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“National Trust farmhouse, stupendous location, wonderful hospitality.”

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Antechamber Bay Retreats
Melbourne, Australia
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“National Trust farmhouse, stupendous location, wonderful hospitality.”
Reviewed 26 May 2011

We were seeking a beautiful, country getaway and we found it. We stayed for two whole weeks with our toddler. 'Nat's', as this rambling old house is called, sits atop a cliff with a stunning view in the most beautiful corner of Kangaroo Island. You can amble down to a pristine private beach, lounge on the huge verandah watching the sun go down, and watch wild peacocks and curious sheep mill about on the lawns. The house feels like a home, not a hotel, fully equipped with everything you'll need for a summer (or winter, for that matter!) holiday. Kate and Andy's hospitality was great, and we enjoyed collecting fresh eggs and cuddling a real, live filthy baby lamb! We heartily recommend this lovely place.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 11 May 2011

Antechamber Bay Retreats was exactly the sort of place we would happily re-visit time & time again. We stayed at Nats, an old cottage, in fact the oldest cottage in SA. It is rich in history, charming and comfortable. Don't be alarmed by a leaking roof (there's a bucket for drips) & a few harmless millipedes, this is truely a place you can relax in, kick your muddy / sandy shoes off at the door & feel at home.
The hosts, Andy & Kate Gilfillan went out of their way to ensure we had a memorable stay. Our two children aged 8 & 4 busied themselves collecting eggs, lemons, figs & exploring the farm. It was so wonderful to allow our 'city' kids the freedom one enjoys living in the country.
The views from the cottage are nothing short of spectacular, the verandah is perfect for that glass of wine at the end of the day. You must make sure you try the Gilfillans' Southrock Lamb, it is delicious.
I don't want to say too much more or we may find it too hard to get a booking next time!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 2 May 2011

Kona - wide open spaces with lovely uninterrupted coastal views looking north over the ocean (Back-Stairs Passage) to the mainland ahead.
The accommodation was exactly what we wanted. Comfy beds, quality linen and plenty of living room, inside and out. Bathrooms and facilities well finished.
The kangaroos grazing and the sea a sight to behold. No more was needed.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

The accommodation was very relaxing with only the sound of the birds and sheep to be heard. The furniture was very comfortable as were the beds. Great blinds to block out the morning sunlight and a large deck on which to sit and enjoy the view.

Lovely to be able to take the dog.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 19 March 2011

The Kona house was well presented and appointed. The location is to die for.
The beds were excellent - better than many expensive hotels we've stayed at.
The outside setting & BBQ was good and conducive to outside living.
The private beach an easy 15 minute walk was a highlight.
Excellent fresh food venues nearby to purchase local produce - seafood, cheeses, wines and of course the property's own SouthRock lamb.
This is a place to relax and enjoy. Even wildlife walks past at a quiet pace.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 23 August 2010

We have just booked our next holiday to Antechamber Bay. It will be our third visit in as many years. As Tasmanians, we have high expectations of an island holiday by the sea, so the fact that we have made this beautiful place our 'retreat' speaks volumes.

This place is surely as close to paradise as you can get. We have gone in spring, when the Dudley Peninsula is green and the weather mild. We have fallen in love with Kona, but then there are only two of us. The other house, Nats, offers more room, and the charm of being one of the historic houses on the island.

You get a sense of adventure as you leave the Cape Willoughby road and head along the gravel driveway across lush paddocks, escorted by fat sheep as you go. And then the view hits you– the blue of the ocean framed by a rugged shore, the pristine beach just below the house, the verdant paddocks and the blue of the sky, and in the distance, the coast of the mainland, left behind for the length of your stay. The place is a retreat in every way. There is no traffic, no engine noise, no hustle and bustle, and night life consists of some lambs calling for their mums, or the thump thump of a passing kangaroo. We come fully prepared to self-cater, but Penneshaw (about 30 minutes away) offers any additional essentials, and on one occasion, Kate, our hostess, saved us a trip and got us bread and eggs. Andy and Kate also have some of their own lamb for sale as well.

Our first visit was five days, our second for 10; this time we are going for two weeks! The place offers all we want- peace, a view, comfort. We go for walks across the farm to Cape Willoughby, along Antechamber Bay, down to the rugged south coast or to a nearby vineyard. We gaze at the view from the deck, with a glass of KI wine and a book, and plan our next meal and next exploration of the island. Ever the optimists, we go fishing off the rocks (and not without some success!).

By the way, don't be put off by the post about 'black worms'. This is a working farm, complete with sheep, chooks and a friendly dog..., not a resort. South-east Australia gets seasonal plagues of Portuguese Millipedes (a.k.a black worms) but these are easily taken out of doors. It is the countryside, and yes, there may be mouse around, and the road is not sealed. If you want a resort, then maybe this place is not for you; but if you want to taste a large slice of tranquility in paradise, this place is hard to beat.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

If you like great views, isolated beautiful beaches and wildlife at your door Nats and the Kona are the perfect holiday destinations. Nats is an amazing house being one of the earliest houses in South Australia yet it still has all of the things you need to have a great stay. A great open firewith a ready supply of Mallee roots. Great cooling breezes in the summer. Fishing from the rocks, Yabbies in season and great walks along the coast.
The black worms are millipedes, they are all over South Australia and shock horror there are blow flies in summer! Strange place the country sometimes the wildlife get a bit close and personal.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Antechamber Bay Retreats
Address: 2131A Cape Willoughby rd | Antechamber Bay, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222, Australia
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Region: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > Penneshaw
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Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Penneshaw
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Antechamber Bay Retreats 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kona and Nat's homestead are located in the most spectacular coastal/ beach setting surrounded by 3500 acres of farm and bush land teeming with wild life. Both Houses have seclusion and a private beach and are only 23kms from the nearest town, Penneshaw. ... more   less 
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