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“Paradise south of Perth”
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River'esque
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Perth, Australia
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50 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Paradise south of Perth”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

We were fortunate enough to secure a booking at this popular, tranquil Bali-inspired hideaway the weekend of Gourmet Escape in November. River'esque truly is a little piece of paradise in Margaret River where you can relax and leave city life behind.
Di and Rob have created a beautifully maintained but also practical oasis. There are fresh flowers at the front door, on the balcony and throughout the home including the wonderful local wild jasmine.
There is plenty of space to unwind with two big day beds on the balcony, two lounges inside and a dining table for four.
There are two bedrooms well apart from each other should two couples or friends be travelling together; the main one upstairs has a four-poster bed, r/c aircon and its own bathroom.
The downstairs bathroom has a big corner spa with views over the grounds and a door to an outdoor shower.
We have stayed in many chalets, hotels and guest houses and none have had a kitchen as well equipped and stocked at River'esque. In addition to fresh fruit, bread, milk, yogurt and eggs for breakfast the pantry has salt, pepper, oil, sauces and a huge variety of teas and cereals.
The kitchen has all the usual appliances, plenty of crockery, napkins and there's also a BBQ on the balcony.
Books, DVDs and a big selection of incense help add to the holiday mood.
All you need to do is let the relaxing Balinese music play and enjoy the serenity.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mandurah, Australia
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

The most discerning traveller will not fault Riveresque. The thoughtful and personal touches throughout the villa created the most amazingly unique and sincere hybrid of "East meets West", that immediately evoked a sense of luxury and relaxation. Di and Rob, thank you for your warm hospitality. We look forward to our next escape to paradise aka Riveresque :)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

If you are looking for a holiday with tranquil surroundings listening to the natures of life, lying on a sunbed sunning or just relaxing in a Bali themed accommodation then look no further. Di and Rob and such wonderful hosts and have a perfectly kept property which is typically Balinese style from the outdoor shower to the mirrors and furniture around the whole house. The kitchen enables you to be able to cook or feel like you are home with all the comforts of house without you having to go out for all your meals. I love the ares with River'eque is I take daily walks around the neighbourhood even stopping to pat a horse or two! The wineries are just around the corner and everything is so close to hand as you are only a hop skip and jump away from Margaret River town.
Do yourself a favour - check out this place - it is one of the best..........no correction it is THE BEST stay in Margaret River and I have now been there twice with friends and hoping to take my husband and family also.
Thanks again to Di and Rob.

Clare and Friends

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

We stayed at River'esque from 24th Nov 2013 to 28 Nov 2013 and enjoyed it thoroughly. The place is just a few minutes drive from the middle of the town but set next to the bush and off the road so it's a peaceful retreat. When I first called up to book I was still planning and Di still took time to go through the dates available and a few of the features of the property. It didn't take long to decide to stay given that you get full access to the house without having to share the property. Di was kind enough to send a few brochures in the mail ahead of our trip which was much appreciated.

We arrived on time and were greeted by Rob and Di out the front, that was just good timing but they live very close so they offered to come up if there were any issues anyway, which there weren't. After a quick tour of the property we were left to explore the house and were surprised by the size and features but also very pleasantly surprised about the amount of supplies that were available to us. Before we came, Di emailed (Di corresponds at appropriate times to keep you up to date ahead of your arrival, not just the automated emails you get from a hotel but more personalised ones) us to ask what milk and bread we would like. When we arrived, in addition to the bread and milk, we found there were eggs, cereal (including a very nice homemade muesli), tea, coffee and a variety of condiments. There was also a BBQ outside to use if you felt like cooking outside. In addition to the supplies there is all the normal appliances that you would have at home like a toaster, kettle and pots and pans.

Close by, there is also a recreation centre in the event that it rains or you want a swim, which I took advantage of for a swim in the 25 metre pool.

What truly makes River'esque special is all of the attention to detail, there were flowers placed around the home, candles in the bathrooms, day beds out on the balcony to relax and many more thoughtful ideas that you just don't expect. The place is well kept and it is just the perfect getaway.

Alanna and I would like to say a very warm thank you to Rob and Di for their hospitality, coming from the other side of the country is a long way from home and you and your place made us feel right at home to relax and enjoy the Margaret River region.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Our stay at this Balinese paradise was a pure delight. As first-time visitors from the UK to spend time with our daughter who has made her home in Australia, our break at Di and Rob's tranquil and peaceful retreat, set in the heart of breath-taking wine country, was without doubt the highlight of our holiday. The couple have thought of everything for a wonderful stay and have created a get-away-from-it-all calming haven where the attention to detail is second to none. We would all recommend this stunning base for the ideal relaxing break. Thank you so much Di and Rob. You are the perfect hosts and we appreciated all your care during our stay. Jackie, Nick, Emily and Rob.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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perth
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is our 3rd stay at Riveresque. Before we discovered Riveresque we would stay at a different place each visit to Margaret River including some of the top resorts. Now however we wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else. Why? Well that is easy Riveresque is simply wonderful. Di and Rob are the most perfect hosts and nothing is too much trouble. The chalet itself is spotlessly clean,and comfortable. It is beautiful with it's Balinese decor, fresh flowers, candles, incense and everything you need to relax. Where else can you have a candlelit spa, shower outside under the moon and then snuggle up on one of the daybeds on the outside deck (there's even hot water bottles and blankets in case it's cold outside!!) There's a four poster bed in the main bedroom which now also has an air conditioner and both bedrooms have electric blankets. Where else would you be supplied with all the breakfast goodies you need including home made muesli (an absolute must) and eggs from their chickens along with many more treats. The kitchen is so well stocked and has everything from dishwashing liquid to spare candles and incense and every kitchen utensil you can imagine and a huge range of crockery and glassware. This is the most relaxing place on earth, it's only a 5 minute drive from Margaret River but because it is surrounded by bush you feel you are a million miles away. Riveresque is a hidden treasure our bush escape and paradise on earth we just love it.
So once again Di and Rob thank you we will definitely be back and hopefully soon.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Noosa, Australia
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We enjoyed our stay but, must warn that despite the high rating (which is down to Di's hard work) the accommodation isn't really 5 stars in the usual sense of that rating. It is more like staying in a friend's home with a lot of personal belongings about. It is very comfortable and spacious with wonderful bush views, the breakfast supplies are excellent and the fresh flowers everywhere are a delight. We especially loved the outdoor shower and used it in very inclement weather.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: River'esque
Address: 52 Ashton St, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia
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Location: Australia > Western Australia > Margaret River Region > Margaret River
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Margaret River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riveresque is a free standing luxury villa, situated on a tall tree'd block on the river, 5 minutes from the Margaret River town centre. The villa can comfortably accommodate 2 couples, with 2 king size bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an ensuite upstairs and a large marble bathroom with a double spa and a tropical out door shower There is a fully self contained kitchen and is provided with breakfast goodies to enjoy. There is also a dining and living room and a beautiful balcony overlooking the valley. It is romantic with a peaceful ambience. Riveresque has just been awarded the top hotel in Australia in the Stellar Says Awards by Hotels Combined in 2015 with an overall rating of 10/10 through guest reviews. We endeavour to provide our guests with a relaxing and peaceful stay in a beautiful natural setting with an abundance of bird life. ... more   less 
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