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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cape Howe Cottages Hotel Albany