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Yallingup Forest Resort
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We stayed here last year for 5 nights so came back again this July school holidays...and stayed for 7 nights. We love the location it’s so handy to Dunsborough and the wineries while being set in a great forest environment surrounded by trees. We welcome our nightly visits from some of the local possums and kookaburra’s who are very friendly and far from being shy. Each time we have been in a different cabin and they have both been very clean, and well maintained... The chalets have all the modern comforts including a great lounge that opens up out to the large surrounding balcony which is where we spent a lot of our time, the kitchen has everything you require to cook and serve up meals. Pete has always been very polite and helpful and he knows the area very well and gave us directions to some great places. The beds are warm comfortable with the large main bedroom having a door to the balcony…Cant wait to return next year....

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights and were very aware that this was, by no stretch of the imagination, going to be a 5 star resort. We did, however, expect that our accomodation would not leave us feeling like it was quite literally going to collapse with us in it. The floor shook to such a point when the people in the adjoining cabin were moving about at at first we thought we were experiencing an earthquake. There is no soundproofing between cabins either, so everything that was said in our cabin, and next door, could be heard by both.

The bathroom was an abomination. The calking around the bath/shower needs replacing, the bathroom floor dipped when you walked on it and there was a plank missing from beneath the bottom of the centre of the bath, I expect that it has likely rotten through due to the calking issues.

The power was another marvel. Turn on the air con and the lights flicker. Turn on the hair dryer and the lights flicker. Turn on the kettle and the lights flicker. I'm sure you get the point...

The bedrooms are freezing and the bedding was not adequate for mid winter, particularly given the warnings from the owners that heaters should be turned off at night, with only one blanket and a bedspread to keep you warm. The bed we had was so old that you could feel each and every spring and the mattress itself creaked when you lay upon it.

We had the displeasure of meeting the owner on checkout when we returned some DVDs we had hired along with a high chair that they tried to charge us $35 extra for at check-in. There was no "how was your stay" or any other such pleasantries, just a snarled "oh, does that come off does it?" when we handed back the high chair with the tray removed. To that we simply put the key on the counter and left. Fabulous hospitality.

One thing I will say is that the surroundings are beautiful, but we will not be staying here again.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Stayed the last long weekend in June.. stayed in cabin 17a it was filthy the floor tiles looked like they had never been cleaned also the bathroom tiles the same, the oven did'nt work, the couches were so stained and dirty we had to put a rug on them just so we did'nt have to sit down on the soiling. This place is the pits, it cost us $700 and we should have gone elsewhere.
The TV is so small its like living in the 70's the heating is a shocker!!!

These people need to lift there game big time!!

Keep your money in your pocket its totaly not worth it

Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
3  Thank katie m
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

We stayed for a long weekend in May. We were looking for a quiet stay to destress, but close enough to the sites of Margaret river. The cost was also very reasonable.

The cabin we were in was far up the hill, but very quiet and peaceful. Wonderful views of the woods.

The cabin itself was comfortable and plenty of thoughtful touches (e.g. boardgames in the lounge, cardgames in the dining room table). There was a great gas heater in the lounge, but the bedroom could have used a space heater or similar as it did get very cold at night.

Some of the cabins are joined, which might make it a little awkward if both cabins are occupied (Thin walls and creaking floors). That being said, the owners seemed to be spacing people out as much as possible.

If the BEST thing about Yallingup Forest Resort is the tranquil setting, the NEXT BEST THING is the convenient location. Minutes from the bakery, a brewary (on the property!), Margaret River, Bunker Bay - all just minutes away.

On site - the pool looked inviting (although too cold in winter) and the tennis court was fine for anyone just having fun.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

I recently organised a weekend corporate retreat with 22 guests staying in 6 chalets. All feedback I received was very positive with many people talking about a return to the resort with their families. The manager Pete, was extremely helpful, polite and friendly even when I was calling to alter our accommodation needs. The resort has wonderful facilities and the setting enabled us to get together as a large group without imposing on others staying at the resort. Thank you so much Pete for all your help and for making our stay very pleasant.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

First of all, thank you to Alex and Matthias, my two new brothers-in-law who were kind enough to organise a week’s stay here as a wedding gift. Very highly appreciated guys!

Mind you I wasn’t that generous with my praise when I first read the reviews of the Yallingup Forest Retreat. Everyone seemed satisfied with the facilities but the owner sounded like some sort of child eating ogre.

Therefore, it was with some trepidation that my wife and I pulled up in front of the reception. Thankfully, in the first instance it was not the owner that was there to greet us but a friend/colleague who was unfailingly polite.

Without prompting he gave us a number of tourist maps and highlighted businesses and sites we may wish to visit. He also told us of a little tete a tete between the town of Cowaramup and the Laurance Winery. I won’t tell you what it is but you’ll have a good chuckle if you figure it out.

The resort itself is comprised of 18 units, each broken down into 2 smaller chalets with a locked dividing door that can be opened for larger groups. The walls are a little thing and as the units are built on stilts you can hear people move about. My advice is to try and respect your neighbour’s presence by walking a little more softly and not yelling out to your friends. You are, after all, here to relax so yelling is not necessary.

I can’t speak for the other units but our particular one was rather spacious, with 2 bedrooms, each with a queen sized bed, a full sized bathroom with bath and a dining / living room area and a full kitchen tucked in one corner. There is also plenty of veranda space with views of the bush or in some cases the ocean.

The units are not 5 star but they are relatively modern, neat, and tidy and have everything you need including a TV and DVD player. The TV was a slightly older model not compatible with my PS3 which was a bit of a downer as we had some movies we wanted to watch as our evening entertainment. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we instead sat outside and watched a spectacular thunder storm and then laughed at a brazen group of possums as they tried to sneak up to our table and steal some fruit we had there. Shy and nocturnal creatures they are not!

The resort also has a rather nice pool which we didn’t try out as it was a tad cold. Also available is a tennis court where we did try a few volley’s before we both realised we were not that good at tennis after all.

It was then on the third day that we met the infamous owner. Either we caught him on a good day or else other guests are a little thick skinned. He really didn’t seem that bad. A little reserved maybe but I didn’t get the feeling he was going to eat my first born or grow a pair of horns. Maybe he treats guests as they treat him (is there a message there for those travellers who expect champagne service on a beer budget?????).

Our total stay at the Yallingup Forest Resort was for seven days and we certainly felt more relaxed at the end of our stay than at the beginning. Despite many adjacent guests coming and going we were lucky not to have any of the AC/DC at midnight or yelling at 110 decibel type of individuals that seem to be appearing in greater frequencies these days.

So would I recommend this resort? It depends. If you are after the height of luxury then this place may not be for you. However, if you are looking for something in the 3 to 3 and a half star range with a reasonable range of facilities and good proximity to Dunsborough, Yallingup and the Margaret River wine region then I think the Yallingup Forest Resort will be ideal. We certainly enjoyed our stay and will be back if the opportunity presents itself.

Room Tip: 18A and 18B are the only units which I think have ocean views. If that is your thing it may pay to...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

I’ve just finished another excellent week at Yallingup Forest Resort.

My dad and I have been visiting twice a year since 2007; my dad is in his 80s.

Our initial visit was to be a one-off for a look around Dunsborough. We have returned again and again because the welcome we received from Peter, the manager, put us so at ease we saw the potential for a second visit; then another visit, and another visit, etc.

Peter, a quiet man, is a perfect host in that he is there when we need something, but keeps enough distance to not be intrusive. He doesn’t mind a chat, but at our instigation.

Peter’s local knowledge, both about the surroundings of the resort and the wider area, has been the source for many of our day trips out over the years.

We visit in autumn and spring when the weather is warm during the day and cool at night. The days are usually sunny but there can be storms and heavy rain; sounding wonderful on the iron roof while we are cosy inside.

The Chalets are nestled amongst the trees. They are far enough apart that other lights twinkle at a distance, private, yet there is a feeling of community. We each have a room, an absolute must when one is travelling with one’s parent. There is a comfortable lounge-dining-kitchen area with facilities that provide everything needed but for the food and wine. The areas are pleasantly large.

The verandah is one of my favourite spots to sit and read, ponder, or just enjoy the surrounding trees and wildlife. During the day the birds come right up, at dusk the rabbits come out and a bandicoot can be sighted and at night the possums visit; they perch on the verandah railing. This time two Kookaburras spent their time looking at us through the windows.

Yallingup Forest Resort provides the perfect base camp for visiting the Dunsborough-Yallingup district; a beautiful area offering tranquil do-nothing, access to a wide selection of wines and other goodies at the “cellar door”, and more vigorous activates like walking (such as Bunker Bay’s 2.5km, the Cape Naturaliste Track), fishing and of course surfing. Closer to home the resort features a barbeque, tennis and pool area.

Dad and I spend our time reading inside, or sitting on the north-facing verandah in the spring-autumn sun. I write up my journal while he follows the footie on TV and we both watch the birds flitting about in the surrounding bush. We wander down to a very local micro brewery to try excentric brews; chocolate stout or lemon beer.

Each day we drive to Dunsborough to pick up provisions for home cooked meals; stopping off to get farm fresh eggs and hot bread from the bush baker. Feasts!

My goal has been to spend some time with dad out of the usual context. Yallingup Forest Resort provides the perfect setting for this and I feel we achieve a special time together.

Dad’s health permitting we’ll revisit our retreat for as many future springs-autumns as we can.

This last stay dad, just before he dozed off sitting in his chair, thanked me for the trip. Quite simple thanks, but from a man born in the late 1920s and brought up with the stoicism of that time, he spoke volumes.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 19/40 Hemsley Road | PO Box 453, Yallingup, Western Australia 6281, Australia
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Location: Australia > Western Australia > Margaret River Region > Yallingup
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Yallingup
Price Range: $115 - $342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Yallingup Forest Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Under new management.Ideally located in the north of the Margaret River region, enjoy spacious, secluded and eco-friendly chalet accommodation at Yallingup Forest Resort.You'll be nestled within a serene forest of native bushland, yet conveniently located only minutes from some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in the south-west and the bustling seaside town of Dunsborough.Discover the region's attractions and then come home to your accommodation and enjoy the charm and tranquillity of living in the forest, by the sea.Guests can get their very own eco-experience right on the door step. Take a leisurely walk through the bush, enjoying the high concentration of bio-diversity, including over 140 species of native plants, trees and wild flowers - you will certainly spot some of our native bird species, numerous kangaroos and other native fauna such as possums and bandicoots (after dark).Feel free to enjoy the on-site facilities, which include a swimming pool, tennis court, barbecue facilities and a children's playground with cubby. Sharing the same grounds are the Bush Shack Brewery - a great spot to chill out, try some home-style brews - and the OM Day Spa.So whether you enjoy surfing, family fun, bushwalking or simply recharging your batteries, you can have them all when you stay with us.Hope to welcome you soon, Cathy & James ... more   less 
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