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Ed
Bondi, Australia

Gourmet three course dinners in a friendly cosy lodge

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 July 2023via mobile
Kylie and Darren made us feel right at home and we didn't want to leave! Beautiful secluded location was a welcome escape from the crowds. The staff are vey friendly. There is a massive games room for kids with fussball table and classic arcade games. Every night we played cards by the fireplace with new friends after a beautiful three course dinner. We are coming back!
Date of stay: June 2023
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 17 July 2023
We are thrilled that your family enjoyed their stay at Barrakee and thank you so much for your kind review. We're glad you found your new mountain home and look forward to welcoming you next Winter :)
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Reviewed 3 July 2023

This is the second time we’ve spent a week at Barrakee and each time has been our best snow holiday ever.

From the first welcoming hug, we felt like family, not just guests. Nothing was ever too much trouble, and Kylie and Darren did everything to make our stay super comfortable, restful and unforgettable.

One of the biggest standouts is the food. As a busy Mum, having breakfast and dinner cooked for me is wonderful. The chef has created an interesting and varied menu that we looked forward to every day. But the best part is how far they go to accommodate special dietary needs. My two children and I all have multiple food allergies and each of us was catered for with such care and consistency. We’ve never stayed anywhere before where our dietary needs were genuinely no big deal and we didn’t feel like we were putting anyone out by requesting them. Such an awesome feeling for an allergy Mum! Thanks so much Kylie, Dylan and the whole kitchen team.

The Barrakee level of care didn’t stop there. The housekeeping staff were amazing. There’s nothing like coming in from a big day on the mountain to find beds made, fresh towels if we needed them and everything so cosy in our room.

And the front of house staff were no exception to the rule. Again, nothing was too much trouble, and they made us feel so cared for and at home. We didn’t want to leave!

Thanks for such a magical holiday team Barrakee! Xx

Room tip: Book early for best early season deals.
Date of stay: May 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 6 July 2023

Thanks so much for your incredibly kind review Danielle :)

We thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful family staying with us for your snow holiday and really value the feedback. I will pass on to the Team who all deserve a pat on the back. Thrilled to have hit the mark for you and we look forward to welcoming you all home to Barrakee next season.

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Reviewed 26 November 2022 via mobile

We stayed at Barakee Lodge for several nights with a large group of families from school to catch the last of the Spring snow. It was such a special trip thanks to the care and attention taken by Kylie, Darren & team. We had a 3 person room with ensuite which was perfect for our needs. The drying and storage facilities were excellent which set us up well to head out each morning. The shuttle trip to and from Perisher was reliable and efficient.

However, the highlight was the bar and restaurant! Breakfasts were always plentiful and delicious and the dinners were something else! Each night we had an amazing 3-course meal with one extra special buffet evening bringing together others from our party from the adjacent lodge.

All in all a fabulous stay and well worth the money:)

We look forward to returning!

Date of stay: September 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank kypinc
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Management response:Responded 28 November 2022

Hi Kypinc! We are so thrilled that you had a great time at Barrakee as part of the group booking. It was a fantastic weekend and a perfect end to the season. Our Kitchen Brigade work very hard to deliver amazing meals every day and will be so happy to hear your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you all back in Winter 2023!

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Reviewed 9 September 2022 via mobile

Excellent accomodation, staff, food and location,
We were greeted at ski tube by our wonderful hosts Kylie and Darren.
On snow transport to our beautiful lodge, rooms wonderful, 3 nights of amazing food and a great bar with fire place and music, all staff were amazing and made our stay extremely enjoyable.

Date of stay: September 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Management response:Responded 24 November 2022

Thanks so much for your lovely review! We had so much fun with you both :) We'll definitely pass your feedback on to our amazing team and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 15 August 2022

We recently stayed at Barrakee Ski-Lodge (on-snow lodge) for the first time. The hosts were fantastic, the rooms were clean, comfortable and warm! All towels and linen are provided which makes travelling up the mountain so much easier. The restaurant food was very tasty and the bar atmosphere really welcoming. Although the lodge is a short distance from the Perisher terminal, the owners have a free oversnow service that runs multiple times person day which is super convenient. We were personally greeted on arrival by the hosts, shown to our room and given a tour of the lodge. At all times we felt like this was a home away from home. We'll definitely be returning and do recommend this lodge to anyone travelling to Perisher as it has something for everyone.

Date of stay: July 2022
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Thank Leigh_Davidson_2022
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Management response:Responded 24 November 2022

We're so thrilled we hit the mark for you Leigh and glad it was worth the wait! We loved having you all visit and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 21 July 2022

This small intimate lodge does such a great job at allowing children to have a fun time whilst still providing a cosy, convivial, chic environment for adults to enjoy pre dinner drinks followed by a beautifully presented, very high quality 3 course dinner each evening. The small but varied wine and drinks list met our needs (which is saying something as we are a bit fussy about wine!).Liked the Malbec and the Gavi.
The drying rooms and ski storage area works well and my son enjoyed the sauna.
The rooms are compact (bring limited luggage - you only need ski gear and something to wear in the evening) not luxurious but although basic the beds were comfortable, the room warm and provided all you need for a good nights sleep.
Barrakee,being 2.1km from Perisher center, provides oversnow transport - two runs in the morning and two in the afternoon. This worked well for us. The grandchildren had ski school in the morning, followed by lunch and some more skiing making the 3.45 return to Barrakee suitable for the little ones. On the couple of occasions that some of our party wanted to return earlier Hans Oversnow provides an efficient (if a little costly) taxi service. More experienced skiers can ski back to the lodge.
Skiing is not a cheap holiday and I thought that for a group of 7,
grandparents, parents and 3 children, Barrakee represented exceptional value for money, It was relaxed enough for the kids to thoroughly enjoy themselves but also provided great food, wine and atmosphere for the adults so that even the fussy old grandmother (me) had a great time!
Kylie, Darren and all of the staff were wonderful.
It is hard to describe but there is just something rather special about this lodge..
Our family are already planning to come back.

Date of stay: July 2022
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Management response:Responded 24 November 2022

Oh Helen our whole Team so enjoyed having you and your beautiful family at Barrakee :) You are all part of our Barrakee family now and we're really looking forward to welcoming you home next Winter! Your kind review is just lovely and so touching. It's our Team and our guests that make Barrakee what it is. We think it's pretty special too!

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