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Tortoise Head Lodge
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2 reviews
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

What a fantastic place, felt like home, Phil is an amazing host nothing was to much trouble, meals are so yummy, and the accommodation is very comfortable, would recommend the lodge.
will be back soon

once again thankyou
Sharon

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

French Island is an intriguing place. Twice the size of Phillip Island with only a couple of hundred residents. Unfortunately there is very little to do. The roads are all unsealed and most are unsuitable for bike riding. The Lodge is pretty run down but the rooms are reasonable. In fairness, the owners are renovating and are new. The views are great from the lodge and the hosts are friendly and hospitable. This could be a great place for a relaxing weekend in years to come.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Just came back from a weekend at Tortoise Head Lodge. It boasts extremely friendly staff, fantastic views, and excellent accommodation facilities. We went cycling around French Island, saw heaps of wildlife and picturesque scenery, plus a packed lunch provided by the staff.

I'm definitely going back soon!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Our family (2 adults, 2 kids aged 6 and 4) spent a night camping at Phil's property last week. Phil was the most gracious and helpful host, picking us up at the dock, collecting firewood for our camp fire, providing insect repellant and providing dinner and breakfast as well (including catering for a vegetarian). We had a lovely camping spot looking north across western port bay and that was sheltered from the wind. Very easy property to access from the ferry - about 250m which we all managed on bikes. Picturesque views from the property and koalas in the trees as well. Next time we will do a bit of fishing and perhaps cycling up to fairhaven camping ground which looked like a nice spot. Great value, great host and great introduction to camping for the kids (with home cooked meals!). Thanks Phil.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

We recently enjoyed 2 nights with Phil and Maria and their hospitilaity was impeccable!

When we first arrived on the island, we were greeted at the dock by a smiley faced Phil, who took us back to the Inn. He explained to us what it was like to live on the island & all that there was for us to do while we were there. He also arranged the tour for us for the next day and dropped us back at the dock at the end of our trip.

Maria's cooking is FANTASTIC!!! Her dinners are delicious, HUGE and very well priced. We had a full breakfast provided with the room & went back to the Inn during the day to enjoy a platter of Maria's yummy sandwiches.

They are currently renovating some of the rooms, which was great news for us! We were happy to arrive to a brand new comfy bed and new bathroom, to go along with the amazing view from our room!

French Island is a very unique place. We were fortunate enough to be there on the weekend of the community Christmas Carols & we had a ball! The residents of the island are a fantastic group of people. As a main-lander visiting the island for the first time, we were fascinated by how their community event felt like an enormous family gathering.

Thanks very much Phil & Maria for a lovely weekend! We are looking forward to coming again soon :)

Cath & Cam

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

If you are looking for plush hotel service with room service and someone to wait on you hand and foot don't bother. Your demands and ridiculous expectations are wasted. BUT........if you are looking for an escape complete with amazing value for an uninterrupted sea views, cooked meals, transport to and from the ferry, roaring fires, comfy beds, great showers and a completely unique island experience with locals who are some of the friendliest most accommodating people you will ever meet then you have arrived at the right island :)
Phil and Maria with their beautiful kids and their "puppy"Sammy give you the best of French Island. You won't be sorry :)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mentone
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

Dear Rod and Susan,

Thanks for your brilliant hospitality, we spent 2 wonderful days in this island which deserves a lot of admiration and protection. We loved the atmosphere in which you host your guests, your warm reception made our stay so enjoyable and relaxing.
Our cabin was perfect + the view over Tortoise head was wonderful. Susan's meals have been lovely and Rod's knowledge of the island has been so interesting. We learnt a lot about Nature, Culture and History of French Island.
We definately recommend Tortoise head lodge to others, it is worth and you'll have a full overview of what the island has to offer.
We will be back to get another breathe of fresh air and to relax.
Bye Holly and Sylvain

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tortoise Head Lodge
Address: Western Port Bay, French Island, Victoria, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > French Island
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in French Island
Number of rooms: 5

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