Bruny Island Couples retreat (Minimum 2 nights stay)
Offers the chance to relax in a beautiful peaceful setting or, as the mood dictates, get out and about and enjoy the island.
This cottage is ideal for a couple for a romantic get away weekend from hustle and bustle, just relax and unwind in this beautiful English style cottage and explore the many attractions of Bruny Island.
Inside the cottage there is a bedroom, kitchen/living room, central hallway, and bathroom/laundry/WC, with shower and clawfoot bath. All newly-renovated, the living areas and bedrooms have polished floorboards and there are original Baltic pine wall and ceiling linings. Quality European kitchen appliances, gas hot water, electric heating, underground power and satellite internet are modern facilities that go hand in hand with the ambiance provided by period oak furniture imported from the United Kingdom.
Things you can do when you want to get out and explore
Bruny Island is the perfect destination for those who appreciate outdoor activities amidst the rugged beauty of unspoilt bushland and beaches.
Cliffs and sea surfing (Cloudy Bay is approximately 30 mins drive from cottage. Bruny Island is also a popular destination for fishing (cast a line from the rocks or jetty, or launch your tinny from Alonnah or Adventure Bay boat ramps) and swimming (choose from the many surf and sheltered beaches around the island).
A more romantic time can be spent driving to the numerous establishments selling local produce. Within easy drive there are local cheeses,meats, wine, oysters and chocolate fudges. There is also great places to enjoy a coffee or prepared meal.
Stay and experience this piece of living history
Englishwoman Antoinette Pignon Powle built this charming cottage in the 1860s, making it one of Bruny Island's oldest homes. A single Christian lady with a literary streak, she would ride out from the house to her jobs as governess for the children of North Bruny's late 19th century gentry.
Originally named Oakchester, the house is known to locals as Mr Wisby's Cottage - when Antoinette made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she asked her neighbour to look after the house. She never returned. Her grave is in Jerusalem's Protestant cemetery.
The previous owners have lovingly restored the cottage, inside and out. Looking down on the house today, little has changed from the view Miss Powle would have seen, riding back from her day's work at Dennes Point or Barnes Bay. The cottage nestles in its valley, cleared land running up the slope to Killora Road and away to the creek that flows down to Shelter Cove.
Ten acres of cleared land surrounds the cottage and is complete with wallabies and a menagerie of associated wildlife.
With its fascinating history, attractive rural atmosphere and painstaking, sensitive restoration, this unique North Bruny property is a wonderful retreat for a romantic couple, artist or writer.