An authentic heritage garden dating back to c1870…
The extensive gardens at Glen Isla House date back to
the original homestead at Glen Isla is one of the oldest
homes on the island. Now preserved for future generations by owners Ian and
Madeleine, only house-guests at Glen Isla House have exclusive access
and use of these very private gardens to enjoy. The gardens are
not open to the public. Our professional gardener
takes pride in maintaining these authentic heritage gardens.
Very low rainfall during 2006 and 2007 resulted in the driest
spring time since records have been kept. The local
water authority imposed extremely stringent water use
restrictions all over Phillip Island. Town
supplied water cold not be used for watering of lawns and
gardens at any time under the restrictions. At
Glen Isla we have invested in considerable rain-water storage tanks with
pressure pump systems, which allowed us to preserve these magnificent
historic gardens during the difficult drought periods. Today the gardens have fully
recovered, doing well and
can be enjoyed by resident guests.
The historic and original Glen Isla homestead is a heritage listed
property, now fully restored and the private residence of
the hosts Madeleine and Ian. Guests wishing to stay in historical
lodgings should consider the Anderson
Suite Cottage (originally part of the heritage house and
now a separate historic luxury guest suite/cottage)
Set in 2 acres (some 8,000 square meters), Glen Isla House
offers absolute privacy.
pristine sandy beach is 100 metres from the rear-gate
for a swim in warmer months or perhaps a sunset stroll along
the water’s edge.
Three 100 year-old oak trees, and five mature Norfolk
Pines provide the backdrop to a magnificent garden landscape with
secluded sitting areas and the purpose-built private Wine
Cellar at Glen
Isla. A 'magnolia grandiflora' adjacent to the Anderson
Suite Cottage is estimated at around 100
years old. It flowers each year providing wonderful garden
scents. Manicured lawn areas offer serene garden
benches and sun-lounges for guests to switch-off from the
For many months of the year, the breakfast tables are
adorned with fresh flowers from the Glen Isla gardens. A kitchen herb garden provides
fresh herbs daily for Glen Isla's legendary special breakfasts -
served at individual tables.
& Outdoor Living Magazine
People" featured Madeleine Baker (co-owner of
Glen Isla) 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 roses from the gardens often adorn the
guest rooms at Glen Isla when they are in bloom also.
Download the article
in PDF here to read Madeleine's tips on Passionfruit!
(warning this is a 2.3MB file!)
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