Guests Comments


Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful (www) together with nice cool weather, great scenery, exhausting local hill walks, excellent hospitality, very comfortable accommodation, complete with loads of goodies in the fridge/pantry and lovely, friendly Joan & Jim! In addition, the beautiful gardens and delightful wildlife all contributed to a 10 out of 10 holiday for both ourselves and our good UK friends. Well done and keep up all the exceptional work.  Tony & Maxine Albertson, Dardenup, W.A. & Trevor & Fiona Ward, U.K. – November, 2013

Joan & Jim. Thank you for a wonderful break at Jilba. We found you by chance and are so glad we did. Your cottage accommodation is first class and we really appreciated the quality of the furnishings and all the little extras you provided in the pantry. Your gardens and property were a delight to wander around. Jilba is perfectly placed to explore the stunning Porongurups and beyond. Finally, thank you personally for being such wonderful hosts – nothing was too much bother. We hope to come again.   Norma & Paul Linnane, Perth, W.A. – November, 2013

Thank you both, Joan & Jim for your warm hospitality and exceptional welcoming pack, the bowl of fresh flowers and well-equipped kitchen.  These are the kind of things that made our stay most enjoyable and one we will recommend to friends and family.  A home from home!  Gianna & Bernie Paulton, Swan Valley, W.A. – November, 2014

Dear Joan & Jim, You’ve made our first visit to this part of your country an unforgettably nice experience!  We have enjoyed the tour, the conversations with you and the welcome breakfast was fabulous.  Thank you!  Tin & Peter, The Netherlands – January, 2015

Thank you, Joan & Jim, for your wonderful hospitality in the most beautiful of settings.  Jilba is everything advertised and more.  The variety of birds you can see from the cottage is fantastic and seeing wild kangaroos, a real bonus.  Ian & Vicki, Shropshire, U.K. – April, 2015

We had a most comfortable stay at this lovely place.  Thank you, Joan & Jim, for your generous supplies, local knowledge, friendliness and warm welcome.  This will be a memorable part of our drive through SW Australia, that we’ll take back with us to Singapore.  H T, Pauline, Rachel & K P, Singapore – April, 2015

Our third trip here, this time with overseas family guests.  As good as ever.  Thank you for all the extras – delicious avocado, olives and home-made marmalade.  Thanks also for the recommendation of the Happy Bull in Mt Barker.  Great food & nice people.  We’ll be back.  Jim, Jackie, Jack & Gill Merriman, Pemberton & Orkney – April, 2015

What a great 5 days we had! The cottage is so well equipped & comfortable. Your welcome with the goodies – fresh juice & home made biscuits was appreciated. The gardens, the birds & kangaroos at Jilba were a delight to us. We especially enjoyed the Wildflower Walk you recommended to us from Stirling Retreat. It helped us understand where & how to look for orchids & other flowers around us. Your suggestion of the Anzac Museum was appreciated too. Five days was not enough, wish we could have stayed longer.
Karen & Keith Sweetman, London, U.K. – September, 2016

A wonderful place in the park setting. Thank you for lovely memories of South Western Australia. Lily Hecht, Ottawa, Canada – October, 2016

Jilba Cottage is exceptionally good, as are Joan & Jim – we appreciated the good quality of everything & the supply of anything that might be needed. An excellent & comfortable base for a very successful birding trip! The olives were delicious – thank you! Rob & Caroline Gully, Nilma North, Victoria – November, 2016