The last reviewer was not impressed by Cape Lodge which almost led me not to book it. The other positive reports seemed at odds so we thought we would try it. We found it a charming country retreat with large well equiped rooms (Superior Spa Suites) - the restaurant is simply fantastic - the best we have experienced in a long time. The last resort we went to with similarly good food was Bedarra Island. Local rumour has it when Sting stayed here he tried to snaffle the entire restaurant crew to tour with him while in Oz. The staff in all departments were great.
The last reviewer said the sofa & pillows were old and soft. Both are feather (down) filled - which is why they are so soft and in our room they definately weren't old. I don't actually like these ultra soft sofas & pillows myself, fortunately there were firmer pillows in the cupboard.
We were in a ground floor room (recommended) so we had a nice patio out the front. The upper floor balconies did look a bit small.
All the lakes were 100% full - they have had plenty of rain recently
The location is near Evans & Tate, Cullen and Saracen Estate wineries and 10 min drive to Dunsbrough or a 20 min. drive to Margaret River town.
It's not cheap - I guess you get what you pay for! We would stay here again when visiting the Margaret River region.
We did a winery / scenic tour with the Margaret River Discovery Company - a really good day out.
- 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