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Holmwood Guest House

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Please note that this guide was last updated quite a few years ago (2006), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Eric and Serena van Grondelle
Holmwood Guest House, 37 Chapel Street (cnr Steele Street), Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria

Tel: + 61 (0)3 5952 3082
Cell: + 61 (0)421 444810
Fax: + 61 (0)3 5952 3083

Phillip Island at its friendliest. Serena had just finished cooking a home-made pizza by the time I arrived, Eric had uncorked a red and all three of us sat down in front of the fire to discuss what makes Holmwood so homely.....

.... Care has been taken to restore this 1930s Californian bungalow, now a favourite with newly-weds, who love having their pictures taken beneath the vines of the garden colonnade. Tempting red and white chequered beds are buried in plump pillows, while soft lamp-lighting picks out wooden floors and thick rugs. Depend upon powerful showers and if portraits of languid-looking Renaissance females are anything to go by, the idea is to indulge in the delicate toiletries on offer. Eric left Rotterdam twenty years ago, planning to work his way back to Europe. Unsurprisingly, he found more space, wildlife – a 40,000 penguin parade no less - and beaches in Australia than he would need in a lifetime and chose to settle in his favourite spot. You need look no further than his cooking for hearty, real food that uses the best of seasonal produce from the vegetable garden. For those who enjoy their privacy, self-contained cottages, nuanced into coastal or oriental themes, provide a stylish modern contrast to the traditional comforts of the house. Wake to the sound of kookaburras and freshly-made coffee. Marvellous.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Special Wheelchair Access    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Meals Can Be Provided    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Self-catering Option    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Gourmet Cuisine Available    
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Rooms: 1 king/twin, 2 queen rooms and 2 cottages, all with en/s bathrooms.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Breakfast included. Dinner by arrangement: $52.50 per person
Directions: 2 hours from Melbourne down M1.

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