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Review of Earl's Anchorage

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Earl's Anchorage
Sydney
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Perfect Holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2012

I had been wanting to visit Lord Howe Island for years and finally the opportunity arose. We stayed there from 22nd-29th January 2012. I initially did the web search and wanted to stay somewhere that included breakfast and dinner, but also provided self catering facilities, with above average accommodation, and close to all the attractions. Earls anchorage was all this and more. From the moment I arrived with my two teenage children I was completely besotted with the beauty of the island. This was equalled by the hospitality and friendly service provided by John Green, and his daughter Alanna, who was having a break from University at the time. Alanna picked us up from the airport and also worked in the restaurant with many other friendly young staff.
We stayed in a 1 bedroom self contained Villa which was more than big enough for the three of us with a lovely self-catering kitchen, TV, and internet access. This was serviced daily. We had fortunately included breakfasts and dinner in our package at the restaurant "The Anchorage" (just changed names from Humpty Mick's), and the chef David is fantastic. The meals were incredibly good and would be on par or better with some of the best restaurants in Sydney. Most of the locals eat there and the coffee and home-baked bread and cakes are the best on the island. John is a baker and butcher among many other talents and the bread is superb, whilst his wife Kath bakes the cakes which are fantastic.
Earls Anchorage also provides snorkelling equipment, and bikes were pre-arranged.
Whilst staying there we checked out the competition- Capella Lodge, which is way too far away from the main area and the must-do snorkelling at Neds beach (and looked like a fish bowl full of stunned well-dressed tourists), and Arajilla (nice for a massage but small rooms from the outside, and quite expensive).
We could not have had a better time and we will be hopefully going back next year.
Our favourite activities were snorkelling at Neds, diving (for the first time) which can be booked when you get there, kayaking out to Blackburn Island, eating at The Anchorage, listening to live music at The Anchorage (Gemma Glendenning was fantastic), walking up to Malabar Ridge, cycling everywhere, getting a glass bottom boat trip to North Bay, visiting the Museum (incredibly interesting history and ecology of the island), and (for me) visiting the cemetery (fascinating lesson in history!), watching the mutton birds return to their nests at sundown, swimming with turtles.........the list goes on.

Room Tip: If you want a spa bath book Villa 3, the Tarpon. Include a meal package if possible.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2011

We just returned from a week’s stay at Earls for our first wedding anniversary/babymoon, and had a fantastic time. The apartments are very spacious, bigger than most 1 bedroom flats in Sydney, with a huge open plan living, dining, kitchen area, separate bathroom with washing machine (most have shower, only Tarpon has a bath I think), and a huge bedroom with queen bed (there is plenty of space for a cot(s) if needed). The apartments are very light, there are 2 sets of sliding doors from patio into the living room and there are windows everywhere. Although the bedroom and hall way have blinds over the windows, there are no blinds or curtains on the windows/doors in the living room. The apartments are all free standing, well spaced out, and roughly in a long line of 6, there is a wooden path running along the front of each villa to get to and from the road. The path is a reasonable distance from the living room of each apartment, but if its dark people can see you in the living rooms, but really people were only passing going to/from dinner so the lack of blinds was fine, just took a bit of getting used to.

The living rooms are really well equipped with books, DVD player, Austar TV (though no channel 7, 9 or 10), so if the weather is not great you can certainly keep yourselves entertained. Also the transit room has copies of scrabble, monopoly, pictionary etc if really struggling for entertainment on a rainy day. We took some DVDs with us but never watched them as the weather was extremely kind to us. The kitchen is also well equipped, full size fridge, gas burner hob and microwave. We actually never cooked a meal, as we got a breakfast and dinner package with the accommodation, which made it really good value, but the option is there. If dining at Humpty Micks, it's in the 'CBD' about 15 minutes walk (max) from Earls, at night they come and pick you up and bring you home.

All in all, a lovely place to stay on a fabulous island.

Room Tip: Rooms are very similar, the earls website has floor plans if you want to specify a specific room.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank womanintokyo
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Taree, Australia
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198 reviews
50 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2011

We knew we would have an enjoyable holiday from the moment Kathy met us at the airport. It was just like meeting an old friend! We stayed in Tarpon (bungalow 3) which had the deepest and longest spa bath you could imagine - perfect for relaxing after a long day's walking. The rooms were all very spacious; the bedroom had a very comfortable queen bed; the lounge had two 2-seaters that you could really stretch out on. The kitchen area had all the appliances and equipment you could want. There was even a washing machine and clothesline which some may appreciate due to the 14 kg baggage limit on the flight over. The owners also own one of the better restaurants on the island, Humpty Mick's, where on several occasions we enjoyed food equal to anything found in the major cities. Kathy telephones around 6pm each evening to ask if you require a lift to any of the restaurants, and the restaurant provides transport home. What a great service! We found a newly opened restaurant within 5 minutes walk called Greenback Eatery that serves the freshest seafood meals at a very reasonable price. The airconditioning was also a blessing as some of the evenings were quite cool. The only drawback was the location at the top of a hill on Anderson Road. All in all, Earl's Anchorage is a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WandaSandhills
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boambee east
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

We have just returned from a 5 day holiday at Earls Anchorage and cannot praise the superb accom, excellent surroundings and wonderful staff. From the moment we arrived at the airport and driven firstly around the island and then on to the very well set-up unit our expectations were well and truly satisfied. We have in the past booked accom. through a search via the internet and can honestly say that one does not always get what is expected and can be very disappointing and costly, but this time we really hit the jackpot.
Would highly reccomend if you are thinking about going to Lord Howe to check out this great place and also include dinner etc at their restaurant "Humpty Micks" if not then its an experience of great food that you will be sorry that you missed. Our taste buds will never be the same again.Fine dining is made so much more wonderful by the excellent presentation and love of cooking that is shown by the staff that work there which in this case is above more then average of other establishments on the mainland that we have dined at. Congratulations to Earls and all involved with them.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank sootycatBoambeeEast
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Sydney
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2011

Let me start with saying Lord Howe island is one of my favorite weekend escapes from Sydney. This little spec in the pacific has to be one the most incredible islands on earth with the perfect balance of limited development and amazing natural beauty.

When traveling to the island, I can not recommend Earl's Anchorage enough. The hosts John and Kathy are beyond outstanding, friendly and extremely accommodating. From the moment you are picked up at the airport, you feel as if you are being welcomed home. The accommodation is top notch all the way -- extremely clean and modern -- massively spacious -- and a convenient walk / bike ride to all of the Island's main beaches and hikes. Best of all -- it has AC for crazy hot days!

As for the Island -- well I think the pictures speak for themselves. This place is a true gem ... it really allows you to escape city life and immediately de-stress. I can't think of a better weekend get-a-way or holiday!

Kudos to John and Kathy for running such a top notch accommodation ... I can't wait to return!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank nolatosyd
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Wauchope, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2010

We spent seven days at Earls at could nt fault a thing.
Lindy and her staff were all so friendly and informative as to the best way to get the most out of our stay as were all the locals who would drop in to the room to fill us in on timetables and stuff.
The cabin suited us perfectly, it was just like being at home.
None of us stopped for long between diving,snorkeling,climbing,photo shoots of fantastic sunrises/sunsets, riding ,fish feeding,turtle swimming eating great b.b.q fish caught on charter boats , I could go on for ever.
We are booking same cabin same time next year , just cant wait
All the shop and eatery people make you feel very welcome which is a refreshing change to a lot of destinations.
Well done to all on the Island see you next year.
Kevin,Paola,Joel, Mia and Rob.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kp_outthere
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Colorado USA
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2009

My husband and I (from Colorado in the US) and two friends from near Byron Bay stayed for a week recently at Earl's Anchorage. We can't say enough about the experience and our stay there. The accomodation was perfect from the clean condition of the unit to the well stocked kitchen area and BBQ that we didn't have to clean! Every detail had been considered. We arrived on a Sunday and were met by Lindy (the property manager who always seemed to be there when we needed her) who took us on a tour of the Island (didn't take long as it isn't large) while our luggage was offloaded from the plane. What we didn't realize was how lucky we were to arrive without incident as for the next two days the airport was closed! After the tour she took us to our cottage where we found everything exactly like it had been pictured on the site. A real treat, no touched up photos here. Since it was off season there were few options available for dining and other activitites, but we found plenty to fill our time. We took all the available hikes (other than Mt. Gower which we decided to do too late and missed the 2 days a week the guided hikes were being offered), a glass bottom boat and snorkle trip (wth EHI, the only option open at the time, but well worth it) and a boat ride around the Island and out to Balls Pyramid (the sea stack about 25 km out) with Ian. Every day was terrific and even when the weather wasn't perfect it did not hamper our activities. Eating at Humpty Micks was great (tho expensive, think Sydney prices plus). Our fish fry at the Bowling Club and jazz night at Pinetrees were also excellent. We even found the fish who came right up to us at Ned's Beach to be hand fed were exactly like those pictured, again, a pleasant surprise. All in all I can't think of anything negative about the experience. The bikes which we were provided were adequate, but clearly the worse for wear. That is the only thing that could be improved upon, a little lubricant and a tarp to protect them from the weather would go a long way. All in all, however, it is a small thing, and we still managed to use them to get around when our destinations were a bit too far to walk. I would recommend this accomodation and the Island to anyone who is interested in an active, yet fairly quiet holiday. If you are looking for action or night life, go elsewhere, but after a full day hiking and taking advantage of the outdoor activities the island offered, we were ready for a quiet nite and an early bedtime. I spoke to someone as we were leaving who had been there 50 years previously and she said that except for the improved accomodation and eating options (during the season, I assume, since ours were very limited) the Island was basically unchanged.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank SandyandDuke
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Property: Earl's Anchorage
Address: Anderson Road, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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Location: Australia > Lord Howe Island
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Ranked #4 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Lord Howe Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Earl's Anchorage 3*
Number of rooms: 5

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