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Lilacs Waterfront Villas and Cottages
Ranked #21 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Albany
Belfast, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“Enjoyable stay”
Reviewed January 16, 2014

Stayed for 5 nights over the New Year 2013/14 period. Accompanied by wife, daughter and son-in-law, and two small grand-children. Saw in the New Year standing on the side of the bay, watching the fire-works from the town.
This is the perfect place for a family to stay - quiet and far from the noise of the modern world. We felt that the grand-children were safe to play, though they had to be supervised due to the bay being just a few meters from the cottages.
First, the location. It is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) west from Albany town, so a mode of transport is essential. The bay is right on the door-step, but it doesn't have a sandy beach. The water is very shallow, evidenced by a horse and rider who passed every afternoon about 100 meters from the shore, and only the lower legs of the horse were submerged. There is a cycle path passing between the cottages and the bay, and it is perfect for a walk along the shore.
The cottage had three good sized bedrooms, a lounge/dining/kitchen area, reasonably sized shower room, and W.C. It was fully furnished with all utensils necessary for a short stay (except for a bottle opener). There was also a BBQ right outside the front door which was to be shared between two cottages.
Can't remember about the middle bedroom (where the children bedded down), but the other two and the lounge had large flat-screen TVs.
There is also a laundry on the premises, and change for same can be obtained at the office.
Altogether a very enjoyable stay and I would really consider booking again.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Haven't got a clue what Rishu is on about ? Gorgeous modern stylish cottage ,two double bedrooms BOTH with flat screens , all mod cons,my favourite a or genus 'powder room area' and towel warmer ! Perfect as stayed there with 2 teenagers and was a treat to be able to do things while the bathroom was occupied.Gorgeous location t was like having a property where the back yard goes down to the Bay with a sunning nature trail along the Bay too. We met the owner who was very friendly and down to earth and very helpful with any queries about crabbing , attractions etc .Has Laundry and your own BBQ .Highly recommended for families as great location has playground area and the bay is just there .

Room Tip: Request Cottage 4 for Families :)
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Over all the cottages are nice, being winter in albany the yards had been let go so the over all attraction of the properties was let down.
We found mould in bathroom and on blinds in Kitchen, dust on tops of curtains and on most higher surfaces. The heating was not the best on a really cold night and no real insulation in the main bedroom as the window area was cold a heavy curtain would have done that. No real check of previous occupants doings as we found that cultery had not been cleaned. Only three lounge chairs for a cottage with 4 beds... the unit was a disable unit and the shower room large but as far as getting a wheelchair or manoveing in the bedrooms they where small....
The bathroom was old, taps shower hoses needed replacing, water all over the floor after shower......
I could understand all of the above if it was not for the price of $180 a night. so not worth it!!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

We recently visited Albany, WA in August 2013 and were recommended the water front villas as accommodation. The accommodation was perfect for the three adults and two children. A lovely self contained apartment with a generous amount of space. It was well equipped with several TVs and had ample facilities including two toilets which was great with 5 of us sharing. The cooking facilities were also excellent. My 11 yr old son loved the play ground at the back and the fact we were so closed to the bay. We were close to the main town and received a warm welcome by the owners. I would highly recommend the villas to anyone visiting the area.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Perth Western Australia
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We booked 4 cottages at once for a family event last week - and all of us who stayed there thought the Lilacs were good value and a lovely location on the waterfront looking across to the town.
The kitchens were very well equipped, beds comfortable, couches also, great views from most of the cottages and lovely playground for the kids.
There is a beautiful waterfront walk/bike path right at the front of the cottages - if you are lucky enough to catch a really still time of the day - check out the fabulous reflections.
Some cottages have been refurbished and others are on the list to be done. The owners/managers were extremely helpful to us in our last minute need for 4 cottages for our family. The prices were reasonable and a discount was offered for each party. We looked elsewhere in Albany but the prices here seemed to be good value for money. Its true that some cottages are not brand new but we found them clean, well equipped with beautiful views. All in all a great choice for us backed up by excellent customer service from the owners. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Mandurah
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We were in villa 6 and found the level of facilities very good, (my wife rates places on the provision of a hair dryer), comfortable beds and furnishings, cooking utensils all there in good condition, didn't see any bugs.

The harbour out the back door has one of the best windsurfing speed runs in WA, there were 7 of us out there on Sat 16/3/13, 25 to 30kt winds with smooth water. 5 of us had best ever speeds.
We'll be back for sure.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Similar to other reviews. Bathroom needs a really good scrub. Mould on ceiling. Dodgy patch up jobs especially on the ceiling which i noticed whilst trying to squash the squillion mozzies. the fridge in one unit had more lean on it than the leaning tower of pisa giving an indication of the handiwork when building the unit. Very dusty on walls .... Surely these could be cleaned once in a while? Probably should be paying less than $100 per nite.

  • Stayed February 2013
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, Owner at Lilacs Waterfront Villas and Cottages, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Dear Returning and future guests,
As owner/operators of our beautiful waterfront accommodation property since 2001, we thank you are valued supporters for your past and continued patronage.
We have grown to love the Lilac and have greatly enjoyed accommodating our many happy and satisfied customers.
We have spent a lot of energy and money on the refurbishment and continual improvement of our rooms and fascilities. Still, it must be disappointing to arrive and be confronted with "aubergine" colours and a 1973 playground (how do you date a playground?) or yet be faced with a non-working fridge (oh, did someone forget to mention that "Fridge & Washer City" delivered a new fridge that day as a response to that concern??)
All our visitors at the Lilacs can be assured of that level of service - nothing is too much trouble.
We do appreciate, the comments, however about Cottage 4 and the Cottage 10 bathorroms they will both be on the receiving end of a major renovation in the very near future.
Meantime, we shall continue to strive to deliver excellent, value for your dollar in terms of comfort and quality of stay when staying with us at the Lilacs. We consided it a privilage to own this property and to have you as our guests.
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Additional Information about Lilacs Waterfront Villas and Cottages

Property: Lilacs Waterfront Villas and Cottages
Address: 151 Frenchman Bay Rd, Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia (Formerly The Lilacs Holiday Homes)
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Albany
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Albany
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lilacs waterfront villas & cottages is ideally located on Frenchman Bay Road situated on the edge of Princess Royal Harbour. The City centre is only minutes away and just past our doorstep is the gateway to many of Albany's tourist attractions - the Windfarm, the Gap, the Natural Bridge and Discovery Bay just to name a few. The property has a large open expanse of lawn to sit and enjoy the view over its harbour and all the birdlife that it attracts. Only 11 comfortable accommodation styles to choose from suitable for the lone traveller, couples or families and even larger groups. ... more   less 
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