We recently spent two nights at Claerwen and wish we could have stayed longer. We were in the yellow efficiency with a loft bedroom. Although you need to mind your head getting in and out of bed, the view from the loft is worth the need for caution.
We have four pieces of advice:
#1 Do not let your GPS direct you onto Old Tuxian Rd vs. Tuxian Rd on your way to Claerwen
#2 Be prepared to want to stay there once you get there. We had planned to drive out for dinner the second night but were enjoying the view and atmosphere at Claerwen so much, we did not want to leave. They offer a limited menu for a light meal. We opted for selections from their menu and were very pleased with the food.
#3 Watch for the kangaroos in the early morning and near sunset. Three roos were behind our apartment the second evening, and we got some good pictures of them.
#4 There is a laundry room on site which is great when you have been traveling for a while
Finally, our thanks to our hosts at Claerwen who were helpful and hospitable in every way. When we told them we were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary, they thoughtfully provided a bottle of wine and a kind note. We would definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Claerwen Retreat is located "high above the world" overlooking the Great Ocean Road. It is the highest point in the area, an old aboriginal sacred site, with stunning ocean views. It offers a holiday experience with a difference that is focused on relaxation, self-discovery and personal growth. We support this process in an environment of peaceful solitude, healing nature and luxurious accommodation. Its guesthouse, two cottages and meeting centre are nestled in 130 acres of park, rainforest and fern gullies. The property has a outdoor pool, spa and tennis court. The beach is ten minutes away. It is a place where your spirit can rest. Claerwen is an ideal base for tours along Victoria's dramatic west coast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Claerwen Retreat Apollo Bay/Great Ocean Road