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“Peaceful, a bit too peaceful?”

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Bussells Bushland Cottages
Certificate of Excellence
Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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“Peaceful, a bit too peaceful?”
Reviewed July 3, 2011

We stayed here for 3 nights in June this year. We don't often stay in self catering accomadation but this was really nice. Lovely fireplace ( a bit more kindling would have helped though) comfy beds and couches and all the necessary kitchen utensils. So in short upsides were peace and quiet, comfy bed, lovely bathrom and fully equipped cottages. Downsides (for us city dwellers) were strange animal noises in the night resulting in the torch being frantically turned on! A little bit out from the town meaning only one of us could drink and not enough tv channels, (but I do understand it's supposed to be a quiet getaway!). Oh and also no phone or internet signal in the cottage. All of these are realy minor things and it was lovely to see kangaroo's and possums right outside our door in the mornings. Would highly recommend for families with young kids as there are lovely walks and lots of animals. Would also reccomend for people looking for a peaceful getaway as we didn't see anyone else on the property during our stay (including staff).

Room Tip: Stay 3 pay 2 winter offer is great!
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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brianspitteler, Owner at Bussells Bushland Cottages, responded to this review, July 4, 2011
Thank you for your review of our "Land for Wildlife" property. As regards sounds in the night, it's likely they were kangaroos foraging nearby the cottages; or it could have been wambengers (brush-tailed Phascogales), a rare species which have made Bussells Bushland Cottages their home in recent years. Animals and birds are very much a part of our bushland experience and we treasure them.
We provide a "retreat" from the busy every-day life and we don't impose. Our Manager is on hand to assist with advice and directions but will, otherwise, leave you in peace. We will look to establish phone hot-spots along the driveway - for those who have the need to stay in touch. Bear in mind, however, that our aim is to let you relax, unwind and luxuriate in peaceful tranquillity.
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

Stayed with my wife and baby daughter on a wet and windy long weekend in Margaret River. Warm welcome on arrival, great cottage that was as new in fixtures and finish and a great wood stove to feel toasty in front of. This place has real bush charm with parrots and kangaroos freely roaming around the place.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

This is a beautifully tranquil place to stay. Birdsong wakes you up in the morning, and the only traffic past your door is a mob of kangaroos! We stayed in a standard cottage which was perfectly in harmony with its native bush setting. It was comfortable but nothing fancy inside, and reasonable in price. Every evening we did the perimeter walk and absorbed the peace & quiet, before we lit a roaring fire. One morning we took advantage of the invitation to attend a free animal feeding session at their sister property - 'better than Rottnest!' said my daughter. We also came away with some freshly laid eggs. Bushlands feels like it's miles from anywhere, but Margaret River town centre is only 10 mins drive in one direction, with all the Caves Road wineries in the other. This is a totally peaceful destination to enjoy the best of the Australian bush, whilst keeping the attractions of Margaret River within easy reach. There is extensive information in the cottage about the best places to go in the area. This was our second stay here, and we would definitely book here again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Perth
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

Stayed in Cottage number 6 for 3 nights, was in awe of the wildlife visiting our doorstep daily especially our little possum !! Accommodation excellent for the money, only paid $117 pn, in an ideal world would have loved a bath and dishwasher, but couldn;t really fault it. Log fire was great, bed really comfy.
We complained about log choppers waking us at some ungodly hour the first morning and the owners sorted it, it never happened again.
Great walks, great location for Margaret River
Would visit again.

Room Tip: Don;t book the family cottages, must book superior
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Fremantle
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Reviewed April 28, 2011

Amazing. Beautiful. Cosy. Clean. Modern with a touch of character. Secluded. Bush experience. Loved the little things that make your stay that much more special: the bird feeder outside on the tree from which fed beautiful parrots and other birds, the extra bird seeds left in the kitchen, the bird poster on the wall for reference, and small candles inside the cottage. We got some great video footage of 2 large kangaroos that came right up to the cottage. Loved the place. So relaxing. Will definitely be coming back.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2011

Our second visit. Planning our third here. Fantastic cottages. Location and facilities are amazing. Can't say enough about Bushland cottages. We love it here!!

  • Stayed April 2011
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Singapore
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Reviewed March 26, 2011

A truly wonderful place to stay. Waking up to the prolific bird life that abounds and having your own trails around the area is remarkable. The cottages are well equipped with everything you would need for your stay. You have a feeling of being close to town but in the bush. The cottages are far enough apart for a feeling of privacy. Truly wonderful and we will be using them again for future stays.

  • Stayed March 2011
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Property: Bussells Bushland Cottages
Address: 447 Carters Rd, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia
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Location: Australia > Western Australia > Margaret River Region > Margaret River
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Margaret River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bussells Bushland Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our 8 rammed-earth cottages are fully self-contained, with each having 2 bedrooms (see note), fully-equipped kitchen, living room and shared bathroom. Cottages are randomly scattered on our 20 hectare (50 acre) bush block and we're within easy driving (5kms) distance of Margaret River township, beaches, wineries, cafes, restaurants, shops and the region's best tourist features. All cottages have been completely refurbished in recent years, following which we were awarded a 4-star rating by AAA. Note: Our lead-in tariffs are for 1 or 2 persons occupying 1 bedroom. If guests wish to use the 2nd bedroom, we charge an extra bed fee in order to cover the additional costs of linen and cleaning. ... more   less 
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