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Charlie Bates Cottage

Cottage, Penneshaw

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

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9 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bathroom


Summer Special $110 per night for all vacant nights in Nov/Dec/Jan Minimum 3 night stay, 2 guests, extra guests $20 per night. Applies to all bookings made in November. Inclusive of linen and cleaning charges.

Charlie Bates Cottage is an iconic part of Penneshaw's history. The cottage has proudly stood watch over the beautiful shores of Hog's Bay for more than 110 years. An original limestone settler's cottage, it was built for Charles Bates, son of Harry Bates. Both father and son with their extended families made an amazing and very colourful contribution to the early settlement of the East End of Kangaroo Island. They each took on the Postmaster's tender, which saw the men responsible for delivering the Island's mail services by boat and horseback from the mainland. An arduous journey.

Charles was one of 9 children from Harry's second marriage that helped build a bullock track from Antechamber Bay to Penneshaw which can still be seen today on the Baudin Conservation Park Walk as well as engaging in various farming and other entrepreneurial pursuits to forge a living in the harsh conditions that were part of early Island settlement.

Once the only homestead on a large landholding in Penneshaw, the cottage still remains today even though the town has been been significantly populated....in Kangaroo Island terms that is Nestled on a large, sloping block she boasts magnificent ocean views, is conveniently located only 2 minutes from the Sealink ferry terminal and a very short walk to the safe swimming beach at the end of the road.

Charlie's has been lovingly restored and refurbished to provide our guests with all the conveniences you need to experience a truly memorable holiday. We offer the perfect base for couples, families and friends travelling together so you can experience the very best that Kangaroo Island has to offer from the comfort of somewhere that feels like home. Our guests often comment they never want to leave.

A modern extension to the original settler's cottage consists of a fully equipped kitchen including a full size fridge/freezer, microwave, quality kitchenware, a dining area with ocean views, laundry with washing machine and clothes dryer, spacious heated bathroom with separate shower, clawfoot bath, and an additional toilet. These facilities and our wonderful location combine to make this unique piece of Kangaroo Island's history the ideal base for your getaway.

Charlie Bates Cottage is a T-Qual and National Australian Tourism Association Accredited property.


Perhaps you are looking for the ultimate romantic getaway, somewhere to share a special weekend away, propose to your partner or a charming and private honeymoon destination.

Curl up in front of a stunning, original open stone fire place that has warmed generations of Islanders with a delicious Island wine and your love in the cooler months.


Grab beach towels and head off on an easy 3 minute walk to the end of the street to spend the day having a fantastic family experience swimming and building sandcastles on one of the safest swimming beaches on the Island, Hog's Bay. Dolphins frequent the bay and you might be lucky enough to spot a seal swimming in the waters around the jetty.


Sink into an antique clawfoot bath surrounded by bubbles, a good book, a bevvie or maybe the latest mag, enjoy some well deserved me time.


Have a day off from touring and watch a selection on great movies from our extensive DVD library on the the LCD TV, or just put one on for the kids so Mum and Dad can have a well deserved break read a book, play board games or enjoy time with your loved ones.


Adults and children alike will delight in the opportunity to feed the wallabies and spectacular blue wrens on the lawn. Tammar wallabies visit the cottage every night looking for a tasty treat. Stone fruit and bananas are a favourite along with leafy green vegetables. An intimate wildlife experience for all of our guests.

The Penneshaw Penguin Centre is located just a short walk around the bay and provides a fantastic opportunity to observe the local Fairy Penguins in their natural habitat and gain an insight into the life of these beautiful and mysterious seabirds.


Try your hand at fishing off the Penneshaw jetty or the Rocks for the famed King George Whiting or jag a Squid. Charlie's comes equipped with fishing rods free of charge for your use. Alternatively we can put you in touch with professional charter operators so you don't miss out on the catch of a lifetime.


Simply relax on the verandah with your favourite glass of wine and watch the sun set over the ocean or the comings and goings of the ferries..

Sink into a bank of pillows and decide you are NOT getting out of bed today.

Fire up the BBQ on the verandah and enjoy some prime Island Southbank Lamb or a snag with 180 degree views with your dinner, lunch or breakfast.


If there's one decision you wont regret this year, Charlie's on Kangaroo Island is it


PLEASE NOTE: $135 is our base rate for 2 guests off season. Additional guests are @$20 per person. WE DO ACCOMMODATE 1 NIGHT STAYS HOWEVER THESE ARE $200/NIGHT FOR UP TO 4 GUESTS.

Guest Reviews from Tripadvisor/Flipkey

A home away from home. CBC has all you could need and more for a stay on wonderful Kangaroo Island. The cottage is fully equiped with all you could possibly want to make your stay an enjoyable and relaxing one.

We also had some problems with the ferry being delayed for two days after our departure date and the CBC management we very helpful in extending our stay with a minimum of fuss.

Highly recommend you consider a stay at CBC - September 2012

I can't speak more highly of the cottage. Easy to find, clean comfortable and well serviced. Grandparents, ourselves and the seven year old all loved it. Price was spot on, so wish we were there right now, out of the hubbub of life. And a fantastic atmosphere about the place. Thanks Nadia and John for opening this up for everyone to enjoy. - August 2012

The minute we walk into the house we felt so comfortable and immediately feel like we r at home. It was very clean and has everything we needed. Location was also very good. Away from town but close enough to take a nice stroll in the evening. The view from the house is uninterrupted and lovely to watch the ferries coming in and out from the pier. There is an orange tree at the back and we helped ourselves and it was so sweet and juicy. Thank you very much. Our overseas friends just could not stop telling everyone when we return to adelaide. Already telling my friends how good value Charlie Bates accomodation is and the picture on the website is how it is too. - March 2012

We loved Charlie Bates Cottage It was perfect for our stay. The cottage was very comfortable, clean and well equipped. The history of the cottage was very interesting. The cottage is close to town and only a short stroll via the beautiful beach. Close to the ferry terminal, you can't go wrong. I would highly recommend the cottage for couples and families alike. Kangaroo Island is a gem and this place is a great part of it - January 2012

Why stay in Penneshaw?

A picture book seaside village, Penneshaw is the ideal location for your stay on Kangaroo Island. Superb swimming beaches, stunning scenery, fantastic fishing, abundant wildlife and a well serviced town centre are just some of the attractions Penneshaw has to offer.

Just at the end of the road from Charlie's, Hog's Bay Beach is a great place to swim, see dolphins or the occassional seal at play and has excellent grassed BBQ facilities located near the Penguin Information Centre and ferry terminal. The centre is open nightly for tours featuring Penneshaw's cutest residents, the Little Fairy Penguins. Tammar wallabies roam the streets in the evening, stopping at Charlie's for a munch on the lawn of some fruit.

The Penneshaw Hotel and Sorrento's Restaurant offer quality meals with ocean views, or after a hard days touring if you don't feel like cooking or eating out, there are several take away options including a pizza bar and fish and chips.

Pack a picnic and stop at Chapman River on your way back from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, sample wines and local produce at Sunset and Dudley Wineries or fish for the famed KI King George Whiting on the jetty. What ever your idea of the perfect Kangaroo Island holiday you're sure to find it at Charlies in Penneshaw.

With so much to see and do in the Penneshaw area, you could be tempted to never leave, but if you decide to discover everything the Island has to offer, all the Islands attractions are within an easy day's driving return trip from Charlie's. To ensure your safety, when planning day trips make sure you allow enough time to return home before dusk, as this when many of the Island's wildlife species become active.

WE DO ACCEPT 1 NIGHT BOOKINGS FOR THE FLAT RATE OF $200 FOR UP TO 4 PEOPLE. ONE NIGHT STAYS ARE NOT $135. All pricing is inclusive of linen, firewood, GST and cleaning charges.


Features covered by Stayz Rental Assurance

Air conditioning, Parking, Washing machine

Air conditioning Child's high chair Clothes dryer Cot Dining Dishes and utensils DVD player Fireplace Heating Iron and board Kitchen Linens provided Microwave Non-Smoking Outdoor grill Oven Parking Refrigerator Stove Television Toaster Towels provided Video library Washing machine
Charlie Bates Cottage is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 21.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant Had 3 fantastic nights during July. The children loved the bunk room and the roaring fire at night. Great choice of DVD’s and very comfy couches made nights enjoyable. Best part was sitting on veranda with glass of red watching the ferry arrive and depart.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great view but needs a clean Great location with a lovely view. Thankfully the beds were comfortable. The cottage is quite run down inside and hasn't been maintained well, needs a thorough clean inside. We still enjoyed our holiday, but wouldn't book another stay here.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cottage needs TLC Cottage is well located with great views, 5 min walk to beach and working kitchen and bathroom. But needs TLC. Very run down and needs a good clean and fix.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely quaint accomodation!! Fantastic accommodation with everything provided that you will need for a relaxing stay. Nice walk to the beach, shops, hotel & Café in Penneshaw. Furnished with period pieces consistent with the historical nature of the building with some lovely history of the original owners. Very nicely done!! Great stay & great place to base a Kangaroo Island experience from. Thank you
Date published: 2016-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Place To Stay In Penneshaw! We regularly enjoy our stay at Charlie Bates Cottage and this time around was no exception. Cold winters nights with a roaring fireplace and waking up to views of the ocean and watching the ferry come in from Cape Jarvis whilst having breakfast on the verandah. Its a great base to explore the entire island and plenty of room to spread out, and if you're lucky you'll find the wallabies on the front lawn in the evenings (if you leave a few carrots for them of course). Can't wait to come back for our next stay, its even more fun in summer with the beach right in front of you.
Date published: 2014-08-23
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