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Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 7 December 2015

Everything inside The Boathouse has been carefully selected. It is elegant and tasteful. The goodies in the fridge are top class as is everything in the bathroom. Wendy and Phil are so warm and welcoming that you never want to leave. If you are looking for the perfect retreat on the water but near to a busking seaside charmer like...

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

We are happy you have included the Boathouse Retreat in your new favourite places to stay! Thank you so much for your kind words and we really make an effort to ensure our guests have a great experience with us! We hope to see you again at Birks River Retreats! Best wishes Wendy & Phil Watson

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 26 October 2015

The experience starts when you meet owners Phil and Wendy. They are a delightful young couple. Phil is interested in music, trains, boats, history, and heaven knows what else. Wendy says she is a "foodie", and that is obvious from the wonderful array of provisions with which she stocked the cottage's kitchen. The cottage is very comfortable and warm and...

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Birksharbour, 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! Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

Cleveland, Ohio
Reviewed 20 October 2015

The best part of this property is that you can be assured that Wendy will do her best to make you feel at home at a retreat that truly transports you to place away from home. The property itself is top-class--well apportioned, nicely organized, and maintained with a taste for detail and decor. What Wendy does makes it go over...

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

Your privacy is important to us and we are happy you enjoyed your stay at Birks River Retreats. Thank you for coming to stay with us and we hope to see you again. Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

Reviewed 11 October 2015

My husband and I stayed here for our very first trip away from our kids - it was everything we could have hoped for, and more! The location was unique and provided an immediate sense of calm. The boathouse was decked out thoughtfully, with lovely attention to detail. We felt very much at home! Wendy helped us out organising activities...

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

We are happy you experienced the Boathouse Retreat. We believe the location is unique and has a sense of calm which most visitors are looking for. We look forward to seeing you again and thank you for coming to stay with us. Cheers Wendy & Phil Watson

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 6 October 2015

We had two fabulous nights in the Riverview Retreat. Having seen the property online it was everything I expected and more. Beautifully presented and no detail overlooked. I would also highly recommend including the gourmet breakfast package. Fresh local produce waiting for you on arrival. Our stay was just magic and we will definitely be back. Thank you to Wendy...

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

Thank you so much for your kind words and we really make an effort to ensure our guests have a great experience with us! Our Packages are very popular and guests can relax in the surrounds with going anywhere and soak up the ambiance! We hope to see you again at Birks River Retreats! Best wishes!

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 23 September 2015

At the Captain's Retreat, the attention to detail is mind blowing. Phil and Wendy have thought of everything! The property is stunning complete with breathtaking gardens and pool. We truly relaxed and unwound. The retreat was spotlessly clean, spacious and comfortable and Phil and Wendy left us with gourmet treats, breakfast and coffee/tea provisions. We highly recommend staying at the...

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

Thank you for your kind words and we hope to see you again! The Captains Retreat is a unique stay in Goolwa.

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 28 August 2015

Purely by chance stumbled upon an enchanting, beautifully appointed and equipped retreat which ticked all our boxes for a luxury and unique escape for a couple of busy professionals needing some 'down time'.

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

We appreciate all our wonderful guests taking the time to provide feedback on their stay at the Boathouse Retreat on Trip Advisor

Mildura, Australia
Reviewed 17 August 2015

We had two fantastic nights at the Boathouse and wished we'd booked for longer. From the minute we walked in we felt at home and totally relaxed. Everything was absolutely perfect (even with the drizzly weather!). Thanks so much to Wendy and Phil for their friendly welcome and for providing us with such a great place to spend our annual...

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Birksharbour, 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 - Birks Harbours and we really appreciate you sharing your feedback on Trip Advisor. We look forward to welcoming you back again some day soon!

London
Reviewed 12 August 2015

We stayed in the Captain's Retreat for 3 mights with our 8 month old baby. We had such a restful stay. The accommodation is very well appointed with beautiful antique furniture, luxurious linen and lovely gas fireplaces. The house was spotlessly clean with many thoughtful touches and an interesting history which made it a special place to stay. The hosts...

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Birksharbour, Manager at Birks Harbour - Boathouse & Birks River Retreats, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting us and reviewing us. Your feedback is very important to us. Thrilled you had a wonderful stay & hope to welcome you again in the future. Best wishes Wendy & Phil Watson Birks Harbour Goolwa

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 22 July 2015

We have enjoyed the Riverview Retreat more than once and have not been disappointed. The location is good, being close to the Goolwa river, Port Elliot, Victor Harbour and the bike track. The retreat is comfortable, beautifully decorated with everything you could possibly need in the kitchen and bathroom etc. and a comfortable sleeping area with a view. We look...

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

We appreciate you taking your time to write a review on Trip Advisor. Your feedback on the Riverview Retreat is important to us and happy that you have booked again! The Riverview Retreat is an ideal couples retreat for a special occasion. We look forward to welcoming you back as we know you have already booked again!

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Free Breakfast
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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: €212 - €460 (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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“All rooms are excellent. Trust me , I checked them out.”
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“The Boathouse is beautiful”
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles lakeside76, 21 Apr 2016 | Read review
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