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Some of the press & events at Glen Isla over the years.....

National Geographic at Glen Isla House

A visit in November (2015) from urban insider journalist and expereinced traveller/author Annie Fitzsimmons to Phillip Island, to see the worlds smallest penuins  saw Annie staying overnight at Glen Isla House.  As well as enjoying our authentic historic accommodations (The Heritage Suite), Annie joined us for chef's breakfast in the dining room.

Annie Fitzsimmons from National Geographic Traveller said about Glen Isla

"His (Ian's) training brings and unexpected level of culinary sophisitcation to the small B&B - a fact I experienced in the morning with one of the best meals I experienced of my entire trip through Victoria"

You can see what other discerning travellers have said about brekfast at Glen Isla on Tripadvisor 


Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels Recommends Glen Isla House  - In their Connoiseurs Australia article on special places in Australia, Glen Isla House is recommended as a sepcial B&B on Phillip Island. 

Phil Spencer, from British TV Channel 4 "Location, Location, Location" mentions Glen Isla House specifically.

Ninemsn TRAVEL Year of Weekends Away said

"The Victorian décor of Glen Isla House might be too uptight for some, but this exclusive "country house style retreat" has magnificent heritage gardens, absolute privacy and thoughtful personal service" 

Australian Traveller Magazine ranks Glen Isla as one of the Best B&B's in Australia

They said:  "(these) privately owned properties go well beyond your typical room-and-breakfast package, offering equal parts personalised service and just the right amount of privacy"

Age Newspaper Review - See what Mary O'Brien had to say about Glen Isla 

Read the Article Here


What other's have been saying about Glen Isla:

Australian newspaper Travel & Tourism Awards 2010 - Glen Isla made the final cut of 6 properties - the only propery in Victoria for 'hosted accommodation' segment. 

"We were proud to be nomintaed as a finalist during the anonomous selection process - Ian & Madeleine"  


Frommers Guide "Highly Recommended" (Since 2007...)

Respected international travel Guide Book  Read the Frommers Review here 


Qantas In-Flight Magazine 

(Recommends Glen Isla House)

The October 2007 Qantas In-Flight Magazine on all aircraft in the Qantas fleet, recommends Glen Isla as 'the pick of accommodation" on Phillip Island.

Fantasy Islands Australia 

(Sydney Morning Herald & Melbourne Age Newspapers)

The Sydney Morning Herald's travel writer Sue Gough Henley suggests Glen Isla House as luxurious accommodations on Phillip Island when visiting French Island (a short ferry ride from Phillip Island) - September 2007

See the article online here...

Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Melbourne and Surrounds

With the preface by Stephanie Alexander, Glen Isla House featured in the Phillip Island section along with Island Primary Produce and Free-Ranger Eggs.

Glen Isla prefers local produce and use Phillip Island beef and lamb from Island Primary Produce, and free-range eggs from Blue Mountain Creek, Grantville in the menus at Glen Isla.

Tourism Australia at Meets at Glen Isla

The Partnership Marketing Group of Tourism Australia held their annual conference at Glen Isla House (September 2006).  Glen Isla was honoured to host Tourism Australia (they could have chosen anywhere in Australia!) Their comment: "Outstanding Hospitality!"


Celebrated Living

Glen Isla House featured in "Celebrated Living" the magazine for American Airlines Premium Class Passengers (Spring Edition March 2006).

Herald-Sun Melbourne Newspaper

Sunday Escape featured Glen Isla House as the place to stay on Phillip Island in the Take7 feature on 26th February 2006

Le Figaro Magazine at Glen Isla

Grand Reporter Dominique Gaulme from Le Figaro Magazine in France visited Glen Isla and the Ultimate Penguin Tour in February 2006.  Preparing an article on travel and wildlife experiences for discerning French travellers, the article will be featured in Le Figaro Magazine (a weekly magazine published by Le Figaro newspaper) 

Ducati at Glen Isla House for MotoGP Testing

Ian with Loris Capirossi at the MotoGP Circuit (2006)

Italian Film Crew for RAI Television Italy

Scroll down and read what they had to say....


Slow Food - 2005 (A Taste of Slow)  

The Pure Gippsland - "Chefs of Gippsland" dinner 3rd September 2005 featured the Glen Isla  signature dish (Blue Mountain Creek Free-Range Egg Creme Brulee) from the Glen Isla Table D'Hôte menu..  Featuring only chefs from Gippsland, this event showcased Gippsland produce in the special menu for the evening, matched with local Gippsland wines.  This was a regional event of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival "Taste of Slow" conducted by Slow Food Gippsland Convivia.

See the Pure Gippsland Menu here (PDF)


Victorian Postcards Magazine

  Travel, Dining & Lifestyle

"The best has been a long time coming to Phillip Island, but its been worth the wait" says Peter Robinson...

 "Supremely comfortable accommodation, refined dining, landscaped gardens, a touch of history, 3 minute stroll to the beach and relaxed hosting"

Download the article (PDF) - Page 1

Download the article (PDF) - Page 2

Nature in the Balance

"Phillip Island is a delicate environmental wonderland" says Paul Edwards in the Melbourne Sunday Age newspaper (7th July 2005).  Paul goes on to talk about the many things to do on the 'Nature Island' especially in the winter months!

Where to stay - Paul Edwards (who has stayed with us) described Glen Isla House as one of his favourites! 

Italian Film Crew - Gekofilm for RAI

December 2005: Italian film-makers Emmerson Gattafoni and Valeria Cagnoni chose Glen Isla to feature as their preferred accommodations for their documentary being made for RAI television (Italy) Drems Road 06 - Raivno Italy. Emmerson is a good friend of Livio Suppo of the Ducati Corse MotoGP team!  Their description: "The best on Phillip Island"



USA's Travel Agent of the Year visits Glen Isla (March 2005)

Donna Thomas stayed at Glen Isla to evaluate Glen Isla House's hospitality and take-in the "Ultimate Penguin Tour" at the Phillip Island Nature Park.

Donna was voted travel agent of the year in the USA in 2004 by her peers.  She is the recognized preferred agent for Australia & New Zealand by Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic, Travel and Leisure Magazine.

Donna's Comment on Glen Isla House: "Perfection - Sheer Perfection"

"This is just perfect for our clients from the USA seeking the ultimate nature and accommodation experience!"

Slow Food Indulgence Dinners

Glen Isla hosts Slow Food Gastronomic Indulgence Dinners once only each year. Utilising regional produce matched to carefully chosen accompanying wines, Chefs Martin and Ian  prepare serious culinary creations for these events. Offering Dinner, Bed and Breakfast inclusive packages, these events are keenly sought-after and a sell-out successes.  For information on upcoming events email us.

Summer Festival 2004 - Glen Isla hosted an exclusive Wine Maker’s “Grand Island Indulgence” dinner as part of the Gippsland Slow Food Summer Festival for 2004.

David Lance, renowned wine maker from Diamond Valley Vineyards and Phillip Island Wines guided diners through a magnificent 5 course dinner matched with carefully selected wines from the estate grown Phillip Island Wines.  To see the menu and wines for this event, click here (PDF version - 119 Kb).

For further information on Slow Food see www.slowfood.com and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Winter Festival 2004

Glen Isla House hosted another Slow Food "Grand Island Indulgence Dinner" in August 2004.  The theme of the evening - "Back to the heart of Perugia" with Chef Martin drawing on his experiences at University Sapori in Perugia where he studied Italian Cuisine and Produce in 2002. 


Slow Food Event at Glen Isla



"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"

The Melbourne Herald Sun said…

Scott Podmore, travel writer featured Glen Isla House in his “Siteseeing” column guiding readers through the best travel websites of the world. The Herald Sun is a leading Melbourne newspaper and Scott Podmore’s column appears every Sunday.

Red Cross Charity Day at Glen Isla


Red Cross Charity Day

Glen Isla House opened the magnificent heritage gardens and provided Devonshire Teas for an Australian Red Cross charity fundraiser in aid of Austyralian Red Cross.  Resident chef Martin Baker baked scones, and the family donated all food and time for the day along with a overnight B&B stay which was raffled on the day.  Some 300 visitors came and enjoyed the sunny afternoon and Devonshire Teas served by volunteers from Phillip Island Red Cross. Over AUD$3,000 was raised for the appeal.




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!


Featured in Gippsland Country Life

Boutique Escapes - December 2014

"everywhere you look, history and beauty are closely intertwined"


Baedeker Guides - respected German travel guides, highly recommends Glen Isla in thier German and English travel guides for Australia.


Lonely Planet Guide recommends Glen Isla  "This brilliant boutique hotel is probably the best address on the island - understated old-world luxury"


Conde Nast Traveller at Glen Isla

Conde Nast Traveller has recommended Glen Isla on their website concierge.com web site since 2005.


The Times UK Recommendation

The Times newspaper UK recommends Glen Isla House as the best place to stay near the Penguins to see the Penguin Parade (2008)

Coxy at Glen Isla

Coxy's Big Break (Channel 7) filmed a Phillip Island special in  2007.  Coxy and the crew stayed at Glen Isla. The show went to air mid June in high definition widescreen!  Coxy had something to say to say about Ian's legendary breakfasts....

"I stay at a lot of B&B's and this must be one of the best!" - Coxy

Australia in Style

Glen Isla - One of 30 Unique Travel Experiences on the World's Most Fascinating Continent

Glen Isla House chosen by R.M.Williams Outback Publishing as one of only 30 properties in Australia to be featured as a unique travel experience!

"Everything about Glen Isla is beautifully and thoughtfully composed"






Glen Isla House is internationally recognised and accalimed.


Tripadvisor HALL of FAME

Glen Isla House wins the Tripadvisor Excellence Award 2015 (again) for consitently excellent independent traveller reviews during 2014 & 2015 (also awarded to Glen Isla in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014)

Glen Isla House was proud to be recognised & inducted into the HALL of FAME in May 2015 for 5 years of continuous excellence awards from TripAdvisor (one of the very few properties in Australia to achieve this coveted award)

One of the Top 10 Luxury B&B's In the World

Tripadvisor and Luxury Travel Blog


"Imbued with old world charm"

Melbourne Age Newspaper - Read the Article Here


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

The Australian Newspaper Travel & Indulgence

Judith Elin, deputy travel editor who stayed recently had this to say about staying on Phillip Island: 

"The most stylish place to stay is Glen Isla House, its original 1870s residence one of the island's oldest.  A new wing in heritage style has 6 guestrooms opening onto a courtyard garden, with magnificent old trees, roses and paved areas.  A separate suite is an original cottage is decorated with antiques.  The owner-chef serves organic, free-range breakfasts (that include a stunningly dense caramelly fruit compote)"


Ducati at Glen Isla House again for MotoGP 2015

Ducati team enjoying dinner in the dining room at Glen Isla House (served by Glen Isla chefs Martin & Damien).  Ducati senior executives and riders have stayed at Glen Isla every year for MotoGP since 2003 (the last 13 years).  They obvioulsy like Glen Isla!


Gardens & Outdoor Living Magazine

"Plant People" features Madeleine and her passionfruit vines.  Lisa Habermann from Gardens and Outdoor Living visited Glen Isla on her quest for interesting articles about people and their gardens.  The heritage gardens at Glen Isla date back to 1870, but more recent additions include the resplendent passionfruit vine shown in the article here, and a large kitchen herb garden.  The produce from both has been used in the Glen Isla kitchen and appear on the breakfast menus!  The roses from the gardens often adorn the guest rooms at Glen Isla when they are in bloom also.

See the article in PDF here to read Madeleine's tips on Passionfruit!




Tourism Victoria - Board of Directors at Glen Isla

The board, chaired by Mr John Morse, AM chose Glen Isla House to hold their monthly Board meeting in April 2006.  

Glen Isla showcased Phillip Island 5 star hospitality with regional and local food during lunch prepared by Glen Isla's resident chef's Ian and Martin.

Comments by board members in the guest book....

"Wonderful" - John Morse AM - Chairman of the Board

"Outstanding" - Tom Smith, Board Member, Chairman Country Victoria Tourism Council, Chairman Destination Melbourne.

"Lovely - Thank You" - Alla Wolf-Tasker, Board Member, Managing Director, Executive Chef and co-proprietor of Lake House award winning restaurant and boutique hotel in Daylesford.



  Coxy's Big Break

James Fremantle from Channel 7's Coxy's Big Break travel TV show visited Glen Isla House with his film crew in early 2005.  Glen Isla House was featured in a segment on Victoria's cosiest B&B's in April 2005. 

Click here to see the Channel 7 TV 7 footage!

James and crew enjoying the Glen Isla Breakfast...

More Television appearances...


Madeleine and Ian hosted the Channel 9 Getaway  presenter Natalie Gruzlewski and her film crew.  Glen Isla House was featured on Getaway in September 2004.  Natalie's comment: 

"Glen Isla House could come straight out of the pages of a romance novel"

See the article on NineMSN's web site...


See the footage here using Windows Media


Ducati Corse MotoGP team executives and riders have stayed at Glen Isla House for MotoGP at the Phillip Island Circuit since 2003.  

Glen Isla House in the media..

TripAdvisor TRAVELLERS' CHOICE Award 2016  -  (One of 25 in Australia! - B&B Inns)  Glen Isla has a long and successful history on TripAdvisor since 2005 for exceptional hospitality.  Now recognised globally by TripAdvisor reviewers...

National Geographic Traveler Magazine - visited Glen Isla in November 2015.  Annie Fitsimmons remarked specifically on Glen Isla's 'culinary sophistication'.

TripAdvisor HALL of FAME Inductee May 2015  -  (One of the few in Australia!)  Inducted into the TripAdvisor HALL of FAME for 5 years of continuous Excellence Awards, and #1 B&B for Cowes on Tripadvisor since 2005

Vacation Idea Magazine - May 2015 edition features Glen Isla as one of the Top 20 December Vacation locations in the world.  Vacation Idea is an internationally recognised magazine offering recommendations on vacation destinations globally.

TripAdvisor Excellence Award 20155th year in a row!  (also in 2011, 2012 2013, and 2014).  Come and see why we are continually rated so highly by our guests!

Gippsland Country Life Magazine - December 2014 edition features Glen Isla as a secret boutique escape!  "everywhere you look, history and beauty are closely  intertwined"

Tripadvisor Excellence Award 20144th year in a row!  (also in 2011, 2012 and 2013).  Come and see why we are continually rated so highly by our guests!

Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels Recommends Glen Isla House  - In their Connoiseurs Australia article on special places in Australia, Glen Isla House is recommended as a sepcial B&B on Phillip Island. 

Phil Spencer, from British TV Channel 4 "Location, Location, Location" mentions Glen Isla House specifically.

Baedeker Guides - Respected German Travel Guide Books - Glen Isla highly recommended in the German and English travel guides to Australia.

Tripadvisor Excellence Award 2013 - 3rd year in a row!  (also in 2011 and 2012)

A year of weekends away (Ninemsn Travel) - describes Glen Isla House as 'an exclusive country house retreat'

Postcards (Channel 9) film crew at Glen Isla - Glen Isla featured on the 17JUN12 (Sunday at 5:30pm) edition on country house accommodation..

Australian Traveller Magazine 2011 - One of Australia's Best B&B's (Glen Isla House)

Tripadvisor Excellence Award 2011 - A coveted award - Glen Isla wins the Tripadvisor Excellence Award 2011 for cosnistently excellent independent traveller reviews during 2011

One of the Top 10 Luxury B&B's in the World - November 2010 - accroding to Tripadvisor and the Luxury Travel Blog

Melbourne Age newspaper December 2010 - Mary O'Brien's independent review of Glen Isla said "inbued with old world charm" & "elegant heritage escape set in pristine gardens with welcoming hosts"

Ducati seals the deal for 2011! - Since 2003 the Ducati factory team has chosen Glen Isla for their riders and executives for MOTOGP.  

Australian newspaper Travel & Tourism Awards 2010 - Glen Isla made the final cut of 6 properties - the only propery in Victoria for 'hosted accommodation' segment.

Lonely Planet Guide Australia 2008, 2009 & 2010 - Brilliant boutique hotel - the best address on the island - understated luxury

Times Newspaper UK  - The Times newspaper in London recommended Glen Isla House as the best place to stay to see the Little Penguins on Phillip Island - August 2008

Victorian Tourism Awards 2007 - Glen Isla wins the Herald Sun Prize $20,000 at the 2007 gala presentation night.  

QANTAS In-Flight Magazine recommends Glen Isla House. The October 2007 QANTAS In Flight Magazine reviewed and recommended Glen Isla House.

Fantasy Islands - Sydney Morning Herald travel writer Sue Henley Gough suggests Glen Isla House as luxurious accommodations when visiting french Island. French Island is a short ferry ride from Phillip Island.  This article also appeared in the Melbourne Age Newspaper - September 2007

Excellence in Luxury Boutique Accommodation Award HMAA 2007 - Glen Isla wins the award at the 2007 HMAA 'excellence' awards.  

Conde Nast Traveller at Glen Isla  - Glen Isla now appears on www.concierge.com - the website for Conde Nast Traveller Magazine - respected travel magazine in the USA. - August 2007

The Herald Sun Newspaper - Escape.com.au Glen Isla featured as the accommodation in the article on "Experience the world just 90 minutes from Melbourne) -  Phillip Island - May 2007  

Frommer's Australia Guide 2007 Recommends Glen Isla House as the best place to stay on Phillip Island

Fodor's Australia Guide 2007 - Recommends Glen Isla House.    

The Australian Newspaper - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - Judith Elen, deputy travel editor names Glen Isla House as the most stylish place to stay on Phillip Island. (April 1007)  

WaSaBi Magazine (Japan) - Editor and photographer at Glen Isla March 2007.  Glen Isla to be featured in the magazine which has circulation of 100,000 copies in Japan (March 2007)

Travel Life (JTB) Photographer Visit - Glen Isla visited by top photographer and writer Mr Takeshi Morimoto for JTB's Travel Life magazine - one of the most read travel magazines in Japan. (March 2007)

Indian Journalists Familiarisation Visit - Glen Isla visited by top travel writers from India.  The visit was sponsored by Tourism Victoria as part of the international visiting journalists program.(March 2007)

Red Cross Charity Day  2006 - Glen Isla opened the exclusive heritage gardens for a charity fundraiser for Australian Red Cross - (November 2006)

Channel 9 Postcards - Glen Isla featured yet again on well respected travel show Postcards (September 2006)

Tourism Australia Partnership Marketing Conference at Glen Isla. Glen Isla House hosted 7 members of the Tourism Australia Partnership Marketing Group for their annual conference.  Also taking in the tourism offerings on Phillip Island, the group mapped out business plans for the coming year.  Tourism Australia chose Phillip Island and Glen Isla from all other locations in Australia! (September 2006)

MotoGP 2006 Ducati Riders and Senior Managers at Glen Isla. Since 2003, the Ducati MotoGP team call Glen Isla home when they are in town for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.  2006 was no different!  (September 2006)

ATEC International Inbound Tour Operators.  30 Travel specialists take breakfast and inspect Glen Isla House to promote in international markets (August 2006)

Herald Sun Newspaper Melbourne Sunday Escape Glen Isla House "exemplary small luxury hotel accommodation" (August 2006)

Channel 9 - A Current Affair with Tracy Grimshaw. Film crew interviewed Madeleine at Glen Isla on her "Seachange" ladies group and how to make a seachange work! (July 2006)

Tourism Victoria Board meeting & Lunch.  Glen Isla was honoured to host the board of directors for their meeting and lunch, showcasing Phillip Island 5 Star hospitality and local food (April 2006)

Postcards Magazine.  Article on Phillip Island features Glen Isla House - Exceptional accommodations with chef-prepared fine food and wine (March 2006)

American Airlines "Celebrated Living" Magazine for premium class passengers.  Glen Isla House recommended as the place to stay on Phillip Island. (March 2006)

Herald Sun Newspaper Melbourne Sunday Escape Take7 article on seven getaways - a stone's throw from Melbourne.  Glen Isla House recommended as the place to stay on Phillip Island. (26th February 2006)

Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Melbourne and Surrounds.  Glen Isla House featured along with Island primary produce and Blue Mountain Creek. February 2006

Le Figaro Magazine (France) photo shoot and article for weekly travel segment in Le Figaro Magazine in France. February 2006.  The article appeared in March 2006.

New World Magazine - Article on Glen Isla - an undiscovered secret on Phillip Island. January 2006

RAI Television (Italy) - Film crew from Geckofilm Italy filming a documentary for RAI travel show December 2005

Australia In Style - Glen Isla chosen for a coffee-table book from R.M. Williams publishing featuring 30 only of Australia's unique travel experiences November 2005

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2005 - Pure Gippsland * Chefs of Gippsland Slow Food Dinner - September 2005

Melbourne Age Newspaper - July 2005 (Nature in the Balance)

Victorian Postcards Magazine - Travel, Dining & Lifestyle (Channel 9) - July 2005 (A Private Island)

Red cross Charity Day - Devonshire Tea in the gardens....April 2005

Coxy's Big Break - April 2005 (Victoria's Cosiest B&B's)

Coast and Country Magazine - March 2005 (Sunset of an Island's Image)

Melbourne Herald-Sun newspaper - November 2004 (An Island Haven)

Melbourne Herald Sun "SiteSeeing" by Scott Podmore- October 2004

Getaway - Channel 9 - September 2004



International Travel Journalist Said….

Frances Beasley, experienced free-lance international travel journalist took time out of her busy schedule to stay at Glen Isla. Her comment: “Glen Isla is a small luxury-hotel style retreat offering personalised attention, fine surroundings. Chef Martin turns out some serious culinary creations. Madeleine and Ian will make you feel warmly welcome”

To read more of what Frances said about Glen Isla, and Phillip Island, click here to download her article (PDF Version - 149 Kb).

Frances broadcasts a monthly letter from Australia on several South African Radio stations; she also contributes to Radio Redcliff in Australia which is then syndicated throughout Australia and on the west coast of the USA.

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