This is the
Island’s - and probalby the region's - best B&B accommodation and it’s about time such luxury
was imposed upon Cowes… but as they say, miracles take a little
longer. Glen Isla has all the elements that make a short break from the
rat-race seem like a holiday – supremely comfortable (chic but
not too glitzy) ensuite guest rooms, super breakfasts, acres of landscaped heritage
gardens, a touch of history, a short stroll to the beach, and friendly
hosts knowledgeable in the island’s attractions – don’t
miss the Penguin Parade, koalas and Churchill Island heritage if you have
the time and the inclination.
For a romantic getaway
Anderson Cottage (pictured at left) is the ultimate private escape
– a spacious gabled cottage with four-poster bed, gas-log fire,
spa bath and champers in the fridge. There’s also a two-bedroom
self-contained cottage, the Gate House, which is ideal if you want to cater for yourselves.
House guests have a lounge
and dining room where breakfast is served at a civilized hour, ie at a time of your choice. Breakfast is a delicious work of art - stay the weekend and try it for yourselves.
Hosts Ian and Maddie have travelled the world, discovering what they liked in accommodation and then doing their own version here. It is very, very tasteful and comfortable, and that's why so many guests (and internationals too) return time and time again.
My last visit here was in late 2008, and I found Glen Isla House in great shape. Apart from an excellent breakfast, top guestrooms, good hosting and lovely gardens, I like being able to stroll down the bushy lane to the beach for an early morning walk. Your hosts can suggest a couple of excellent restaurants for dinner - the island now boasts some seriously good food.
Church Street, Cowes. Less than two hours drive from the city via South
Gippsland Hwy and Bass Hwy.
$265 per couple B&B.
CONTACT: Phone (03)5952-1882
SUITABLE FOR: couples, groups.