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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
Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Boathouse rules”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Hey guys we had a great weekend at Goolwa South Australia staying at the Boathouse Birks Harbour. It is so relaxing and the ambiance is fantastic. The detail that the hosts have gone to create a memorable stay is unbelievable. Inside the Boathouse it is like you are back at the turn of the Century (19th -20th) with beautiful decorations and soft furnishings that hark back to a bygone era of paddle steamers and riverboats but with all modern conveniences. Outside you are right on the water's edge on the Birks Harbour Marina with all the wooden boats moored just metres from your bedroom and lounge. The views are to die for. And being a boatie just adds to the convenience. But if you just want a romantic break this is the place to be. You don’t have to have a boat to enjoy the experience. Thanks Wendy and Phil for the memories. We will return.

Room Tip: Have a B BQ on the deck at sunset and the views are magnificent. Sunrise brings water birds in their...
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  • Stayed February 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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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

It is a pity you only get 5 stars to choose from - Could not fault anything and it exceeded our expectations. Wendy and Phil are wonderful hosts and Birks Retreat (we stayed in the garden view room this time) is a little escape from reality. Will defintely be back AGAIN!

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  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We spent two nights at the Boathouse in April and highly recommend it. Its location on the river is just perfect, with its own private deck and marina to enjoy the views onto the Murray River. The boathouse itself was beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Wendy is a wonderful host; she gave some interesting stories about the history of the boathouse and provided us with a lovely basket of goodies. The whole atmosphere made for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Wollongong, Australia
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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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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
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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
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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.

Room Tip: The Riverview retreat is very private and perfect for a couple. The Garden View has two bedrooms wit...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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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*
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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