"Fantastic! 2nd Stay and planning 3rd!"
05/24/14 Litia R Shepparto
My husband and I just stayed for the second time in seven months...a week this time...and loved it! Time went too quickly. Great brekky supplied, fantastic service by staff, clean and user friendly villa (no.5), abundant wildlife, loads of firewood (replenished when needed..never had to ask!), heaps of linen and toiletries (also replenished without asking), easy checkin/checkout, wonderful grounds, peaceful and tranquil. Comfortable bed and pillows, huge spa overlooking private courtyard, the most spacious shower with large shower head and massage shower jet head and endless hot water. Good storage for a weeks worth of clothes. Great kitchen with family oven and fridge/freezer, and plenty of coffee, sugar, jams, detergents, utensils, etc. The villa utilises it's space well with a hidden laundry, two outside courtyards, large bathroom and high ceilings in an open plan arrangement. Surrounded by bush and walking tracks with no road noise. Extra blankets provided but the wood fire was more than adequate! Although we stayed for five days, we only ventured into "town" once...everything we needed or wanted we had in the villa. A great relaxing stay, well worth a five hour drive, and we will visit again! Great communication with owners and staff who are friendly and eager to please. Can't wait to go back and would recommend to everyone! Thanks for having us, see you again hopefully soon!
05/18/14 JayCeetrips Melbourne
Halls Gap Victoria is a great place to visit and is part of the Grampians. These villas a first class, they are well equipped for couples both young and old. Good kitchen set up and has a spa bath and sitting area in front of an open fire (plenty of wood on hand). There are 8 separate villas spread out on the property and each backs onto the forest only 20 metres from the back window. There were kangaroos on the front lawn and in the back area. Kookaburras in the trees in the morning. This place is great for locals and international travelers as well as you see many of the things that Australia has to offer.
"Villa 6.... Stay but moderate expectations (a lot)"
Ok, so this is a bit if a hard review to write.... Ref only Villa 6 "water villa" Stayed at Marwood over the Easter break 2014. I think read all the way before making your decision.... First impressions... Poor, we got in late on the Thurs before Easter (about 9pm)... Easy to pick up a key from the key box (we prefer that to a formal check in) would have been easier if there was an ounce of light. Both external lights non operational. (Than goodness for iPhones!) Immediate entry to the place confronted by the smell of stagnant water... A bit like a fish tank... This villa has a 'stream' running through it (which wasn't running) which really is just a crude indoor water feature that I am positive was super trendy at one point. Anyhow after 6 hours driving we were straight in the huge, comfy and inviting bed.. Linens looked and smelled clean, yah! Always a positive! You could turn the stream on and off at will, I don't care who you are, that sound is not relaxing... Second impression.... Waking early the next morning to the sounds of the kookaburras sitting outside the window was great, the grounds are clearly beautiful Australian bush land, very nice, just what we wanted, and hippity-hoppity kangaroos about the place too. So on first light we had a proper chance to look around. Bathrooms looked clean, and the huge double shower was lovely... This is where I get a little torn... The villas are in a real bush land setting backing on to scrub, so I do expect creepy crawlies and spider webs etc, which there were lots to choose from. The outside courtyard had a stinky green water feature too, but we didn't spend anytime out there, and thank god we don't BBQ, cause whilst there was a little BBQ on the patio I wasn't going to touch it. Going to make breakfast, we brought our own, although a nice fresh loaf of bread, fresh milk, some cereal and jam was provided, it's a holiday! So bacon and eggs on the agenda! First pan I pulled out had not been cleaned properly by ..someone? But I forgave them, as the dish brush provided looked about 10 years old. Eventually some lovely breakfast with a glass of the very tasty complimentary bubbles! That night we had to text the owner for fire wood, as there was no pile left on our veranda as stated. The next morning we had need to text again to report that the spa didn't work. On both occasions the owner contacted on site representatives and all matters were dealt with in a friendly and quick manner... Further 'living' in the villa you just noticed the place needed a bloody good clean, nothing to go EEK at and run away... Just you know, cobwebs hanging, the corners with dust build up etc... As I continued to stay little things began annoying me, dust bunnies under the bed (when in search of a sock)... Mismatched Venetian blinds that didn't go all the way to the bottom of the sliding door.... I'm being picky now, but this place touts 5 stars and us called Marwood Luxury Villas... So I was expecting 5 stars... Mismatched plastic champagne flutes for safety, mismatched shower heads, cheap lounge suite, I think some kind of knob missing from the fire place damper (I burnt myself trying to adjust it).... Third impressions... After getting over the annoying bits, we really enjoyed our stay in Halls a Gap and Marwood was a good locale to launch off from, we ended up all over the place, I think I got over things, as we didn't end up doing much except breakfast and sleeping at the villa. Did note on our final day that there was a note in the visitor book saying to call if we had any problems with cleanliness (contact post stay would not be entertained) ... Fair enough... As I said not dirty enough to make me run away screaming, but not 5 star care as I was expecting. I don't doubt that at one time (1999 I think the billboard says it one an award) that this place was all the rage, new, cared for, 5 star decor of the time, furnishings and decor that was time appropriate, but this villa desperately needs a make over and some love. There are 5 other villas on site... I wonder if they are better? To the Marwood team on site, thank for your assistance when requested, but we weren't going to request a full head to toe clean in the middle of our stay! It would have been inappropriate. So summary is... Expect 3 stars and call it basic accommodation with a spa, and I think you are on the money. You won't be disappointed, have any other notions and you will be in for a let down... PS the spa did actually work, you just had to go down the hall way into a laundry closet, unplug the washing machine and plug in the spa (no instructions anywhere) .... Stay, but moderate expectations
"Generous space and provisions, but no 'welcome'"
04/19/14 nocatnow Melbourne, Australia
Marwood is set up as a couples retreat, with king sized beds, a huge spa in the living area, plus double basins and showers in the large bathroom. Altogether the size of the unit is approximately that of a standard two-bedroom apartment, and high ceilings add to the sense of space. It's very nice. We had booked four nights due to the distance from Melbourne. We were glad we'd made this decision, and pleased to receive a second lot of provisions for breakfast on day three. And a generous lot of goodies there were, too. In fact, we ate most of the bread (toasted) for light meals in the evenings after eating out for lunch. Less generous was provision of wood for the fire. It turned cold on the second day we were at Marwood, so we lit the fire, burning the small lot of logs that evening. No more wood was left for us for two more days, so we had to make use of the air con heating. Not as atmospheric as a fire! We loved watching the mob of kangaroos grazing on the 'lawns', with an occasional deer in the background. I bought some mince meat from a butcher in Stawell and fed the kookaburras, magpies and ducks. Waiting quietly for tiny wrens to hop close to us was a joy. It was so good to breathe the fresh air of the bush. Our only criticism was the sense of confusion when we arrived. A van belonging to the property was parked in the driveway, but we could not raise anyone when we knocked on the door of 'Reception'. We waited quite a while, then approached some other guests who were walking back from the Halls Gap shops. They told us they'd been given an access code for the door of their unit. We had written verification of which unit we had been allocated, but no access code. Luckily a variation of the code given the other guests opened our key safe and we were able to get in! This was not a good start to our holiday, so I'm pleased to say generous amenities and breakfast provisions made up for this glitch!
"Beautiful quiet and nice fittings"
04/08/14 Bryan F Melbourne, Australia
What a great few days away from the grind.Very nice and clean good fittings except for the couch. Why have a fold out bed in a couch when it is a couples retreat? Fold out couches are never comfortable and this wasn't either. Only down part on a very nice stay. Great feature windows in the kitchen dining area looking into the trees and flood lite at night. Good sized bathrooms and a double shower. Beds were hard but that is quite normal these days.
"Don't judge by exterior"
03/30/14 pogglesgrandma MELBOURNE
We drove up, I had not seen pictures of the block building we were to stop in. What was he architect thinking when he designed these boxes in this beautiful forest? Opened the door and was pleasantly pleased. Very clean, few issues such as dripping tap but was told there are new owners that are trying to solve these issues. Continental breakfast was adequate but not marvellous. Big room and plenty of hot water for spa bath.
"Beautiful and Private.."
02/27/14 Blueronni Melbourne, Australia
As we had prepaid, there was no need to check in, just drive right up to our villa, which had already had the air-con on, and relax. Lovely scenery with Kangaroos, Kookaburras and wild emus right outside our door. Romantic villa with double shower, king size bed and large 2 person spa.. Local restaurants catered for all budgets, but supermarket is very pricey.. we found it cheaper to eat out than in.. We have already recommended Marwood to all our friends, family and work colleagues, and also plan to definitely return!
02/21/14 gaidzkarg Melbourne, Australia
What a great place for a relaxing break. The villa No4 was clean, well presented, everything as promised. The complex is a brief walk to shops and restaurants (8 minutes app) either by road or a lovely walking track at the rear of the cottages. Kangaroos grazing on the common lawn area along with several ducks and a couple of emus, all being watched by many kookaburras. It really was a delightful experience we had even though only 2 days. Happy to return. Gary.
02/18/14 Stephanie0693 Melbourne, Australia
My partner and I decided to go here for Valentines and it was more than we expected! The room is quite spacious and the spa was a dream! Not to mention the double head shower! There are heaps of utensils if you want to cook something together and the surround sound system for the tv is a hit for when you want to watch a movie! Outside of our villa we were always greeted by the native wildlife like the kangaroos and kookaburras. We are DEFINITELY going back again this year and hopefully stay a bit longer, its just amazing!
"Wow and more wow!"
02/17/14 angela w australia
Marwood villas is a delight! The villas are self contained and high quality throughout. 4 on site but still very private Open plan is wonderful as spa a walk up beside the bed. I was able to watch kangaroos from the spa at dusk! King bed feels like a cloud. Continental breakfast provisions provided and bottle of bubbly a bonus. This 2 night stay was a deal and I'm beyond impressed. I'm already planning when to return. You can also walk into the shops ie 10 minute walk. Amazing accomodation. Highly recommend
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