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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

Great place to stay while visiting for the WSBK Madelaine & Ian very welcoming and accomodating Even making upthe best sausage sandwich i have had in 30yrs since my grandmother even though notnon the menu Will definately be back

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Greeted enthusiastically in person by Ian and Maddie who not only own and run almost everything within the enclosed gardens and properties with great personal pride and obvious pleasure but have also established an outstandingly successfully business supported by international discerning travel agencies around the world. Such is the level of holistic managerial and hospitality experience that everything runs efficiently...

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks indeed for taking the time to leave a review, which is very clearly from the 'heart'. Coming from someone with such an extensive professional background in hospitality means so much to us, and we truly appreciate your very considered comments. Your thoughts very much reflect our 'ideals' in the accommodation experience we have sought to offer discerning travellers, since...

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I just three glorious nights at Glen Isla House. The rooms are beautiful, the facilities superb, and the hosts, Ian and Maddie, even more so. Absolutely nothing is too much trouble. I hope to be back soon. I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else on the island.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't thank Ian and Madeleine enough for making us so welcome in their truly beautiful home. It was a wonderful surprise after our long journey to find ourselves in this beautiful retreat. Ian and Madeleine instantly welcomed us in such a way that we felt as though we were staying with friends. Our room was a sheer delight, so...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ian & Madeline made us feel very comfortable at Glen Isla House.Professional service with attention to detail. Lovely quiet setting, Great bed, Breakfast and clean room and bathroom. Thoroughly recommend.

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks Peter for taking the time to share your thoughts in a review. We receive many comments about chef's breakfast in the dining room, and our beds (we spent considerable time selecting the beds for comfort!), and we thank you for yours! Incidentally, our housekeeping lady is one of the best we've ever had, so we'll pass on your comments...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ian and Madeleine are such lovely hosts. A very sweet inn in a touristy place. The town of Cowes is not our cup of tea but staying at Glen Isla House was so peaceful. And the breakfast that Ian and Madeleine prepared was so yummy.

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, and we trust you had a good jouney back home... Indeed we agree, Cowes is rather 'touristy' in January when you were here , with the long summer school holidays and a lot of visitors to our island! That said, it seems you enjoyed the peace and quiet of the extensive...

Mooroolbark, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a very pleasant stay here. Very warm welcome when we arrived. Hosts are so lovely. The rooms are beautifully decorated with only s very short walk to perfect beach. The bed was very comfortable but the breakfast was amazing! The home grown rhubarb and apricot with local yoghurt was the stand out. You won't be...

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and kind words... Yes, the pristine sandy beach is literally out the back gate (around 120 metres direct access via the grass path) and its a 20 minute srtoll along the beach into Cowes with shops and restaurants. We do have the Rhubarb from the kitchen garden all year-round (when we're open), and you stayed when...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 January 2017

My husband and I recently spent 2nights here. Beautiful room and the breakfast was fantastic!. The hosts could not have been more helpful. Would recommend to anyone. A must to go and see the penguin parade in the evening

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words and taking the time to leave a review for us. Indeed Glen Isla is just 10 minutes drive from the Little Penguiins (Penguin Parade), and a 2 minute walk (direct access) to a pristine sandy beach - its just our the back gate! The Koala conseervation centre is also just 10 minutes away by car,...

Victoria, Australia
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed here for 1 night and we loved it. We were greeted and shown around by the owner himself. The room we stayed at in was very clean and the breakfast was delicious. We had complimentary port, it was yummy 😋. We will be coming back here and recommending to friends and family

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking some time to leave a review on TripAdvisor, and for choosing Glen Isla House for your stay... The port has been a 'special suprise' for our guests since we opened in 2003, and is as you say rather 'yummy'! We hope to see you again soon, and thanks for the recommendations here and to your...

Cranbourne, Australia
Reviewed 26 December 2016

Thank you Ian and Madeleine. You made our 2 days away after my husband's retirement a very special and memorable time. After our reserved accommodation on the island fell through, we turned up at Reception hoping you could accommodate us. A wonderful welcome, luxurious room, beautiful garden and delicious breakfast. Your gift to my husband of a bottle of wine...

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to stay, and thanks for returning to Glen Isla! We wish you and your husband the very best in your retirement, and we were pleased to have the opportunity to offer our best wishes and a nice bottle of wine to enjoy on your getaway at the start of this new chapter for you... We...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Multi award-winning boutique country-house accommodations offering discerning travellers finest surroundings, absolute privacy and unobtrusive service from internationally experienced and well traveled owner/hosts. Set in the grounds of the historic Glen Isla Homestead (c1870), we offer genuine historic and purpose architected guest accommodations all with modern bathroom amenities and separate entrances, secluded and very private heritage gardens, refined elegance & old-world charm just 100m from a pristine sandy beach. Enjoy chef-inspired special breakfasts in the elegant dining room overlooking the authentic heritage gardens (kitchen may be closed some days), and local nature/wildlife experiences at Phillip Island Nature Parks (close to Little Penguins, Koalas and the Seal Watching Cruise). Highly recommended Frommers Australia Guide as the best place to stay. Recommended Fodors, and Lonely Planet Guides since 2007. Member of Small Elegant Hotels since 2004. TripAdvisor HALL of FAME inductee for TriAdvisor excellence awards 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. GLEN ISLA HOUSE is not associated in any way with another property nearby called Apartments at Glen Isla. Glen Isla House is the original and historic Glen Isla dating from c1870 with private heritage gardens and direct beach access, warmly welcoming discerning travellers since 2003. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Glen Isla House

Address: 230 Church Street, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Phillip Island > Cowes
Price Range: $253 - $299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Glen Isla House 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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