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“50th birthday treat to myself.”
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Glen Isla House
Ranked #1 of 10 Cowes B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 December 2013

During my recent trip to Australia my two night stay at Glen Isla House,was to be my 50th birthday treat to myself...........it did not disappoint in any way shape or form.From start to finish my stay lived up to all expectations based on the reviews i'd previously read about Glen Isla House.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Jan30663
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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2013

Dear Jan,
Thanks very much for your kind words, and pleased to hear we lived up to your expectations during your recent stay with us!
We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a great review, and we hope to see you when you are down in Australia next time.
Belated happy 50th birthday wishes...
Ian & Madeleine Baker
Owners and Hosts
Glen Isla House

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Reviewed 30 November 2013

Beautiful B & B with beautiful hosts to match. We spent a night in the Heritage Cottage and loved all of it. The room was beautiful and cosy.

The gardens are perfect and peaceful. You feel like you are in heaven as you walk around the manicured gardens and all this is metres from the beach.

Breakfast in the morning was amazing.

We will be back.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2013

Dear Maryann
We appreciate you taking the time to leave your review - indeed thanks for the very kind words. The Heritage Suite is of course our authentic historic accommodations, and we're very pleased you liked it...
Breakfast here at Glen Isla is a special part of the Glen Isla experience, so glad you liked 'chef's breakfast'!
We hope to welcome you back to 'heaven' again soon...
Kind regards,
Ian & Madeleine Baker
Owners and Hosts at Glen Isla House

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

The Gateway cottage was the perfect place for our romantic getaway with its peaceful charm and tranquil setting. The grounds was an oasis of calm beauty, and yet so close to everything - restaurants, beach, and tourist attractions. We experienced utmost seclusion as if we were the only ones there and enjoyed our stay in this quaint cottage. Our host, Ian, was delightful, helpful and friendly and his recommendations proved spot-on. We enjoyed our stay so much, we are already talking about a return visit.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Chris A
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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2013

Dear Chris,
Thanks indeed for taking the time to express your thoughts on our Gate Cottage, and Glen Isla.

The 2-story gate cottage with dorma windows overlooking the heritage gardens, is somewhat unique - providing seclusion and privacy in a garden setting, and being self-contained. Tucked under the canopy of two 100 year-old oak trees, its a blissful setting with old-world charm and elegance!

We sincerely appreciate your feedback and remarks, and hope to welcome you to Glen Isla again...

Kind regards,
Ian (& Madeleine) Baker
Owners and hosts
Glen Isla House

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Reviewed 14 November 2013

When I was a little girl I used to walk past this property and think how amazing it was and also imagine how magical it was inside those walls...and I have to say it was all that and more! The breakfast was fabulous and the hosts Maddie and where like staying with old friends!
This is now one of my favourite places to stay and we will definitely be back and recommend it to everyone we know. It was a perfect place and way to spend our 1st wedding anniversary. Thank you again Maddie, Ian & Nancy (the 4 legged customer relations consultant )

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2013

Dear Alexya,

Thanks indeed for your fabulous review and comments on Glen Isla. Coincidentally we have been partnering with Crabtree & Evelyn as part of their launch of their "secret garden' range in the lead up to Christmas!

Indeed the 2 acres of authentic heritage gardens here at Glen Isla are in effect a 'secret garden' and date back to the late 1800's. In fact the English oaks are 100+ years old!

As well as the 'secret garden' there is of course the breakfast experience in the elegant dining overlooking the gardens as well. Chef's breakfast is something else we think too.

We really appreciate your wonderful feedback, and hope to welcome you back to Glen Isla again soon....

I'm sure Nancy - our guest relations officer (four legged variety) will be pleased to see next time as well.

Ian Baker
Owner & General Manager
Glen Isla House

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Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the gorgeous French room, which was very quiet and comfortable. The beach was a two minute walk away and the best restaurant on the island was within walking distance too. What sets this place apart however, is not just the stunning gardens in which it is situated, but the exceptional service we received. Ian and Maddie were wonderful hosts, and we felt very well looked after during our stay (which included a delicious made to order hot breakfast).

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank michael_bulman
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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2013

Dear Michael, Thanks indeed for your positive comments on your recent experience at Glen Isla House.

Many of our guests enjoy a stroll along the sandy beach, which as you say is just 100 metres from our back gate - direct access. Best of all, for most of the year there's almost no one there on the beach!

The 2 acres of established gardens here at our heritage property date back to the late 1800's and they provide a wonderful and very private setting for getting away, or simply looking out over them from the dining room while lingering over our chef's special breakfast. The gardens and breakfast are both features of our property and many guests comment on them.

Thanks also for your kind words on our hospitality. We have travelled and lived around the world over the past 40 years to experience some excellent hospitality. Based on these experiences, we aim to provide genuine and warm hospitality (not just a room and breakfast!), all without being obtrusive, but always available for advice on anything including things to see and do, Penguin reservations, restaurants, local wines etc.

Lastly, Youki's Japanese Restaurant - walking distance up the road from us, has been a brilliant addition to our restaurant options on Phillip Island. We like you think its possibly the best restaurant in the island!

We hope to welcome you to Glen Isla again soon...

Kind regards,
Ian and Madeleine
Owners, Hosts and 'Custodians' of Glen Isla (c1870)

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Reviewed 29 September 2013

My huband and I travelled to Phillip Island for a one-night get-away from Melbourne. Glen Isla House was exactly the B&B I had hoped for - and more. The grounds themselves are beautiful and the room itself very private and very clean. You literally feel like you could be on a historic country estate somewhere remote - but yet you can access the beach and walk to town in minutes. Maddie's hospitality was remarkable - she took the time to explain to us newcomers the sites to see on the island, how to get around nearby Cowes, restaurant recommendations and everything we would need to have a great weekend. This is the type of place we will most definitely return to based on the quality of the accommodation and the professionalism and personal attention of the hosts. We highly recommend this B&B for like-minded travellers who appreciate the quality and hospitality that a place like this offers.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Holly F
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Glen_Isla_House, Owner at Glen Isla House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2013

Thanks for your positive review of heritage property Glen Isla...
Our philosophy over the past 10 years has always been to offer genuine hospitality, rather than just accommodation.
We've travelled extensively around the world over menay years, and its the properties & hosts that offer local knowledge, advice on things to see and do (genuine hospitality) that we remember fondly and return to!
We would welcome your return to stay with us again here at Glen Isla House and hope to see you again soon...

Ian and Madeleine - Owners & Hosts, Glen Isla House

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Reviewed 28 April 2013

We could not have been happier with our stay at Glen Isla. Ian and Madeleine were so attentive, welcoming us and giving us heaps of advice about the local area. We stayed in the Anderson Cottage which was a wonderful mix of old charm and mod-cons, and completely separate from the other quarters so also with a very private feeling. The breakfast the next morning was delicious, Ian did a great job with some of the local produce. We also made a new best friend in Nancy, their dog... She was so sweet and a very surprising addition to what was a very enjoyable stay. Would highly recommend staying here, and would not hesitate in going back.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Glen Isla House

Address: 230 Church St, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
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Region: Australia > Victoria > Phillip Island > Cowes
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Cowes
Price Range: £135 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Glen Isla House 5*
Number of rooms: 8
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 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 
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