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Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation
Certificate of Excellence
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A great experience in an isolated setting”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

We stayed in Parndara lodge -- it was very spacious and clean. The kitchen had more than enough utensils, and one of the previous guests had written in the guestbook that they baked bread in the wood stove. We did bring sufficient groceries because the cabins are located far away from everything -- I think it was a 30 minute drive back to the park headquarters, and another 2 hours or so past that to Kingscote.
We enjoyed the quietness of the setting and seeing wildlife (mostly wallabies) at our doorstep. There are tour buses during the day that visit the lighthouse and walkways that overlook the seals playing in the ocean, but everyone leaves by dusk and you then have acres of land to yourselves. We didn't see our neighbors at all in the other two cabins.
It was cool when we visited but the heaters in the rooms kept us warm, and the gas fireplace worked well too. The bathroom is in the enclosed back porch -- and can be cool when the weather is cool. While it isn't the Four Seasons and won't appeal to anyone looking for luxury, it was a stay for us that will provide many pleasant memories. The remoteness and wildlife can't be beat. There are many good hiking trails in the area where we spotted tons of 'roos and echnidas.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Carol E, Guest Relations Manager at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
Dear YukonJack15

We’re pleased that you enjoyed the quiet isolation of Cape du Couedic – such a precious commodity in an increasingly busy world! As there are only three lighthouse keepers cottages in this remote location guests often have the privilege of enjoying this spectacular location by themselves. At these times encounters with wildlife and walking through the magnificent coastal environment are even more special. We’re glad that your stay at Parndana Lodge was so comfortable and left you with such pleasant memories. Thank you for your positive review
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Cooroy, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

This was our second lighthouse experience on Kangaroo Island and we were amazed at the location and it's accessibility to KI's amazing sights. You are right in the heart of fur seal country, the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral's Arch giving you private access to these spots when all the tourists have gone home. Comfortable accommodation with charm and character and so quiet.

Room Tip: Try for the head lighthouse keepers cottage as it is a bit more private.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Carol E, Guest Relations Manager at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
Dear Lissie D

Finding a place to stay which has character, is in a stunning location with easy access to main attractions and is away from the crowds can be a rare find. But as you have discovered, Cape du Couedic ticks all the boxes! Thank you for letting us know how much you have continued to enjoy your stay at Kangaroo Island’s lighthouse keeper’s cottages!
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Suva, Fiji
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

This was our fourth stay at the Cape de Couedic cottages. We love the charm of the old homes and the location is amazing. Checking in at the national park visitor centre was easy. The picnic areas at the centre are also a great spot to go for a BBQ. As long as you like seclusion and self-catering, you will love staying at the cottages!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Carol E, Guest Relations Manager at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, responded to this review, December 30, 2012
Dear peterjessgard,

One way to relive an enjoyable and memorable holiday experience is to keep coming back! We’re glad you have been able to revisit the Cape du Couedic cottages and that you like the addition of a barbeque facility which has been provided in response to guest feedback. Thank you for taking the time to submit a review - there is no greater recommendation than return guests!
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

My husband I stayed at Parndana Lodge for two nights in August. The place is a tad rustic - and since we were there during the winter, it was a tad chilly. But we utilized the fireplace and wood stoves and oil heaters. We bought groceries in Kingscote after renting our car at the airport and brought them to the lodge, as there are no grocery stores (that we knew of) on the western side of the island. We took advantage of being just steps away from the lighthouse and saw an incredible sunrise. Because we were able to access Admiral's arch and the boardwalks so early in the morning, we beat the crowds and enjoyed the place all to ourselves. I read that Cape du Couedic has the best views on the island - and I absolutely agree. We're not sure if we'll ever travel to Australia again (as we are Americans) but if we do ever go back to Kangaroo Island, we want to go back to Parndana Lodge with a big group of friends.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Carol E, Guest Relations Manager at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Dear DLee1209
We’re pleased to hear that your stay at Cape du Couedic was such a rewarding experience! The coastal and ocean views in this remote location are unsurpassed and as you have found, guests staying at the lighthouse keeper’s cottages often have the advantage of enjoying the beauty of the natural environment all by themselves – including magnificent sunrises and sunsets. Should the dream of a return trip to Kangaroo Island ever become a reality, we’ll look forward to welcoming you back to Cape du Couedic!
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

We stayed in Pardana Cottage for 2 nights at the end of our Kangaroo Island holiday. It was everything we had hoped for in a winter break to the island and more. We felt very isolated (none of the other cottages were rented), the wind was cold and strong and the ghost stories had us all in a state of nervous excitement! Loved the seal colony being so close - we spent a long time just watching their antics. The house itself was very comfortable, the wood fired stove kept us busy while we tended a roast beef fillet cooked to perfection and then marshmallows on sticks. The visitors centre was very helpful in providing the shortfall in our food supplies - selling us small portions of salad and butter! I would strongly suggest visitors stock up with everything at Kingscote or Penneshaw as the really are no other alternatives for food shopping as such. We loved the Remarkable rocks and the lighthouse. You really do feel very remote and would need to love this aspect of the holiday. It was just the feeling we were after! I would loved to have stayed longer to do more walking in the park and explore further areas. It was perfect for us and 3 young adults.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Carol E, Guest Relations Manager at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, responded to this review, August 19, 2012
Dear swagsnextholiday,

It’s good to hear that your stay at Cape du Couedic exceeded your expectations! The comfort and character of Parndana Lodge would have been perfectly complemented by the aroma of roast beef! As you have noted, although Cape du Couedic is only a short drive from the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre, staying at one of the three lighthouse keeper’s cottages is ideal for guests who want to escape and enjoy a very special holiday experience in a remote location. We’re glad you enjoyed the setting of the cottages amidst spectacular coastal scenery and just a short walk from Admiral’s Arch and its New Zealand Fur Seal colony and look forward to welcoming you back if you have the opportunity to explore more of the park. Many thanks for sharing your experience!
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Our family stayed 3 nights in late June, my 3 teenagers thought this place was amazing, no TV, No phone, no internet, but NEVER boring, in fact, they declared their time here "a bit of an adventure"

Access to the cottages is very easy and no problem for a normal car. Its tar all the way. Do a big shop at the Foodland in Kingscote before you head out here. Its a long way back if you forget anything. There is no BBQ so plan for meals you can cook on the stove or in the microwave. There is filtered water in the kitchen so not necessary to bring bottled water.

The weather was quite cold and wet at times while we were visiting but the cottage was always warm. My husband loved the wood stove in the kitchen and the kids kept warm playing cards by the gas fire in the lounge.

The cottage is very authentic with its rustic kitchen and old wood stove, but beautifully decorated and has all the modern touches you could possibly need and none of those you don't...Yeah! No TV!

We were the only people staying in the cottages while we were there so at night it was very quiet, except the first night when a big storm blew in and my son woke with a start thinking Jets were landing on the roof.

This is the perfect location for exploring the National Parks in the west of KI, 3 nights was exactly right for us. We did the Platypus ponds walk, loved the Cape Barron Geese and their goslings. The Ranger came out to tell us on our return from the walk that a koala had just run up a tree out the front. Very exciting! Did the Kelly Hills Caves tour and kids went back the next day for the Adventure Caving. Loved Seal Cove and the seal pups you could almost reach out and touch. We braved the slippery muddy road out to the Cape Borda lighthouse ( check with the Tourist Info Centre in Penneshaw or the Rangers at Flinders Chase to see what the condition of the road is if its been raining) well worth the drive just to meet the Lighthouse Keeper/Ranger. The tour was lots of fun, particularly the firing of the cannon! Check tour times to be sure not to miss it!

Loved the little wallabies that hung around outside the cottages in the early morning and evening, also loved being able to walk down to the seal colony after the other visitors had left for the day and enjoy the seals and passing whales all to ourselves, and the stars at night, so bright and soooo many!

Whilst not at all suited to those who need the entertainment and bright lights of the big city this is the perfect holiday accommodation for anyone who likes a little peace and quiet in an idyllic truly Australian setting.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Carol E, Guest Relations Manager at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, responded to this review, August 19, 2012
Dear 3littlepigsgotroppo,

We’re so pleased that you found the Cape du Couedic cottages to be such an idyllic base for your Kangaroo Island adventure! Many guests have found the quiet seclusion and special character of these lighthouse keepers lodges to be the perfect place to relax after active days enjoying all that Flinders Chase National Park has to offer. It sounds like you certainly made the most of your stay by experiencing the history, walking and wildlife encounters and kept your teenagers well and truly entertained. Thank you for sharing your experience of staying at Cape du Couedic!
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Immediately after arriving in Kangaroo Island (KI), we stocked up on supplies, grabbed lunch and head towards Flinders Chase National Park where a stop was made at the visitor centre to pick up our welcome package. We then head towards our lighthouse cottage (very good tarred roads till the last 10m of gravel road). One of us went to the backdoor for the key and when she opened the front door for the rest of the company, she had a wide smile on her face and the first thing she said was 'This is awesome'. This was to be our first experience staying in a lightkeeper's cottage and we loved every minute of it. Very spacious, very clean, very good beds, and a very warm gas fireplace (for winter). We could not ask for me. On the first night, there was a storm and there was some rattling of wooden doors/windows/chimney etc going on but we felt very safe and warm inside and had very good sleep despite the rattling. With no phone connection (but an emergency GPS phone in another cottage), no tv and no technology to distract us, we had some wonderful quality time together. And in the mornings, we often had wallabies hopping just outside our cottage. And of course we often met roos on the roads or just beside the roads when driving around within the National Park, which means that we have to go slow.
Within the National Park, we visited the very awesome Admiral's Arch, the Remarkables rocks and of course passed by our Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse. We also did a walk to the Platypus waterhole, starting from the visitor centre.
After 3 nights, we said a very sad farewell to our cottage and to the National Park. We could not bear to leave.
This accomodation is highly recommended for those wanting something different from the typical, for those wanting some solitude from traffic and technology. Very affordable for those in groups of 4 to 6.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Carol E, Guest Relations Manager at Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, responded to this review, August 19, 2012
Dear SWTok,

We’re so pleased that you found your holiday experience at Cape du Couedic to be so different! Our guests often report that staying in this remote location away from the distractions of modern life provides a wonderful opportunity for them to reconnect with each other as well as with the natural environment. As you have found, these solid stone lighthouse keeper’s lodges allow guests to ride out any wild weather in comfort. Thank you very much for your compliments on the presentation of the cottages and for taking the time to submit such a positive review!
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Property: Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation
Address: Cape du Couedic Road | Kangaroo Island, Flinders Chase, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > Flinders Chase
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Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Flinders Chase
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife whilst staying in one of three beautifully restored heritage listed three bedroom Lighthouse Keepers Cottages at stunning Cape du Couedic on the south-western corner of Kangaroo Island within Flinders Chase National Park. Cape du Couedic is located just a 20 minute drive from the Flinders Chase National park Visitor Centre and Chase Cafe. From your accommodation, take a short stroll to view New Zealand Fur Seals frolicking in the ocean and playing on rocks at Admirals Arch, and a 5 minute drive to Remarkable Rocks. ... more   less 
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