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Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats
Ranked #1 of 5 Goolwa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
“Stunning accommodation in superb setting”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

Every need catered for in this luxury B & B. Fab kitchen with every appliance plus Weber Q in the garden - perfect down to the bottle of white in the 'fridge, smoked salmon and luxury breakfast offerings. Nothing to do but relax and enjoy the river, the birds and the beautiful mineral pool.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

We celebrated our first year anniversary at this glorious boathouse.
When we entered in to the retreat, the music was playing and instantly made us at home.
This place is so romantic and gorgeous we didn't even bothered going out to dinner.
They had everything at the finger tip, so we decided to do a BBQ and that's just exactly what we did. We had a romantic evening on both nights we've spent there - how could you miss out on a view like that by going out to dinner, one cannot compromise - they have thought of everything.
Thank you both Wendy & Phil we shall return.
It was 'the perfect setting'

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

My husband and I needed a change of scenery and Birk’s Riverview Retreat was just the answer. The mineral pool was refreshing, the supplies delicious, generous and of high quality including the stunning bottle of wine. I also enjoyed the generosity of the bathroom supplies. The accommodation is beautifully appointed with the option of two balconies. An easy getaway from Adelaide.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We stayed in the Garden Retreat which was first-class in every way. The accommodation is amazingly spacious, beautifully and tastefully decorated and everything you could possibly want is provided. It's set in lovely, well maintained gardens, with access to the swimming pool which is also beautiful. Although the accommodation looked very good on the website, you're never entirely sure how reality will compare with what's promoted. In this case it far exceeded our expectations. Wendy was the perfect hostess, unobtrusive but on hand to assist if needed. Everyone says this about great places, but we really didn't want to leave. We hope to go back some time.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

Every thing is thought if in the Boathouse. Stunning views. Luxurious facilities. Up there with the best of them world wide. Most glorious outlook imaginable. Great treats and wine. Nice touch with chocolates and rose to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

Stayed February 2014
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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
We are very happy you selected the Boathouse to enjoy your wedding anniversary and we look forward to seeing you again!
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

I learnt of the Birks Harbour Boathouse some time ago and finally scheduled in a mid-week getaway with my partner. From the moment we arrived, the mesmerising waterfront locale, the beautifully decorated and functional space and the obvious attention to detail by Wendy and Phil to make our stay perfect, had us won over. During the course of our stay we struck a happy balance between a little exploration of the township of Goolwa and surrounds and alot of rest and relaxation in or about our stunning accommodation. Would highly recommend the Birks Harbour Boathouse to anyone wanting to unwind and create some very special memories.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

We loved our stay at the garden retreat. The house is so grand. The pool was superb, set in such a magnificent garden. Definitely a place to go and relax if you need to.
Thanks so much Wendy and Phil
Mel & Liza

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Birksharbour, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write about your stay at the Boathouse Birks Harbour and the river port town of Goolwa. We are glad you enjoyed your stay on the Murray River and loved hearing it created special memories for you. Look forward to seeing you again! Wendy & Phil Watson Birks Harbour Goolwa
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Property: Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats
Address: 138 Liverpool Rd, 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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
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 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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