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Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast

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69 Whalers Road, Victor Harbor, South Australia 5211, Australia
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Not the usual B&B. This one is top of the line. We stayed for two wonderful nights and could not fault it in any way. Every possible thing was taken care of for us. A great selection of food was provided for breakfast, including juice, teas, chocolates, highly. everything you could think of. An excellent sound system with a huge... More 

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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind review. We pride ourselves on providing generous breakfast provisions and offering all the "creature comforts". We have just been awarded by Trip Advisor the "Green Leaders - Platinum" certification for our eco friendly B & B which we shall proudly display. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Guelph, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Close Encounters provides much more than standard B&Bs; a visitor can live completely independently. What it shares with the best B&Bs we have enjoyed are welcoming, generous, knowledgeable hosts and a generous breakfast (or rather supplies to produce that on your own schedule). The beautiful garden, an abundance of flowers, and a panoramic view are additional attractions. We could write... More 

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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

We really appreciated the time you took to do this review for us. We find that many of our guests are grateful for the fully self contained villa where they can be totally independent and use the full kitchen facilities to enjoy longer stays. Rather than having to dine out for every meal the B & B offers guests flexibility... More 

Victor Harbor, South Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

With chocolate-dipped strawberries offered as a treat for this honeymooning couple, my wife and I made ourselves at home for 3 nights and 2 days in peace and seclusion. With a delightful flower farm out the front to explore and several MAGPIES to feed daily, it was a relaxing place we thoroughly recommend. John and Nell offered us top-of-the-range, excellent... More 

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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. It was a privilege to be able to accommodate you for your honeymoon and glad to hear it was memorable. It gave you a chance to relax before you went on your overseas adventure. The magpies enjoyed your company and missed you when you left. More 

Horsham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Do not look anywhere else. This accommodation has it all: location, facilities, views, quiet and expertise of the local area and more. My husband and I stayed for 3 nights and our hosts organised a day trip to Kangaroo Island for us and were accommodating in every way. Breakfast is provided in the fridge for you to cook in your... More 

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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you for your generous review. We were very happy to arrange the Kangaroo Island One Day Highlights tour and that you were able to experience what great attractions & scenery the island has to offer. The other 2 days spent with us enabled you to relax and prepare for the next part of your journey to Victoria. We hope... More 

Williamstown, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Thank you, to our wonderful hosts Nell and John, for a very relaxing 2-nights stay in January 2015. They both met us at arrival, and were very friendly and informative. The b&b had everything we needed and it was spotless, with a beautiful garden view. Even though the b&b is attached to their house, we didn't hear any noises and... More 

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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

We appreciate your review and are very pleased that our B & B met all your needs. We would mention that the front of the B & B is set back 3m from the front of our house and there is a 3m breeze way between the 2 separate buildings. This is where extra garden chairs, the BBQ and large... More 

Naracoorte, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

we had our seventh holiday stay with nell and john and it was just perfect..as it always is they do everyyhing 100% for us with true felling and really care . we really never want to leave and are countimg the days untill we can return . we do lots of bike riding and waliking , Victor Harbor is a... More 

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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

It was lovely to welcome you back for your 7th visit and catch up with your news. Victor Harbor has great coffee and food services and fantastic scenery to enjoy whilst on your bike rides. Looking forward to catching up on your next visit. More 

Regina, Canada
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281 reviews
101 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I am a very hard rater and am hard to please but this place is totally a 5 Star. Even before we walked into the unit, we knew we made a good choice. The grounds and buildings are all well taken care of. Once inside, we were not disappointed. Actually, it was more than we expected. We were met immediately... More 

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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Your very comprehensive review is greatly appreciated. We try very hard to meet the needs of travellers as its very difficult to carry everything you might need in suitcases. We enjoyed hearing about your adventures so far in Australia and we wish you safe travels for the rest of your 3 month trip. You would be welcome back any time... More 

Kendal, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Extensive views over a large, beautifully tended garden to rolling hills and the sea. Peaceful and secluded, very tranquil and relaxing. John and Nel are very kind and generous hosts, very helpful too with their local knowledge. We appreciated the many extras, even a bottle of wine. The jacuzzi would have been fun but we ran out of time. A... More 

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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

Thank you Kathryn for your comprehensive review. Most overseas guests find 2 days is not long enough to relax and explore our beautiful region. Hoping that one day you will be able to return for a longer stay. Enjoy your white Christmas in England and best wishes for good health and safe travels in 2015. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

John and Nel provided a warm welcome, every possible comfort, and many thoughtful extra touches, e.g. fresh roses, and breakfast provisions exactly to our liking throughout our 19 day stay. Set high above Victor Harbor, one overlooks the expanse of cultivated proteas, and across the town to Granite Island and the distant ocean. We could not have felt more 'at... More 

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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to accommodate you for your 19 day stay. We enjoyed hearing of your experiences in our beautiful region and that you were able to explore your early childhood memories. Thank you for placing your review on Trip Advisor and we look forward to catching up with you again should the opportunity arise to visit South Australia... More 

Porirua
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16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Having stayed six nights at Close Encounters during our wonderful four week holiday in South Australia there is no doubt the B&B deserves its position as "#1" and its rating of "excellent". John & Nell are obviously travellers themselves and know how to make guests feel welcome. The rooms were well equipped, spotlessly clean and John & Nell seem to... More 

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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review

It was lovely to have you stay for 6 days to fully explore the Victor Harbor area. Our B & B was purpose built to be well suited for longer stays with a full kitchen and undercover car parking right outside the entry door. We would be very happy to catch up with you again should you ever be over... More 

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