My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and wanted to spend a night in Cowes as he wanted to go go-kart racing on Phillip Island and I just wanted to visit somewhere different. We booked the Glen Isla House based on the rave reviews from other guests and were not disappointed. You enter through a fairly narrow driveway lined purple hydrangeas(?) gently knocking your car to the most gorgeous estabished mature garden that has obviously been designed by a real garden lover, with cute cream weatherboard "homes" dotted along, giving all guests the privacy they want. Our room - Number 6 I think - was called the French room and was at the end of a long, low wing. It was pretty hot when we arrived so we were glad of the air conditioning. Madeleine gave us a friendly welcome and settled us in. The house is a short walk to the beach but with seaweed and people using jet skis, we decided to go instead to Cowes Beach which also had nicer sand. It is a fair hike into town if you were planning a late night and we had a great Greek meal at The Goat In The Boat. Definitely a nice stay but look for an online deal as $400 for a Saturday night was too steep for us (so we came on the less-expensive Friday night).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Glen Isla House Phillip Island/Cowes