About this listing
Transport yourself to a Hansel and Gretel style cottage in a forest on an island where you can see wildlife up close in their natural environment. Only 4 hours from Melbourne. Imagine yourself relaxing in the hammock looking out to the lake and beach as time stands still and you breathe in the fresh sea air. We are very sorry pets are not permitted here due to sensitive nature of wildlife. We live permanently at the property in the main house to which the cottages are attached.
Self-contained Tudor cottages were built about 30 years ago by a German craftsman and feature many unique features such as handmade headlight windows, handmade wrought iron light fittings and German tiles and wallpapers. Note: small bathroom is downstairs and bedrooms upstairs. The compact kitchen has full size fridge, caravan style cooker with 2 burners, microwave. We have a mix of rain and bore water, so you may like to bring your own water if you are used to fluoride and chlorine taste.
Raymond Island is accessed by car and passenger Ferry at a cost of $12 return. However there is no cost to travel on the 4 min Ferry as a foot/bike passenger. The village of Paynesville has a number of restaurants, cafes, local pub, two supermarkets, newsagency, pharmacy, library & medical centre. The Garden Cottage caters for 4 and the Beach Cottage, 6 people. The two cottages are inter-connecting for larger groups. We have a lovely hexagonal Gazebo outside, ideal for meditation or reading or an ideal space to enjoy the outside from a cosy space. The gas barbecue, kayaks and bikes are shared facilities.
Interaction with guests
Tony, Mia and I live in the main house at Swan Cove so we are here if you need any assistance or would like to explore the enclosed vege/chicken garden or need advice on bushwalking etc, otherwise we will leave you to your privacy.
The shared laundry is available by prior arrangement at a cost of $5 per load including detergent/s and clothes dryer is also available $5 per load.
Of course if there is an unforeseen need for laundry please ask and we will be more than happy to oblige.
Other things to note
The ferry runs every 20 minutes from the Raymond Island side and more often at peak times and stops at midnight. There are no cafes/shops on the island, however we can provide a gourmet breakfast basket upon request, from $20 for two. Includes eggs from our heritage hens, home-made jams and granola, sourdough bread, greens and herbs from the garden. If you would like a house dinner or lunch, this must be booked in advance and will be made from our own home grown produce. Cost starts from $25 per head.
Swan cove is not a party house, people stay here for abundant nature and wildlife. We do not allow pets due to the sensitive nature of the wildlife particularly the koalas. No smoking in the cottages and if you do smoke outside please dispose of cigarette butts in the bins as these are toxic to marine animals.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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I am a Yoga teacher and registered nutritionist with Nutrition Soc. Aust. I have 2 adult children and one daughter in secondary school. My passions include my children, growing, producing and eating real food, educating the public on the connections between food and nutrition, gardening, meditating, being still, yoga and the management of chronic pain and taking care of mother earth. My partner and I love to have guests come and stay and experience our beautiful piece of paradise. "Imagine. What you think you create, What you imagine you become."