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.