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Glen Isla 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.

Ian and Madeleine Baker
230-232 Church Street, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria

Tel: + 61 (0)3-5952-1882
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)3-5952-5028

Phillip Island - or the ‘Nature Island’ - is home to the largest seal colony in the southern hemisphere, Australia’s famous Penguin Parade (a nightly march of the world’s smallest penguins), Swan Lake (where you’ll find graceful birds but no tutus) and, luckily for you, the Bakers. Madeleine and Ian bought the heritage Glen Isla House and gardens some years ago and have worked painstakingly ever since to restore them.....

.... The six purpse-architected GlenIsla 'classic' bedrooms (named Green, Gold, Blue, Oriental, French and English Rose) are subtly coloured and themed as you might imagine and hint at your hosts’ well-travelled past. Ian and Madeleine have sampled the delights and pitfalls of many establishments on their travels and learnt first-hand exactly what the weary (and not so weary) globe-trotter wants; hence the emphasis on privacy, great food, park-like gardens, oodles of character and beach-handy position (a mere 100m from the back gate). Your hosts will happily advise on things to see and do on Phillip Island (and there's a lot to see). If you’re a food and wine buff then Ian is your man. While most mid-life transformations are triggered by an unfulfilled yearning for fast cars, motorbikes and dodgy haircuts, Ian chose instead to follow a new culinary path and join the ranks of his two professional-chef sons. The European-style table d’hôte dinners are well worth booking in for and his impressive wine collection is vast enough to warrant an on-site cellar in the garden. If you’re after some serious pampering the luxurious Anderson Heritage Suite is unsurpassed on the island.

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Rooms: Anderson Heritage Suite: King mahogany four-poster with e/s spa. Glen Isla rooms: 5 queens and 1 twin all with e/s bathrooms and robes. Gate Cottage (self-catering) sleeps 4: 1 queen and 1 twin.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full chef-prepared breakfast included (supplies in fridge and fully equipped kitchen if self-catering). 3-course 'table d'hôte' dinner by prior arrangement and dependent on number of guests.
Directions: After crossing the bridge from the mainland onto Phillip Island follow the main road (B420) into Cowes. Turn left at 3rd roundabout (Church Street) and continue 1.5 km to the west. Glen Isla is on the right at 230 – 232 Church Street - look out for the high white fence and enter via the black gates.

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