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Starhaven Retreat
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

I was blown away by the beautiful environment and also the care taken by the hosts. My partner and I had an absolutely marvellous time at the house and will definitely be back for more.

A few notable features:
- stunning views
- tasteful decoration and artwork
- delicious breakfasts
- amazing facilities
- wonderful, friendly service
- a peaceful & relaxing getaway location

I won't forget the first morning I woke up in the gorgeous king size four poster bed with the sunlight streaming in through the windows.

I was absolutely delighted with this stay.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robert W, Owner at Starhaven Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2014

Thank you so much for your kind words. We thoroughly enjoyed your company and are delighted you had such a wonderful stay. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed 24 February 2014

Starhaven Retreat sparkles as an example of outstanding boutique deluxe accommodation in regional Victoria.
From the welcome right through to the farewell, hosts ian and Rob, make you feel right at home in their fabulous grand design home. Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula Tourism Association ought be very proud that this level of accommodation is in their region.
My partner and I look forward to returning along with our friends.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robert W, Owner at Starhaven Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2014

Thank you for your kind words. It is amazing that Tourism Victoria has listed Starhaven Retreat as 1 of 10 unique B&B's in Victoria. But you knew that before they even wrote about it. They must have read your review. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again

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Reviewed 16 February 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at Starhaven over two nights on the return from a relaxing week down on the Great Ocean Road. We wanted somewhere close to Geelong, minus the busyness of the city. Starhaven is located in a sleepy little town right on the point of the Bellarine Peninsular, a great position to relax and forget about the rest of the world. As the sun sets over the hills behind the retreat, the glimmering lights of Melbourne begin to rise on the horizon. The idyllic location is met with only but the best service from Ian and Rob. The immaculately designed house is free to explore from the airy atmosphere of the top floor with views for miles, to the super sexy gold-class cinema complete with a twinkling starry night ceiling and cocktail bar, or the massive swim-spa for a movie (or like us, Australian Open) and glass of wine. For a little privacy, the guest bedrooms are completely fitted with walk-in robes, ensuites with L'Occitane toiletries provided, high-tech flat screen televisions, surround-sound speakers to hook up your music to and tea/coffee facilities. Breakfast was provided both mornings, with a huge variety of options. My tip – if you’re offered a hot breakfast – TAKE IT! Ian’s mushrooms are amazing!
Thanks for a wonderful escape - We will definitely be back! Billie and Michael! x

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robert W, Owner at Starhaven Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2014

You should become a travel writer. You make us want to come and book into Starhaven Retreat... and we live here. LOL. Thank you so much for such a lovely write up and the many photos you posted. Hope you get to soon visit the Bellarine again. You guys are stars..."you should be here!" Rob & Ian

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Reviewed 3 February 2014

We recently stayed at Starhaven Retreat for 2 nights on a 'kid free weekend' and couldn't have chosen better.
Ian and Rob were the perfect hosts and the house is amazing.
The breakfasts were first class and dinner was a gourmet experience better then most restaurants. The house has many living areas where you can get away and play pool, relax in the massive spa, just sit and enjoy the water views with a glass of wine or walk across the road to the beach.
The Cinema room is like Gold Class and we enjoyed a magnificent cheese platter and a bottle of sparkling while watching a movie.
Anne and I truly enjoyed Ian and Rob's company and they could not do enough for us. We left completely relaxed!
Thanks for an amazing experience and we hope to stay again soon in your beautiful house..

Glenn and Anne

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robert W, Owner at Starhaven Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2014

Dear Glenn and Anne,
Thank you for such a lovely review. It has been an incredible year thanks to everyone's recommendations, including yours. We really enjoyed meeting you and look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes Ian & Rob

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Reviewed 20 January 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in peaceful Indented Head, having previously had no idea how beautiful this stretch of the bay is. Rob and Ian were magnificent hosts from the beginning, including us in their plans for Friday dinner when we arrived.

Breakfast and our room were both first rate and we cannot recommend highly enough the gigantic spa and in-house cinema facilities.

Rob and Ian gave us plenty of space and privacy around the house for the whole weekend but were always available to address any query with good local knowledge and a bit of banter. A highlight of our weekend was the quality conversation we enjoyed with them on the balcony after dinner and while lazing during and after our breakfast. Rob and Ian went further than merely being hospitable hosts, they were fascinating and sincere company as the hours simply flew by while sharing a life story or two.

Both us and anyone we talk to will be back here again!!!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robert W, Owner at Starhaven Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2014

We very much appreciate you taking the time to write your review. It is due to such great feedback that we have been so busy at Starhaven Retreat. We thoroughly enjoyed your company over dinner, it was a real delight meeting you and we look forward to continuing the conversations when you return.

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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We can't speak highly enough of our 3 nights at Starhaven. The house itself is simply stunning. Ian and Rob (and Sparkie!) were the perfect hosts, nothing was ever too much trouble for them. Each night we ended up getting take away and chatting with them, as it was the perfect way to relax and take in the beautiful views that the house offers.
Ian makes the best cooked breakfast my partner Josh has ever had, and I have to agree it was delicious!
We took advantage of the amazing facilities - spa and gold class like cinema. The spa is awesome, and the cinema is something that I think everyone dreams of having in their own home one day.
It was the perfect way to begin the new year. Thanks again Ian and Rob, we will definitely be going back.
Katie and Josh

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robert W, Owner at Starhaven Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2014

Thank you for such a great review, we are over the moon we could make it a perfect getaway. Looking forward to welcoming you and Josh back to Starhaven Retreat. Thank you for recommending and booking us again.

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Reviewed 8 January 2014

Im SO happy we came across Starhaven Retreat. We had such a relaxing and enjoyable weekend away! Ian and Rob were so helpful and very entertaining hosts, ensuring we felt comfortable at all times!! The house itself is stunning and the location was perfect for us. We honestly cant wait to return, even just for a visit :) Thanks for everything! Rose and Volkan!

Room Tip: We had the spa room - the bathroom has an overflowing spa, two head shower and sauna! Perfect!
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Robert W, Owner at Starhaven Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2014

We can't wait to see you again when you are down on the Bellarine Peninsula. Thank you for such a fantastic review. We really enjoyed meeting you guys and we still talk about our long seafood lunch together. See you soon.

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Additional Information about Starhaven Retreat

Address: 13 Calimo Pl, Indented Head, Victoria 3223, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Indented Head
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Indented Head
Price Range: £145 - £224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Starhaven Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Starhaven Retreat, an internationally acclaimed home, as seen on Grand Designs Australia, offers stylish accommodation. The ideal choice to stay, meet & relax with a difference. Its beachside location offers stunning surrounds with fantastic views across the bay to Melbourne. Relax in the spa & sauna or simply enjoy a drink & movie in the starlit cinema. "You should be here!" ... more   less 
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