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Gilgara Retreat
Ranked #10 of 20 Margaret River B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 4, 2012

My husband has already penned his review but I want to give my side of it. We stayed in a Garden Suite for 5 nights in April 2012 and at first, being a city girl, I was not used to the silence of the night. Waking up to the views of the beautiful estate was breathtaking. Our kitchenette was very well equipped with a large fridge, freezer, toaster, coffee maker, electric hobs, microwave etc so each morning we made a big breakfast using the local cheeses, organic eggs, fresh breads etc. We sat at our dining table with the incredible view of the countryside, we opened up the patio doors so our whole room was open to the outside, and so the day began! Our Garden Suite had a huge bathroom with sunken bath which was actually a jacuzzi, very large shower and lots of fresh fluffy towels. Elaine was kind enough to leave candles, slippers, bath oils etc
The Garden Suites do not have internet so we visited the main house every day to download our emails and skype the kids. Elaine was always very helpful, she was happy to make recommendations and help us make restaurant bookings, she advised us where to go and even what was good on the menu. In the living room there's a lot of books on the local area plus magazines and a cupboard full of DVD's if you wish to borrow them! Nothing was too much trouble for Elaine, even as we waved farewell on our last day, Steven told us to drop in at the Eagle brewery on our way up to the Lighthouse (which we did and it was excellent). I'm usually someone who likes to discover places by myself but this is one of those times I listened because Elaine obviously knows the area like the back of her hand, she knows so much but she doesn't force it on you, she is sensitive and kind with a heck of a personality.
We would highly recommend Gilgara in every respect, it's only a 10 min drive from the Margaret River town and a short drive to all the main wineries. We found our stay very relaxing and comfortable, we slept the best we've ever slept and we would definitely like to return with our children in the future.

Room Tip: Garden Suites are really good if you like to have your own breakfast and head out for the day. They...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

The word "retreat" which appears in name of this place is very well placed. It is not a hotel nor an inn - its a retreat thru and thru. This is a wonderful environment to get away from the hustle and bustle and to relax & recharge batteries together with nature.

We were in MR for 5 nights to attend a friends wedding but while here we also wanted to relax, sample some good wines and also have some good food. Our host Elaine was extremely helpful in helping guide us to hit exactly the right notes for a very memorable trip.

The rooms are very spacious, clean and well maintained. The kitchenette was a very nice touch for our morning bfasts with nature as well as some midnight snacks. The large bath saw some good use and helped tremendously toward our goal of relaxation.

I would very highly recommend Gilgara for travellers of all ages who are looking to get away from it all in a very natural setting.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

We stayed here 5 nights during Easter and were dissapointed. We read good reviews on booking and tripadvisor but have to write this review to balance things out. I wrote this review on booking.com but they did not put it on the net; I suspect they only place the positive ones. It's pricey, noisy (rodent inside wall who kept us awake and extremely loud fridge) and not hospitable. After the 1st night we tried to find other hotel but everything in town booked for Easter. One of owners said 'out' to my 3 year old when he walked in the main building. This hotel is good for pensioners, but not for families with kids. Owners made me feel guilty for bringing my 2 (well behaved) children. All in all it was a stressfull, tiring and quite expensive stay!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

The Gilgara Retreat is a long way from my home in Chicago, but I can't wait to go back! From the moment you turn the corner to drive up to the place, you know you are headed somewhere special. When we checked in, Elaine was incredibly helpful. We only had one night and a full day in Margaret River, and she mapped out a suggested itinerary for us that turned out to be perfect (Prevelly Beach for the sunset, Arc of Iris restaurant for dinner, several great wineries and coffee and chocolate tasting). Our garden villa had a modern, soothing decor with a fabulous spa bath. Eyeshades are thoughtfully provided because some of the high windows are not covered. The bush setting is lovely, and each villa has a small terrace with table and chairs where you can watch kangaroos and other wildlife. We didn't have time to use the kitchenette for anything except making coffee. My only regret is that we didn't have more time to enjoy this very peaceful retreat. It's a very special place!

Room Tip: The rooms in the house look very nice, but the Garden Villas are really special.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

This place is the real deal, satisfying even the most fussy of east coast travellers -- of which I am one!

I could not have been happier with my trip to Gilgara, from the moment we checked in till the minute we departed. It was cosmo elegance teamed with rural charm -- a perfect match to appeal to a traveller who wants 'time out' but with all the creature comforts.

Elaine, the manager, could not have been more helpful. She chased reservations for us and looked after our interests, calling in favours from local providers. What a delightful lady she is.

The property itself is magnificent -- a mix of old world charm homestead and tres modern garden apartments replete with polished concrete. We stayed in a garden apartment, set among bushland, and thoroughly enjoyed it, looking out onto native forest with the sound of kangaroos pounding their way through the trees of a night.

If staying here, a hint: go on wine tours to save the burden of driving. I heartily recommend Harvest for a wine and food tour and they'll come and collect from the property. A perfect combo!

All in all, marvellous. Would come back here in a flash.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

We visited Margaret River two weeks after the disastrous fire that went out of control and destroyed much of the bush from the main road down to the Prevalley coast. Thankfully Gilgara Retreat was spared and remains an idyllic "country" retreat in the bush, a short drive out of the main town - Margaret River. Built on a large estate, there are bedrooms in the main house and also in an adjoining block. - which we chose. There the rooms are on two levels - bedroom and en-suite bathroom and then down a few steps, a spacious lounge / kitchenette which looked out onto the bush and trees of the estate. The room was very private and not overlooked, except by the green parrot that swooped from tree to tree. Very suitable self-catering if you want an evening in and have had enough of meals out for a while. Very clean and well appointed, light and airy. There is a very comfortable lounge in the main house with satlellite television and a large stock of dvds for a quiet evening in.
Elaine welcomed us in and could not have been more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. She gave us super recommendations where to eat that evening and suggested good places to visit - plus her favorite selection of wineries - none of which disappointed. We had a copious breakfast of home-made and locally sourced produce the following morning in the main house and met up with Steven who recounted his interesting life story. Then we toddled off to Edwards Winery with its Tiger Moth and great Shiraz, Margaret River and the Golf Course (also spared the fire!) - where the kangeroos were feeding around the greens. They know gourmet grass when they see it!
Super location - lovely welcome and "feel" to the place. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

We really enjoyed our 2 night stay at Gilgara retreat. The hosts were friendly and helpful with suggestions for dinner. The breakfasts were tasty and it was lovely to have them served on the terrace outside. The lounge was a very comfortable place to sit in the evening and after a day out it was nice to return and enjoy a cold drink on the terrace looking out over the grounds.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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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: $156 - $232 (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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