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Holmwood Guesthouse
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   37 Chapel Street | (cnr Steele St), Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Cowes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Queensland
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“Best of New and Old”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Holmwood is an older property which has been completely renovated by Jill, creating a homely cottage feel outside and newly appointed to high standards within. Decor is lively and very comfortable. You do indeed feel as though you are a guest in the house. You can spread yourself out onto the garden, the verandahs, the lounge room, and the morning room which has indoor and outdoor dining areas.
My friend and I, both country born, did just that- even taking photos of ourselves in pyjamas on the front verandah early one morning.
Home made marmalade is always a hit with me, and there was a big bottle of it waiting by the toaster at breakfast. Our every dietetic need was met and each query garnered such good advice that we actually did everything we were told.
The one problem was that we couldn't find time in our itinerary to stay longer. Many thanks to Jill and Judy for their warm hospitality.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Stayed for 1 night in March in one of the 2 cottages. Decor and lighting was great, cheery, and comfortable. Each cottage has a private front porch and it's own gate which was a nice touch. Super clean and well laid out. Would stay here again.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Our family took most of the accommodation available for 2 nights and wish we could have stayed longer.
Well located, clean, comfortable
and very attractive accommodation.
Jill could not have been more helpful, advising us on the best set up for our family with couples, babies etc. Also great advice on where to go and to eat etc.
Breakfast was delicious and plentiful. Jill even held my baby while I ate!
We enjoyed using the comfortable lounge area as a family and really felt it was a lovely welcoming home.
Could not recommend a place more wholeheartedly. We would love to stay again and for longer. So much to do on Phillip Island!
Thanks again for everything you did to make our trip so special.

Stayed April 2014
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Holmwood, Owner at Holmwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Hi Ami

What a great family you are. Three generations away together and what proud grandparents! It was lovely to be able to look after you all a little bit. Holmwood is at its best when it is filled with people who know each other. Its lovely to see families using the guest lounge and cafe, particularly in the cooler weather when the fire is lit.

Good luck with your new venture.

Jill
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Mullingar, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Stayed at Holmwood, in the Coastal Cottage, for 5 nights from 12th March 2014. It was wonderful, the cottage was beautifully decorated, clean and very welcoming. The home cooked breakfasts were very tasty and filling. A very big thank you to both Jill and Judith, staying at the Holmwood added to our wonderful trip in Cowes for Brigid and Chris's wedding. Hope to see you all again in the not too distant future. We highly recommend the very friendly and beautiful Holmwood Guesthouse.
Maureen & Tom, Ireland.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at the B&B for three nights in early March 2014. We were very warmly received by owner Jill and team Judy and Jason. The guesthouse, which is situated on a very quiet road, is furnished and decorated to a very high standard and has a very homely atmosphere throughout. Breakfast was superb and included free range eggs (from Jill's own chucks). A great place to chill out for a few days! Very highly commended.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Mullingar, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

What can I say this place is great. Everything about it from the lovely rooms, divine beds, the caring and informative staff,Brigid and Judy too the lovely owner Jill, our time spent here was very pleasant and our only problem was that we could not stay longer. Great location in Cowes to see the major attractions and only a few minutes away from penguin parade, a must do attraction if its your first visit to the island.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Holmwood, Owner at Holmwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
We were delighted to host your family when you visited Australia for your sister's wedding. It was so much fun being surrounded by the Irish!! So glad you enjoyed staying as much as we enjoyed having you. Now you know how to get here you will have to come back to visit again!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We would have loved to have spent an extra night here. The room was lovely, spacious, clean and very comfortable and the owners were lovely! The breakfast was the best, my husband still talks about how nice it was today. I would highly recommend Holmwood Guesthouse to anyone visiting Philip Island.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Holmwood, Owner at Holmwood Guesthouse, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Hi Vicki thanks for your lovely review. I'm glad you wish you could have stayed longer. So many guests are drawn to the Island to visit the Penguins and don't realise all the other lovely treats the island has to offer. So many world class walks, fantastic beaches and loads of animals - wallabies, echidnas, seals and of course the koalas - not nearly as cuddly as they look! One day here doesn't do the Island justice so I hope you come back for longer another time.

Glad your husband enjoyed the brekky. We try to make it special and it is nice to have a home cooked treat when you have been on the road for a while.
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Address: 37 Chapel Street | (cnr Steele St), Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Phillip Island > Cowes
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Cowes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holmwood Guesthouse 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a cottage garden in a quiet tree lined street, Holmwood Guesthouse is the perfect place to pause and explore the natural attractions of Phillip Island, offering a choice of Bed & Breakfast accommodation or self-contained Spa Cottages, less than two hours drive from Melbourne.Holmwood Guesthouse is a stylish boutique retreat with three elegantly appointed rooms and two luxurious self-contained Spa Cottages, all just a five minute stroll from the Cowes main swimming beach, cafes and shops and just a fifteen minute drive to the Penguin Parade, Moto Grand Prix Circuit, spectacular coastal walks and wineries. All accommodation options have ensuite bathrooms, television, heating/cooling, complimentary wi-fi and the Spa Cottages also have private courtyard gardens, verandahs, barbeques and wood fires in winter. Depending on the season, breakfast (included in the Guesthouse rooms tariff, or as an extra for our Spa Cottage guests) is served in the dining room near the open fire or on the sun deck. We are licensed, so drinks and local wines are available and for group bookings a special dinner menu can be arranged for a private dining experience. The menu is prepared fresh daily according to availability of produce and guests' preferences.Holmwood Guesthouse is suitable for couples, small families and groups up to 10-14. For travellers on a self paced, round-Australia driving holiday, Holmwood is an ideal place to stay a while, unwind, be pampered or left alone, catch up with the washing and take time to truly experience the unique attractions of Phillip Island. ... more   less 
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