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Travellers' Choice 2016 & 2017 - TripAdvisor


Along with TripAdvisor HALL of FAME (6 years of continuous Excellence Awards), Glen Isla has received the Travellers' Choice award for 2016 and again in 2017.  Voted by travellers from TripAdvisor guest reviews as being in the top 1% of accommodation properties worlwide

With TripAdvisor awards for the past 8 years continuoulsy, Glen Isla House is one of the most awarded properties on the island!


One of Australia's Best B&B's...

Australian Traveller Magazine ranks Glen Isla House as one of the best B&B's in Australia (one of three only ranked in Victoria).

Australian Traveller Magazine said:

"The following privately owned properties go well beyond your typical room-and-breakfast package, offering equal parts personalised service and just the right amount of privacy" There are many wonderful boutique properties that didnít make the cut for the simple reason that the owners are based off-site or the breakfast part was lacking"

Read the article here and here - then come and see why here at the original and historic Glen Isla we continue to delight guests as we have done for the past 12 years!

At Glen Isla, we offer more than just a room and breakfast - we offer genuine hospitality at our historic property...

Top 20 December Vacations in 2015

Glen Isla House featured in this internationally recognised vacation magazine as being one of the top 20 December Vacation spots in the world!

Excellence in Luxury Boutique Accommodation

Glen Isla House was the winner of the HMAA Excellence in Luxury Boutique Accommodation award on 22nd August 2007 at a gala dinner in Melbourne.  The sought after awards are judged by peers in the accommodation industry and recognise excellence.  The Hotel Motel & Accommodation Association (HMAA) is the respected & peak accommodation industry body.  Owners, Ian and Madeleine received the award and were congratulated personally by the Victorian Minitser of Tourism The Hon. Mr Tim Holding, MP.


Frommer's Guide - since 2007

Highly Recommended by Frommer's, respected international travel guide in their Australia Guide since "Glen Isla is the best place to stay on Phillip Island"

See the Frommers article here


Fodor's Guide - since 2007

The ONLY Phillip Island Accommodation recommended by Fodor's, respected international travel guide - Australia Guide since 2009  See their review here


Tourism Awards - Best New Business (The early years at Glen Isla!)

Glen Isla House proudly received the “Best New Business” Certificate of Merit in the Phillip & Island Gippsland Discovery Regional Tourism Awards in 2004.

Chairman of Phillip Island & Gippsland Discovery, Ken Hore said “The awards, sponsored by Tourism Victoria, regional Shire Councils and Prime Television are highly sought after and demonstrate the professional commitment of tourism operators to excellence”

The Best New Business Category provides an opportunity for recently established Tourism businesses to enter the demanding award process, and Glen Isla House was up against a number of other new tourism businesses – providing various standards of accommodation.

Owner of Glen Isla, Ian said “this is another example of our total commitment to excellence in everything we do at Glen Isla House and we’re extremely proud to be recognised by our industry peers”

A multi award-winning property...


The TripAdvisor HALL of FAME Award (8 Years)

TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2018 - again!! 



Glen Isla House awarded the TripAdvisor Excellence Award for consistently excellent reviews in 2018 (it was also awarded to Glen Isla in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018).  Glen Isla has again been inducted into the HALL of FAME for 8 years of continuous Excellence Awards from TripAdvisor

There's a reason we have consistently been awarded the TripAdvisor excellence awards and #1 B&B in Cowes on TripAdvisor since 2005!  Come and see why....


"One of the Top 10 Luxury B&B's in the world" - Tripadvisor November 2010


See the artice on Luxury Travel Blog here.  Tripadvisor names Glen Isla House as one of the top 10 luxury B&B's in the world - its official!


Age Newspaper December 2010

Read the independent article by Mary O'Brien of the Melbourne Age Newspaper here - "an elegant escape set in pristine gardens with welcoming hosts"

January 2010 - Finalist "The Australian Newspaper Travel & Tourism Awards"

Glen isla nominted as the only Victorian property and one of 6 in Australia in the "Hosted Accommodation" awards for 2010

The article says "These awards recognise Australian tourism operators who have consistently attained a standard of excellence in the last 12 months"

See the article here

"The most stylish place to stay is Glen Isla House"

The Australian Newspaper - Travel and Indulgence  2007

By Judith Elen - Deputy Travel Editor

Judith's other comment: The owner-chef serves organic, free-range breakfasts (that include a stunningly dense, caramelly fruit compote)

Read Judith's article "Little Wonders" (click here)

"Arguably the Island's Best Accommodation"

Peter Robinson, respected travel writer and photographer with the Melbourne Sunday Age Travel also said:

"Glen Isla has all the elements that make a short break seem like a holiday: supremely comfortable accommodation, refined dining, large landscaped gardens, a touch of history, stroll to the beach, friendly hosts.

Recommended by "The Times" (UK) Travel Pages

Glen Isla House recommended by the renowned  Times Newspaper Travel Pages as the best place to stay near the Penguins to see the the Penguin Parade. (August 2008)

Accommodation Getaways Victoria

Glen Isla House is an active member of Accommodation Getaways Victoria - an organisation which superceded the amalgamation of the Bed and Breakfast Council of Victoria and the Farmstay Association of Victoria.



Great Aussie Auction - USA



Glen Isla featured in the Tourism Australia Great Aussie Auction (2007 and 2008). Along with the Ultimate Penguin Experience, the successful bidder stayed at luxurious Glen Isla House!



Gippsland Business Awards:

Glen Isla House was a "finalist" in the accommodation/tourism category in 2005.  The Discovery Health Gippsland Business Awards recognise excellence in business in the various categories and are keenly contested.  






Victoria's Cosiest B&B's:

  Coxy's Big Break 

 James Fremantle from Channel 7's Coxy's Big Break visited Glen Isla House with his film crew in March 2005.  Glen Isla House was featured in a segment on Victoria's cosiest places to stay on 17th April 2005 

(Click Here to see the article on Coxy's web site)  

Click here to see the footage!

Coxy was back again in April 2007 to film at Glen Isla. His comment "one of the best B&B's I've stayed at!" .


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