Having read many positive reviews of 'Llewellins' and studied their website, I was expecting great things and was not disappointed. While one wouldn't necessarily book a B&B on the strength of the owners' hosting skills, Joanna & James (Llewellin) are the most welcoming and obliging of hosts one could ask for.
The setting and surroundings are the main draw of this guesthouse, though the quality of accommodation surpassed my high expectations. My guess is that this couple are themselves well-travelled and know what discerning guests like.
My Garden Room came equipped with all the facilities one might expect in a 5-star hotel and was designed in cool, stylish and understated manner, while the wetroom-style shower room was of a higher quality than most hotels I have stayed at.
James Llewellin's piece de resistance is his gourmet breakfast. Sourced entirely locally, there was fruit salad, granola with yoghurt garnished with passion fruit, and homemade bread/toast that is grown, milled and baked in Margaret River. Then, from an extensive cooked menu, followed the most amazing Portobello mushrooms I have tasted anywhere. Having an egg allergy, I eschewed JL's fabled truffled eggs, though my fellow guests seemed to be making highly complimentary noises. Indulging in full breakfast certainly obviates the need for lunch each day, which is a considerable saving in 'Mark-Up River' and left me more budget to buy wine!
The wildlife in the back garden often visited the veranda, including countless galahs and parakeets, blue-tongued bobtails (popping by for strawberries), blue wrens, rabbits and a skink called 'Richard', named after the proprietor's skittish brother :-) It all added to the close-to-nature feel of the region, though one has to mind one's toes while reading outside.
Llewellins is 5 minutes' drive, or 20 minutes' cycle, to Town or beach, making for what I would label one of the finest guesthouses anywhere. I'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Llewellin's is a luxury guest house in Margaret River for adults. Ideally located 10 minutes drive between town, world class beaches, the golf course and famous wineries. Llewellin's is a romantic destination for couples, specialising in gourmet breakfasts created by our resident chef. Set in 8.5 acres of native bushland, surrounded by peppermint trees and wild life. ... more less