Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Margaret River #2 Trip Advisor Destination in the South Pacific

Margaret River has been officially named by Trip Advisor as the #2 “Destination on the Rise” for the ENTIRE South Pacific, as voted by the 2013 Traveller’s Choice Awards.  You can follow this at

And Loaring Place B&B is the 3rd most popular B&B in Margaret River based on reviews left by guests on Tripadvisor.

The really big news is that Loaring Place B&B is No. 2 on Google's new Hotel Finder for the search terms "accommodation" and "hotel" in Margaret River, placing us on page one for the first time for these search terms, thanks to the great reviews we have received from our guests on Google Places. Thank you Google.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Diana Krall and Perth Symphony Orchestra to play at Leeuwin Estate 15, 16 Feb.

Looking forward to the:



With Special Guest JAMES MORRISON

Saturday February 15 & Sunday February 16


Leeuwin Estate Winery is delighted to present renowned Canadian Jazz pianist and songstress, Diana Krall, to perform the 30th Leeuwin Concert Series accompanied by Perth Symphony Orchestra on the weekend of February 15 and 16.

Australian trumpeter and Jazz virtuoso, James Morrison, will perform as a special guest and his post concert "Motown Revisited" show promises to keep guests in the main arena dancing until late.  

The recipient of two Grammy Awards and eight Juno Awards, Diana Krall has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She has also earned nine gold, three platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums. Billboard magazine named her the second Jazz artist of the 2000-09 decade and she is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. Acclaimed for her contralto vocals and remarkable piano playing, Diana Krall's concert performances receive outstanding reviews.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2014 Leeuwin Concert for what promises to be a very special evening.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cowslip Orchids

Lots of Cowslip orchid are up. Very few donkey orchids compared to last year. Several giant spider orchids that are flowering for the first time in at least 3 years

Kangaroo Paws

It is a great year for kangaroo paws with lots of them up around the B&B. Sean Blocksidge of Margaret River Discovery Tours took this lovely picture of a field of kangaroo paws. The rain that we have had has meant it is going to be (is now) a magnificent 2013 wildflower season.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Broom Tree

Our white Broom Tree in front or our kitchen is a delight. This morning after some rain it was drooping with all the weight of its flowers, It soon shook off the rain and was standing proud again.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Rails for Trails walk, southern end

Took Bella for a walk along the southern end of the old railway track that has been converted to a cycling/walking trail. This section starts at Gnarawary Rd and goes through magnificent forest including this stretch of karri trees. 

Yesterday I took Bella to the rapids in the Margaret River. It is less than 2 km away and if the wind is in the right direction, you can here the roar of the rapids from our house.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Cycling in Margaret River

Rob and Helen discovered that cycling to the Berry Farm was a very pleasant experience. They went via Rosa Brook Road, Rosa Glen Road then Davies Road and back into town and then back to us along the Wallcliffe Road cycleway. They really enjoyed the Berry Farm and some of the wineries they passed. The roads did not have much traffic and are very scenic. Rob is just posing here on his bike.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Morning time!

Dirk and Bella enjoying their morning start in the alfresco area in front of the flowering Hardenbergia

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Rails for Trails walk

Walking with Bella on the southern Rails for Trails section that starts at Boodjidup Road. It goes through beautiful forest and sections of bogs as well as grass tree pockets. The trail carries on south through a working farm which is also interesting.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Snail Orchid looking out

First Snail orchid is showing its pretty face. This is probably Pterostylis dilatata, the Robust Snail Orchid. It is growing just in front of our garden shed.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Feeding time!

Dirk and Bella are feeding our hens and rooster their morning weeds and grain. Yesterday we also did some weeding and they are now over loaded with green stuff! Bella loves visiting the hen house but she can get a bit bossy with them especially when they escape from the hen house and she has to get them back in! 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Lunch at King Trout in Pemberton

Visited Pemberton which is only an hour and a half drive away from us in Margaret River. The country side is very pretty at this time of year and you go through some magnificent Karri forests. We stopped first at The Warren Vineyard and tasted some of their excellent wines. We then went to King Trout which is a trout breeding and fishing farm as well as having a lovely restaurant. I had the best trout I have ever had. You can also get a platter of trout and yabbies that looked really delicious.

They have a large lake stocked with trout. You can hire a fishing rod and have a go at catching the trout yourself. The scenery around the lake was very pretty and Bella of course had to go in for a swim. 

We drove back via Nannup which was very lovely as well.

Sue and Pam enjoying some trout. 
I'm about to get stuck into mine

Marron and Trout Platter that they were serving to another couple

View of the trout pond

Another view of the trout pond

Thursday, June 6, 2013

1001 extraordinary experiences

What do you get when you cross extraordinary Western Australia landscapes with a bunch of brilliant photographers – 1001 extraordinary experiences and an amazing film showcasing the best of the state in 90 seconds; that’s what! Check it out at www, 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Received a lovely review on Tripadvisor from LizzylambUK who stayed with us in March. She even included a few pictures.

“Amazing place, so peaceful but with everything you need!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2013 NEW
I stayed here with my mum for just one night, although we both wished we could have stayed longer. It was such a lovely place, with amazing amenities! The bedroom was a good size, and possibly the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. This is no exaggeration, as there is even something the compendium that emphasises the importance of a good nights sleep. There is a chance if you are quiet that kangaroos will come and visit just outside your window too!
We loved Bella the dog, and the breakfast was fantastic. It was so nice to sit outside in the morning under the trees. If you prefer to be inside, the lounge is so big and comfortable, with plenty of magazines, a massive tv and plenty of tea/coffee and muffins to help yourself to. They really have got it right, and it just couldn't get any better.
The bathroom was also amazing, with a massive spa bath! I hope I will get to visit again and stay longer next time :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Illustrator guests from Germany

A couple from Hamburg stayed for two nights and showed me their blogs and I've enjoyed looking at their work. They are halfway through a 4 month visit to Australia. Check out, and

Monday, January 14, 2013

Special on Food Wine Sleep

Food Wine Sleep have just posted a special offer to their Facebook fans. Stay 4 nights mid-week and get a full day wine tour for 2 including a scrumptious lunch.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New review in Food Wine Sleep

Discovered someone had left a review for us on Food Wine Sleep which was very nice of them:

Lille Hammer, May 29, 2012
Quality (18/20)
Service (18/20)
Atmosphere (20/20)
Value (18/20)
Stayed at that small b&b 2 nights, it actually could not get any better! excellent location, close to many vineyards in Margaret River, yummy homemade breakfast and very friendly hosts. Staying there you feel like home and that's what we really like! Highly recommended!