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“Romantic and beautiful location” 4 of 5 stars
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Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   1309 Melba Highway & Gulf Road, Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Yarra Glen
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Romantic and beautiful location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My partner and I recently spent a night at the estate and although the weather wasn't great the views were still spectacular! The room wasn't what I quite had in mind layout/view-wise based on the photos but everything was clean and nicely decorated. The staff were really friendly and helpful. We had breakfast and a few wine tastings at the resort also, and these were great. The staff were very informative of the wines and also other winery's that we could visit based on our tastes. Overall a lovely stay!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 17, 2014
Good afternoon cmp,
Thank you for reviewing your recent stay. It was fantastic to hear that we have provided you with quality service and facilities, as well the tastings of beautiful Balgownie wines.
Look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Best regards
Paul Koenig - Accommodation Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We got this room at a discount somewhere and checked in on Christmas day for a few days. Complimentary glass of bubbly on check in a nice thought. Our room was spacious with a nice balcony overlooking the estate. There are 4 groups of 'condo's" with either an upstairs or downstairs room. On our condo we had to traverse about half a dozen or so steps for either upstairs or downstairs. We had a lower room but it still had a great view.

The resort is comfortable and well maintained. We went over to the restaurant for some afternoon tea on Boxing Day, but no one wanted to know us. Eventually went down the road to some ice cream place which was busy but had some good coffee and cake down there.. After the restaurant experience we went down the road to the town for dinner which was an OK meal. Went to the 'cellar' for some wine tasting and have a couple of bottles I am waiting for a special occasion to enjoy.

For what we paid this was a very good stay, particularly at this time of year.

  • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 17, 2014
Good afternoon Peter,
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay over Christmas Day. The positive comments regarding the room are appreciated and noted, though disappointed to hear of the lack of service in Raes restaurant. This has been addressed by the Raes business manager.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Best regards
Paul Koenig - Accommodation Manager
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Ballarat, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

What an amazing short getaway! We stayed for two nights and wish we had stayed longer. The spa room we stayed in was very clean and extremely comfortable. Tea in Rae's restaurant was beautiful and relaxing in the lounge with a few drinks afterwards was the perfect finish. All staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the service was first class. Every staff member was very knowledgeable about the winery and the local area. Special mention to Harrison, Chris and Kerry in the restaurant, whose friendly and professional manner made the whole experience even better. We would highly recommend to anyone and will certainly be back.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 17, 2014
Good afternoon Davina,
Thank you for your review regarding your recent stay. It is fantastic to hear that all aspects of your stay exceeded your expectations.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Balgownie Estate in the near future.
Best regards
Paul Koenig - Accommodation Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Stayed Balgownie Queens Birthday Weekend late Getting our Room not that it Mattered gave us a chance to Sample some of the wine!!! Rooms Comfortable would have been Better if the Spa Fitted 2 people!!!! Raes Restaurant we found To Expensive $ 160.00 for What we got beware meals Don't Have Much on the Plate!!!! Staff were excellent and made you feel Very Welcome!!!!

Room Tip: Ask for the top Level !!!!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Good morning Dana,
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. It was disappointing to hear of the delay in getting into your room. Housekeeping strive to have all arrival rooms ready by 2pm.
Raes restaurant and chef continually review the menu and portion sizes. I have informed them of your concerns regarding costings and portions. Thank you for your comments about the quality of service received.
Best regards
Paul Koenig - Accommodation Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We were here for our honeymoon. We had the most memorable stay. The food was absolutely delicious and well presented. Well done and of course we will recommend the resort to our friends. We will be back.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 2, 2014
Good morning Andy,
Thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay at Balgownie Estate and Raes Restaurant. It was exciting to hear of the great food and service you received during your stay.
Best regards
Paul Koenig - Accommodation Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

First class night out at Rae's restaurant. Wow - what teamwork from the waiting staff - they really watched each other's backsides. Best of all they all knew the menu and daily specials. PS Great lighting for seniors.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 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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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa, responded to this review, June 2, 2014
Good morning Corkez,
Thank you for your review of Raes Restaurant and Balgownie Estate. The great comments received have been passed onto the service staff and kitchen.
Thanks for taking the time to review your visit.
Best regards
Paul Koenig - Accommodation Manager
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Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We stayed here 10-13 May 2014 at the Spa Suite as we read a Tripadvisor Review that it has a spectacular view of the Yarra Valley. The suite 115 was alright, but we were disappointed with the view of the car park instead of the Yarra Valley vineyard. When we called, we were told the place was full and they couldn't get us another. We enjoyed our breakfasts, and one dinner with friends at the restaurant. The quality of food and service was good. Overall, we still had a very lovely and relaxing stay at Balgownie Estate as its beautiful here. The Reception was welcoming, cheerful and helpful at all times - helped us with our room booking, and also with the booking of a wine tour with Wild Wombat.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Balgownie-Estat... R, Manager at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Good morning Weifong28,
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Balgownie Estate. I have passed on your good comments regarding the service and food you received at Raes Restaurant. It is exciting to see the quality of service given to you by the Raes team and reception team.
Best regards
Paul Koenig - Accommodation Manager
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Address: 1309 Melba Highway & Gulf Road, Yarra Glen, Victoria 3775, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Yarra Valley > Yarra Glen
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Yarra Glen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa is ideally located in the heart of the Yarra Valley less than 1hr from Melbourne CBD & Airport. Boasting contemporary first class spa suite accommodation with spectacular views across the valley, Rae’s Restaurant, Cellar Door with complimentary wine tasting 7 days, Health Club, Natskin Spa Retreat, modern conferencing and leisure facilities plus more! Whenever you visit, you are guaranteed a memorable stay in the heart of Victorian wine country. ... more   less 
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