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Greater Sydney, Australia

Just the right place for our holiday

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 Dec 2020via mobile
We found it quite difficult to find accommodation that matched our flights for our five night island break. Our travel agent found an apartment at Earl’s Anchorage and we were delighted with the whole experience. Clean, modern accommodation with a very friendly welcome and airport pick up from Tim. We ate at the Anchorage restaurant in town most nights. Excellent food with a changing daily menu dependent on supply . Chef cooked the kingfish, trevally and blue fish we caught ourselves on three occasions. One night the restaurant provided us with a bbq pack. Also a good spot for breakfast and coffee or picking up a fresh roll for lunch. All in all the Anchorage and its staff provided us with a great location and a friendly stay. Would definitely stay again. Thank you.
Date of stay: December 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 13 November 2020

    We have just had a week at Earls Anchorage and it was certainly a very pleasant stay - with a couple of minor whinges. As some other reviewers have pointed out (1) it is at the top of a steep hill - in two directions - and so walking is the way to get around. Buying groceries means lugging them up the hill and (2) the lack of window coverings in the living areas (blinds in the bedroom) is very pleasant in some ways (being able to look out at the surrounding vegetation which is still sparse at this time of year) but at night makes you feel a little exposed.

    My main problem, however, is the lack of a door key - it's not really relevant that the crime rate is, we were told, 'low' (which of course implies that there is some crime) - we feel more comfortable going out during the day or going to bed at night with the door locked. A safe was offered but not onsite I think. And I wonder how travel insurance would cover an unlocked room - though, on second thoughts, travel insurance tries to avoid covering lots of things!

    Apart from that the hosts were very obliging, as were the staff. We ate almost every night at the Anchorage Restaurant, the only place open at night at the moment apart from 2 local clubs. The menu changes daily so you don't face a boring choice and the food was generally very good and surprisingly imaginative, though often unavoidably expensive on this remote island.

    I wouldn't call the accommodation luxurious however certainly very comfortable and mostly to be recommended.

    Date of stay: November 2020
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    Reviewed 12 February 2020 via mobile

    Earls Anchorage delivers on every promise. The quality of the accommodation is excellent- super comfortable beds, lovely furnishings, and well equipped. John and his staff could not have done more for us. Best hosts we have ever had. Five stars alround from accommodation to the restaurant offerings to service.

    Date of stay: February 2020
    Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Reviewed 8 January 2020

    We have been to the idyllic Lord Howe Island 5 times. We have tried one other place but Earl's is the place for us. As far as I know, they are the most recently constructed self contained villas on the island and they have been done very nicely. I have written reviews of Earls before so I won't repeat myself and just update the information a little.

    1. The housekeeping staff are terrific. The servicing of the room everyday was first class.

    2. There is now a massage option at Earls. Take it. I would say it was the best massage I have had. Margie used to do the treatmeants at Arajilla - no need to go there anymore.

    3. Our latest fun thing to do was to buy some sausages, bread, onions and and sauce, pack them into the Earl's supplied backpack with some BBQ utensils and gas fire lighter (also provided at Earls), rent a canoe from one of the boatsheds and paddle to southern end of North Bay. Light the fire in one of the BBQs in the picnic area, cook up your snags, have a swim in the old gulch or Herring Pools (if conditions are right) and paddle back looking for turtles. 4 hours beautifully spent.

    4. The anchorage restaurant continues to be super. Dave and his team work wonders and there is always something great on the menu to try.

    Well done Kath and John.

    Date of stay: January 2020
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    Reviewed 28 December 2019 via mobile

    What a place to visit! Totally relaxed, beautiful, friendly, such a happy place to be. Well appointed rooms, plenty of space, comfortable, easy to get around the island, pristine beaches and sea, great food and super service.

    Date of stay: December 2019
    Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Reviewed 24 November 2019

    Lord Howe Island is such a special place & the locals are so friendly, so its a shame that we had to ask to be moved holiday accommodation as the builders where so loud at 7am building the new holiday apartments. Owner said she understood, but please tell others before they arrive so that they don't have to ask the same.
    A little gesture would of been nice, such as when we were eating at their restaurant, a complimentary drink, low cost to the owner but high value.
    Alas would chose another venue next time, which is a shame as the accommodation was excellent.

    Room tip: rooms not near the entrance as this is where the two new pent houses are being built
    Date of stay: November 2019
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