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Glen Isla House

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02/04/2017 03/04/2017
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Warwickshire, England
Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

Superb quality, great location. The whole place has been set up for the more discerning travellers. Quality throughout with a fantastic breakfast cooked to order by Ian the chef and owner. Surely there cannot be a better place to stay on the island?

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to share your experince staying with us at Glen Isla. From the outset when we were designing our vision for Glen Isla House, our focus has been on offering food and accommodations for discerning travellers, and we're very pleased you share our views on this! An important start to any day is breakfast! Its...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 9 February 2016

From the moment we arrived and until we left, Madeleine and Ian made us all most welcome. It was great to share their passion for Glen Isla House and enjoy the accomodation, breakfast and tranquil surroundings that make up this experience. I have been fortunate, or otherwise, to have stayed in many hotels the world over with many claiming to...

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your sincere review of Glen Isla, and thanks for sharing this on TripAdvisor... We are indeed very passionate about Glen Isla, its genuine history (its been in our family for some 30+ years), and providing our guests with the very best experiences during their stay. Some of our fondest travel memories derive from smaller properties where...

Brisbane Region, Australia
Reviewed 6 February 2016

Apart from the gorgeous variety of luxuriously themed suites plus the amazing breakfasts from chef Ian and his accomplice extraordinaire Madeline, this is just the place to have a real holiday when you need peace and quiet to recharge. The beach is across the road when you're ready for it but the property is secluded, dotted with beautiful big old...

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks Sandra for taking the time to share your thoughts and expereince at Glen Isla, here on TripAdvisor... Something to be said for the historic gardens (some parts dating back to the 1860's) at Glen Isla, that have provided a superb canvas for our guest accommodations to be tucked into, which in many respects refelect the old-world charm and elegance...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 1 February 2016

Very charming rooms, decor is unique yet comfortable and practical, the owners are really friendly people and they really take time out to speak with you and make sure that you enjoy your stay on the island, close to the beach, this place looks as wonderful as the pictures do.

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

We certainly appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. A comment that we often receive pertains to the photos on our web site, and that Glen Isla is everything and more than the photos depict! We're pleased you enjoyed your stay and your time on our wonderful island here. Its always been our aim to offer more than...

Letchworth ,
Reviewed 26 January 2016

This place is just perfect from the moment you arrive till you leave you are made to feel very welcome and nothing is too much trouble .When we arrived Ian welcomed us most congenially .He spent time to tell us about the island .Recommended places to visit ,places to eat etc .The room was beautifully appointed in an oriental theme...

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

WOW - what can we say... Thanks so much for your endearing comments about your stay and Glen Isla. As for your remarks about breakfast, were a little staggered! We too have dined at the Ritz in London and at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxford (but hasten to say not for breakfast). To suggest we surpassed (by far) your...

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 January 2016

Rooms are lovely, excellent standard of decor, owners a delight, best breakfast I have had in years. Service is top class with friendly advice and the gardens offer a pleasant resting place to read and relax.

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks Sally for taking the time to leave a review. We ceratinly appreciate your comments. Chef's breakfast at Glen Isla features in a lot of guest reviews, even in the National Geographic journalist (Annie Fitzsimmons) review*, when she stayed with us in November 2015 where her comment was "ununexpected level of culinary sophistication"... We would hope to see you again...

Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

Spectacular accommodation! From our first meeting Ian and Madeline, we felt so welcome as if we had come home to family! The initial welcome by Ian was thorough and detailed with great tips on what to visit and where to eat on the island. Our room was beautifully appointed (and each themed differently in elegant European style decor, as we...

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks indeed Evan for your review and most kind words... You review reflects the experience we seek to achieve will all our guest stays, and 10 days while not a record, is ceratinly a longer stay. The island has much to offer these days, and it seems you had the opportunity to get around and see most things, while still...

Rye, Australia
Reviewed 21 January 2016

All round fantastic stay! What an excellent experience this was! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Beautiful serene location, heritage buildings, very warm welcome with really helpful and to the point information from the friendly and dedicated hosts. A perfect balance between privacy and good old fashioned hospitality; we felt at home! And then that food…actually, it is...

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks indeed T&C for your review and endearing remarks about Glen Isla - especially our special kind of hospitality. Over the past 13 years, we've had the opportunity to welcome guests from all corners of the world, and we've also been able to bring many wonderful expereinces from our own travels (and working) all around the world to our flavour...

Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 January 2016

We stayed here for two nights as it was recommended by a relative who had stayed here earlier. We were not disappointed. Ian welcomed us and spent a lot of time with us, showing us maps, advising us of sights to see, where to eat and answering our questions. The room was spacious, comfortable with even a decanter of Tawny...

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your stay with us. Its always been our aim to ensure our guests are firstly made to feel welcome and comfortable in our histopric property, and secondly are 'armed' with the best possible information on things to see and do, restaurant recomendations. Our classic deluxe rooms are purpose deigned as...

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Reviewed 28 December 2015

We were looking forward to staying in Glen Isla House and were not disappointed - the rooms are beautifully decorated and very comfortable, with a lovely veranda and view of the garden - so you get a bit of a feel of staying in an authentic Australian country house. As other reviews have mentioned - it's a great touch having...

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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this review

Thanks indeed for staying with us and taking the time to write a review. Thanks also for your acolades in regard to our Glen Isla breakfast offering! Breakfast seems to feature regualrly in the guest booke here and our guest reviews over the years, with returning guests often commenting they found it just as they remembered it from their previouls...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Multi award-winning boutique country-house accommodations offering discerning travellers finest surroundings, absolute privacy and unobtrusive service from internationally experienced and well traveled owner/hosts. Set in the grounds of the historic Glen Isla Homestead (c1870), we offer genuine historic and purpose architected guest accommodations all with modern bathroom amenities and separate entrances, secluded and very private heritage gardens, refined elegance & old-world charm just 100m from a pristine sandy beach. Enjoy chef-inspired special breakfasts in the elegant dining room overlooking the authentic heritage gardens (kitchen may be closed some days), and local nature/wildlife experiences at Phillip Island Nature Parks (close to Little Penguins, Koalas and the Seal Watching Cruise). Highly recommended Frommers Australia Guide as the best place to stay. Recommended Fodors, and Lonely Planet Guides since 2007. Member of Small Elegant Hotels since 2004. TripAdvisor HALL of FAME inductee for TriAdvisor excellence awards 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016. GLEN ISLA HOUSE is not associated in any way with another property nearby called Apartments at Glen Isla. Glen Isla House is the original and historic Glen Isla dating from c1870 with private heritage gardens and direct beach access, warmly welcoming discerning travellers since 2003. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Glen Isla House

Address: 230 Church Street, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Phillip Island > Cowes
Price Range: $251 - $302 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Glen Isla House 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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