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
Heritage Suite), Annie joined us for chef's breakfast in
the dining room.
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
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
Phil Spencer, from British TV Channel 4
"Location, Location, Location" mentions Glen Isla
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
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
Review - See what Mary O'Brien had to say about
the Article Here
What other's have
been saying about Glen Isla:
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
"Highly Recommended" (Since
Respected international travel Guide
the Frommers Review here
(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.
(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) -
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
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.
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!"
Glen Isla House featured in
"Celebrated Living" the magazine for American
Airlines Premium Class Passengers (Spring Edition March
featured Glen Isla House as the place to stay on Phillip
Island in the Take7 feature on 26th February 2006
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
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
Slow Food - 2005 (A Taste
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
Food and Wine Festival "Taste of Slow" conducted
by Slow Food Gippsland Convivia.
the Pure Gippsland Menu here (PDF)
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"
the article (PDF) - Page 1
the article (PDF) - Page 2
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"
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
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
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
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,
here (PDF version - 119 Kb).
For further information on Slow Food see
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
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.
Charity Day at Glen Isla
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
Escapes - December 2014
"everywhere you look, history and beauty are closely
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
Conde Nast Traveller at Glen Isla
Nast Traveller has recommended Glen Isla on their
website concierge.com web site since 2005.
The Times UK Recommendation
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
Glen Isla House is internationally
recognised and accalimed.
HALL of FAME
Glen Isla House wins
the Tripadvisor Excellence Award 2016 (again) for consitently
excellent independent traveller reviews during 2016 (also
awarded to Glen Isla in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015)
Glen Isla House was
proud to be recognised & inducted into the HALL of FAME
for 6 years of continuous excellence awards from
TripAdvisor (one of the very few properties in Australia to
achieve this coveted award)
of the Top 10 Luxury B&B's In the World
and Luxury Travel Blog
with old world charm"
Newspaper - Read
the Article Here
most stylish place to stay is Glen Isla House"
Australian Newspaper Travel & Indulgence
Judith Elin, deputy
travel editor who stayed recently had this to say about
staying on Phillip Island:
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)"
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!
& Outdoor Living Magazine
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.
in PDF here to read Madeleine's tips on Passionfruit!
Victoria - Board of Directors at Glen Isla
board, chaired by Mr John Morse, AM chose Glen Isla
House to hold their monthly Board meeting in April
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
John Morse AM - Chairman of the Board
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
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
2005. Glen Isla House was featured in a
segment on Victoria's
cosiest B&B's in April 2005.
here to see the Channel 7 TV 7 footage!
James and crew enjoying the Glen
More Television appearances...
Madeleine and Ian hosted the Channel 9 Getaway
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...
the footage here using Windows Media
Corse MotoGP team executives and riders have stayed at Glen Isla
House for MotoGP at the Phillip Island Circuit since
Glen Isla House in the
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...
TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2016
- 6th year in a row! (also in 2011, 2012
2013, 2014 and 2015). Come and see why we are continually rated so
highly by our guests!
National Geographic Traveler Magazine
- visited Glen Isla in November 2015. Annie
Fitsimmons remarked specifically on Glen Isla's
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 2015
- 5th 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 2014
- 4th 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
Phil Spencer, from British TV Channel
4 "Location, Location, Location" mentions Glen
Isla House specifically.
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
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
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
Lonely Planet Guide Australia 2008, 2009
& 2010 -
Brilliant boutique hotel - the best address on the island -
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
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.
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!
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)
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
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 -
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