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Margaret River Accommodation – Hall of Fame Award

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A Certificate of Excellence and a Hall of Fame Award!

Thank you wonderful guests for all your fabulous Margaret River reviews, allowing us to be given these honours/ awards from Trip Advisor 2015.

And thank you to all the excellent Margaret River restaurants, wineries, winery tours, galleries ,fellow accommodation suppliers and nature herself for supporting us at Merribrook Retreat  in the Margaret River Wine Region.

Warmest Congratulation to fellow Hall of Fame winners, especially our neighbours Olio Bello.

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Margaret River Accommodation – Happy Hour Wednesday

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Happy Hour, Wednesday 7th July, Between 12 noon – 1 pm

Fantastic specials on accommodation and packages will appear on the Merribrook Retreat website for ONE HOUR ONLY    and you must call / email us directly in that hour to secure a deal!  Ring  Lorraine during the hour 12 noon – 1pm on  Wednesday,   Ph  +61 897 555 599 or email info@merribrook.com.au. (We do need your credit card to take a Happy Hour booking)

Happy Hour conditions apply to all Happy Hour bookings

 

Rates overview             Villa Descriptions

+61 897  555  599

More information on Happy Hour and Happy Hour Conditions.

So where does the term happy hour come from? We all know about happy hour at the local pub, however the term actually originated in the United States Navy. In the 1920s, “happy hour” was slang for on-ship performances rewarded with a drink. “Happy” in this context means slightly drunk, but here at Merribrook it means great deals for our accommodation.

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Margaret River Accommodation – Winter Special Deals

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MID WEEK Margaret River Winter SPECIAL , 3 Sensational nights.

For mid week nights  t0 July 23rd  (Monday to Thursday inclusive) when staying 3 nights, there are fantastic savings on the 3 Sensational night rate …

Lakeview Retreat Villas        from $285 to  $299 a night, 2 people, bed and breakfast. (min stay 3 nights)

Forest Edge Garden Villa    from $250 a night, 2 persons, bed and breakfast(min stay 3 nights)

Lake House                                 from $399 a night  2 persons, bed and breakfast(min stay 3 nights)

Enjoy excellent winter rates at magical Merribrook Retreat. Your villa and complimentary fully cooked breakfast , more

Wood fired sauna, green gardens, wonderful breakfasts, open winter wood fire in the lodge.  Away from the crowds at your private property.

 

 

 

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Margaret River Accommodation – Skippy, the Moet drinking bush kangaroo

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Urban myth or reality?

Once upon a time, Skippy was our Merribrook Retreat pet kangaroo. A huge strong and cheeky male, this gorgeous creature, some 18 years ago endeared himself to all. Perhaps some of you can remember him-up on the lodge verandah, nibbling my then young garden, scaring startled guests along the villa paths.7_Skippy.jpg

Once he held two bemused children hostage on their top bunk. He had entered the villa looking for biscuits-he had developed a passion for sweet food (not that we would offer him biscuits today, being more ecologically aware!!) The children were too scared to climb down and endured a long siege awaiting the return of their parents. All the while Skippy consumed the entire contents of their Christmas biscuit tin.

A passion for biscuits grew into a passion for beer, wine and ultimately champagne. In Villa Two, one spring a charming representative of Moet and Chandon was enjoying a magnificent Merribrook sundown.

The Moet was chilled, the glasses poured. The Frenchman stretched lazily on his wisteria clad verandah. Suddenly Skippy arrives on the scene. With grace and experience, he reached for the champagne flute and elegantly drained the glass. The startled Frenchman came running to us at the Lakeside Lodge. I have seen everything now, even Moet drinking bush kangaroos
I believe this story lives on in France to this day!

However we all realized our Skippy was becoming too familiar, too human. What of his own kind, his own life in the wild? We took him about 100km from Merribrook deep into the State forest and bid him a fond farewell. We thought often of him over the past 18 years.

This is now where the urban myth or Merribrook reality comes into play. My youngest daughter and I were walking over the new stone bridge by the waterfall and the dogs disturbed the biggest old roo I have seen in years. Actually, the biggest since Skippy went away. Strangely the roo, albeit cross with the dogs presence did not hop away. Instead we fled, a little confused and fearful from this strange encounter.

Next morning the very same large old male kangaroo was feeding close to the road. I wound down my car window- he was barely two feet from me. I questioned aloud,
Who are you, old boy? That afternoon I walked down to the old Western Grey who was now very close to Villa 6 verandah. It suddenly came to me. Was it, is it?
I walked up to him, looked him in the eye firmly and asked, Are you Skippy, the Moet drinking bush kangaroo? To my greatest joy his eyes sparkled, his ears twitched and his nose snuffed and He leaned into me.
Skippy, Skippy, you have come home.

I looked for Skippy the next morning, and the next morning. Where are you, Skippy?
The days turned into a week. The guests told me of a strong smell near Villa Six. On walking deep into the creek vegetation, I found dear Skippy, peacefully asleep, sadly dead.

On recounting Skippys story to my wonderful neighbour who has raised orphan kangaroos for years and has lived close to nature for almost six decades, she told me some startling facts.

Yes, kangaroos especially males do go home to die.
Yes, kangaroos can live in excess of 20 years.
And yes, Skippy, the Moet drinking bush kangaroo never lost his love for his early Merribrook home and travelled over 100kms to return home to die.

Lorraine Firth

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