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Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast
69 Whalers Road, Victor Harbor, South Australia 5211, Australia   |  
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“The best B and B. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

What a fantastic place. Every little detail taken care of. You want for nothing when you are here. Very peaceful and relaxing. The gardens are beautiful and John and Nell make you feel so welcome. We loved staying here Definitely be back again.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
We were very happy to receive your positive review for our B & B and that you enjoyed visiting our local attractions and exploring our beautiful countryside.
We are looking forward to catching up with you on your next visit.
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Molndal, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We have been staying here before and this time it was as good as last time. Nell and John are excellent hosts! Their helpfulness, kindness and generosity are impressive. The accommodation is very beautiful and well equipped. We appreciated the roses very much as well as the food for the magpies.Close Encounter is our favourite Bed and Breakfast in Australia.
There is only one trouble: It is too far away - on the other side of the world!

  • 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
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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, April 3, 2014
It was great to welcome you back to Close Encounters B & B having been 4 years since you were here last. It was lovely to hear your travel stories and very pleased that you enjoy many parts of our country. We do try to have fresh roses or proteas in the B & B as many of our guests comment upon them. Our local wildlife ( magpies, ducks, galahs etc ) seem to know when guests are staying with us. We are looking forward to your next visit if you are ever over this way again.
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Worcester, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Close Encounters fro 4 nights, and wish we had stayed longer. The property itself is set up on a hill overlooking Encounter Bay, in a quiet and picturesque location ..... yet within easy reach of the town and the Encounter Bike way. The self-contained accommodation itself is modern, clean, exceptionally well maintained, light and airy; comprising comfortable queen bed; single bed; well maintained kitchen; 55 inch flat screen tv; excellent bathroom; and ample breakfast provisions. The wonderful hosts add to the experience, being friendly & helpful, yet not too overpowering. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 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
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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
It was great to receive your feedback on our B & B. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and cycling the Encounter Bikeway to Goolwa was a highlight of your visit. We strive to provide a relaxing "home away from home " environment and would welcome you back if the opportunity arose.
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We stayed 2 nights in this picturesque B&B. The attention to detail is just amazing. From the beautiful bunches of roses to being able to feed the Magpies. It made for a fabulous weekend. We will definitely be back and can't recommend it highly enough. Thanks Nell and John

  • 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
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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, March 13, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to do a review for our B & B. It was lovely to meet you and we really admired your efforts in completing the Triathlon last weekend..
We hope to see you back here again and are sure the magpies will welcome you as well.
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Colyford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We stayed at Close Encounters at the beginning of December, it was a real stand out accommodation in our Australia trip. Nell & John are consummate professionals, they struck a wonderful balance between enhancing our visit to Victor Harbour with information on what to do in the area, advice on where to eat, a printed weather forecast etc for our stay and simply leaving us to enjoy and appreciate their beautiful self-contained B&B accommodation. They were even thoughtful enough to provide a little information about the next leg of our journey and give us some tips on driving in the bush.

There are great views over Encounter Bay and towards Granite Island from the property and we found it a really convenient location for visiting Victor Harbour. We were impressed with the properties eco credentials and the extensive facilities. Close Encounters was one of those rare times that you've seen photos of somewhere and arrive to find they don't do the place justice, it really exceeded all our expectations both inside and out.

Nell and John really have thought of everything you could possibly need for a comfortable and relaxing stay, even down to a night light in the bathroom! The provisions provided were above and beyond what anyone could reasonably expect or call breakfast provisions, they were incredibly generous. We loved the little touches like the seed for the birds and the home grown roses (smelled divine).

I would reccommend Close Encounters to anyone wanting quality accommodation at an incredibly reasonable price and would visit again in a hearbeat.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Thank you for your lovely & comprehensive review. It is always a pleasure to welcome our guests & assist them in anyway we can. As we have travelled Australia extensively we have pleasure in passing on our tourism knowledge especially for overseas guests.
Our eco credentials offer our guests rainwater spas & showers, solar panels to produce all our electricity needs & recycling etc.
We personalize our guests preferences for breakfast supplies & always provide fresh flowers for our guests.
It was good to hear that you had a great time travelling Australia & we hope to see you again if you decide on a return trip to Victor Harbor.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

any one can start up a b.n.b but with nell and john its a way of life,, they go out of there way to help. nothing seems to much,just ask.great bike riding sight seeing,shops it all there.that was our 6th stay. just booked for easter,can,t wait.

  • Stayed December 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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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
It was great to have you stay again over the busy Christmas & New Year holiday period at Close Encounters. We always aim to meet & exceed our guests expectations & are looking forward to your next visit at Easter. The area around Victor Harbor is a beautiful place to enjoy bike riding & we are pleased you had a relaxing stay with us.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We had two nights in Victor Harbor and were looking for self-contained accommodation so we didn't have to eat out both nights (as we were on a road trip and not wanting to eat out every night). Luckily I found Close Encounters via TripAdvisor and they were available the nights we wanted. There is no doubt that this is one of the best B&B's of this type we have stayed in. The package and attention to detail that Nell and John put together is outstanding. From our first contact with them they were so enthusiastic and welcoming and they obviously deserve their perfect 5-star rating. The apartment, the view, the decor, the fit-out and the lovely little touches that are evident everywhere all make for a special stay. The breakfast provisions are generous and fresh and the kitchen was very well equipped. Their place is located out of town a bit, up on a hill overlooking Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay but that did not worry us at all. It is quiet and secluded and the view is very good. I also think it was very good value for what was on offer. Highly recommended. Thank you! Regards, Peter & Judy.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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cl069, Owner at Close Encounters Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Thank you for your comprehensive review. We do pride ourselves on giving our guests value for money with generous breakfast provisions, wine, a seasonal fruit bowl etc so that guests can choose what they enjoy. As we do not employ any staff we can be exacting in our presentation of our B & B.
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Address: 69 Whalers Road, Victor Harbor, South Australia 5211, Australia
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Victor Harbor
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Victor Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spacious deluxe self contained Villa set on 5 acres of peaceful native garden overlooking Encounter Bay and rolling hills. Enjoy the romantic 4 poster queen size bed, 2 person oval therapy spa in rain water, full kitchen facilities. Generous full cooked breakfast provisions, chocolates, biscuits and special treats. Minimum booking is 2 nights. Massage , Celebration and Kangaroo Island packages available. ... more   less 
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