WOW WOW WOW. What more can I say. 4 of us stayed 2 weekends ago at The Residence at Cape Lodge, celebrating a birthday.
The Residence used to be the owners residence. It is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom open planned house with its own lake, lawns and putting green. The house is very comfortable, well appointed, well fitted out, and extremley livable.
Service and food at Cape Lodge is what makes this property outstanding. The receptionist is extremley efficent, overheard us talking about visitng a restaurant in the area for lunch and asked if she could make a reservation for us.
The dining experience is superb. The sommelier (Latecia from France) is one of the smartest, most knowledgable sommeliers I have ever met. She is a young lady with a good knowledge of wine, can pair wines with food easily, and a bubbly personality. There are a number of french staff at the property, and at times we felt like we were in France. Service overall was very flawless, smooth, professional but unobtrusive. Cape Lodge has a phenomal wine cellar which after a day of tasting superb wines makes it even more difficult to choose from
Tony Howell - the chef and his team produce great food. We had dinner twice (once in the house), and the quality, flavour and presentation fo food was outstanding. All dishes are available either as en Entree or Main course. On our 2nd night we pretty much ordered one of everything off the menu as Entree portions to try it all. We noted that they used local produce where possible, and the tastes were subliminal. Breakfast is also a top notch affair with the usual 'full english' but also dishes such as Whiting (local fish), smoked salomn with scrambled eggs, french toast, etc.
To get around the grounds, we walked, but there are also Club Cars that can ferry you from your room to reception to restaurant, etc. On site there is a tennis court, beautiful walking trails and manicured gardens.
Overall Cape Lodge is a great place to get away to relax, see the region from but more so eat and be happy :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted World’s Best of the Best Hotels 2011, Best Boutique Hotel in Australia, World’s Top 20 Vineyard Hotels 2010, Conde Nast Traveller Gold List "Best for Food" 2011 & 2012. Sitting on its own secluded vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Country is one of Australia’s finest small vineyard Lodges. As you meander down the winding driveway of our intimate country estate you will discover why Cape Lodge was voted Luxury Travel Magazine’s Best Boutique Hotel in Australia and listed in Conde Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2011. Surrounded by stunning forest, lake and parkland scenery Cape Lodge is only minutes away from pristine beaches, coastline and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean and neighbors the great Margaret River wine estates of Mosswood, Vasse Felix, Cullen and Pierro. Described as one of Australia’s finest new generation gourmet establishments the multi award winning gourmet restaurant was ranked in the Top Ten in the World for Food and has recently opened a Gourmet Retreat and Cooking School. Cape Lodge features 22 rooms and suites, the executive five bedroom Private Residence, an all weather tennis court and a beautiful free form swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Hotel Yallingup
- Cape Lodge Yallingup, Margaret River Region