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Best Friend Holiday Retreat Testimonials

The following are extracts from over 1000 written testimonials received since opening in July 2003:

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" We have visited over 20 dog friendly establishments during our 7 week trip from Darwin but none have the facilities we have found for dogs at the level that they are presented here. The valley walks are also very beautiful. " R.F., Fannie Bay, NT.

"They are truly a place that "welcomes" dogs - not just allows dogs" D.V., Grovedale, Vic.

"Never before have I seen such facilities developed for dogs. The special areas (5) for off-leash play were great. The doggie themes in the accommodation were thoughtful too, from the doggie treats to the doggie toothbrush holder and doggie alarm clock ! Even if it rained there was a doggie umbrella. I would highly recommend this facility to all dog lovers."B.C., Knoxfield, Vic.

"We love here and don't want to go home. Kiara and Tilly loved their holidays - they think it is Doggy Heaven ! We hope we can come again. We wish you good luck. Love from Ben." (age 7)."

"The proprietors know about the important bond we have with our dog" T.C., Knoxfield, Vic

"The Retreat's basic facilities for dogs create a totally new aspect to camping. I now can include our dogs in my holiday plans, and know they are going to have just as good a time as us" C.O'H., Croydon, Vic

"the secure fencing around our cabin gave us peace of mind" S.B., Langwarrin, Vic

" BFHR is fantastic ! tranquil rainforest surrounds, resident koalas, kookaburras, native finches and wrens were a highlight. Our every need was catered for by our friendly hosts, Coralie & Ralph, and our dog had a ball ! A brilliant initiative" B.P., Pascoe Vale, Vic

"Our hosts Ralph & Coralie are warm, relaxed and very hard working providing us with an idyllic camping experience. attention to detail is to be highly commended ...... there is even doggy print toilet paper ! " C.C., Pascoe Vale, Vic

"State of the art kennels give us a rest while our loved ones visit nearby National Parks" Zephyr B the Boxer, Mt Waverley, Vic

"My holiday has been the best ever ...... I even got to have a day in the kennels. This was great as I watched a video, my favourite, "101 Dalmations" Roxy F the Maltese X, Newstead, Vic

"What a FANTASTIC place to stay with your dogs !! Dog loving hosts. The setting is perfect, scenery great and plenty of places to visit close by. Having travelled most of Australia with dogs this has to be the most dog-friendly caravan park we have ever stayed at. This is definitely the BEST place for DOGS to take their owners for a FANTASTIC holiday" M.F.S., Rosewood. Q'ld

"This HAS to be the ONLY caravan park in Australia with all these fantastic amenities !" S.J.S., Rosewood, Q'ld

"The Holiday Retreat is in a glorious forest area with easy access to beautiful beaches" B.B., Box Hill North, Vic

"Every finishing touch has been thought of .... a fun and relaxing holiday destination" K.V., Glen Iris, Vic

"Sensible rules mean everyone has a good time and it is amazingly quiet - we all slept so well" B.H., Highett, Vic

"21st century kennels with carpet, armchair, tv, video, radio and a grassed dog-proofed area for play" J.B., McCrae, Vic

"Cabins and facilities are first class with dogs allowed inside. It is quiet and relaxing yet close to town" K.L., Rowville, Vic

"The nearby river and bushland makes the place ideal for bushwalking with your dogs" A.B., Moruya, NSW

"The most dog friendly accommodation we have come across, securely fenced gardens and fenced off lead areas for complete safety. Everything has been thought of. Drinks, lollies, books and videos on site. The hosts are very friendly and true dog lovers" A & D. H., Daylesford, Vic

"a great stress-free environment" J.A., Upwey, Vic

"the only place I have ever stayed that understands truly what the word 'welcome' means" E.S., Mt Waverley, Vic

"close to The Ninety Mile Beach where the dogs can go for long runs" H.A., Fitzroy North, Vic

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