lovely Orange
O - ORANGE on it's own!!! Great place, only a short drive really
N - Nothing more required - loved it all

Pete & Lynda and Karen & Chas [Tumbi Umbi & St Ives, NSW - June 2018]


What a lovely place you have

Hi Jacqui & Rex
What a lovely place you have.  We loved our stay at The Sampson - very homely and comfy.  It was such a pleasant experience to take the parents around Orange and be able to come home to such a warm home.
We all had such a great sleep in the warm and comfy beds! We wish our stay at The Sampson was longer.
Thank you again for the enjoyable stay!

Ellen, Anthony, Rowena & Lac [Dubbo & Sydney, NSW - June 2018]

every detail is to perfection

Jacqui & Rex,
Thank you very much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home 'The Sampson'. We felt very comfortable and relaxed, did not want to leave.  Every detail is to perfection.  We would love to return.

Deb & Ian and Sandra & Graham [Bateau bay & Glenmore Park, NSW - May 2018]

SUPERB... A home away from home & more!

The ambiance as soon as we entered the property was....WOW. Clean, cosy, and oh so comfortable.
Candles provided to create a beautiful atmosphere of an evening, magazines, comfy lounge and the bed was just superb... slept like a baby.
Kitchen facilities had absolutely everything you would need. Bathroom towels & bedding were `high end '.
The property was in a great location, a nice walking distance to the town centre & Cook Park....a must visit. The Sampson owner, Rex, was so lovely and caring, making our stay even more magical.
We highly recommend this property if you're visiting Orange, you will not be disappointed.

Simon & Shaz [Sydney, NSW - March 2018]

beautiful cottage in a beautiful location

Stunning renovation and very tastefully decorated in a great location handy to everything. The hosts were helpful and provided everything we needed prior to arrival for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. We will definitely be back. Just perfect!

— Julia [10/10]

Impeccably renovated & decorated country cottage

Communication with Jacqui was fantastic in the lead up. The house is impeccably renovated and decorated... The beds were very comfy and the house was so cosy. We loved it for a country getaway! .

— Georgina. [10/10]

Bliss in Orange

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Sampson. What can I say we loved everything about it! Close to town and a small walk to well known Byng Street Cafe and Cook Park. The cleanliness was fantastic and our every need was catered for - from shampoo and conditioner and make-up removal pads, to the luxurious Sheridan bath sheet towels and crisply ironed bed linen to the candles in the living room. The decorating is second to none and we felt very spoilt and comfortable in this house.  

— Kay [10/10]

Awesome home

Awesome home clean beautifully decked out, has everything you need for a dinner party and even plastic containers and snap lock bags for left overs!!  They have thought of everything. Well worth a stay I will definitely be back. Quiet and close to everything.:)  

— Debra [10/10]

reminds me of home

We had a great stay, nice to see the 'Californian Bungalow' looking so great.  Reminds me of home. 
Thanks Rex & Jacqui.
PS - Loved having Queenie visit us.

Phil, Linda, Amy & Brendan [Sydney, NSW - May 2017]

it's been a perfect place

We have had a wonderful relaxing stay here.  The house is beautiful and has been lovingly decorated.  It's been a perfect place to stay with our 18 month old, who enjoyed the garden, the birds and meeting Queenie.
Thank you for all the recommendations - we enjoyed the Philip Shaw winery in particular!
Thanks so much.

Angie, Ben & Harry [ Sydney, NSW - March 2017]

So much attention to detail

Rex and Jacqui, what a beautiful home to spend time in.  So much attention to detail and credit due to you for your hard work (and such special care to detail and decor).  Thank you so much.

The Allens [Sydney – July 2019]

Thank you for sharing your lovely house

Thank you for sharing your lovely house.  You have created a very warm, inviting to want to come back to after a day out exploring.  The boys have been fascinated with watching Queenie this morning as well.

Oliver, Archer, Emma and Brian [Sydney – July 2019]

This place is a real credit to you

This place is a real credit to you.  We loved that so much thought had been put into every little detail.  Such a comfortable, enjoyable haven to rest at during our travels.  Thank you!

Ty, Ronnie, Annie and Millie [Brisbane, Queensland – July 2019]

Great place for our retreat

Great place for our retreat.  The Sampson has everything we needed.  Definitely would recommend to our friends.  Thanks Rex and Jacqui.

James Tchang [Castle Hill, NSW – June 2019]

Everything perfect

Really enjoyed our night.  Very comfortable and warm.  Everything perfect, thanks.

Kath and Stephen, Margaret and Bob [Sydney – June 2019]


Beautiful.  Very comfortable.  We had everything we could need.  Plenty of room for 2 couples.  Thank you.

Greg and Jackie, John and Sharon [Canberra – May 2019]

We loved it

To Rex and Jacqui, thank you for letting my mummy, daddy and me stay.  We loved it.  If only we lived here.  I am so sad that we have to leave but hopefully we will be back next year.  Lots of love Claudia, P.S. I love the little puppy toy.

Claudia [Bowral – May 2019]

Beautifully furnished, great décor

Loved our stay at your cottage, so warm and cosy.  Beautifully furnished, great décor.  Thanks very much.

Paula, Noel [Avalon, NSW – May 2019]

Beautiful place to stay

Beautiful place to stay!  Thank you for giving us the getaway our family needed.

Britt and Broc [Hawkesbury – April 2019]

Beautifully equipped house

Beautifully equipped house.  Wow!  Thank you.

Rita & Co [Melbourne – April 2019]

Very comfortable and so well appointed

We thoroughly have enjoyed our stay in your lovely cottage.  Very comfortable and so well appointed.  Thank you.

Janice and Jim [Crescent Head, NSW – April 2019]

A weekend away we will treasure forever

A weekend away we will treasure forever.  Cute, cosy, charming.

Suzie and Mick [ Mona Vale, Sydney – April 2019]

Just wow!

Just wow!  Thank you so much for this delightful house!  Absolutely beautiful!

Trish and Lee [Canberra – March 2019]

A delicate balance of function, comfort and beauty

Thank you so much Jacqui and Rex.  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your beautiful cottage.  A delicate balance of function, comfort and beauty has made our quick stay a wonderful one.  We hope to return.

Kim and Pete [Kingscliff – March 2019]

Beautiful welcoming home …

Beautiful welcoming home!  Thank you.

Matt Louise and Poppy-Jean [Central Coast, NSW – February 2019]

We will be back

Thank you, The Sampson is one amazing comfortable stay.  We will be back.  Jody.

Jody and family [Wollongong, NSW – February 2019]

Thank you for a lovely stay at The Sampson

Thank you for a lovely stay at The Sampson.  Very comfortable, clean and restful stay.  Will recommend it.  See you next year! 

Phillip Marin Welsh [268 Ellesmere Road, Gymoa Bay, NSW – January 2019]

Doug and Vicki Albon [Carter Crescent, Gymoa Bay, NSW – January 2019]

Couldn’t have asked for anything better

Hey Jacqui and Rex, we really enjoyed our stay at ‘The Sampson’ couldn’t have asked for anything better.  We absolutely loved the floor and clothes rack, heating system in the bathroom as well as the designing and décor of the house (could you decorate our house as well).  It’s truly a home away from home.  The house is really charming.  The kitchen was also fully equipped (sorry for eating all the chocolates) thanks. 

Harminder and family [Penrith, Sydney – January 2019]

Loved it

LOVED it, comfy beds, great bath, NETFLIX and a heater and fairy lights.  Thank you SO much.

Sara McKeown [Sydney, NSW – December 2018]

Comfy beds!  Great bath

Comfy beds!  Great bath, thank you for the Xmas decorations.

Grace Franze [Sydney, NSW – December 2018]

Very enjoyable stay

We had a very enjoyable stay at Sampson, we loved the home décor, everything well stocked and feels just like home.  Our whole family will definitely be back.  Thanks again, Alex and Jacqui!  Highly recommended.

Sue from Beautiful Beeswax Wraps [Baulkham Hills, NSW – November 2018]

Love this place

Love this place, our favourite house to stay in Orange!

Janine Ferguson [Tooraweenah, NSW – November 2018]

beautiful little warm house

Loved all the finishing touches that makes it feel like a magazine home.  Will come back for sure! Thanks.

Schefe Family [Wollongong, NSW - July 2018]

one of the nicest places we've stayed in!

Cosy welcoming cottage with beautiful linen and many other tasteful inclusions. Wished we had time to stay longer!  Thank you Rex & Jacqui

Many & Rose [Sydney - July 2018]

what a beautiful cottage to stay in

Thank you for having the heating and lights on to welcome us on a wet and snowy day. We really enjoyed the beautiful decor and lovely treats.  Thanks again we would highly recommend this lovely cottage.

Wow, it is the best place I have ever stayed. Thank you for letting us stay here - Claudia

Anthea, Mitch & Claudia [Thornlands, QLD - June 2018]

Love to return

Rex and Jacqui were such awesome hosts who made us stay so comfortable and enjoyable. Even with last minute request for a late checkout, Rex responded super quickly and rescheduled the cleaning time so that we could enjoy Orange longer. Thanks again Rex! A truly 5 star experience!

Todd & Sandra [Sydney, NSW - June 2018]

we had a memorable stay indeed

Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful cosy aesthetically done cottage. We had memorable stay indeed! Your suggestions on food and wine were SPOT ON. We loved exploring Orange. We would definitely recommend.

Christina & Nikhil [Sydney, NSW - May 2018]

excellent choice in orange!

It's amazing staying in the Sampson. The house is so stylish and well equipped. My family really enjoyed staying here and everything just so perfect. The host Rex is super nice and easy to communicate too! Thank you so much for this lovely place! Recommended to everyone!

— Molly [10/10]

We had a lovely time

We had a lovely time. Loved the cat Queenie. Queenie was very good company. She came to the house a lot.
Thank you very much. [Poppy - Aged 8]

We had a lovely stay. Very homely touches for a cosy night in Orange. We would love to stay again. Looking forward to exploring today.

The Nelson family [Sydney, NSW - April 2018]

Home away from home

Our second time at the Sampson and just as good as the first, if not better. We will be regular visitors to Orange and The Sampson will be our home away from home. It has everything we could want. We absolutely love the location and the cleanliness and luxury of the Sampson. Sitting in the back yard having a drink at the end of the day is just glorious.

— Kay [10/10]


We loved The Sampson, it is tastefully furnished and very comfortable, with all mod cons provided. The bedlinen and pillows were simply luxurious. We loved sitting in the outdoor area, tasting some of the local wines. The Sampson is ideally situated in Orange, within easy walking distance of restaurants and shops, yet in a very quiet neighbourhood. Perfect place to stay.

— Leanne [10/10]

well appointed, fresh and new

The property was well appointed and very comfortable. It was clean and everything was brand new.  The beds were presented beautifully and all the linen provided was of superior quality. The coffee was unexpected and the pantry was stocked with all the basics. Excellent

— Danielle [10/10]

beautiful house

We loved our stay in this beautiful house!  We wished our stay was longer than one night.  Our only disappointment was not seeing Queenie the cat.  Thank you so much.
PS - Just as I was writing this Queenie raced in the front door... this just made Violet's day!

Phillipa, Chris, Violet & Saskia [Sydney, NSW - May 2017]

such a beautiful home

We have had such a fabulous stay at 'The Sampson'.  Such a beautiful home, so well renovated, with such attention to detail.  Such lovely style.  Loved the location which was so close to everything.
Such a wonderful home to stay in whilst we explored my dear Mum's birthplace and where my Mum and Dad were married.
Love Orange and will most certainly be back to stay.  Thanks once again.

Angela, Stuart & William [Melbourne, VIC - March 2017]