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“Simply divine!”
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big blue backyard
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
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“Simply divine!”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Our 2013 visit stay in the 'Bush Hideaway' just wasn't enough, so we returned in March 2014 to experience the unique peace, beauty & serenity of the Big Blue Backyard, this time staying in the 'Beach Hideaway'. All 3 huts are thoughtful & uniquely designed with exquisite attention to quality, detail & comfort. Hosts Lisa & Paul offer warm, attentive hospitality with the perfect blend of discretion, so we were able to feel both utterly alone amid the nourishing costal surrounds and completely spoilt by their delicious meals delivered to our doorstep. Long, wild beach walks, outside spa sipping champagne, indoor snug & comfort to a great musical collection, both stays have felt like a week rather than a night away, and left us planning our next return!

Room Tip: Any of the 3 huts highly recommended.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

We arrived to perfect weather across the weekend and this was complimented by a wonderful welcome and gorgeous meal brought to our balcony. Closely followed by a bottle of champagne then a sunset walk along the private beach. That evening the outdoor spa was totally relaxing and the next day complimented with a massage. The hosts Lisa and Paul are wonderful and very accomodating people, you will not be disappointed. The meals were absolutely superb and the serenity was perfect we will be back for sure, a complete escape!!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We stayed Saturday and Sunday night. Had a dinner booked for us at Montalto Vineyard on Saturday night, and a special dinner in our hideaway ( African) on Sunday night. Went for lots of walks down to the beach thru the scrub and explored in both directions, arriving back weary but with our lungs full of clean sea air. Room was immaculate, and service first class, our only beef was that it was an unseasonably cold weekend, so we didn't take advantage of the outdoor spa.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

I took my husband there for his birthday back in December last year.
We stayed for one night in the African Hideaway.

When we arrived Lisa welcomed us in the driveway. She showed us around the place and took us to our cottage. The hole property was beautifully maintained. Our African themed cottage was just stunning and you could tell that it was decorated with lots of thoughts and love.
The outdoor spa and shower were just two more amazing features of our cottage.

Dinner and breakfast were served to us at a table on the decking outside and were simply delicious. The quality and flavors were great. And all local produce.

Before we left the next morning, Lisa showed us the Beach Cottage which was just as stunning.

Lisa and her husband are a lovely and welcoming couple.
All together the perfect get away - we will definitely be back!
Tina & Jeremy

Room Tip: Any of the cottages are great.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

A fabulous spot to relax and eat the good food served by Lisa and Paul. The seclusion of the accommodation and walking on the nearby beach, without the crowds, allowed us to get away from it all, the best escape for a short stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

The Big Blue Backyard is absolutely fantastic. Close to St Andrew's Beach, you feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere and, indeed, getting down to the beach is a little adventure in itself making even the most un-adventurous person feel a little bit intrepid! The rooms are surrounded by bush and are private and peaceful. We had the beach hideaway which was designed for maximum light with calming colours and an amazing curved ceiling. Highlight for me was the outdoor shower (there is an indoor one as well) which felt exciting and a little bit naughty! The highlight for my partner was the outdoor spa - got to be tried. Lisa and Paul have created the most wonderful experience - Lisa is a fantastic host, friendly and kind but discreet, Paul is a wonderful cook (and furniture designer!) providing us with the tastiest of dinners out on the hideaway deck. All in all we had the best time and wished we could have had longer. Worth every penny - go there immediately!!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

We have travelled for many miles and stayed in many places in many countries. Lisa and Paul are as good hosts as any we have had. The 'hotel' comprises of three cabins to stay in. We had Dune which was very comfortable and felt as though we were alone in the world which was wonderful.
Breakfast, which was different every day, was delicious and large enough to keep you going for a long time. The dinners were divine. One couldn't expect more from a good restaurant. Paul is a great cook.
As we were staying for 7 days Lisa even did our washing. What more?
I guess the big question is would we go back? Emphatically yes.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: big blue backyard
Address: 56 Paradise Dr, St. Andrews Beach, Victoria 3941, Australia
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Region: Australia > Victoria > Mornington Peninsula > St. Andrews Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in St. Andrews Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — big blue backyard 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Secluded barefoot luxury on the Mornington Peninsula.Smell the salt as you wind your way up Paradise Drive. An ankle height sign on the side of the road shows you into a treed canopied parking space...are you in the right place? A friendly welcome confirms you are and propels you along a boardwalk through the tangle of ti-tree toyour secret hideaway. Private, spacious, welcoming,all the time you can hear the ocean!This Award Winning, ocean beach hideaway for couples is ideally positioned to access all the bounty this stunning Peninsula has to offer. Tucked away enough to retreat and indulge. Meandering paths will lead you through the indigenous garden to the Chef’s kitchen filled with local produce or follow the blue painted stones over the dunes, to the stunning and often deserted St Andrews Beach.Each secluded hideaway, offers a spacious living area,light filled en-suite and sundrenched, sheltered deck with a double spa bath. Bathe by moonlight to the sound of bush and sea.Delicious long tray breakfasts are delivered each morning.Romantic candlelight dinners, prepared on request are served to the hideaway. A unique private dining experience!Friendly, discreet service creates an exceptional Australian experience. ... more   less 
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