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Gilgara Retreat
Ranked #10 of 20 Margaret River B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 5, 2011

I did a lot of research about places to stay in the Margaret River area, and ended up choosing Gilgara - a decision I ended up being thrilled with. I loved the location - not right in Margaret River and not right on the coast but central to everything. We stayed in a suite in the newer buildings not in the main house, and loved it. It was particularly nice to have a little kitchen, and I also loved sitting outside for breakfast. It was all quite idyllic. I also really appreciated the hosts, who were very accomodating and helped us out a lot with suggestions (even recommending a restaurant for us to try in Melbourne!). We loved our whole long weekend in the area, and staying here was a big part of it.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

Just one word: beautiful. We’ve stayed in 5 stars hotels in many places before, but this one is just so nice and different. Staying in the room feels like living outdoor; the big glass windows bring you so close to nature. Waking up in the morning you can almost smell the scent of wild flowers.

Room is big, clean, modern; bathroom is huge; kitchen is convenient. Good location. Owners are really nice and cool people.

Hope one day I can have a house like, hehe.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

A travelling group of 4 couples from Malaysia and we booked 4 garden suites at the retreat.
We arrived late, about 10+pm but the manager, Elaine was around to receive and show us the rooms. Modern design, spacious, clean and well equipped. We stayed 3 nights in the "woods" and were greeted by birds chirps in the morning. A very refreshing feeling indeed.
Elaine is an excellent manager, always greeting us with a big smile and ever ready to recommend and make reservations at restaurants, vineyards n places of interest.
Only negative comment is that the shower area can be slippery when wet and there is no support bar.
Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Stay at the garden resort for the "nature" feel.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

We stayed in Gilgara for just one night during our visit to Margaret River and chose it for the location and because it seemed like a really lovely place from the photos on the website.

How lucky we were, the place is indeed much better than the photos - not to mention the great hospitality from Elaine, the owner who is so proud of the place and prepares an excellent breakfast with fresh juice and home-made jams.

We had a room in the Main house, which we loved - comfortable, clean, quite, modern and rustic at the same time. Elaine showed us the lofts, which are the apartments just outside the Main house and they are superb - we will probably choose that if we have the change to visit Margaret River again.

The hotel is just a short drive to all wineries and the main village where the restaurants are (for dinner).

I would definitely stay there again and recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, down to earth place in the countryside with just the right modern touch to it.

Room Tip: Rooms in the Main House are ecelent, but the Lofts are superb and very private although more expensi...
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  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

The Garden Suites are very modern/open plan and clean. The sliding windows open right up to give you the impression of being at one with nature. The spa bath can also be opened up to the outside. The bed was large and comfortable and all amenities were provided to a high standard. There was even a small ironing board and iron should you need it. The floors are tiled and therefore cold but they provide slippers.
The hostess was friendly and helpful and able to provide DVDs and good walking directions for the hour long walk to the coast which was well worth it.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

We really enjoyed our stay in Gilgara - from the warm hospitality of Elaine, the manager, to the lovely garden suite we stayed in to the beautiful and relaxing surroundings. Even our 17 mth old gal was delighted with the suite. She ran around, and enjoyed the space in the suite. Only downside is that it can be cold in the bathroom as there's no heater in there. But it's not very cold. Well-equipped kitchenette and absolutely lovely bathroom with a jacuzzi spa. Very clean (other than for some old insect baiting stations under the cabinets). The manager was very helpful and provided us with a baby bathtub upon request, lent us an extra pot, helped us with our luggage and even provided a little oil for us to fry some eggs. And though we didn't see any kangaroos from our suite, we saw a bandicoot scurrying around just in front of our suite. Wish we had booked to stay longer there.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 27, 2011

My family and I stayed in Garden Suites and I can say that we really had a nice time. If you are just looking for a quiet placeto stay and sleep, this one is for you. Garden Suites have their own kitchenette. I would stay the facility is complete. The owner Elaine adds more to our liking in this place. Her warmth and being so accommodating makes us want to stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 3 Old Ellen Brook Road, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Margaret River Region > Margaret River
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #10 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Margaret River
Price Range: $136 - $223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gilgara Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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