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See what some of our happy guests have to say about our High Country Holidays' ultimate touring experience...

Greetings Shannon and Simeon

Congratulations on your outstanding package- “The Ultimate 6 Day Touring Experience”.

It was indeed just that and more! The organisation was faultless, the venues fascinating, your staff most efficient and friendly and the food always well presented and delicious.

The very high standard of accommodation reflected the fastidious expectations of the management.

To complement the whole experience was the affable and talented coach driver, Gary, who made every day just as enjoyable as the one before.

You have a wonderful product, amazing staff and a beautiful family!

 Best wishes

June and John Reid, Eastlake Probus Club, 12-17 October 2012

 

Tony Sammut, Gladstone Park Probus Club, 2 April 2015

Just a thank you for the wonderful time that our Probus group had with your organised tour of Bright and surrounding areas. Your itinerary covered it well and we had a great coach captain Julian. 

We all had a great time visiting the various townships and places of interest and we enjoyed all of them. The breakfast, lunch and especially the evening meals were great, along with the great service and staff. The feedback from the group was “it was one of the best holidays that we have had.

Jan Lester, Combined Probus Club of Auburn, March 2014,

On behalf of the 34 members who had a wonderful 6 days with you recently, I would like to thank you both for being so friendly and hospitable in making our holiday in Bright such a resounding success. Since returning to Melbourne, I have been told repeatedly that "this was the best trip away ever!" From me personally - thank you for making my job as co-ordinator an easy one in the way that nothing was too much trouble for you.

Don & June Wood, Probus Club of Killarney Heights, March 2014,

We enjoyed our stay with you last week and compliment you on the services and hospitality you provided. You are proprietors who know how to run a Motel so that it becomes a home away from home for your guests!

All the facilities were great, the evening meals varied and the tours you arranged for our Probus group were extremely interesting and provided a comprehensive overview of the attractions in the Ovens Valley area. 

 

Bill and Kim Gibson, St Margaret’s Travel Club ACT, April 2012

Thank you for a wonderful stay. The rooms were spacious with everything that one could want. The staff were excellent and very friendly. The food was delicious and the organisation impeccable.

Ron and Faye Jones, Padstowe Probus Club, March 2011

To Shannon and Simeon along with our great coach captain Bruce... You have developed a wonderful well oiled operation with your carefully selected staff, we can see why you have numerous tourist awards.

Betty and Bert Clarke, Club Coffs, Coffs Harbour, March 2011

Everything excellently catered for from breakfast through to the evening meal. The rooms and beds better than most that I have stayed in. Thank you Shannon for helping me with my husband’s oxygen arrangements. I could not fault one thing and will recommend your holiday and motel to all my friends.

Jenny Prince, Social Co-ordinator, Crighton Lifestyle Resorts, Tea Gardens, 21 April 2010

Hi Shannon

Well, we are back safe and sound after a wonderful 8 day trip and wish to say a big thank you to you and Simeon for the wonderful warm hospitality given to our group during our stay. Plese pass on our thanks to your staff as well who were most courteous and attentive at all times.

Everyone settled in very well at the Motor Inn and we were very spoilt with a great breakfast and 3 course meal at night. We certainly enjoyed the well planned activities throughout each day with a good variety and not too strenuous. Your area itself is a delightful place to visit with such a variety of autumn tones - we certainly timed the trip well and the weather was extremely kind.

On behalf of our group thank you once again.

Bill Daley, Extended Tour Co-ordinator, North Epping Probus Club, 15 April 2010

Dear Shannon and Sim,

Just a quick note to say again how much everyone from the North Epping Probus Club enjoyed our stay in Bright.

We found your Motel a warm and comfortable place to stay and very much to our liking. The itinerary was very well organised and interesting and we now know a lot more about Bright than we did.

We appreciated the way that the staff made us feel comfortable and most of all, we appreciated everything that you both did to make our stay memorable. You are a very competent and professional couple.

On behalf of both groups from our Club, thank you very much.

We will have no hesitation in recommending your High Country Holiday to other groups and I’m sure that many of us will be looking forward to staying at the Ovens Valley Motor Inn when we pass through Bright.

Elaine McFarlaine, Sydney Comdined Walking Group, 22 March 2010

Dear Shannon and Sim,

On behalf of the Combined Walking Group from Sydney, I would like to say a big thank you to both for a great holiday in Bright.

My group all enjoyed their stay, lovely rooms, great itinerary and Sim's lovely meals.

Having Jeff as our Coach Captain was great, especially because he knew the area so well.

Thank you again, Group Organiser, Elain McFarlaine

Mavis Birmingham, Combined Probus Club of Forrest Hill, 12 Oct 2009

To Shannon and Simeon,

Congratulations to you both for the work you have put into the motel, which now gives us as holiday people, such warm snug feelings. Very comfortable suites, yummy food and a general feeling of being'cared for' we will see you again! Thank you and best wishes.

Beverley Molloy, 9 Aug 2009

I stayed at Ovens Valley Motor Inn with our Probus Club. Great value for money. Tasty ,healthy, meals. Clean rooms. Quiet location. No stairs, perfect for us retirees. Magnificent, scenic area. Coach picked us up. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole deal.

Ross Clay, Moovers and Groovers, 24 June 2009

I arranged a trip for our Moovers & Groovers group in 2008 and we all had a wonderful time. The organisation, food and accommodation were excellent and provided a great foundation for our holiday. However, the warm and friendly atmosphere created by our hosts Shannon and Simeon made it a place that you always want to go back too. So by popular demand our group has booked again for 2010. What more needs to be said!!!! 

Jim Hahn, Probus Club of Coonara Cherrybrook, 21 May 2009

We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation on behalf of the 47 club members.... we all had a fabulous time thanks to your amazing organisational skills.... We also managed to break the Victorian drought. Your willingness to ensure we enjoyed ourselves showed through by daily changes to our itinerary due to weather. You worked hard at this and kept a cool and friendly composure through it all.

John & Jean Crago, Applecross Western Australia, 8 Nov 2008

John and I would like to thank you, Simeon, Bruce and your staff for the lovely holiday we had at Bright.

We had been unable to find a trip to the High Country in any of the tourist magazines and had almost given up hope when John spotted your advertisement  in the Probus magazine and the rest is history.  We are sure that you will have many more Probians visiting your lovely motel.

You all looked after us so well and, with the good company and beautiful countryside,  we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We wish you continued success with your Motel and tours.

Graeme Ludlow, Probus Club of Booragoon, 5 Nov 2008

Dear Shannon & Simeon,

We would like you to know how much we appreciated the programme you arranged for our Getaway2008.It was so varied and stimulating that it kept up our interest every day. The hosts at each venue were generous with their time and hospitality and the forests, mountains, valleys, streams and gardens in your region were breathtaking in their spring glory.... All in all we had a wonderful time at the Ovens Valley Motor Inn and will sing your praises to others. Our thanks to all your team.

 

Combined Probus Club of Mandurah, 31 Oct 2008

A wonderful week full of interest, good food and great company. Congratulations to you and your staff from the combined Probus Club of Mandurah.
 

Marcia Bruce, Gordon Park Probus Club, 5 July 2008

I am writing this on behalf of our group from Gordon Park Probus ,to tell you how much everyone enjoyed themselves, the food was great, Shannon your itinerary was most  interesting, and we were also very impressed with Bruce and his knowledgeable commentary. Thanks Again.

Gail Pickles, Kiama Mixed Probus Club, 13 May 2008

A sincere thank you to you and your staff for making our stay in Bright so enjoyable. Your friendly, welcoming and professional approach was admired by all. Thank you once again.

Eleanor Pollard, Combined Probus Club of Wycheproof, 9 April 2008

I write on behalf of the Wycheproof and Charlton Probus group who so thoroughly enjoyed our recent holiday in Bright and district; based at your motel. We thank you for your friendly hospitality, enjoyable, attractively served meals; comfortable rooms and well planned itinerary. The various places we visited were most interesting and such a variety of different attractions to see and enjoy. We all had a great time and sincerely thank you both. Thank you.

Ross Clay, Moovers and Groovers, 19 March 2008

We have been amazed with your organisational skill, your friendly manner and your willingness to meet our every need with a smile.  We don’t know how you manage to do it all, but sincerely thank you both for all you have done. We wish you both health and happiness in the future! The “Moovers and Groovers”.

Ray Jenkins, Probus Club of Sutherland, 11 June 2007

The rooms where very comfortable, bright and cheery and the atmosphere was very friendly. Meals were most enjoyable and serving sizes good. The handling of special diets was a credit to you. The way the itinerary was organised with picnic lunches became something we all looked forward to and appreciated. We found the staff to be professional without losing their cheerfulness.

We would especially like to thank you for your  assistance in the organisation of the Birthday and Wedding Anniversary celebrations for our members ….. also for your co-operation in allowing us to have our games nights. Your Motor Lodge is certainly a place we would all recommend to anyone travelling to Bright.
 

Judy Lindsay, Kiama Mixed Probus Club, 20 May 2007

My husband and I were part of the Kiama Mixed Probus group who stayed with you from 12th to 17th May. We are writing to tell you how much we enjoyed your hospitality and the itinerary you drew up for us. We could not fault the programme for variety, interest and balance. We are 78 and older than most of the group but we were able to keep up with it all.

The meals you provided were excellent and your dining room staff were pleasant and attentive. So full marks to you both for your attention to detail and all round organisational skills. We have been telling our friends about your motel. Best wishes!

PS: Thanks also for the Mothers' Day gift.

Extract from: The Probus Club of Broken Hill Inc. Bulletin, Written by Kevin Sinclair

His account of the ‘Bright Trip’ has set a new record for length and detail of trip descriptions ever published in this bulletin: 

…Our tour of Bright and the Ovens Valley was a great success, the organising team and the participants should feel pleased with the result… we then returned to our motel for dinner,  Bill Graham thanked the motel proprietors for organising all our tours and meals, and their staff for their polite and friendly service….it was in my opinion the greatest value for money of any tour I have experienced.
 

Jan Irvine, President Forster District Probus Club, 29 Oct 2006

Our 47 happy Probians arrived home full of delight at the wonderful holiday we had spent in your beautiful Bright area…….. I would personally like to thank you both for your assistance in putting the tour together and your efforts to ensure that everyone had a good visit. The quality of accommodation was excellent, your staff friendly and efficient and I know that we have all added extra weight as a result of Simeon’s cooking which was too delicious to resist.

The Bright area has so much to offer and we found everyday held yet another delight for us. We learnt so much from apples to ostriches, and emu oils to the majesty and beauty of Mt Buffalo and historic Beechworth. We all loved Verona’s stories of life in the ballet for sustainable farming and who could forget the beauty of Peg and Harrys magnificent garden.

Having Jeff as our Coach Captain was a real bonus – his knowledge of the area was outstanding and we all found him extremely helpful and co-operative.
Regards to you both.

Carole Gregory, Glenmore Park Probus, 25 Sept 2006

Thank you so much for making each day here so pleasant. We have enjoyed everyday and will be happy to recommend this trip to others.

Mr GB Spencer, 31 July 2006

And so we arrived at the Ovens Valley Motor Inn, Bright. I think I can say that I have never before been so impressed with a motel’s presentation as I was at first sight of Simeon’s and Shannon’s operation. And my first impression was confirmed when we entered our room…I have nothing but praise for the Ovens Valley Motor Inn and its eager to please proprietors. Our impressions gained at time of our initial visit were confirmed when my wife and I were overnight guests there on Friday last, 28th July.

Lynda Duvall, Kareela Combined Probus Club, 30 May 2006

On behalf of the members of Kareela Combined Probus Club I would like to thank you for a wonderful holiday in Bright. Your organisation of all aspects of this trip was a credit to you both. Simeon – your cooking was excellent. Thank you again.

Joan Taplin, The Water Board Former Employees Club, 22 May 2006

Many Thanks for one of the best holidays we have had with our club. Everyone enjoyed the leisurely itinerary, the meals, the lovely motel, the beautiful scenery and most of all yourselves. Hope to see you again for a ‘Spring’ Adventure. Very best wishes.

(This group returned in October 2007)

Dawn Miller, Gerroa Combined Probus Club, 4 May 2006

On behalf on the 42 members and guests of the Gerroa Combined Probus Club who recently travelled to Bright and stayed at your motel, I thank you.  All who attended this holiday have expressed nothing but favourable comments. We all had a good time, the itinerary was great, and really enjoyed the wonderful characters we met on tours. Our trip was certainly good value for money.

Everyone enjoyed the meals each day and found the motel very comfortable. Since our return we have recommended this trip to various Probus Clubs in our surrounding area. Thanking you once again.

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