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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We were travelling from Sydney to Melbourne on the Great Coastal Trail and stopped one night at Glen Isla House which was set in beautiful grounds and gardens. The rooms were very comfortable, very clean and very tastefully furnished, the bed was very comfortable and we had a great nights sleep, before being treated to a very tasty home cooked... More 

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review Juris. It was indeed pleasure to meet you and your family on your journey from Sydney to Melbourne. We certainly appreciate your comments on our rooms, and 'tasteful' was actually one of the adjectives in our brief to the interior designer who was responsible for our interior design and furnishings here... More 

Uckfield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My husband and I spent one night at Glen Isla House and really wished that we could have stayed longer. Ian and Madeline were so welcoming and helpful. Our room was immaculate and tastefully decorated with a very comfy bed. The whole place, buildings and gardens are beautifully maintained. The beach is just a few hundred yards away. Breakfast was... More 

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks Claire for your kind words. So many guests come to see the Penguins and stay one night, regretting they didn't stay longer, but as we know from our own travel experiences in Europe and the USA over the past 40 years, its so difficult to fit everything into the time and space available and harder sometimes to make these... More 

Bundaberg
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Glen Isla is the most relaxing, welcoming, and beautiful place we have had the pleasure of visiting. Madeline and Ian are wonderful hosts - but more than that, they are beautiful people! Nothing was too much trouble, and when we left it felt like they were friends we had know for years. Three nights was not long enough - I... More 

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review Toni... Indeed many of our guests appreciate the authentic heritage gardens (all 2 acres of them) with 100+ year old trees, quiet corners, complete privacy and of course the pristine sandy beach directly out the back gate. Our professional gardener does a great job of maintaining them. Thanks also for the comments on our rooms.... More 

Cambridge
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Fabulously located, easy walk to beautiful beach, shops, restaurants and short drive to the penguin parade. Idyllic surroundings. Great room decorated very stylishly with quality furniture, fridge, drinks, excellent bathroom, huge bath sheets and toiletries throughout. The attention to detail for travellers needs was outstanding. Ian and Madeline couldn't have been more helpful, great local insight and truly great hosts.... More 

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words. We've been welcoming international guests to Glen Isla since 2004 when we started working closely with a very select group of exclusive travel companies in Europe and the UK. As seasoned international travellers ourselves, we feel we understand the needs of discerning travellers and we seek to exceed expectations in this regard. Sharing our local... More 

Pukekohe East, Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

Truly a place to put on your must stay list whilst in Melbourne. We were surprised that so few people bother to get over to the island. It is not far from Melbourne maximum two hours. Lots to fill two or three days with activity. And Glen Isla is perfect. More for adults. We stayed in the heritage cottage slightly... More 

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks for your superb review. Coming from a Top Contributor with 35+ hotel reviews, your review is indeed special and meaningful to us! The heritage suite is part of our authentic historic accommodations, and of course furnished in keeping with its genuine history dating back to c1870. It offers genuine old world charm and elegance, but with modern bathroom facilities.... More 

Aberdeen, Scotland
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

What a beautiful, serene location. The buildings, grounds and the rooms are excellent and it is very obvious the attention to detail the owners Ian and Madeleine put into every aspect of the experience they provide for guests. We were welcomed warmly, given helpful information about the area then shown our lovely room which had a delightful outdoor seating area... More 

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks Cat for your cvery omprehensive review...! The two acres of heritage gardens dating back to c1870 certainly provide for a great location for relaxing, and of course the pristine sandy beach just 100 metres out the back gate beckons... The eggs are a feature in our chef's cooked to order breakfast, and as you experienced, there is a difference... More 

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

An absolutely lovely place to stay , the gardens and grounds are beautiful and the gatehouse cottage had everything you needed and the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in. Ian and Madeline were very helpful with information regarding the local area and eating spots.I loved sitting in the gardens with a cuppa and a chat with their old... More 

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write of our recent experience staying with us at Glen Isla... We receive many comments about how comfortable our beds are, and a good night's sleep in a comfortable bed is important! The Gate Cottage is our 2 bedroom self-cater offering, with a fully equipped kitchen (even including those important condiments in the pantry... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Wow what a wonderful place to stay, even the driveway is an experience with manicured gardens and cottages spread amongst the grounds, and only a few minutes walk to the beach too. Ian and Madeline who own and operate Glen Isla House are genuinely lovely, very real and determined to make your stay memorable. If you get the chance to... More 

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks Eric for your very kind words. The heritage suite accommodations are our authentic historic accommodations, originally part of the main heritage house dating back to c1870. Period furnishings, private fireplace, large corner spa, and of course king-size four poster bed are all part of the experience. The suite offers complete privacy, including its own outdoor terrace in the gardens.... More 

Pakenham, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Awesome, delightful decor, lots of surprises, close to everything, amazingly informative hosts, exquisite surroundings, the most comfortable beds and breakfast to die for....the list goes on. Cycling from Glen Isla to The Nobbies and back was scenic and exciting. The beach is very close for walking, swimming and just relaxing too. We were away for 4 days and it could... More 

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks indeed Helen for taking the time to review your stay with us! There is a lot to see and do on the island, and we're always keen to share our local knowledge and recommendations for dining, and activities, so that guests have the best possible experiences during their visit to Phillip Island. Breakfast in the dining room receives a... More 

Nar Nar Goon, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Absolutely wonderful - location, décor, service, garden, breakfast, access to beach - could go on and on - everything was perfect - would not change anything! The rooms are lovely with ample hanging space and include a T.V and refrigerator. The gardens are a delight with big, beautiful shady trees including 100 year old oak trees and a pleasure to... More 

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks indeed for your comprehensive review! What can we say... Looks like you've covered it all. Indeed we offer accommodations for discerning travellers with a B&B tariff and accommodation only tariff (in our classic deluxe rooms and the historic heritage suite). The Gate Cottage - our self-cater cottage, set under two 100 year-old oak trees offers an alternative for travellers... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Multi award-winning boutique country-house accommodations offering discerning travellers finest surroundings, absolute privacy and unobtrusive service from internationally experienced and well traveled owner/hosts. Set in the grounds of the historic Glen Isla Homestead (c1870), we offer genuine historic and purpose architected guest accommodations all with modern bathroom amenities and separate entrances, secluded and very private heritage gardens, refined elegance & old-world charm just 100m from a pristine sandy beach. Enjoy chef-inspired special breakfasts in the elegant dining room overlooking the authentic heritage gardens (kitchen may be closed some days), and local nature/wildlife experiences at Phillip Island Nature Parks (close to Little Penguins, Koalas and the Seal Watching Cruise). Highly recommended Frommers Australia Guide as the best place to stay. Recommended Fodors, and Lonely Planet Guides since 2007. Member of Small Elegant Hotels since 2004. TripAdvisor HALL of FAME inductee for TriAdvisor excellence awards 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. GLEN ISLA HOUSE is not associated in any way with another property nearby called Apartments at Glen Isla. Glen Isla House is the original and historic Glen Isla dating from c1870 with private heritage gardens and direct beach access, warmly welcoming discerning travellers since 2003. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Glen Isla House

Address: 230 Church Street, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Phillip Island > Cowes
Price Range: $191 - $271 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Glen Isla House 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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