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“A break from Home” 4 of 5 stars
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Surf and Circuit Resort
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   113 Justice Road, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Cowes
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“A break from Home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Nice apartments. Reasonably new and spacious.We stayed 3 nights during October 2012 Only 5 minutes from Cowes. Helen in reception was very nice and chatty. Following earlier reports on this page,we brought with us a top sheet for the bed. I do think this is unusual that it is not provided.We also brought a doona with us.Thank goodness as it was a little chilly with what was supplied. Definitely room for improvement in the bedroom catagory.
Minor maintenance should be a regular activity,as probably management taking you to your accommodation. With advice as to switching Tv to Dvd .Loose cupboard doors,chain locks on front door broken. Minor problems in new units now will grow over a 12 month period.
Overall,An excellent area.Excellent family accommodation with swimming pool,bar b-q and playground. Under cover car parking at the units is also a plus to the area.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights in winter with our family (2 adults and 2 kids). The apartments are very new and spacious. The grounds, tennis court, pool and playground look excellent. Reception was very friendly and helpful. Apartments are in a residential area, about 5 minutes drive out of Cowes, so they're very quiet.
On the negative side, the apartments are missing quite a few things. The kitchen, although huge, had no oven, no dishwasher, and was missing basic equipment like a coffee plunger. The bedrooms had no top sheet, no spare blankets, and no electric blankets. The apartment had no laundry - just a shared coin operated laundry near the bbq area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

We stayed at the Surf & Circuit for 3 days, we had a last minute change to our plans but Helen was able to accomodate our needs which was fantastic. We found the owners to be very friendly on arrival and checkout, however we did not sight them through our stay.

We had a back unit which was great as it meant we backed onto the tennis court with the small playground only a stones throw away as well. The kids loved the pool and the baby's pool was also a favourite with our 3 year old daughter. The pool water was clean although a little cold for me but the kids had lots of fun swimming and splashing about which helped to keep them warm.

Inside the unit it was clean and well fitted with all that you would probably expect from self contained accomodation. There was however no oven, only a microwave and no bath in the bathroom.

Being located on the outskirts of Cowes meant we were a 5 minute drive from the main street but we preferred the peace and quiet this location gave and this wasn't a big concern.

If I could only make one suggestion it would be for the garden and landscaped areas to be tidied up, many weeds especially around the playground and pool areas.

We had a great time on Phillip Island and would definitely recommend Surf & Circuit to other families.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

I just returned from 5 day stay at surf & circuit and highly recommend. We were with a large group all with young children (ages ranged from 3 months to 4 years old) and it was perfect. Very child safe units & playground. Short drive to cowes & other attractions. Owner Helen is very friendly & accommodating and couldnt do enough for us. The pool, tennis courts & BBQ areas all clean and well maintained, we made great use of all of them. We all plan to return in 2012

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

Title says it all. Let me elaborate -
It is a family-owned business, and at the time of the visit, the grandparents were down helping look after the business. They were attentive, helpful and were very friendly and welcoming.
Our stay was short, and as a result, were we unable to take full advantage of all the facilities, which appeared to include a tennis court, swimming pool, and barbecue areas - They did however appear to be in well kept condition.
We had a 3 bedroom (standalone) unit, and I think these places make ideal accommodation during the motoGP, because although it was three bedrooms, there was one double bed in one room, a convertible lounge, as well as two rooms that each had 4 bunks!
We were travelling in a large van (6 people) and there was also undercover parking which was connected to the unit.
From memory there was one bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining table, lounge area with TV and DVD player, and access via the front door, and a back door (all secure).

Being located on Phillip Island, it was a conveinent short drive to the attractions we visited, namely The Penguin Parade, and the Go-Kart Track at Phillip Island Race Circuit.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

Great stay, the lady who checked us in was geniuinely friendly and welcoming. The room were very clean and well heated ( important on the island in winter) . Is very new so everything is smick, and it feels a little like a display village. I'll definitely come back .

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 113 Justice Road, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Phillip Island > Cowes
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Ranked #3 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Cowes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Surf and Circuit Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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