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A memorable breakfast...

Breakfast is a special meal at Glen Isla, and its prepared in our restuarant grade commercial kitchen.  

Both Ian and his son Martin are professional chefs, with a passion for food and wine!   They have both travelled extensively overseas, worked in other countries and expereinced many different food cultures. On any day you might find either or both of them in the kitchen at Glen Isla...

A focus of the fine food at Glen Isla is fresh local produce and ingredients with regular visits to local farmers markets. 

For breakfast: Selection of juices, yoghurts, fruit compotes, cereals and fresh fruits.  Cooked-to-order al la carte selection, including certified free-range eggs, our special smoked bacon sliced in our kitchen, and accompanyments including field mushrooms, tomatoes etc.  Madeleine's home grown rhubarb compote as well as her personal selection of special jams and spreads is popular, and our freshly ground premium mocha coffee in French plungers are all part of breakfast.  Herbal and traditional teas are also offered.

Certified free-range eggs are sourced from a local farm. Freeranger Traditional Free Range Eggs.  Used exclusively in the Glen Isla restaurant kitchen, including breakfast.   From Grantville in West Gippsland, traditional free range eggs fresh from the farm have a unique flavour.  At the Freeranger in Grantville, West Gippsland, just an hour an a half from Melbourne, hens range all day, enjoying fresh air and sunshine as well as wind and rain! No chemicals, no additives, no cages - just pure, natural eggs.  (www.freeranger.com.au) 

Fresh seasonal herbs are taken from our own kitchen herb garden on the property. 

We can accommodate most dietary needs, including gluten free, lactose free, low fat, vegetarian etc - but please let us know in advance so we can meet your expectations.

Breakfast is served at individual tables, overlooking the heritage gardens.  The guestbook (& TripAdvisor) has many comments on our legendary breakfasts - read them for yourself here at Glen Isla...

Local Wines...

Excellent local wines can be enjoyed on Phillip Island.

Visit The Purple Hen and taste multi award-winning and locally grown varietals.  Cellar door open for tasting and offering cheees platters to accompany their wine tastings. 

(Usually closed TUE/WED in off season).  We've noticed that the Purple Hen Pinot Noir is actually on the wine list in the prestigous members' dining room of the Royal Auto Club in Melbourne - and you have to be doing something exceptional to get onto their wine list!

Phillip Island wines is another long established vineyard offering locally grown varietals.  Extensive award winning history, and the entire vineyard is netted for protection from birds and wind!  Cellar door open for tastings and sales (usually open weekends).





We can recommend excellent local restaurants close to Glen Isla.  

These restaurants often showcase local Phillip Island seafood & produce, including locally reared beef and lamb from Island Primary Produce, Phillip Island Wines, and the Purple Hen Wines

We regualrly check-out the local restaurants, and we have current menus here at Glen Isla for guests to peruse.  We can also make reservations (recommended) for guests on arrival at Glen Isla.  We suggest guests make reservations direct with these restaurants well in advance for weekends and public holidays to avoid disappointment on arrival.

Restaurants we recommend are:

Youki's Japanese Tapas Bar (just 900 metres walk from Glen Isla House)

Harry's On the Esplanade (in Cowes)

The Foreshore Bar & Restaurant (in Rhyll)

We've recently added Pinos to our list (Italian family style restuarant - they also make the best Pizza's on the island!)

Pinos Trattoria (in Cowes)

To maintain complete privacy for our resident houseguests, Glen Isla's elegant dining room is not open to the public and we do not operate a restaurant or cafe.  The primary focus at Glen Isla is our multi award-winning accommodations and our special breakfast service for resident guests.

Glen Isla has offered the restaurant kitchen & dining room facilities for charity fundraisers over the years.  Unfortunately with the re-introduction of penalty rates (specifically weekends and public holidays) in the hospitality industry, it has become unviable for us to offer any catering/meals other than our special breakfast service, so we do not cater for weddings and we no longer offer our Table D'Hote Dinner service these days...


Heritage Garden Tranquillity

The established heritage gardens at Glen Isla include three magnificent 100+ year-old oak trees, original in-ground water wells and five very grand old Norfolk pines, which form the original driveway entrance to the historic heritage house. 

The formal gardens are extensive, comprising some 2 acres, totally private from the street, secluded and available for guests of Glen Isla to relax in and enjoy.  The 'summer house' overlooking the pond is a popular sitting area all year round.

An array of bird-life can be seen (including regular visits by Kookaburras). Koala's have even been seen on rare occasions! (the last sighting of a wild Koala was December 2008 in the gardens at Glen Isla)



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