Friday, June 24, 2011

Best Home during our WA Trip

“Best Home during our WA Trip”
5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2011 - NEW
My wife booked Loaring 13-14/06 and I initially did not think it's the best choice because it's c. 5-6km from town centre, but as soon as I arrived there I loved it: spotless room with spa in a very quiet garden, cosy lounge/dinning room like at home, fresh breakfast and free internet. A cute dog called Bella gave us lots fun. Dirk gave us great help for local information. We even changed our tour for rest of WA. Highly recommended! Alan
  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2011 - NEW
This place has been purpose built to operate as a B&B, and it works really well, with a huge common area, lovely breakfast each morning, and the muffins on arrival went down so well! The owners were very hospitable and helped us each morning on what to do, giving us tips on routes or activities we otherwise wouldn't have known about or considered. The rooms were lovely - the beds were so comfy it was difficult to get up each morning! The spa was the drawcard for us and we put it to good use, it was divine and a great way to finish the day along with a glass of local wine.

The B&B is surrounded by bushland, we were lucky to see a kangaroo one day. The only downside to this is that a) the parking area is very very dark at night, to the point where maybe it would be a good idea to put in a solar-powered light outside to help is find our way. And b) our sleep was interrupted on two of our three nights by a local frog, which has very unique moaning call which went on all night.

I'd definitely return, but would be sure to take some very effective ear plugs next time!
Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple

Fortunately for guests the Moaning Frogs have stopped their calling and lights are being installed.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ticks all the boxes about a bed and breakfast place

“Ticks all the boxes about a bed and breakfast place”

Loaring Place was my husband and my first experience staying in a bed and breakfast ("B&B") and we felt extremely pampered by the hospitality shown by the hosts, Dirk and Pam and the warmth of the country-style home decor. We actually look forward to returning to Loaring Place after a tiring day of exploring the various sights around the Margaret River region, as we can help ourselves to little comforts like home made muffins and exquisite tea / coffee in the common area as well as free wi-fi and a rejuvenating jacuzzi bath in the room. Drik and Pam's dog, Bella, was also a real bundle of joy. Although this was our first stay in a B&B, I feel that it would be a tall order for other B&Bs to top our experience at Loaring Place.
Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Photos of Bella, our Labradoodle

Bella certainly attracts a lot of attention.

Stephanie and family had a great time keeping her amused.

Mum tried to hold her but Bella thought that enough was enough.

Darren and Christine had to work hard to catch her in this pose, as she is immediately distracted by a stick or honkey nut.

Jeff and Eileen also took a shine to her.

Life is settling into quite a routine for Bella now.

In the morning, she sees jumps onto our bed and gives Pam a good morning kiss, then she hangs around in the bathroom while I have a shower.  She then sees it as her duty to disrupt me while I am setting up the lounge for breakfast by constantly bringing me balls and tugs. Then she waits by the hallway and greets the guests as they come down for breakfast.  We prefer that she leaves the guests alone during breakfast but she sneaks in to show off every now and then.

She then hangs around during cleaning up time as there are always some scraps and milk for her. She then follows either Pam or me if we are doing anything interesting, otherwise she flops near us and goes to sleep.  From 3.00pm she is at the front entrance waiting for new guests to arrive so that she can greet them. Then from 4.30pm she pesters me until I give in and we go for a walk about 5pm.  She loves to race along the sandy fire breaks and sniff where kangaroos have passed. We often see a kangaroo and she loves to chase them so it takes a bit of yelling to get her to stop and return to me.  She is getting better so there is some hope there.

We then have to have a game of ball or chasey when we get home.  She begrudgingly lets us get on and have our dinner, but will let us know that it is her turn for dinner as soon as we have finished.  After her dinner, she pesters me with balls and tugs until I sit on the ground in the lounge and have another game of pulling and throwing the tug.  Finally she relents and allows me to watch a bit of TV, but will still bring me her tug every now and then, just in case I give in and throw it.  I usually then go to my office, where Bella will wait and greet each guest as they return from dinner.

Pam then calls Bella, and she hops onto our bed and enjoys the comfort of our doona.  Finally, when I go to bed, I have to pick her up, take her outside for a bit, then pop her into her bed in the laundry.  I have to make sure her bowl of kibbles is full, as she likes to have a midnight snack as well.  What a dogs life.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cosy and Friendly

Reviewed June 16, 2011 - NEW
Loaring Place is a lovely quiet bed and breakfast, situtated about 5 minutes drive from Margaret River town centre. The hosts, Dirk and Pam Hos, were amazingly friendly and helpful. Dirk was a superb tour advisor for our Sunday plans. He pointed out a ton of things we never would have thought about doing, which really added to our enjoyment of the trip.

The rooms were lovely and the bathrooms superb. We got treated to some noisy frogs who fortunately shut up and sleep time!

Breakfast was great: try the home made baked beans.

The only downside was that we would have preferred something walking distance to the town centre so that we could both have had a few wines instead of needing a designated driver.

Overall great, I would recommend to anyone, especially couples and I would stay there again.
  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends

Monday, June 13, 2011

Singapore and Malaysia

It is great to see increasing visitors from Singapore and Malaysia.

Both Singapore and Malaysia are becoming a major source of visitors for us as the cheap short flights and 3hr drive from Perth make it easy for them to slip down and have a great holiday and a total contrast from the heat, humidity and traffic jams of their home towns.  I think word of mouth is driving this rather than advertising because many of our guests from this region mention having heard how good it is here.  Google, however, is the main tool they use to find Loaring Place B&B

Like the comfort of home yet with a 5-star treatment

“Like the comfort of home yet with a 5-star treatment”
5 of 5 starsReviewed June 12, 2011 - NEW
The host, Dirk, was especially affable and knowledgeable about the places to see and do in Margaret River. His lovable dog, Bella, made us smile with her playful antics and friendliness. I miss stroking her beautiful shaggy, white fur! The living room was just like staying in a luxurious home, with a large flat-screen tv and computer, sofas, and games and dvds included. All the 3 out of 4 guest bedrooms we stayed in were perfectly decorated in warm, earthly tones. I took the opportunity to try out the jacuzzi bath and really pampered myself! Even the beds had heaters with adjustable settings in them so my family and I were warmly tucked in despite the cool winter night. I enjoyed the free wi-fi too. The hospitality received was certainly superb - especially with the complimentary muffins, made-to-order gourmet breakfast , and the packed sandwiches for lunch. The location was also perfect as it was in a quiet little corner yet right smack in the centre of Margaret River, so most of the attractions were easily accessible. We were certainly sad to leave after our one-night stay. If I had a choice between a hotel and Loaring Place B&B, there would still be no contest. Thank you Dirk and Pam for the wonderful stay.
Room Tip: The rooms are lovely, but are all double beds. 
Stayed June 2011, traveled with family

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Gem in Margaret River

“A Gem in Margaret River”
5 of 5 starsReviewed in TripAdvisor June 2, 2011
If there's one place we would recommend for anyone to stay in Margaret River, this is THE place!! We knew we've made the right decision we stepped into Loaring Place. The place was so well kept and everything was so well thought of. This was our first trip to MR and certainly won't be our last. Dirk has been such gracious host and the stay was made complete with the presence of Bella whom we've all adored to death! We've not stopped talking about this B&B even when tho we're done with our trip to Perth yet. The cleanliness of the place, the super comfortable beds, the yummy breakfast(the nice muffins and homemade bread) , the nice smelling bathrooms, the deco etc etc all made the 10 of us yearn to go back there again. Thanks, Dirk, for giving us such wonderful memories!
  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 starsValue
    • 5 of 5 starsRooms
    • 4 of 5 starsLocation
    • 5 of 5 starsCleanliness
    • 5 of 5 starsService