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“Great chef, ok bed, disappointing wine”
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Cape Lodge
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We had intended to book into the lodge for a normal wine tasting weekend, but when the proprietor contacted me to let me know that a gourmet weekend was in the making, we decided to indulge. We checked in on the Friday night before the formal festivities were commencing on the Saturday.
The room was nice, although not fabulous, with the smallest twin beds I've slept in outside of Europe. The lounge area was comfy, and our deck looking over the lake was tranquil and beautiful. The grounds are a lovely mix of well kept lawns, and colourful shrubbery which makes fr a peaceful, calming setting. The restaurant has a similarly gorgeous aspect, and the dining room is quite grand.
We were very disappointed at the small and hugely overpriced room service options, and instead decided to drive into Dunsborough for some take away which proved to be a very good option. The 15 minute drive was well worth it, and helped us plan our wine tasting choices for the following morning. Don't get trapped, it really isn't that far away.
Breakfast gets 10 out of 10. Fresh fruit, yoghurts, cereals t star, with freshly squeezed fruit juice to start. Hot food is mad to order, and everything is just delish. Be patient though - the atmosphere is very French, including the slow food. The homemade muffins, scones, and cakes and preserves were worth breaking the diet for. Magnifique.
We had the pleasure of meeting Serge densereau' for a cooking demonstration and lunch. He's just lovely and his food was so good we bought his book. His dinner was even better. Wow - at some stage I have to find out how he cooks that egg yolk. - never tasted anything like it before. The wines from the Birch family really let Serge down. Given we were in a wine region we were surprised at how poorly the wines had been matched with the food. Ah well, can't have everything.
The cheese afternoon, similarly provided fantastic cheeses from Blue Cow, but the wines were awful from Cape Lodge. I couldn't believe that for a region specialising in Chardonnay, they would give us an ill matching SB with tese gorgeous gorgeous cheeses. Bizarre.
Overall, a fantastic 2 days. The spa in the room was nice too, and helped with some much needed digestion on the final morning. Lovely.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We had 3 nights at Cape Lodge in a suite in the main building. It was vast and very comfortable in every way. The aircon was faulty in one of the rooms on arrival but was fixed by the handyman in double quick time. It was a joy to walk in the grounds by the vineyards just budding in Spring, through the impeccably kept gardens and beside the lake. The restaurant was superb with service matching the magic from the kitchen. A light supper in the bar consists of small tastes from the main menu - delicious. As this was our first visit to the Margaret River area it was difficult to choose between discovering more of the region and staying put in the paradise that is Cape Lodge.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Helen M
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We unfortunately could only spend one day in the area and chose Cape Lodge on the recommendation of Australian friends. It was an easy drive from Perth airport and the scenery just perfect after living in the desert (Dubai) for some time.

Our room had a garden view, but was very basic. For the price I was expecting more luxurious finishes, but it's fairly cheaply put together. The cupboards look like laminated wood (plastic). The bathroom is better, large shower and heated floor which is a nice touch in the winter. The pillows are as hard as rock, so if you prefer a soft pillow, order ahead, not sure if they have others available.

The nicest part of the evening was going to the splendid restaurant. The menu is well put together and every dish was sensational. The New Zealand pinot noir wine which we had just finished off a lovely meal. The staff in the restaurant are well versed in both the food and wine and are attentive.

The path to the restaurant is very dark and rather treacherous in the rain, so bear that in mind before deciding to have the next drink!

The breakfast is adequate, but they do run out of baked goodies, so don't assume that the muffin or whatever will be there when you return later.

All in all, we would return.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to stay at the Cape Lodge for two nights.
The setting was relaxing and beautiful. My room faced the river. Just did not have time to
sit outside and enjoy the surroundings as we were on a whirlwind tour of the area. The room
was beautiful with a large sitting area inside the room and a beautiful bathroom. The dining
room was a short walk away with Tony, a master chef, who was quite creative with his tasting menu.
The freshness of his fruits and vegetables grown on the premises made quite a difference.

From the time I arrived and was shown to my room immediately to the time I departed there
was not a flaw in the service. The upbeat staff certainly added to the ambiance of the Lodge.
Also, the general Manager, Drew Bernhardt and his hands on approach made this a wonderful experience. Just wish I had more time in the Margaret River area. A real gem.

Room Tip: I did stay in room 21 which was downstairs and close proximity to the dining room.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

My fiancé and I were lucky enough to win a weekend at Cape Lodge in one of their garden view rooms. Grounds are beautiful. Easy checking in and staff are very friendly. Rooms were immaculate as expected. Huge comfy bed, great bathroom with all the essentials. We had a lovely 5 course dinner from the chefs menu, and I have to say each course was pretty perfect. Staff again are very attentive. Restaurant and bar looks over the garden lake and has a wonderful chilled out atmosphere, finishing our wine by the log fire topped it off nicely! Breakfast both mornings were great. Continental selection and hot breakfast made to order. All in all I couldn't fault our stay at Cape Lodge. A little pricey but it's worth it for that extra bit of luxury!

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Stayed two nights and really enjoyed the peace and serenity of the place. Lots of birdlife and a few rabbits to be seen in the native gardens and room for a stroll around the property to walk off the meal. Restaurant service and views over the dam are outstanding, gourmet breakfast was delicious. Room was comfortable with the luxury of underfloor heating and first rate products in the bathroom. Our rate included a wine tasting but no advice from CL staff on how or where to access this, so sadly we didn't get to enjoy any of the wines. Good wifi connection if you really must have it. $700+ for two nights, this is somewhere nice to take that special person in your life.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We stayed for two lovely nights at the Cape Lodge ‘The Residence’, which is their separate standalone lodge with five bedrooms. In the main house there are two bedrooms downstairs with a shared bathroom and upstairs there is the master bedroom with en suite and large walk in wardrobe. The property also has a separate guest house with two bedrooms and single bathroom. It has a full laundry room downstairs plus separate study. The whole house was clean and in good condition

This was a bit large and decadent for two adults and two children, but we enjoyed it nevertheless.

The furniture is understated but suits the environment. The main downstairs living area is open plan, containing lounge, kitchen and dining table. The kitchen was excellent and well stocked with utensils for cooking. On the side of the main house, but covered, there is an excellent BBQ area with a gas BBQ. We made use of this one night. We ended the night by lighting the open fire in the lounge that was set by the staff. Lovely way to relax on a chilly night.

WiFi throughout the house was sufficient for our requirements and there were some games and outdoor sports equipment provided.
Outside The Residence has private grounds including a putting green and small lake and a three car garage.

My partner joined the nightly wine tasting at the bar and we all ate one night at the onsite restaurant, which was excellent. We were told the menu changes daily depending on supplies of local produce, and this seemed to be the case. The desserts were particularly good. When we asked for a cocktail that wasn’t on the menu the staff obliged and provided one of the best examples we have had.

We didn’t have that much interaction with the staff at the resort, but those we did were helpful and friendly. It may be lacking small little details we expect at other 5-star resorts; coffee machine, iPod docking, satellite TV, but these are minor, overall it’s an excellent base for exploring the Margaret River wine country.

We are already planning a return visit to the Cape Lodge Residence, but planning on bringing a larger family group next time.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Cape Lodge

Address: 3341 Caves Rd, Yallingup, Western Australia 6280, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Margaret River Region > Yallingup
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Yallingup
Price Range: $240 - $1,709 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Cape Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 22
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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