Duckcottage: A beautifully restored stone cottage
House in Second Valley, SA
'Duck' cottage is a beautifully renovated 2 bedroom 1850's stone cottage on five acres of tree studded land. This unique cottage retains many of its original features including its wonderfully insulating thick stone walls, wide verandah, open fires and its low doorways (adequate at the time for small Cornish folk) .which are what led us to name it 'Duck' cottage. These heritage features are combined with modern amenities, comfortable beds, new bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen with full sized stove, microwave and refrigerator.
Duck cottage is perfect for those wanting absolute privacy in a rural environment within a short drive to the Second Valley Leonard's Mill restaurant, general store, art galley and delightful beach.
Second Valley is beautiful all year round. It has mild winters and warm dry summers - usually with a cooling evening breeze off the sea.
Spring is lush with birds and flowers in abundance in the Duck Cottage garden. In summer enjoy the beach and all its delights as well as the nearby Deep Creek Conservation Park, the Heysen Trail, Talisker Silver Mine or the unique Raywood Nursery.
Duck cottage only a 15 minute drive to the Kangaroo Island.
Ferry Terminal at Cape Jervis making it an ideal KI stopover.
It is a 5 minute drive south to the Delamere General Store fo supplies and petrol. Alternatively, the towns of Normanville and Yankalilla are about a 15 minute drive back towards Adelaide.
Duck Cottage is hidden from view in the midst of an old garden at the foot of a hillside that we have re-vegetated with native plants. The cottage is sheltered on three sides by a wide verandah, The thick stone walls keep it cool in summer and easily warmed in winter.
Duck Cottage is supplied by rain water and has solar powered assisted mains electricity.
The cottage is furnished in keeping with the era in which it was built but with modern comforts and amenities. There are two bedrooms, one with queen bed and the other with twin single beds sleeping up to four people -high quality linen and bedding is provided. The comfortable lounge room features the original enormous open fireplace. The large kitchen / dining room is has all modern facilities as well as the old wood burning stove, which is nice to light in winter for additional ambiance and warmth. The newly renovated bathroom is stylish and there are outdoor settings for garden or verandah meals.
Strictly no pets or smoking are allowed- in order to maintain the cottage as an allergy free space. Also our resident pet sheep 'Chloe' who lives in the fenced gully paddock beside the cottage and the local birdlife and kangaroos depend on there being no pets (particularly dogs) on the property.
There is a simple sound system but no TV, Broadband or VCR. Mobile phone reception is also unreliable so the experience of staying at the cottage is superbly quiet, though never boring.
There is a landline phone at the cottage for guest use and emergencies.
Rated 5 out of
Duck cottage is where time stands still. So peaceful and private. Birds, kangaroos, trees and (this is the best bit) an open log fire!
Date published: 2015-05-29
Rated 3 out of
Could be great but...
We stayed at Duck Cottage on a weekend and while the cottage was lovely, there are a few things that could make it perfect :
1. The following didn't work:
a. small torch by the key safe
b. larger torch in the kitchen
c. bed side lamp
2. One of the kitchen cupboards looks like it needs a tidy up - items just thrown in.
3. There were various food items around the kitchen that were quite out of date for example, spices in the spice rack on the kitchen bench (2005) and the Weetbix in the Weetbix box (2012). Looks like the kitchen needs a good going over.
4. While bathroom itself was very clean, there were used toiletries in the bathroom cupboard
5. The bathroom was well appointed, but there was no soap in the bathroom - there was a small amount of hand cleaner on the sink, but nothing for the shower. It was also very cold (no heating)
6. We arrived after dark on a cold night only to find no firewood. We did find it with the use of a torch (hubby always has one in his car - ever the boy scout!) but the welcome book says that the fire would be set on arrival and it wasn't. There was also no paper or kindling for the initial lighting. We did stack firewood and left kindling for the next visitor.
Date published: 2015-04-19
Rated 5 out of
Such a beautiful place. thoughohly enjoyed our stay! Have stayed here twice and eager to go again :)
Date published: 2015-01-20
Rated 5 out of
Country at its best
Great place to unwind. And see how they lived in years gone by.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of
what a beauty
the only thing that stops me saying that this is perfect is the fact that it is so close to the road, but having said that it would not/ will not stop me from returning hopefully many times.
Date published: 2014-10-17
Duckcottage: A beautifully restored stone cottage is rated
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities,
Pets not allowed,