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“Amazingly Peaceful Getaway” 5 of 5 stars
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Cape Howe Cottages
4.0 of 5 Cottage   |   322 Tennessee Road South | Lowlands Beach, Lowlands, Western Australia 6330, Australia   |  
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“Amazingly Peaceful Getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

Right from the minute you pull up at reception and the owners rush out to meet you and say "follow us!" you know you're going to end up somewhere special. We followed the hotel van around a dirt road until our cottage appeared between the trees. Each of the properties offered by Cape Howe Cottages sits nestled in amongst the trees and is completely private.

The cottage itself was excellent, We stayed in "Cakes n Ale Cottage" with a veranda looking out over the forrest below. Two good sized bedrooms with ample storeage, a well equipped kitchen and a comfortable living area. However, we spent most of our time sitting on the veranda and enjoying the sounds of the forrest and the ocean just a couple of kilometers away.

The owners have thought of everything, from providing you with binoculars when you get your keys so that you can do a bit of bird watching if you fancy it, to a book swapping service, DVD rental, toiletries for sale if you've forgotten something, "room service" delivered to your door, and even a selection of jams, chutneys, sauces and spice rubs from their own brand - The Spicery (We had the Brinjal Chutney with some barbequed pork chops and it was great!).

Location-wise, the Albany/Denmark region is quite spread out and so you definitely need a car to explore. But that's the point of this place. It's remote.

This was a great place to stay with friends but we will definitely be going back just the two of us for a weekend away for two.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

We stayed in Abode 9 Apartment in the beautiful seaside town of Albany. Although the exterior of the building isn't much to look at, the moment we stepped through the door, we went "Wow". It feels like a home away from home as the owner had taken great care in furnishing and maintaining the apartment. Quality toiletries were provided and the rooms were so "oh so cosy", and smells great. Very peaceful surrounds with a partial view of the harbour. There's no receptionist, so you're totally on your own, living like a resident. A downside is there's no lift service, so be prepared to carry your luggage up a flight of steps to the next floor.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

We stayed here in July 2011 and had a great time. We stayed in the Wardroom cottage and were very impressed. Beautiful bush setting, seculded and excellent views from the varandah. The cottage was clean with an excellent kitchen and the hosts have obviously taken time to think of everything you may need for your stay, excellent attention to detail.

The Wardroom was larger than we needed (two adults and 1 toddler) but worth the extra $ - would definitely recommend and will stay again if we return to the area.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

We stayed in the "King's Den" Cottage. It is a single storey cottage with bush views (don't assume they all have verandahs overlooking the valley, if you want this ask which one is featured in the advertising). It is essentially two 'pods' joined by a walkway. The first pod has the kitchen, dining, living area (with wood fire) and is comfortably decorated and has a good kitchen. The second pod has the bed (on a wooden platform) as well as the spa etc and a sitting area. The bedroom has lovely linen and the views into the bush are very nice. Getting into and out of the spa is a bit of an adventure as there is no step up so be careful.

We had a nice stay but I wouldn't say it was wow, fabulous etc. Personally, I think it falls between two kinds of accommodation- the luxury couples retreat and the bushwalkers self catering accommodation. It wasn't quite luxury enough to claim to be the first one and it's a bit too nice and expensive ($250 a night) for the second. We were somewhat bemused by the small print in the information pack that informs you that you are entitled to 2 rolls of toilet paper per stay and if you run out of fire starters you have to pay $5 for some more. We did not have to do this during our 3 night stay but I would have been cross if it was necessary, at $250 a night I think an extra roll of toilet paper ought to be a given!

We stopped in Albany on the way in to stock up on supplies (a great place called Reeves on Campbell which had good fruit and veg, ready made meals, terrific deli etc). You definitely need to do this as the only place to get supplies is a small general store in Young's Siding and you wouldn't want to be buying dinner and lunch food here- more a milk and newspaper place). The owners do room service meals which look nice but we didn't try these.

The people who run it are nice and the experience was fine, perhaps a good place if you want to walk and stay in a bit of luxury. It is a very serene location if you want to get away from it all.

Room Tip: Ask which one to book if you want a cottage with a valley view.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

We love the atmosphere, the peace and quiet, the privacy, the harmony! It is fantastic for a couples retreat. We stayed in the Kings Den and definitely felt like kings!! The hosts are simply amazing and will help with anything! Can't recommend it highly enough!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2011

Such a beautiful holiday in every way and I agree with all the previous reports on Trip Advisor.
Set on an amazing 53 acres of bush and given that we were there over the busy Easter w/e period it was the perfect getway from all the crowds.

There is so much attention to detail from the jars of spices to try out, a real proper kitchen with good utensils, fantastic space (this was great as we have a very acive toddler) and the fact that you really feel like you are the only people around for miles.

David and Gaynor are outstanding cooks and we LOVED the bircher muesli (*best ever) as well as the homemade curry and pizza.

We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

Me and my partner decided to take a trip down south just after new years, we booked a two bedroom cottage and Cape Howe, my partner's sister and her family (husband and two kids) then decided to join us and the owners could not have been more accommodating for us providing a porta cot and fold out bed, the cottage was cosy but had room for all and was great value. We had an excellent time, thank you!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 322 Tennessee Road South | Lowlands Beach, Lowlands, Western Australia 6330, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Lowlands
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Lowlands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cape Howe Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cape Howe Cottages provide five distinctly different secluded holiday retreats nestled amid 50 hectares of private nature reserve near Lowlands Beach on the far south coast of Western Australia. Guests are invited to savour the essence of a real holiday experience surrounded by nature and immersed in luxury.Cape Howe Cottages have now earned an award winning reputation for excellence providing providing space, privacy and tranquility in quality accommodation with personal care and service in a truly inspiring environment. ... more   less 
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