We have just returned to WA from a short holiday in SA. It was a spur of the moment decision/hope that we could stay at Birks Boathouse which looked so cosy and cute. I was disappointed to find that it was not available but the ever obliging Wendy assured me that if we would like to stay in the River Retreat just across the road, she would make it a very special night for us. True to her word, it was wonderful beyond words. The whole retreat is just so luxurious with an understated, nautical kind of elegance and all set in stunning grounds and across the road from the river. We only stayed for one night and yet we felt that we had been there for ages as it feels like home from the moment you step inside. Wendy had left a gourmet welcome package along with delicious, healthy breakfast provisions. She also allowed us a late check out which was wonderful. There simply was nothing more we could possibly have asked for and we were very sad to leave this idyllic piece of Paradise. At Wendy's suggestion we thoroughly enjoyed good pub food at the Corio Hotel in the evening and the next morning we caught the Cockle train to Victor Harbour....a simply, sceninc and relaxing run with lovely, warm characters running it. Thank you Wendy for a memorable stay. Jayne and Gordon
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury accommodation in a unique waterfront location at Birks Harbour at the River Port of Goolwa. Three self contained Retreats - Boathouse/Captain's & Riverview Retreat. Quiet and peaceful setting surrounded with acres of gardens, prolific birdlife, majestic trees, a large swimming pool, luxury furniture and fittings, maritime antiques and artwork, located at Birks Harbour Marina with classic wooden boats on their moorings. This private and special environment is a perfect holiday location with reflections & sunrises you'll never forget. Luxury self-contained riverfront retreats on the Murray River at the River Port of Goolwa. Each Retreat is private, fully self-contained and offers absolute luxury for a unique holiday adventure. Birks Harbour is an easy 1 hour drive south of Adelaide, travelling via South Australia's premier wine region of McLaren Vale to the historic River Port of Goolwa and gateway to the Coorong National Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats Goolwa, South Australia