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“Sipping Tasmanian sparkling and meditating on the bushland and beach vista” 5 of 5 stars
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Beachside Retreat West Inlet
253 Stanley Highway, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia   |  
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HEATED LAP POOL AND SPA
Ranked #1 of 7 Stanley B&B and Inns
Hobart, Tasmania
2 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Sipping Tasmanian sparkling and meditating on the bushland and beach vista”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2007

Recently returned from four fantastic months in the Americas, I am convinced that Beachside Retreat is perhaps the most truly peaceful and relaxing place I have ever had the good fortune to spend time.
This is our third visit in three years. We have done loads of the toursity things in and around Stanley and the West Coast. However, it is sipping Tasmanian sparkling wine whilst sitting on the deck or in the giant porthole window of our ecocabin and meditating on the surrounding bushland or beach that is what makes Beachside Retreat so special and so serene. It is private and secluded and the ecocabins are delightful. I can't wait until next year!
Skye Fraser, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Hurstbridge, Victoria, Australia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2006

Janette, our friendly and informative host showed us around the eco-cabin and told us about the restaurants and tours available.

Imagine our delight when, minutes after settling into our cosy self-contained cabin we saw the majestic Sea Eagle soaring high above the beautiful sandy beaches of the bay. The seagulls hopped around at the water's edge and the little blue wren chose to perch on a branch just outside our window.

This was the best place we stayed in during our trip to Tasmania. The views were superb and the beaches quiet and secluded and only metres away. The beachside vegetation seemed largely undisturbed and yet the township of Stanley was only minutes away.

The weather was cold but the sun was streaming into our cabin making the heater unnecessary. All the appliances were modern and efficient. The ambiance of the eco-cabin was wonderful with the creative woodwork of the bedside tables and bedhead and the coffee table in the sitting room adding real class. The porthole window provided a lovely place to sit with the sun on your back and the watercolour paintings in the bedroom were
interesting.

I believe there are some good restaurants in Stanley. Next time maybe. We will be back.

Stayed October 2006
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Launceston
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2006

When deciding on the perfect way to treat my husband for his 30th birthday this year, I looked no further than Beachside Retreat. Having watched the travel program "Getaway", my husband and I had vowed that we just HAD to stay there some day! So remebering this I found the website and to my excitement found that since "Getaway" had screened, Janette and Chris Bishop had added another unique adventure to their amazing accommodation experience...a helicopter ride!
Well...that sealed the deal! With the help of Janette, the flight was organised. My husband was greeted outside our cabin by a Bell Long-Ranger helicopter and to his delight found himself seated with our charming American pilot. As for myself, I was seated in the rear of the helicopter in luxury leather seating enjoying panaromic views from floor to ceiling windows! It was truly exhilarating and as we lifted off and journeyed out over West Inlet Farm and towards Stanley, we had a fantastic brid's eye view of the imposing and majestic Nut. The scenery really is spectacular and from our lofty vantage point, the sweeping coastal views of farmlands and secluded beaches was a wonderful reminder of how special this region of Tasmania is.
The helicopter ride was a wonderful memento of my husband's birthday and an invigorating way to begin a sunny Sunday morning. Fortunately, our experince was captured on camera and video and so we have re-lived our wonderful flight many times since!
Beachside Retreat is a truly unique place to stay. The Eco-Cabins snugly nestled by the secluded beach (where we also picked wild oysters off the rocks) are both innovative in design and extremely well appointed. We were delighted to see that Janette and Chris found the opportunity to showcase some of the talented artisits we have here in Tasmania by using artwork and handcrafted furniture throughout the cabin. The underwater themed bathroom is a real treat also!
My husband and I have recommended Beachside to many family and friends and we are delighted to say that they have also loved Beachside Retreat. The Bishop's are to be applauded for their unique vision and superior accommodation and we know that we will be back to saty again soon!

  • Liked — Unique cabin design and use of artworks throughout. The seculded environment and tranquility and the adventure...the helicopter ride!
  • Disliked — There was nothing we didn't like!
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay longer than two nights and take advantage our Janette and Chris Bishop's local knowledge and explore the unique NorthWest of Tasmania.
  • Stayed March 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wollongong, Australia
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2006

This is a superbly operated business that has used creativity and a genuine passion for the environment to provide accommodation that is unique and very user friendly. I went for 2 nights and wanted to stay a lifetime. Simply outstanding accommodation and views.

The accommodation is superb and matched by the wonderful, ever changing views. Everything in the ecocabin has been well thought out - right down to the provision of chef cooked frozen meals if required. Inclusions in the cabins were way beyond basic and very thoughtful.
Lots of information was provided about the wildlife, attractions, history and arts. The owners are polite, friendly and knowledgeable and justly proud. It's sensational!

  • Liked — well appointed, comfortable and quiet!
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2006

If you are in the Stanley area then the Beachside Retreat is a great find. The setting is superb and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cabins are an original design but very well appointed with plenty of comfort and lots of attention to detail. The site itself has a wonderful ambience that takes advantage of the waterfront site and lets you look out on one of the cleanest environments that nature has to offer. Definitely recommended.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2006

We toured tasmania for the month of february to escape the worst of our scottish winter. We had done a whistle stop tour for a week thirty one years ago and always meant to return but four kids and a thousand acres of potatoes got in the way. Tasmania is lovely , everything was great and about two thirds of prices at home. We played 15 golf courses , many without seeing a soul. We booked the bungalow beside the farm steading for three nights and stayedfor five. My wife fell in love with west inlet and did not want to leave. Stanley has the famous nut and many lovely restuarants. Shingle Inn was my favourite run by a very lovely mother and daughter , also Stanley-on-the -bay was very good , for lunch I sneaked of to "best burgers in the world" in the centre of town. If anyone is looking for lovely self catering facilities in a great location book into west inlet , you will not regret it. The Bishops offered an eco cabin when one became free , but although it looked great we were delighted to stay where we were in the bungalow. You have to learn to have your evening meal between 1800hrs and 2000hrs so probably will not suit the french. If flying from UK try Gulf Air business class not as expensive as some of the others and a great way to travel and the use of business lounges makes traveling half way round the world an enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed February 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2006

We have lived in several countries including England, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Australia and have had holidays in many more - but have never found a place that had everything we'd want on a holiday - as this place did.
We really enjoyed walking along the beautiful beach which was so near to our chalet,.As dusk fell it was pure magic to watch possums and wallabies emerging from the bush, one possum even came onto our verandah.!
The proprietor was most helpful in being able to answer our questions on names of local flora and fauna and even loaned us her own bird book. We would haved loved to stay longer.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 253 Stanley Highway, Stanley, Tasmania 7331, Australia
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Location: Australia > Tasmania > Stanley
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Stanley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beachside Retreat is a waterfront hideaway in north west Tasmania, where four contemporary beach houses, just for couples, nestle on the dunes, overlooking a secluded, private beach. A 3 B/R spa lodge, adjacent to the homestead and saltwater pools, is available for 5 adults, or 4 adults and 1 child, in 2 double bedrooms, one with an adjoining single room. Relax and unwind in complete privacy, on this secluded, waterfront cattle property, screened from the outside world, only 3km from the historic village of Stanley. Collect fresh, wild oysters for breakfast, walk barefoot on the deserted, sandy beach, fish or bird watch in the inlet. At night, enjoy a dip in the heated, saltwater lap pool under a starlit sky, or relax in the spa with friends. Absolutely magical! For horse riders, you may bring your horse on holiday too; agistment paddocks are available. Owners, Chris and Janette, invite you to stay on their beachfront cattle property; an ideal getaway or romantic honeymoon destination. ... more   less 
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