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Claerwen Retreat

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Tuxion Rd., Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This retreat is some 5km from Apollo Bay and access is via a twisting road up the Otway National Park. The drive can be a bit hairy for some, but we enjoyed it and the views from the top were well worth it. Our hostess met us on arrival, was very pleasant and also gave us some great tips about... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Owner at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed experiencing Claerwen Retreat. More 

Surrey
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30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived early evening and shown a tastefully decorated room. The bathroom was excellent with a good shower, but unfortunately at peak time in evening, hot water ran out necessitating a short wait. I understand it can be difficult getting water so high up, but it should have been mentioned that it could happen. Yes a fridge would have been nice... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Owner at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the experience. More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We drove all the way up- Claerwen retreat is a secluded spot quite high up-It takes at least 30mins to reach the main road and it does not a great view of Great ocean compared to other places I have stayed at in the surroundings like Viewpoint and B and B. It is very run down with the outdoor pool... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Owner at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

We are sorry you did not enjoy your stay, I remember your disappointment when we could not give you the desired upgrade into a cottage, because we were booked out. However, your review mentions a few aspects that are seriously incorrect. We are a 30 minutes WALKING distance from town. When you drive very slow, it takes no more than... More 

St. Albans, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We only stayed for one night and were upgraded to their 3 bedroom bungalow. The drive up is a bit hairy but well worth it.The views are amazing and the primary accommodation unit was very comfortable with an open fire and comfortable settees. One minor negative was that the breakfast could have been a bit more generous, The drive up... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Owner at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the experience of Claerwen Retreat. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I booked a long weekend at Claerwen Retreat as a last minute getaway. When we arrived, we were blown away! We stayed in the sun cottage and it was beautiful. For the first time ever when traveling, the reality was better than the photos on the website! The cottage is lovely and decorated beautifully. The bathroom was... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Owner at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. More 

London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We only stayed one night and wished we had had more time. It was great a great lodge with fantastic views across the bay where you could watch the weather changes. We had 33 degree weather in Melbourne when we set off and although the weather had closed in by the time we arrived we had a fantastic roaring fire... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Dear AandJLondon, Thank you for your wonderful review, The weather is certainly unique in Apollo Bay and we are lucky to have a wonderful warm fire during the colder days here. The views and the wildlife do enhance a most amazing experience, there are not too many places in Australia where you can experience the abundance of wildlife on your... More 

London, United Kingdom
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We stayed for 3 nights in one of the small lodges overlooking the valley. The manager was very friendly and the accommodation was nice if a little cramped in the main area. The bathroom was spotless but the main lounge area/combined bedroom need a good spring clean. My feet crunched under foot on the rug where it had not been... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Rosi139, Thank for your review, all positive and negative feedback is so Important to us, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us overall and your experience in this beautiful region. With regards to the cleanliness of the room, I am astonished to hear this, we are fanatical about the cleanliness of the rooms, Michael or myself generally... More 

Surrey, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Wonderful location with stunning views over Apollo bay. Very friendly welcome on arrival , roomy accommodation and good breakfast. Very comfortable bed and complementary wifi. Heating in the bedrooms. Highly recommended

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We stayed here on our way driving the Great Ocean Road. It is a charming - clean spacious room, friendly people, lovely big dining room with a fabulous view. We went into Apollo Bay for dinner and on our way back saw kangaroos roaming the grounds. In the morning we enjoyed breakfast at the retreat, walked across the meadows behind... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us, We hope you had a wonderful time here in Australia Warm regards Michael & Lynn More 

London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Stopped over during a drive from Adelaide to Melbourne for one night. Welcomed by the owner, who made us feel very much as if it were our home away from home. This hotel is approx. 300m above sea level and it's an interesting bendy single track road that takes you to Claerwen. Fortunately, we did not encounter any traffic coming... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Dear PK. Thank you for the wonderful review, we are pleased you enjoyed your time at Claerwen Retreat, Safe Travels and we hope you will be back in Australia again one day! Warm regards Michael & Lynn More 

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