SMITH STREET VILLA at 192 Smith Street is the closest Bed and Breakfast to the centre of Naracoorte and is very convenient to everything.
The 1910 freestone villa of generous proportions has five bedrooms and two bathrooms and has proved very popular with guests who like to be only a short walk from shops and services.
There are two queen-sized bedrooms, two double bedrooms and a twin bedroom with two single beds.
The sitting room has comfortable leather sofas and recliners, a wood-burning combustion heater, TV and DVD player.
The main bathroom has a full-sized bath, shower, vanity and WC; and a second bathroom has a shower over a half-sized bath and vanity, with a separate WC adjoining. The laundry area has a washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board.
A brand new “eat-in” kitchen was installed in April 2013 and has a solid timber table and seating for up to 9 guests as well as cooktop, oven, microwave, dishwasher, cookware, cutlery, crockery and glasses.
Smith Street Villa has ducted reverse cycle air conditioning in the four bedrooms; wall-mounted reverse cycle air conditioners in the sitting room and kitchen; and a wood-burning combustion heater in the sitting room.
A feature of the house is a new, very large back verandah with decking and a barbecue and outdoor setting – ideal for casual meals, drinks and snacks overlooking the back garden. The verandah is completely fenced, so it’s very safe for children, and has a ramp for easy access as well as steps leading to the garden.
The 3.5-star rated Smith Street Villa is one of four properties owned and run by Naracoorte Cottages. (The others are MacDonnell House, Limestone View and Pinkerton Hill.) Richard Peake and Judy Barton established this “people friendly” Bed and Breakfast business in 1995 and have welcomed thousands of satisfied guests from South Australia, interstate and overseas.
Naracoorte Cottages offers comfort, convenience and cleanliness with all modern amenities. The B&Bs are ideal for singles, couples, families and groups – as well as corporate guests – for short stopovers or a longer stay. We have a 2-night minimum on long weekends and a 3-night minimum at Easter. The houses are private for one guest group at a time – even if there’s only one guest.
The houses have plasma TVs, DVD players, free local call telephones, free access to wireless broadband (BYO laptop or desktop computer) and reverse cycle air conditioning.
Bed linen, towels and toiletries are provided. Tariffs are value for money and include generous full breakfast provisions (eggs, bacon, tomatoes, fruit juice, boxed cereals, bread, jams and spreads, tea, instant coffee, coffee grounds and milk); and a complimentary 750ml bottle of wine with every booking.
Families and children are welcome (cot, high chair and change table can be provided if needed). Note that MacDonnell House does not have any single ensemble beds, but a fold-up bed for a child can be provided.
Discounts. There are discounts for bookings of more than one night. Corporate, family and group rates are available. A “no breakfast” option is also available. Phone Richard Peake or email him at for a quotation.
Naracoorte is home to the South Australia’s only World Heritage listed site, the Naracoorte Caves National Park, 10km south of town. The park includes Wonambi Fossil Centre, telling the story of megafauna whose bones are preserved in fossil deposits, and caves with spectacular limestone formations, a Bat Cave and a cafe. The Caves, 10km south of town, are open 9am to 5pm daily.
Naracoorte is also central to four premium wine regions – Coonawarra, Penola, Padthaway and Wrattonbully – within a 48km or 30-minute radius.
Splash out in the large manmade Naracoorte swimming lake, with reticulated and chlorinated water and lifeguards on duty on very hot days. It’s surrounded by lawns and shady trees, is free and is open from December 1 to March 31.
The town of Naracoorte has two seven-day supermarkets, three hotels, Thai and Chinese restaurants, a renowned family bakery, 24-hour McDonald’s, Subway and many other takeaway food shops and a thriving shopping centre.
The Commonwealth Bank, ANZ Bank, Westpac, National Australia Bank and BankSA all have branches in the town centre; and there’s also the People’s Choice credit union and a Bendigo Community Bank agency. Out of hours, you can draw money from six ATMs.
Be sure to visit the award-winning The Sheep’s Back wool industry museum, set in a historic three-storey former flour mill, and the Mini Jumbuk factory, where woollen bedding products for the world are made, and its visitor centre.
Naracoorte welcomes families to its many parks, including the Naracoorte Community Playground and Lions Pioneer Park, both in MacDonnell Street.
Stroll, walk or run on the picturesque Naracoorte Creek Walk through the centre of town; and feed the geese on the pond in the Scout Hall grounds, off Park Terrace, near Naracoorte Holiday Park.
PAYMENT. Guests are asked to pay by Electronic Funds Transfer. Payments by Visa Card and Master Card incur a surcharge of 2%; and payments by American Express incur a surcharge of 3%.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. Naracoorte Cottages has a 3-night minimum art Easter and a 2-night minimum on long weekends.
SAME DAY BOOKINGS can only be made up to 7pm and only if a housekeeper is available to prepare the house.