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Glen Isla House
Ranked #1 of 10 Cowes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 25, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Glen Isla for our wedding anniversary.

Glen Isla is located in a very peaceful location away from the 'hustle and bustle' of the main street of Cowes in the most beautiful grounds with 100 year old oaks and manicured gardens.

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome. I made a comment that after a long wet drive I was looking forward to checking into our room and making a cup of coffee. Madeline immediately offered to make us a fresh plunger of coffee and brought it over to our suite. Fantastic!

We stayed in the Anderson Heritage suite. It was absolutely amazing. The room had a beautiful king-size, 4 poster mahogany Chippendale bed with lovely linens. Bed was super comfortable! There is also a gas log fire in the room which was great as it was quite a chilly weekend. The bathroom had a large 2 person spa with gorgeous bathroom products.

Breakfast the next morning was possibly the best we've ever experienced in our many travels. There is a great selection of cereals, fresh fruit salad, various compotes, stewed fruits and the yummiest Gippsland yoghurt.

Madeline then takes your order for your cooked breakfast which Ian prepares fresh for you in his amazing kitchen. Bacon, free range eggs, stuffed mushrooms and vine ripened tomatoes. Yummy!! Ian also held an impromptu "master class" in his kitchen where he showed us how to prepare the most perfect poached eggs. Thanks so much!!

Overall, a superbly relaxing weekend at a guest house operated by fabulous hosts who make you feel completely at home from the moment you arrive until they personally bid you farewell.

Thankyou Madeline and Ian. Can't wait to return.

P.S. Please give Nancy a big hug from us. She's coming home with me next time!!

Room Tip: For a special treat stay in one of the Heritage suites.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2012

Thanks indeed for your wonderful comments - we appreciate your feedback on the Anderson Heritage Suite (our historic accommodations offering) and our breakfast service.

Glad you enjoyed the 'master-class' in the kitchen! We may need to consider offering these going forward as a part of the experience, as its not the first time we have requests and run an impromptu class....

We (and Nancy - our loveable Staffordshire Terrier) look forward to welcoming you back to Glen Isla...

Ian & Madeleine - Owners and hosts Glen Isla House

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Reviewed March 15, 2012

From the moment Ian greeted us in the driveway upon our arrival until we scraped the last tasty bites off of our breakfast plates, we enjoyed every minute of our stay here. The attention to detail in our room (the Green Room!) was first class, including complimentary port and cookies. The breakfast was more than amazing with farm raised eggs, locally made yogurt, fig compote and a raspberry tart made by Ian and more. We definitely would stay here again and will recommend to all our friends!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2012

Many thanks for the kind words. Your review embodies the guest experiences we aspire to achieve consistently here at Glen Isla, and we sincerely appreciate your feedback.

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Reviewed February 18, 2012

This place is just beautiful. The rooms are spacious and every last details have been thought of. The breakfasts were some of the best we have had anywhere in the world. The gardens are beautiful and there are plenty of chairs to sit and relax. It is also only a few minutes walk to the beach.
Ian and Madeleine couldn’t be better hosts, giving lots of information about what to do and see while you are on the island.
It is a bit of a walk from the centre of Cowes but that is a good thing. I found Cowes a bit touristy for my liking but being out at Glen Isla was perfect. This was by far the best place we stayed on our trip. I would say to everyone stay here you can’t beat it.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

A wonderful B&B. My boyfriend and I booked in last minute over the Australia Day long weekend using wotif.com. Glen Isla matched the wotif description perfectly. Upon check in, our host described features of the area and recommendd some lovely restaurants for dinner. We stayed in the oriental room which was lovely and comfortable. Highlights were complimentary water in our room, plus tea and biscuits which we enjoyed in the afternoon before headed out to dinner (at one of the recommended restaurants, just lovely). After dinnre and a visit to the night market we returned to our room and enjoyed a (complimentary) bit of port before bedtime. The next morning we were treated to a delicious gourmet breakfast before heading off exploring to the farmer's market. All around, Glen Isla house is a great place to stay on the island - great location, lovely rooms, lovely hosts and very comfortable. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

This B&B was adorable!!! The grounds are immaculately kept! The staff was extremely nice, helpful and attentive. The breakfast is delicious! The rooms are very clean and well kept! Would definitely stay here again!!!

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

My husband booked the beautiful Glen Isla House for our wedding anniversary and it really lived up to the reviews on trip advisor. Great accommodation, fantastic location and lovely hosts who were extremely helpful. I would recommend Glen Isla House for anyone wanting a special getaway in Phillip Island slightly off the beaten track.

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Reviewed January 10, 2012

We stayed here in early January. It's a superb guest house in a wonderful location with fantastic breakfast and great hosts who were extremely helfpul. We would recommend Glen Isla to anyone.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Glen Isla House

Address: 230 Church St, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Phillip Island > Cowes
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Cowes
Price Range: $184 - $280 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Glen Isla House 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Multi award-winning boutique country-house accommodations offering discerning travellers finest surroundings, absolute privacy and unobtrusive service from internationally experienced and well traveled owner/hosts. Set in the grounds of the historic Glen Isla Homestead (c1870), we offer genuine historic and purpose architected guest accommodations all with modern bathroom amenities and separate entrances, secluded and very private heritage gardens, refined elegance & old-world charm just 100m from a pristine sandy beach. Enjoy chef-inspired breakfasts in the elegant dining room overlooking the authentic heritage gardens (kitchen may be closed some days), and local nature/wildlife experiences at Phillip Island Nature Parks (close to Little Penguins, Koalas and the Seal Watching Cruise). Highly recommended Frommers Australia Guide as the best place to stay. Recommended Fodors, and Lonely Planet Guides since 2007. Member of Small Elegant Hotels since 2004. TripAdvisor HALL of FAME inductee for TriAdvisor excellence awards 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. GLEN ISLA HOUSE is not associated in any way with another property nearby called Apartments at Glen Isla. Glen Isla House is the original and historic Glen Isla dating from c1870 with private heritage gardens and direct beach access, warmly welcoming discerning travellers since 2003. ... more   less 
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