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Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   138 Liverpool Road, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Goolwa B&B and Inns
Wollongong, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Return Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Serenity is the best description for the Boat House.On the banks of the mighty Murray river with a private deck and wharf you go to sleep to the sound of water lapping against the piers.You awake to the sound of birds and the beauty of a magnificent sunrise.If you are looking for the ultimate in tranquility and comfort this is the place to be.This is our second visit and will not be our last.Our hosts Wendy and Phil could not have been more considerate. Gerard and Sylvia Sutton.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stayed in the boathouse, which was absolutely perfect for a couples weekend away. The private deck over the water, the ambiance of both the house and the private marina was beautiful. The decor eclectic, pleasing and extremely comfortable. A totally relaxing weekend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

For those who appreciate the absolute finest! Everything about this amazing property is a delight to the senses. "SOAK IT UP"! Enter this property and you are transported to an amazing space. The Garden Retreat is the best of everything from the quality ambiance, privacy and seclusion to having the water right on your doorstep.... the glorious swimming pool at the back door and the best that Goolwa's waterways has to offer at the front door. Add to the above, the delightful botanical garden setting and like me, you will not want to leave. A special thank you also goes to our hosts, Wendy and Phil, for caring, making us feel so welcome and their warm and very generous hospitality.

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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

We stayed in the Riverview retreat and had a wonderful longweekend.Wendy and Phil are excellent hosts and their service level is impecable. In fact, when Wendy says that someone will be there in a minute - she really means a minute! Lovely little surprises in the fidge - smoked salmon, Rockford wine, chocolate...... Fabulous views of the river and the garden and Wendy has done a great job of the renovation and interior decoration. The kitchen is fully equiped (including Bill Granger's cookbook!) if you want to cook. Highly recommended for anyone that wants to spoil themselves for a few days.

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  • Stayed March 2013, 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
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Lovely River front accomodation..an ideal weekend away.
We have very happy memories of dinner on the large deck, the generous provisions, the bird life, the sounds of the jingling of the stays on the yacht masts and the relaxed and comfortable ambience of the Boathouse.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

This is as good as it gets. A private and secluded retreat, yet close enough to all the amenities of Goolwa. The retreat is finished to the highest standards and the pool is the icing on the cake. From the service to the stay......5 stars!!!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I have enjoyed six weekly stays at the river retreat staying with friends from Melbourne.We are able to forget about responsibilities and totally relax and spoil ourselves. We love the beautiful pool, the little tables spread around the magnificent gardens and are in absolute raptures with the kitchen and the bedrooms with views. The lounge and dining area are especially designed for informal comfort as well as more formal type dress up dinners. We will be returning.
I have had several most relaxing and peaceful private stays in the boathouse.
I highly recommend both places - there is no where I would rather stay in Australia.
Brenda F

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
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Additional Information about Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats

Address: 138 Liverpool Road, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Goolwa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Goolwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury accommodation in a unique waterfront location at Birks Harbour at the River Port of Goolwa. Three self contained Retreats - Boathouse/Garden & Riverview Retreat. Quiet and peaceful setting surrounded with acres of gardens, prolific birdlife, majestic trees, a large swimming pool, luxury furniture and fittings, maritime antiques and artwork, located at Birks Harbour Marina with classic wooden boats on their moorings. This private and special environment is a perfect holiday location with reflections & sunrises you’ll never forget. Luxury self-contained riverfront retreats on the Murray River at the River Port of Goolwa. Birks Harbour now offers bikes to ride along the 18 km bicycle track Goolwa to Victor Harbor. ... more   less 
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