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This property is a 6-minute walk from the beach. Madsen Retreat offers pet-friendly accommodations in Penguin. Free secure on-site parking available. A full cooked English breakfast is available for an additional $15 per person, per night.

All rooms have a private bathroom and toilet, and some give access to a spa bath. All rooms provide free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, bathrobes and slippers. All units provide access to tables, seating and places to relax and enjoy an ocean view.

During winter guests can enjoy sitting in front of a wood fire. The guest house offers a private lounge and bike hire.

Devonport is 16 mi from the guest house, while Burnie is 9.9 mi away.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.1 for a two-person trip.

Madsen Retreat has been welcoming guests since Feb 19, 2017

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.2)

Breakfast Info

Continental, Vegetarian

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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4 reasons to choose Madsen Retreat

  • Prices you can't beat!
  • Booking is safe
  • Manage your bookings online
  • The staff speaks English
Closest beaches
  • Penguin Beach

    8.3 Very good beach
    1,100 feet from property
  • Watcombe Beach

    8.4 Very good beach
    1,450 feet from property
  • Johnsons Beach

    8.2 Very good beach
    3,000 feet from property
  • Preservation Bay Beach

    9.3 Wonderful beach
    1.4 miles from property
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Hosted by Christopher Whitelaw and TingTing Cao are the Owners and Ting is the Manager.

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Christopher Whitelaw and TingTing Cao are the Owners and Ting is the Manager.
Madsen Retreat is a large Mediterranean style home sitting up on a hill with views of Penguin Beach and the town. It sits on 950 sq metres surrounded by its own landscaped lawns and gardens. It is just a 5 minute walk to the beach and main rd of Penguin. It is very quiet and relaxing. You can move freely about the guesthouse and enjoy its dining room, sunroom and outside lawns, gazebo, deck with tables and chairs and barbecue area. It has secure onsite parking. The rooms are spacious and AAA 4 star quality accredited. Its 4 rooms are suitable for people travelling alone, couples, groups and business travellers. It is pet friendly, with fully fenced space for your pets to run around in. All rooms/suites have ocean view, fully stocked mini bar, private ensuites, ceiling fans, internal heating, quality linens and towels, smart tv, free wifi, internal table & chairs, robes and slippers. The business is accredited by the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania as a compliant quality tourism business. All rooms/suites are located on the first floor accessed by a short staircase of 15 stairs. All rooms are equipped with tea/coffee facilities, toaster and lavazza coffee machine & barfridge.
Chris and Ting came here from the mainland in 2016 and opened the guesthouse in January 2017. Ting manages the guesthouse and Chris manages the marketing side as well as his other business interests. We are dedicated to offering our guests 4 star excellence. We love meeting people from all parts of Tasmania, Australia and the world. Part of the downstairs area of the guesthouse is our home but we keep out of sight and we welcome guests to use our dining and living room and the sunroom, rear deck with gazebo and adjoining bbq area. We have a large mod kitchen with plates, cutlery, cheese boards, glasses, cups etc. that guests can access by arrangement with us. We can offer extra fridge space as well. Some guests want privacy and stick to their rooms but for the those who like to socialise we are always open for a chat downstairs. We greet every arriving guest and offer you free freshly cooked scones with jam/cream and selection of teas and fresh brewed coffee. Guests who pay full price receive a complimentary continental breakfast and we offer a full cooked breakfast for a competitive price. Your pets are welcome and we will direct you to best places to eat/dine.
Penguin is a jewell of a place in NW Tasmania. Equidistant between Burnie and Devonport (20-30 minutes each way, and just 10 minutes from lovely Ulverstone. Penguin has the perfect beach - crescent shaped with lovely sand and pebbles. Perfect to walk, run or exercise on at low tides. A pedestrian promenade runs the entire length. Animal friendly with two local vets on hand. Great restaurants in Penguin, Ulverstone, Burnie and Devonport and all between. Visitors who check in here for a night, very often decide to extend their stay. The beach drive from Penguin to Ulverstone and the coastal drive from Penguin to Burnie are spectacularly beautiful. Easy access to many beautiful country drives to explore NW Tasmania. Just 1 hour from Port Stanley. Penguin benefits from a dedicated Make Over team of volunteers who keep coming up with great ideas that make the village and surrounds even more beautiful and enjoyable.
Languages spoken: English,Chinese
Area info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
Excellent location – show map
Restaurants & cafes
  • Restaurant Pier 01Ulverstone
    2.5 miles
  • Restaurant El Perro Penguin
    0.3 miles
  • Cafe/Bar Jo & Co Penguin
    0.3 miles
  • Cafe/Bar Letterbox Penguin
    0.3 miles
  • Cafe/Bar Renaissance Penguin
    0.3 miles
Natural Beauty
  • Ocean/Sea Bass Strait
    0.3 miles
Beaches in the Neighborhood
  • Penguin Beach
    1,100 feet
  • Watcombe Beach
    1,450 feet
  • Johnsons Beach
    3,000 feet
  • Preservation Bay Beach
    1.4 miles
  • Midway Beach
    2.2 miles
Closest Airports
  • Devonport Airport
    19 miles
  • Burnie Wynyard Airport
    19.5 miles
How to get to Madsen Retreat from Launceston Airport
    Free parking is available.
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Amenities of Madsen Retreat
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Guest bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Slippers
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Alarm clock
  • Garden view
  • Ocean view
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Barbecue
  • BBQ facilities
  • Patio
  • Garden
  • Dining table
  • Cleaning products
  • Toaster
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.
  • Walking tours Additional charge
  • Temporary art galleries Off-site
  • Beach
  • Horseback riding Off-site Additional charge
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing Additional charge
  • Spa
  • Fishing
  • Golf course (within 2 miles) Additional charge
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • iPod dock
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Radio
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Fruit
  • Wine/Champagne
  • Snack bar
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Minibar
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Street parking
  • Secure parking
  • Shared lounge/TV area
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/out
  • Baggage storage
  • Express check-in/out
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Child safety socket covers
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Pet bowls
  • Pet basket
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Wake-up service
  • Heating
  • Soundproof
  • Carpeted
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Suit press
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Wake-up service/Alarm clock
  • Room service
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Health & Wellness Facilities
  • Beach umbrellas
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Chinese
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Sustainability initiatives
This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules Madsen Retreat takes special requests – add in the next step!


2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


7:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.


The entrance to the property is closed between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children over 15 are welcome.

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Crib and extra bed policies

15 years old
Extra bed by request
AUD 20 per child, per night
Adult (18+ years)
Extra bed by request
AUD 40 per person, per night

Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

The maximum number of extra beds allowed depends on the room you choose. Double-check the maximum capacity for the room you selected.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

Age restriction

Check-in is only possible for guests between 18 and 18 years old

Mastercard Visa Eftpos Madsen Retreat accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 9:00 PM and 7:00 AM.


Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.

The fine print

Please note that there is a 1.9% charge when you pay with an American Express credit card.

Please note that there is a limit of one dog. Pets can only be accommodated inside the guest house if they are fully house trained and are not allowed on beds or furniture. There is a single kennel provided outside for your pet. You must bring your own pet bedding and bowls.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimize transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary, and other relevant info on dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform Madsen Retreat of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

License number: Central Coast Council DA216038

FAQs about Madsen Retreat

  • Guests staying at Madsen Retreat can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.2).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Vegetarian
    • À la carte

  • Room options at Madsen Retreat include:

    • Suite
    • Twin
    • Studio

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Madsen Retreat by:

    • Car 1h 30min

  • Madsen Retreat offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Spa
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    • Beach
    • Horseback riding
    • Temporary art galleries
    • Walking tours

  • Check-in at Madsen Retreat is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • The prices at Madsen Retreat may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • The nearest beach is 1,650 feet from Madsen Retreat.

  • Madsen Retreat is 650 feet from the center of Penguin.