The Garden Cottage at The Olives


Entire guest house hosted by Mark

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 1 bathroom
Entire home
You’ll have the guest house to yourself.
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Self check-in
You can check in with the doorperson.
Great location
94% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
The Garden Cottage at The Olives is a new, architect-designed facility near Yankalilla in the heart of South Australia's famed Fleurieu Peninsula. It is just one hour by road from Adelaide near the McLaren Vale wine district, Gulf St Vincent fishing, surf beaches, conservation parks, walking trails and the mouth of the mighty Murray River at Goolwa. The Fleurieu is a drawcard for nature lovers and foodies and boasts superior sporting facilities such as The Links golf course at Lady Bay.

The space
The Garden Cottage nestles in the grounds of The Olives, a National Trust listed home built in 1859. It is an idyllic setting for those who just want to wash away the stresses of the city or use as a base to see and enjoy the attractions of SA's Fleurieu Peninsula, recently listed by Lonely Planet as the fifth most attractive destination in the world.

There are two bedrooms; one with a King size double bed heaped with pillows, waffle blankets and a soft doona; the other with two King singles which can be converted to a double. There is also a sofa bed in the central lounge area which can be used to increase capacity to six. Plantation shutters in the bedrooms allow guests to control the light and the wake-up views across the garden.

The central lounge also has kitchen facilities for tea or coffee (Nespresso capsules provided), a toaster, a microwave oven, a twin electric hotplate and an electric frypan. We will provide samples of our home-made olive oil, jams and fresh fruit as it is available. We assume most people will want to explore the fine cafes and restaurants across the Fleurieu, but if you choose to stay in and cook for yourself the facilities are available. If you want to barbecue, just ask Kenton and he will set up the gas Weber for you.

A number of people have asked us about The Olives as a weddings location but we are unable to agree to this at this time because of quite strict council rules that require various permits. We will be as flexible as possible about the use of the entire Olives property. Why not come and visit, feel the vibe, and have a chat to Mark or Kenton?

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

What this place offers

Garden view
Free parking on premises
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Yankalilla, South Australia, Australia

The Olives nestles in a valley about 3 km south of Yankalilla. It was one of the first buildings in the area, with its rear section built of "mud and pug" construction in the 1840s - within a decade of the settlement of South Australia. The imposing neo-Georgian facade and front section was added in 1859. The building was restored in 1975 and has recently undergone further renovations. There are no immediate neighbours in what is a beautiful, bucolic farming area.

Hosted by Mark

  1. Joined in January 2016
  • 48 Reviews
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  • Superhost
Your hosts are Mark and Wendy Day and their son, Kenton. Mark and Wendy do not live permanently at The Olives, but Kenton lives on site and is available to help guests with local information or any assistance required.


  • Kenton

During your stay

The Olives resident manager is KENTON who lives on site and will greet guests and attend to their needs. He can provide helpful information about local restaurants and sightseeing destinations. He will also assist with car parking, plus barbecue and pool set up.

GAYLE is available at any time to help with booking or admin issues.

The owners, Mark and Wendy, who live in the old Olives cottage, are available when needed.
The Olives resident manager is KENTON who lives on site and will greet guests and attend to their needs. He can provide helpful information about local restaurants and sightseeing…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 14:00
Check out: 11:00
Self check-in with building staff
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Carbon monoxide alarm not reported Show more
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit – if you damage the home, you may be charged up to £74

Cancellation policy