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Claerwen Retreat

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Tuxion Rd., Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 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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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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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 

London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This really is a special place, and not your normal, run of the mill B&B. It is set 5km away from Apollo Bay up a very steep hill, and if you are not a confident driver then I would give this a miss. We arrived to be welcomed by Cornelia, the owner who showed us around the main building where... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Dear RocknRoll Star, Thank you kindly for your wonderful review, It's hard not to enjoy the wonders of nature set up above the Otway Ranges and the stunning Southern Ocean! We thank you for your comments regarding the light supper that we offer to any guests not wishing to traverse the 5km drive back to Apollo Bay, we do where... More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

A lovely property, 5km up a dirt track. But worth it as we saw a big red kangaroo and a koala with baby in the wild but close up! Awesome views plus great breakfast cooked to order. No evening meal, but this gives you the chance to explore the town. Clean, quiet and a superb place to stay?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This place is a very special place which lots of pros but also some cons: The plus: We had one of the cottages, which are spacious and with beautiful design in the middle of nature paradise. 5km away from the small town, on a hill, surrounded by kangaroos, birds, horses and just green. Awesome balcony with view to the ocean... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Goeast 66, So lovely to hear you enjoyed the stunning views overlooking the Otway's and Apollo Bay, Claerwen is indeed a very unique experience with the abundance of wildlife and walking tracks on the property. Whilst we do pre arrival checks on all rooms, we obviously neglected to check the BBQ in this instance, had we been aware we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We stayed (unfortunately) just for one night. We had a very nice, clean and comfortable room. The bathroom was spacious and neat. Our welcome was friendly. The breakfast was good. The Retreat is situated on top of a hill with great views on Apollo Bay and the ocean. Late in the evening and early in the morning we saw a... More 

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ClaerwenRetreat, Owner at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We hope the rest of your travels in Australia were memorable and you will be back one day. More 

Westland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This place is amazing great surrounding on top of a mountain, with a view on Apollo Bay, the room is great, there is a library, you can lent a dvd or just, relax and enjoy the lounge music, or have a swim in the pool, or have a strole on the retrait, very friendly reception

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ClaerwenRetreat, Owner at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate it and wish you a few more wonderful days in Australia. More 

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