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Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats
Ranked #1 of 5 Goolwa B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

We recently spent 2 nights in this beautiful little renovated boathouse, right on one of the little marinas in Goolwa, and we absolutely loved it! Such a beautiful setting, overlooking the water and boats, and loved all the attention to detail that was provided for us in the cottage that covered all our needs superbly! The bed was so comfortable! The fire kept us lovely and warm, and we loved all the extra little treats that were available for us. Wendy and Phil were wonderful hosts, and we highly recommend taking a cruise with them on their newly renovated wooden boat "Progress". We enjoyed such a delightful time with them cruising around the harbour.

Room Tip: The bed was very comfortable! Didn't even feel when my hubby turned over :) !!
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2017

We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Boathouse Retreat and had time to explore the Fleurieu Peninsula. We really appreciate you sharing your experience with your stay at the Boathouse Retreat and how you enjoyed the ambience and decor. Your feedback is important to us. We look forward to welcoming you back again some day soon!
Cheers Wendy & Phil Birks Harbour Goolwa

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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We had a two night stay in the Boatshed on Birk's Harbour, Goolwa, and it was wonderful. The Boatshed is on a pier so the view out the window was perfect. The evenings and mornings were amongst the birds, the river was magical and inside had everything you could ever wish for. It is a location and accomodation that we would love to return to. Thanks to Wendy who looked after us wonderfully!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words about your stay in the Boathouse Retreat. We do promote truly unforgettable and happy that we delivered and you had one of the best holiday experiences that you have had for a long time! We hope to see you again! Thanks for taking the time to write a review, we appreciate it! Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson Birks Harbour Goolwa!

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Reviewed 13 June 2017

We stayed in the Captain's Retreat one of the 3 properties on the site. It is quite simply amazing. The accommodation is very spacious and beautifully restored. There is more than one relaxed seating area, 2 dining areas, several outside spaces. Big bedroom with enormous comfortable bed and quality linen. The gardens are beautiful and very well maintained. We were there during a bit of a storm and our amazing hosts had cleared up pretty much all of the evidence by the time we got up.Great cooking and BBQing facilities - not just the basics - there really is everything. Plus they left a very generous and yummy welcome basket too! Location also good - a relaxed village by the coast with plenty of places to eat (can recommend the fish and chips shop) and its close to some lovely scenery and things to do. If local I'd be here as often as I could. And when we're back in the area we'll definitely return.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2017

We are very happy you enjoyed your stay in the Captains Retreat and are wanting to come back! Also that you enjoyed the Retreat and the gardens. We love it when we hear you have enjoyed the surrounds of Birks, as we hope to give our guests a unique experience when they visit! We look forward to welcoming you back and thanks for taking the time to write a review! Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the suggestion of friends, and were totally blown away - such an amazing place! Utterly tranquil, great location, charming, terrific amenities, and such hospitality by the owners (who provide breakfast in the room but are otherwise unobtrusive in such a lovely way).... TOTALLY recommend. Slice of heaven - wish we could stay longer!!

Stayed: May 2017
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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Wow, Thank you for so much for your kind words and we are glad you enjoyed your stay!
Hope to see you again!
Cheers
Wendy & Phil Watson
Birks Harbour

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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We had the pleasure of staying at the River Retreat.
What an amazing place to stay. We had wanted to stay at the Boathouse but this was booked so we decided we'd give the River Retreat a try. We were not disappointed! It was beautiful.
We spent 3 nights there and it truly was the perfect escape from the 'real world'. Sadly it was over way too soon.
We both look forward to a return visit in the not too distant future.
If you want a truly romantic getaway with beautiful surroundings and quality accommodation with someone special in your life do yourself a favour and head to Birks River Retreat.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Martin G
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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and very happy you enjoyed your stay.
Beautiful words, thanks again. Hope to see you again.
Cheers
Wendy & Phil Watson
Birks Harbour Goolwa

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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Words aren't sufficient to describe the perfection of the trio of properties which come under the heading of Birks Harbour Retreats. I stayed this visit, quite alone, in The Captain's Retreat, a huge, peaceful, one-storey house, beautifully restored & furnished with quiet elegance. The king-size bed is ferociously comfortable, the lovely sitting-room/dining room was perfect for my supper party for 10 & the very large private pool, shared only by the Riverhouse Retreat, made for a delightful stay. There is air-conditioning for the variety of temperatures South Australia offers, an enormous, beautifully-maintained garden full of flowers, trees & birds. A bonus is the possibility of using Michael Duchow, the in-house chef: he cooked fresh, locally-sourced food for me every day - sublime. And the warm welcome give by Wendy & Phil Watson crown a perfect holiday experience.

Room Tip: Quite truthfully, there are 2 perfect bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms. Either would delight.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled solo
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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words, its guests like you that make our role very enjoyable and satisfying. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay at the Captains Retreat. Glad you enjoyed the ambience, the chef, we provide to our guests, we definitely try to source local and organic where possible. Look forward to seeing you again!
Cheers Wendy & Phil
Birks Harbour Goolwa

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

From the moment you arrive and meander up the private driveway to entering the property ... a beautiful and most welcom impression on your senses.

Everything is as perfect as it could and should be...

Wendy and Phil have arrived at and surpassed 'attention to detail'.

A categoric and emphatic 5 stars from Karen and I ....

Room Tip: If our room was anything to gauge the rest upon....they will all be stunning by appointment and atte...
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled on business
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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your stay at Birks River Retreats and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay and had a chance to relax and enjoy the experience. We look forward to seeing you again.
Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson
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Additional Information about Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats

Address: 138 Liverpool Road, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Goolwa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Goolwa
Price Range: $286 - $317 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury accommodation in a unique waterfront location at Birks Harbour at the historic 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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