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“Totally wonderful! Memories of this beautiful, private delight will stay with us forever.”

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Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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2 reviews
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“Totally wonderful! Memories of this beautiful, private delight will stay with us forever.”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

Our trip to WA, from Victoria, was a last minute decision which meant that we didn’t have our accommodation pre-booked. Reviewing our options on-line we chose Forest Rise Eco Retreat because it offered privacy and tranquility in a beautiful environment, and, importantly, was rated very highly for cleanliness.

We arrived just after dusk and drove down a winding path through the bush to the Scarlet Robin Chalet, surrounded by the rustling sounds of animals in the bushes and chattering birds in the trees. The chalet had been prepared for our arrival with lights on and a CD playing with chirping birds to welcome us. The chalet was well equipped with everything we needed to make our stay perfect.

It was a special treat relaxing under starlight in the comfortable two-person spa – we love sky watching. Then we wrapped up in the thick, fluffy robes provided and headed off to bed; heaven! Major warning though, the bed is so comfy you don’t want to get up.
Morning arrived with a visiting kangaroo on the porch :)

Customer care at FRER is exemplary. When we booked online the chalet was available for two days only so we secured our booking and arranged further accommodation for the third day. Our next location didn’t meet our expectations so we decided to leave, the manager’s “good luck finding other accommodation” retort ringing in our ears. Unhappy and a little concerned now we called Kim at 7:00 pm and asked if we could stay for the night. She called back shortly afterwards to say that was ok and that John was preparing our room. This exceeds “customer service” and we thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

We arrived at the Sacred Kingfisher chalet tired but relieved; the lights were welcoming and the birdsong beckoned us to discover the same utilities and decor as in Scarlet Robin. Mmmmm, comfy bed…

The visiting blue-tongue lizard lazing on the porch in the morning no doubt appreciated another long hot day, but for us it was a perfect time to indulge in refreshing bush showers before packing up to leave.

Before leaving, we spent an hour relaxing by the lake watching the dragonflies flitting to and fro ... very peaceful and relaxing.

If we lived in WA you would see a lot more of us however it’s unlikely that we’ll make it back before winter. We are so looking forward to staying again.

We can't recommend Forest Rise Eco Retreat highly enough. Anyone who enjoys peace, privacy and nature but is also susceptible to pampering will be in their element.

PS Bring your camera! The attached photo's show just a few of interesting wildlife that we discovered.

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

When you hear about somewhere as AMAZING as this, you walk in, looking for the problem(sss) that were never mentioned. Such was my trepidation, after booking our 20th wedding anniversary at this retreat.
The ONLY problem with this accommodation, was how absolutely gut wrenching it was to leave after 3 days of heaven.
The airconditioned living area, cooled the whole place wonderfully.
While in the spa; the music in the bathroom was unexpectedly soothing.
The functionality, neat and tidiness made it relaxfully peaceful.
The isolation, from ANYBODY, made it paradise.
The comfy KINGsize bed, allowed for the best sleep ever....
It's proximity to Margaret River, Busselton and the wonders of Capes Naturliste and Leeuwin allowed for life changing memories I'll not just be telling my future (currently unborn), grandies one day, but my GREAT grandies as well.
Best accommodation EVER!!!!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge
Address: 231 Yelverton Rd, Margaret River, Western Australia 6280, Australia (Formerly Forest Rise Eco Retreat)
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Location: Australia > Western Australia > Margaret River Region > Margaret River
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Margaret River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Forest Rise Chalets and Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Forest Rise is at the forefront of eco-accredited, luxury accommodation in the Margaret River region. Since opening in 1998, the Retreat has earned its place as an award-winning escape, offering ten private and individual self-contained chalets, secluded in a tranquil forest, on a magnificent 240 acre property. The 5 star rammed earth limestone Homestead is also available with an outdoor Jacuzzi and swimming pool. All chalets offer candlelit spas beneath sky-view windows, King beds and full kitchen facilities and the nearest neighbours are the local birds and wildlife. Forest Rise is close to world-class wineries and restaurants and can arrange an awarded personal chef, gourmet hampers and in-house massages. Forest Rise is your private escape. ... more   less 
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