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Claerwen Retreat

4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Tuxion Rd., Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We were initially planning to stay 2 nights at Claerwen Retreat, ended up staying 5 and didn't want to leave. We rented one of the three bedroom bungalows perched on the hill and absolutely loved it. We stayed there in September and not being very well organised, we booked it just two days before we got there. For four people... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The best thing about Claerwen retreat is the view. The welcome was lukewarm to say the least. The cottage was $295 a night and did not include breakfast or a bottle of wine! The TV needed updating and it was difficult to hear well. the noise of the insect repeller kept us awake most of the night. In addition, it... More

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Odessa, FL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We recently spent two nights at Claerwen and wish we could have stayed longer. We were in the yellow efficiency with a loft bedroom. Although you need to mind your head getting in and out of bed, the view from the loft is worth the need for caution. We have four pieces of advice: #1 Do not let your GPS... More

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to write such a wonderful review for us. We are very pleased that you choose Claerwen Retreat to celebrate your wedding anniversary, and were able to rleax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings here. We agree Claerwen is a place wroth spenidng at least a few days to explore our amazing Great Ocean Road and... More

Oxford, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Claerwen retreat sits at the top of a hill overlooking Apollo Bay. The drive up to the retreat - a 5km twisty, narrow gravel road is a bit of an adventure - but once at the top the peace, tranquility and the view is very worthwhile. Make sure you arrive before dusk as driving the track in the dark could... More

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to write such a wonderful review for us. It is always a delight to hear such positive feedback from our guests, and we are proud of our high customer service standards. We agree, Claerwen is a magical resting place, and the perfect spot to rest amongst the Great Ocean Road Journey. We trust the... More

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

My husband and I were booked in to the Claerwen Retreat as part of a package organised by The Flight Centre. We therefore had no idea that it was 6 kilometres from Apollo Bay up an unmade road which was extremely steep and winding. Having reached the top we realised we would not feel comfortable going back down to have... More

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to write a review for us. We are thankful you can acknowledge our facilities we provide to accomodate our guests. It is often a common concern for people in regards to the road when they have not researched the property themselves, and expect to be located in the town. However, we are glad that... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We spent 4 nights in a cottages. The place was immaculate and modern. The views, peace and quiet and surrounding property were beautiful. The open fireplace, which we used a number of times, perfected the whole experience. The managers - Arnaud and Cas, did everything they could to make our stay more pleasant and assisted us with anything we needed.... More

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to complete such a wonderful review for us. It was our pleasure to meet you and asist you to have a relaxing and rewarding break away. Your feedback helps us continue to strive to deliver the highest customer service standards. We look forward to welcome you back soon. With Kind Regards Karyn Chapman &... More

Denpasar, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

After getting stressed at New year's time by the few available places to stay in Apollo bay I'm so pleased we found this place....it is a hidden gem!!!!! Up a windy road at the top of the hill, it offers 360degree views of the area, not to mention very hospitable staff, a cute rooms.

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this review for us. We are pleased you welcomed the new year in our beautiful surroundings. We hope you will return again on your next visit. Happy Travels Arnaud & Karyn Retreat Managers More

Alice Springs, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Very warm welcome and helpful service, beautiful room, stunning views, and delicious breakfast. Improvements could be keep lawns mowed, TV working and get rid of dying plant in living room! Thank you for having us :-)

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Georgina, Thank you for taking your time to provide feedback and a great review for us. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay. In regards to the feedback about the lawns we were in a period of in between during your stay, they were done the next day when the weather allowed! I apologise again for the inconvenience for... More

Miami, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This property was just picture-perfect! The house sits on top of a mountain with ocean views from every corner! The property managers, Arnold and Kaz, were just the nicest most tentative people you'll meet! They made the stay just that better! Only regret was that we only stayed 1 night! Should have booked at least 2 nights! Would stay here... More

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to write this review for us. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay as much as we enjoyed having you here! We agree with you that this is a must stop visit on your great ocean road visit and deserves more time as most of our one night travellers would agree. We... More

Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

The purple cottage is small, but really beautiful. The owners were lovely and extremely welcoming. It was windy and cold for January but we found it such a great place to stay, enjoy the view and to relax.

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ClaerwenRetreat, Manager at Claerwen Retreat, responded to this review

Hi Sarah, Thank you for taking your time to write a review for us. We are glad you found the purple studio to be cosy and of good value! It certainly does provide amazing views out over our beautiful surroundings We look forward to welcome you again soon. With Kind Regards Arnaud & Karyn Retreat Managers. More

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Address: Tuxion Rd., Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Apollo Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Claerwen Retreat 4*
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Claerwen Retreat is located "high above the world" overlooking the Great Ocean Road. It is the highest point in the area, an old aboriginal sacred site, with stunning ocean views. It offers a holiday experience with a difference that is focused on relaxation, self-discovery and personal growth. We support this process in an environment of peaceful solitude, healing nature and luxurious accommodation. Its guesthouse, two cottages and meeting centre are nestled in 130 acres of park, rainforest and fern gullies. The property has a outdoor pool, spa and tennis court. The beach is ten minutes away. It is a place where your spirit can rest. Claerwen is an ideal base for tours along Victoria's dramatic west coast. ... more   less 
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