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“Charming” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bellevue Bed & Breakfast McLaren Vale

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Bellevue Bed & Breakfast McLaren Vale
12 Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia   |  
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Ranked #10 of 16 McLaren Vale B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Charming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

The Bellevue B &B was a very positive experience for us both. Attractive home, simple and unprentenious with interesting art and leafy courtyard. A walk to local eateries, and well located for tours of the area both vineyard and coast. Friendly and respectful hosts, who provided us with cooked breakfast's that were delicious. A great choice.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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bellevuebnb, Owner at Bellevue Bed & Breakfast McLaren Vale, responded to this review, January 10, 2012
Dear Pauline B

Thank you for taking the time to post a review here on TripAdvisor.

It was a pleasure to share our little piece of McLaren Vale with you.

I am delighted you enjoyed our 3 course breakfasts as we do try to make them a highlight of a stay with us.

We hope you both returned home relaxed and reinvigorated.

Happy travelling, Ciaran
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

Being high on Trip Advisor ranking and charging MORE than a five star city hotel, Bellevue set expectations. Unfortunately, none were met. This is a very clean, but very tired establishment lacking any character or charm. It is a plain suburban house, not updated since being built some 20 years ago. The walls are paper thin, we heard the man in the next room snoring and breakfast conversations woke us up. The bathrooms are dated, the furniture is plain and cheap and old as is the bed linen and towels. The sheets were so thin we worried we might tear them. The English owners are pleasant and polite, but there is no excuse for charging such a premium rate and offering nothing in return. When we asked about Internet, we were told to go to the local library. This is plain stingy and rude as our devices detected their wifi. The rooms were too small for even a chair and the TV is the smallest screen size possible. Our tip is to stay in Adelaide and day trip to McLaren Vale as it is a very short drive, or stay at one of the wineries like The Chapel.

Overall, this is a clean 2 star establisment that charges 5 star rates.

Room Tip: Only two rooms - both small and both without views.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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bellevuebnb, Owner at Bellevue Bed & Breakfast McLaren Vale, responded to this review, August 24, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to post your review on Trip Advisor.

It is a concern that your stay was not what you expected as we always ensure that our website is accurate in describing our package and all the facilities we have to offer.

Our aim is to ensure you have a good night's sleep and an excellent 3 course gourmet breakfast.

You will recall that, upon check-in, when you enquired about the use of wi-fi I explained that it is not available. Wi-Fi access is not something we advertise on our website as it will not be available for guest use until the end of this month.

The wi-fi service you could see on your devices was in fact the neighbouring properties wi-fi service.

We did, however, recommended three venues in the town, the Visitor Information Centre, local library and the closest restaurant to Bellevue (100m) where all have free wi-fi access.

Our home was built only 12 years ago (exceeding building standards) so your comments about the paper thin walls and dated bathroom are also a concern and not something that has been brought to our attention by any of our other guests.

As the bedrooms are standard domestic sizes we feel a 17" (43cm) HD- LCD TV is appropriate.

The quality of the Logan & Mason bed sheets and Dri-glo towels used in the B&B are monitored and we are puzzled as to your comments that they appeared cheap and old.

Being Irish; we pride ourselves on our hospitality, courteousness and welcoming attitude to all our guests.

Again, thank you for posting your review on TripAdvisor.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

After a enjoyable day driving around the Florieau Peninsula we were greeted by our charming hosts, Jenny and Ciarán, who showed us around the accommodation and supplied a welcoming afternoon tea in the guests living area.
Bellevue B & B is located at the northern end of McLarenVale township and is walking distance to cellar doors as well as some amazing restaurants alleviates the "drinking and driving problems. (Note: Many are closed on a Monday night so you may have to venture further afield to eat on that day). Our room with ensuite was warm and welcoming and opened to the guests dining and lounge area, with tea and coffee making facilities, overlooking a picturesque courtyard. This accommodation is a modern well finished and tastefully decorated building with central heating to keep you warm in the winter months.
A delicious home-made 3 course breakfast was a good start to each day lining our stomachs for a day of wine tasting, at some of the country’s best wineries. Our hosts had plenty of information and suggestions at hand for our day’s touring which ensured we did not miss some of the area’s best attractions.
I travelled with my elderly mum and we both thank Jenny and Ciarán for their part in making our first, and not last, visit to McLaren Vale a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bellevuebnb, Owner at Bellevue Bed & Breakfast McLaren Vale, responded to this review, June 24, 2011
Dear Julie - it was an absolute pleasure to share our piece of the Fleurieu Peninsula with you and you mother. Glad you enjoyed the breakfasts. We hope you took many happy memories back home! Regards Ciaran & Jenny
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

Thanks Ciaran - the breakfasts were amazing. Lots of nice little touches, like water in your room at night, port left out after dinner. Lovely place and walking distance to lots of restaurants

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bellevuebnb, Owner at Bellevue Bed & Breakfast McLaren Vale, responded to this review, May 1, 2011
Dear BrenCroz

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us at Bellevue B&B. I am very pleased to read that you enjoyed our breakfasts. We enjoy creating new menus and are pleased to offer you a different breakfast each morning of your stay.

We always strive to exceed our guest's expectations and it is very satisfying to achieve this.
I look forward to your next visit.

Thank you,
Ciaran
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Helsingborg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2011

We have spent quite a few nights the last 20 years in different hotels and B&B's at different contnents but have seldom met the hospitality we did at Bellevue. This includes everything from suggestions on what to do, dinner reservations, beach towels and water put into our room at night but above all the most exceptional breakfasts that took at least 1½ hours to enjoy. Location was perfect, rooms nice and clean, beds comfortable - what more can you ask? The area is superb - don's miss this!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Auckland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2010

Great hospitality from the hosts & a nice & quiet location. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Smithfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2009

Jenny & Ciaran were the perfect host,hostest will recomend this b&b the room was beautiful and clean and the breakfast was perfect.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 12 Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia 5171, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > McLaren Vale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in McLaren Vale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Contemporary in style, Bellevue Bed and Breakfast in McLaren Vale is a fully hosted accommodation offering you the best the wine region has to offer. We provide: accommodation for up to 4 people, either as a group or two independent couples, two comfortable and well-appointed guest bedrooms, a separate guest lounge room with games, books, magazines, a kitchenette and dining room. Private en-suite bathrooms and queen-size beds. ... more   less 
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