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37 Chapel St (cnr Steele St), Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922 Australia
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#2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Cowes
Set in a cottage garden in a quiet tree lined street, Holmwood Guesthouse is the perfect place to pause and explore the natural attractions of Phillip Island, offering a choice of Bed & Breakfast accommodation or self-contained Spa Cottages, less than two hours drive from Melbourne.Holmwood Guesthouse is a stylish boutique retreat with three elegantly appointed rooms and two luxurious self-contained Spa Cottages, all just a five minute stroll from the Cowes main swimming beach, cafes and shops and just a fifteen minute drive to the Penguin Parade, Moto Grand Prix Circuit, spectacular coastal walks and wineries. All accommodation options have ensuite bathrooms, television, heating/cooling, complimentary wi-fi and the Spa Cottages also have private courtyard gardens, verandahs, barbeques and wood fires in winter. Depending on the season, breakfast (included in the Guesthouse rooms tariff, or as an extra for our Spa Cottage guests) is served in the dining room near the open fire or on the sun deck. We are licensed, so drinks and local wines are available and for group bookings a special dinner menu can be arranged for a private dining experience. The menu is prepared fresh daily according to availability of produce and guests' preferences.Holmwood Guesthouse is suitable for couples, small families and groups up to 10-14. For travellers on a self paced, round-Australia driving holiday, Holmwood is an ideal place to stay a while, unwind, be pampered or left alone, catch up with the washing and take time to truly experience the unique attractions of Phillip Island.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Barbara, Kirkland wrote a review Apr 2020
6 contributions3 helpful votes
Jill is an outstanding owner and cared deeply that we stay safe during out stay at her charming establishment. You can walk to the beautiful beach and cute town from her home but not be in the mix of the busyness. The cottages are gorgeous and private. Phillips Island is such a wonderful place to stay - we could have stayed a week or more.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: Rooms in house are charming, cottages are delightful
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Glen Y wrote a review Mar 2020
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom24 contributions9 helpful votes
Just arrived today, sadly only a short visit would love to come stay again ... Such a warm welcome; felt at home as soon as we stepped in to our ‘Veranda room’. Beach towels & bag were offered. Decor stunning, cool crisp bedding & my fave toiletries (thanks x) lovely afternoon at beach (5 mins walk) & then we lucky enough to hv pre booked tickets to Ultimate Penguin Parade ... no words to express how amazing this was, not to mention the night sky of Milky Way starlight’s... unforgettable <3 highly recommend this guesthouse. Breakfast still to enjoy ... Naturally I bought a penguin xx
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Phil C wrote a review Mar 2020
London UK54 contributions16 helpful votes
Welcomed here unfortunately for only one night before moving on. The owner recommended not only facilities in Cowes but also on Philip Island itself. The facilities are excellent as was the breakfast provided the following morning.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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BrianandGill wrote a review Feb 2020
Rothley, United Kingdom15 contributions30 helpful votes
Arrive at this lovely b&b to find instructions on how to get into our room. Lovely veranda room if somewhat small. Sat on the veranda in the peaceful garden & relaxed before going to see the penguins. Met the owner Jill the next morning, a lovely lady who cooked us a delicious breakfast. Would stay again if in the area.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sammysunshinecoast wrote a review Dec 2019
sunshine coast3 contributions2 helpful votes
My goodness... this place does not support the reviews that it receives....it is dirty...ceilings fans... out door seating/ BBQ ...fly screens...out door walls... cobwebs...if you did a maintenance check you would fill up a page pretty quick....you can make up your mind....but I think it’s pure profits and no elbow grease.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from JillySAustralia, Owner at Holmwood Guesthouse
Responded 8 Jan 2020
How do you respond to a review like this? I really don't know. I would just ask that if you are thinking of staying with us you take time to read other reviews of our property before letting this really bad one influence you. Im not sure how to respond but if you want to read on here goes ... The guests had booked our Seaside Studio, our budget accommodation, particularly popular with families wishing to stay on the Island a night or two. We do not promote it as a luxurious offering but it is very comfortable, nicely furnished and above all clean. They arrived three hours before check in on Boxing Day and, prior to even seeing the accommodation, announced they would be leaving a day early. I offered to try and rebook the room so I could give them a refund - which I did. They were a couple and normally if we had availability I would offer them an upgrade to one of our Spa Cottages but on Boxing Day we were fully booked and they did not raise the possibility of alternative accomodation. Once they had checked in they alerted me to two minor matters which I apologised for and rectified promptly (matters that wouldn't have occurred if we hadn't been in such a hurry to provide them with early access). The next morning they came in and announced that the place was just filthy and they were leaving immediately. Feeling dreadful I apologised profusely asking them to be more specific about their concerns. They declined to provide feedback. Our reputation is built on customer satisfaction and we pride ourselves on our annual Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor. We do not believe this review to be fair or accurate. It is very difficult to keep outdoor areas pristine, particularly when we are surrounded by gum trees but we sweep, de-cobweb and clean them thoroughly before every arrival. Not sure what else I can say. Jill
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Frequently Asked Questions about Holmwood Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Holmwood Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Cowes Beach (0.3 km), The Palms Phillip Island (0.10 km), and Kids Play Toys (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Holmwood Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Holmwood Guesthouse?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Holmwood Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Holmwood Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Holmwood Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pino's Trattoria, Cafe Lugano, and The Waterboy Cafe.