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Glen Isla House

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27/06/2017 28/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Sherwood Park, Alberta
Reviewed 21 April 2017

We arrived in Cowes after a long drive along the Great Ocean Road in later pm Our hosts, Ian And Madeleine were very welcoming and made suggestions of where to eat as we had a penguin tour that eve.So many interesting places to visit from here The room was beautifully decorated and very comfortable/ Set in a lovely garden close...

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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 of your stay with us here at Glen Isla... We have the pleasure of welcoming guests from all over the world to Glen Isla, and offering 'local' advice on things to see and do, restaurants and cafes etc has always been part of our style of hospitality! The relaxed environment, set...

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

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...

Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 28 March 2017

What a great place to stay on Phillip Island. Madeleine and Ian are the perfect hosts for this historic place. Stayed there for three nights and had the privilege to enjoy the comfort and peace of the Historic Suite. Pity that we had to continue our journey towards the Great Ocean Road. Ian has some nice wines (including the Blanc...

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

Thanks Ralph for your kind words... The Heritage Suite is our authentic historic accommodations, and it offers a wonderful escape into old-world charm and elegance! As you say, the sandy beach is just out the back gate, and of course the township of Cowes is also walking distance for restaurants, cafes and shops. Its not the first time guests have...

Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

The house and cottages were a delight to stay in,clean ,luxurious and well appointed.Ian and Madeline were fantastic and the introduction to the area given by them was extensive.A very quiet,pleasant and friendly stay in a little bit of history

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

Thanks for choosing our historic property for your accommodations on Phillip Island... We always ensure our guests have a good introduction to things to see and do here on the island, as well as restaurant and cafe recommedations. We hope to see you again if your travels bring this way in future... Warm Regards, Ian and Maddie Owner & Hosts...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Nestled in tranquil gardens,Ian&Madeline have done this before,Professional,unobtrusive hospitality at its best.Minutes walk from a secluded beach,quiet excellent accommodation and an a la carteBF to die for.The Gatekeepers cottage is highly recommended.Thank you Ian & Madeline.

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

Thanks indeed for your comments in regard to our style of hospitality... After 14 years of owning and operating Glen Isla, with guests from just about every corner of the world (some returning regularly to fond it just as they remembered it the forst time), we feel we have our style of unobtrsive but personal hospitality, just right, and it...

Miami Beach, Florida
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed two nights at the Gatehouse - as others have said - can't speak highly enough of the welcome, helpful local information, rooms beautifully appointed and unusually for this sort of accomodation in my experience -generous supplies - that is towels, tea towels supplies for making coffee and tea, plenty of consumables for personal grooming and the kitchen. Not...

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

Thaks for taking the time to leave a review on our Self-Cater Cottage Accommodations - The Gate Cottage... As seasoned travellers' we have stayed in many 'cottages and apartments' all over the world in our travels over the years, and they are often basically furnised and euqipped as 'self-cater'. The Gate Cottage is comfortably furnised and the kitchen is a...

Reviewed 26 February 2017 via 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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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks indeed for your review...! Glad you liked the 'sausage sandwich' for breakfast. Must admit its not a common request, but very pleased to be able to meet your 'special request'... We would certainly welome you back to Glen Isla - for WSBK or just a great break by the beach. Kind regards, Ian & Maddie Owners & Hosts at...

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 25 February 2017

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

Well - not much we can say but thanks from the bottom of our hearts for your comments! Hope you're back soon... Warmest regards, Ian & Maddie Owners and Hosts @ Glen Isla Glen Isla since c1870 and welcoming guests since 2003 to our heritage property!

Reviewed 18 February 2017

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 13 February 2017

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...

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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: $246 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Glen Isla House 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“all rooms faced out to garden ,a lovely sitting dinning area in middle”
roller_7, 20 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Depending on availability, take a room not too close to the main gate.”
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  • very comfortable bed.
  • Great fire-place, makes it very cozy.
496ralphm, 28 Mar 2017 | Read review
“I believe all the rooms were of equal quality and indeed the position of each room was in the grounds of the beautiful gardens.”
Dowdwr, 17 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Book early”
roninspector, 1 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All are well appointed and luxurious.”
jramage2016, 25 Dec 2016 | Read review
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