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Claerwen Retreat

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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.

Cornelia Elbrecht and Bill Whittakers
Tuxion Rd, Apollo Bay, Victoria

Tel: + 61 (0)3-5237-7064
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)3-5237-7054

The track that leads to Claerwen is the start of the adventure. As it winds its way high above Apollo Bay the views are spectacular, but what awaits you at the top is nothing short of magical.....

.... Claerwen sits on the highest point in the area and enjoys 360-degree views across ocean and rainforest. On a clear day you can see to King Island, 100-km away. At night, the view is no less wondrous, as the sky bursts into a celestial son-et-lumière. As stars twinkle above and lights flicker below, there’s a sense of being held in a cosmic cradle. Claerwen is a retreat and there’s a discreet focus on self-discovery and stress relief. Whether you indulge in one of Cornelia’s therapies or not, you’ll be lulled by the air of relaxation. It’s a stillness that you’ll find on your cottage deck overlooking the Otway Ranges and the Great Ocean Road, in the space of your stylish suite or beside the salt-water pool. I found it sunk in the sofa with a book, by the vast free-standing brick fireplace that towers up into the rafters of the open-plan, chalet-style room. And again, in the fern gullies, in a pair of old wellies loaned by Bill, tramping through morning dew and diaphanous mist, listening to the rhythmic ocean swell.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Special Wheelchair Access    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 4 rooms in the guesthouse: 1 queen, 2 kings and 1 double twin all with en-suite showers. 2 three-bedroom cottages are also available.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full breakfast included for in-house guests. Cottage guests can have breakfast in the guesthouse at an extra charge or make their own.
Directions: Travelling west, turn right off Great Ocean Road at Mobil garage before Apollo Bay. Continue 6km up road which becomes unsurfaced to top of hill.

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