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The Lily Dutch Windmill
Reviewed December 8, 2011

I drove from Perth with my two sons to stay in the Millers quarters o/night and tackle Bluff Knoll in the morning. Everything was spot-on at The Lily and after some of the places we've stayed it's quite a relief to arrive and not have any disappointments. Had a great musical interlude with Pleun and the short visit was topped off with the wonderful breakfast basket. Hope to stay again with my wife next visit.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 8, 2011

We’d never stayed here before, but the minute we stepped into the Dutch Cottage we felt as if we’d come home. Soft music was playing, fairy lights were twinkling, the wood basket beside the little stove was full, books teetered on shelves and elephants covered every available surface (each of the 4 quarters/cottages has an animal theme - we’d got the elephants and they were everywhere. I rather wished I’d got the pigs in the neighbouring Dutch House). A generous and varied DVD collection, stacks of games and plenty of books (reference ones too) help ensure that no-one gets bored on a rainy day (not that we had any of those). Nicknacks continued in the kitchen next door where a red theme was added to the elephant mania. It was equipped with every conceivable gadget and the cupboard was if anything better stocked than ours back home (from virgin olive oil to cellophane). After the bleak cabins we’d stayed at previously, this was heaven!

A modest bathroom and toilet (there was no bath, just a shower which was fine by us) completed the downstairs and the kitchen gave onto a private terrace facing East for those perfect al fresco breakfasts. The stairs leading up to the sleeping quarters (a double bed and two singles separated by the stairwell) were steep but there was a toilet (and a useful screen) for those caught short.

Hennie and Pleun also apparently provide dinner (not every night) and tours of their windmill, but we sadly enjoyed neither as we were too busy exploring the surroundings. The Lily is set very close to Bluff Knoll (the highest point in the Stirling Range) and not too far from the Porongurup Range and both are superb for hiking, birds and wildflowers (in season).

This is a unique and highly enjoyable place to stay and we recommend it unreservedly. There's just one problem, Hennie and Pleun are thinking of retiring (for good as they are semi-retired or retiring or trying to now), so get there while you can.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

We are just back from spending a night at The Lily, for our wedding anniversary, at the recommendation of friends. We'd heard it was good but we weren't prepared for how good. The Lily has its own airstrip, an added attraction for my keen aviator husband, and Pleun met us and directed us to a good spot to tie down. After checking in at the restaurant reception, in the beautifully converted Gnowangerup railway station, we were shown to the Dutch House. It was a gloomy, cool and windy day, so it was lovely to enter the cottage with a fire blazing, table lamps on and music playing (Pleun's own CD - he is a wonderful sax player too!).
We walked and played with Ned the Border Collie and his tennis ball and enjoyed the views, then had some drinks before dinner. The Lily's own wines are very drinkable; As the restaurant wasn't open that night, Hennie cooked us a superb dinner which was delivered to our table. We felt very spoilt. Next morning we made breakfast from Hennie's home made spelt bread, fresh eggs and a range of preserves. AND, real coffee. What a treat. We then clambered around inside the windmill and were in awe of the skill it must have taken to build it.
Others have described the decor and ambience of the cottage and it truly was very special, comfortable and relaxing. The pig theme (they're everywhere!) was a lot of fun.too.
Hennie and Pleun have created a little bit of magic in south-west WA. The Lily and their hospitality are just incredible. Thank you both, especially with the incredible help when we had difficulties getting back home due to bad weather.
People, do yourselves a favour and stay at The Lily. You won't regret it and you'll experience something really unique and unforgettable.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Part of a great holiday for me is not just where you go but also where you stay. To me there is no point staying somewhere (being a family of 4) if all you've got in your accommodation is a cane chair, a 2 seater couch and a dining table - sitting at a dining table isn't relaxing....
So treat yourself and stay at The Lily Dutch Windmill which feels like your very own country cottage the perfect location after a hard day's walking when all you want to do is kick off your shoes, get a glass of wine and "chillax" as my kids would say... We went as a family of 4 (boys 11 & 14), we did a few hikes - Bluff Knoll was a must and Castle Rock in the Porongorups which I had seen photos of but had never done, which was really excellent. We stayed 3 nights which is essential after driving for nearly 4-5 hours from Perth as it's a long way to go for just one full day if you only stay 2 nights.
We took the bikes for the boys which was a good move as there is heaps of space for them to ride around - a whole airstrip if they want to.
The location and views are awesome and the Dutch House which we stayed in was extremely well equipped and somewhere where we could absolutely "chillax".

Room Tip: I wouldn't bring toddlers or small children as there are so many nicknacks - I would be too stre...
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

As regular trippers, Australia and world wide, for the last forty or so years, the Lily is perhaps the most welcoming, best equipped, and ideally located accommodation that we have come across. We will be back. Our hosts were most welcoming and the dog took me for a walk to the vineyard to see the wonderful views of the Stirling Ranges - what more could one ask for?

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

After spending time hiking or looking at the majestic scenery and native vegetation of this region of WA, why rough it when you can feel warm and cosy in a homely environment. Myself and my two friends enjoyed ourselves, loved the food. We need more people in this country who are prepared to provide this level of attention to detail as well as not in your face hospitality in remote and pristine environments which is where the heart of this country is.
David

Room Tip: All rooms are perfect, depends on number of people.
Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

We found out about Lily Dutch Cottage through reviews and decided to cancel a night stay in Albany just to stay there for a night.

We arrived at Lily before sunset driving down from Perth, Pleun came to show us the house and offer to prepare dinner if we need any. We Learnt that it was Hennie's birthday that night and turn down the offer as we didn't want to interrupt the special occasion.

The windmill and the farm was breath taking. We walked out of the home in the evening where it was complete darkness outside the house, and admire the sky full of stars which we have never experience before.

The Cottage is a HOME that has everything we could ask for. The kids enjoy browsing through the books and the decoration full of piggies. We also spent our night watching movies from the many DVDs and video tape selection. The fireplace was something new as we can only see them in movie (pardon us as we are from singapore!). Climbing up and down the stairs to the bedroom was a challenge as it is steep and narrow, but the room was cozy and warmth. The kids found a book beside the bed called "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories" which they took turn to read each of the stories.... and laughing our heart out.

It was a great and memorable stay for us and we wish to visit Lily again in the future. This time, we will hunt for more piggies to add to the collection that Hennie and Pleun had.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 9793 Chester Pass Rd, Amelup, Western Australia 6338, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Amelup
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Amelup
Price Range: $139 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At The Lily you will find unique self-contained accommodation next to an authentic five story 16th-century replica Dutch windmill. With its 22-ton cap and sails, this is one of the largest windmills ever built in Australia. The mill is a fully operational windmill producing wholemeal stone-ground Spelt flour for our own restaurant, commercial bakers and home users around Australia. Adjacent to the windmill you will find our restaurant, situated in the original re-located and re-constructed 1924 Federation style railway station from Gnowangerup, our Shire. PRIVATE AIRFIELD. Our airstrip is adjacent to the windmill and you are able to park you plane close to the accommodation. For our fly-in accommodation visitors hangar-space and a car may be available, please check. ACCOMMODATION AT THE LILY - Four star AAA rating. All our accommodation is unique and private. Each has its own outside seating area and is fully self-contained; high quality linen, towels, Scandinavian wood heater, bathroom, iron and board, Digital TV, DVD, Radio/CD player, selection of DVDs and CDs, fridge, stove, microwave and food essentials like (real) coffee, tea, sugar, milk, spices etc. Additional facilities available are fax, gas barbecue, washing machine and dryer. Good next-G (Telstra) mobile phone and wireless Internet reception. A Breakfast Basket and Dinner are available for our accommodation guests, 7-days. The Lily has been selected as one of the 10 best self-contained accommodations in FOOTPRINT WEST COAST AUSTRALIA HANDBOOK. ... more   less 

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