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4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Tuxion Rd., Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia
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Ranked #7 of 20 Apollo Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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London, United Kingdom
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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84 reviews 84 reviews
49 hotel reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Singapore, Singapore
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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 

Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Thank you for your review. We appreciate it and wish you a few more wonderful days in Australia. More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We much enjoyed our 2 night stay in one of the guesthouse suites. The manager, Arnaud, and his partner were very welcoming. Our room was well appointed and spacious. The setting, high above Port Apollo, in spacious grounds, is both attractive and very relaxing. The Retreat is good on practicalities like wifi (free), fridge, plates etc, washing machine. It is... More 

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7 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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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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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 

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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*
Number of rooms: 12
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