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Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats

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18/06/2017 19/06/2017
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Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the suggestion of friends, and were totally blown away - such an amazing place! Utterly tranquil, great location, charming, terrific amenities, and such hospitality by the owners (who provide breakfast in the room but are otherwise unobtrusive in such a lovely way).... TOTALLY recommend. Slice of heaven - wish we could stay longer!!

Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We had the pleasure of staying at the River Retreat. What an amazing place to stay. We had wanted to stay at the Boathouse but this was booked so we decided we'd give the River Retreat a try. We were not disappointed! It was beautiful. We spent 3 nights there and it truly was the perfect escape from the 'real...

Thank Martin G
London UK
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Words aren't sufficient to describe the perfection of the trio of properties which come under the heading of Birks Harbour Retreats. I stayed this visit, quite alone, in The Captain's Retreat, a huge, peaceful, one-storey house, beautifully restored & furnished with quiet elegance. The king-size bed is ferociously comfortable, the lovely sitting-room/dining room was perfect for my supper party for...

Thank oxfordhighschool
Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 19 March 2017

From the moment you arrive and meander up the private driveway to entering the property ... a beautiful and most welcom impression on your senses. Everything is as perfect as it could and should be... Wendy and Phil have arrived at and surpassed 'attention to detail'. A categoric and emphatic 5 stars from Karen and I ....

Thank AWS2017SA
Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Stayed in Captain's Retreat - elegance and all the comforts of a 5 star with the added extra of a huge stunning garden and private pool. Could not fault the quality, hospitality or value of my stay. Next time I'm trying the Boathouse as I will certainly be back!

Thank Stephanie J
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Probably one of South Australia's secret gems and was the highlight of our 10 day trip to SA over Christmas. Wendy and Phil are delightful hosts - nothing is too much trouble and the Boathouse itself is stunning. Wonderful stay and could not recommend it more highly.

Thank Tory M
Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 January 2017

This was exactly what we wanted, quiet time by water, with a well stocked fridge, comfy bed and bath! We slept, did yoga on our private deck, drank good wine, breathed fresh air, ate local cheese and bread and after a chaotic year - relaxed.

Thank KatieC1205
Daylesford, Australia
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Three nights in the Captains Retreat beautifully appointed and furnished. A peaceful haven with delightful surroundings. Thoroughly recommended. This combined with the Spirit of the Coorong cruise makes Goolwa a splendid place to visit.

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WWatson, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

We are very happy you enjoyed your stay in the Captains Retreat and enjoying the local activities. We love it when we hear you have enjoyed the surrounds of Birks, as we hope to give our guests a unique experience when they visit! We look forward to welcoming you back and thanks for taking the time to write a review!...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Birks harbour boathouse is a lovely, tranquil place for a romantic getaway. The boathouse sits on a private marina with views of boats and the river from the large windows. The place is immaculate and nicely appointed with everything you need for a relaxing stay. Wendy is an extremely friendly and helpful host. The location is perfect for exploring the...

1Thank David R
WWatson, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely words, the Boathouse Retreat is a fantastic place to relax and chill out! Glad you enjoyed it! Hope to see you again! Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Birks Harbour Boathouse is the ideal luxury base from which to experience the diverse offerings of the Fleurieu Peninsula. The Boathouse is uniquely located absolute waterfront on a small marina with spectacular views over the lower Murray River. The cabin is tastefully decorated and more spacious than you would expect based on the images available on the website. A property...

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WWatson, Owner at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Boathouse Retreat and had time to explore the Fleurieu Peninsula. We really appreciate you sharing your experience with your stay at the Boathouse Retreat. Your feedback is important to us. We look forward to welcoming you back again some day soon! We really enjoyed meeting and talking with...

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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 

Additional Information about Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats

Address: 138 Liverpool Rd, Goolwa, South Australia 5214, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Goolwa
Price Range: ₹ 14,098 - ₹ 16,696 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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“Quite truthfully, there are 2 perfect bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms. Either would delight.”
oxfordhighschool, 28 Mar 2017 | Read review
“If our room was anything to gauge the rest upon....they will all be stunning by appointment and attention to detail.”
AWS2017SA, 18 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms are excellent. Trust me , I checked them out.”
A3032APandreww, 25 May 2016 | Read review
“The Boathouse is beautiful”
jenny4holiday, 27 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The Boathouse is more 'on display' from the road. The Riverview and Captain's Retreats are in a quiet, private garden setting.”
lakeside76, 21 Apr 2016 | Read review
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