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Dwellingup B&B and Chalets
Ranked #1 of 3 Dwellingup B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 15, 2012

Can’t quite recall how I happened upon this gem of a place when I was trawling through the internet for places to stay in WA. I had booked every other nights accommodation through Booking.com but somehow I had happened upon some details for Dwellingup B & B Chalets which led me to leave the relative sanctity of booking.com and book direct with the owners, the very amiable Mark and Margaret.

The B & B and chalets are scattered over a delightful clearing in the bush (forest) and give the feeling of remoteness rather than isolation as Dwellingup town with its excellent café (The Blue Wren – also the name of our chalet!) and well stocked ‘mini mart’ are a five minute drive away.

The B & B part of the operation is in what you would call the main house and this is where the office can be found manned by either Mark or Margaret. In the extensive grounds can then be found several ‘chalets’ (the word does them an injustice as they are in fact double storey houses). As mentioned before, we stayed in Blue Wren chalet which was equipped for 1 to 4 people but ideally suited to 2, which we were. The chalet was well equipped with everything you are likely to need. There is no tv signal and best of all no mobile phone reception so no guilty feelings for not being in touch with office! Should you need to use your mobile, reception can be found again nearer to town. Not having a tv signal was not an issue as there is a comprehensive library of complimentary DVD’s to choose from. A larger screen tv would have been appreciated but other than that there was little to improve on. The chalet was clean, well equiped and comfortable throughout but it was the location, the views and the great walking on your doorstep that made this location divine.

Elevating it to another level for my wife and I was the kangaroo sanctuary Mark and Margaret had established. Getting up close and personal with such wonderful creatures, helping to feed them was the highlight of our holiday. They even had a red kangaroo which we’d not seen before. I know to most Aussie’s seeing or being near to a kangaroo is nothing (as was 'delightfully' demonstrated on one occasion in Margaret River when an overtaking car blasted their horn at us as we stopped by the side of a deserted road to look at kangaroo’s in a field!). Mark knew all of the ‘roo’s’ characteristics and names showing great fondness for the ‘orphans’ in his charge.

We only stayed two nights but wish it had been longer. Just sitting on the verandah of the chalet watching the wide variety of birds (and of course the visiting kangaroo’s) was so serene and restful. For someone, like so many today, who has a very stressful job, it was just what the Doctor ordered. The kitchen was fully equipped and there was a woodburner for the cooler nights. The bathroom was equipped with a nice shower, basin and WC. Although ideally suited to two people there were actually two double bedrooms (upstairs).

Mark and Margaret were perfect hosts – they were there when you wanted them but not intrusive or overbearing. Mark went above and beyond what I would have expected from a host to ensure that our stay was a pleasurable one and even provided assistance with my car. He was happy to spend time with us introducing his ‘pouched orphans’ or discussing places to see or whatever. I have been very fortunate to have travelled extensively and stayed in some wonderful places but I can’t recall enjoying a more comfortable and relaxing back to nature experience. I thoroughly recommend Dwellingup B & B chalets.

Room Tip: There are chalets and B & B rooms to meet the demands of most party sizes.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

My Husband and I decided on a Thursday that we wanted to go away somewhere relaxing and close to Perth. We were pleased to find out that there was still a B & B room available. Our stay was perfect from start to finnish. The location is divine and the rooms in the house are tastefully decorated. Hosts Mark and Margaret are so friendly and welcoming. There was home made cake for us to enjoy for afternoon tea. Then when we accidentally overslept and missed dinner in town Margaret even made us dinner and chilled a bottle of wine which we enjoyed while chatting to them. We also enjoyed feeding the kangaroos of which there are many. There are many things to do in Dwellingup... we drove to Lane Poole Reserve and enjoyed visiting the Cider Winery and going for lunch at "Blue Wren Cafe" with great food. We will be back to this little piece of Paradise. Mark and Margaret were kind enough to let us inspect one of the chalets and when they told us that they pre-light the fire for you before you arrive we knew we would be back for a winter weekend getaway.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

Wow! we stepped out of the car into paradise. Mark & Margaret are the most friendliest people i have ever met and dealt with. Marks knowledge of attractions and history of the area is second to none and they both went out of their way to make our stay unbelievable thanks.
First class accommodation, stylish and very reasonably priced. Extra bonus was the Kangaroos we got to feed and pat. Have already booked my next stay there and I cant wait. Do yourselves a favor stay a night or two simply breath taking.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

After a week in Perth we took the opportunity to spent a couple of days in a Chalet. It was marevellous. We arrived at 5pm - just in time to feed the cangaroos with apples. Mark and Margaret had put some flowers and a bottle of wine in our chalet as a welcome. This place is perfect if you are looking for nature and relaxation. Close by is the Lane Poole reserce where we did some canoeing on the Murray river. It's also a great for hiking and cycling. We will definitely come back.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

I surprised my partner with a night in a chalet for her birthday. To say the accommodation, view and hospitality was perfect was an understatement. They went so far to make us welcome as to organising a cheese and wine platter as wel as a birthday cake with candle! After swimming nearby for the afternoon we settled in for a beautiful home cooked meal by the wood fire - perfect! Now I have to try and beat this next year! Thank you guys so much. Shane and Jess

Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2014
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Stayed: September 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 19, 2011
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  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Lot 1 River Road, Dwellingup, Western Australia 6213, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Dwellingup
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Dwellingup
Number of rooms: 10

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